Coronavirus horror as woman ‘brandishes knife’ in fight over toilet paper as panicked shoppers ransack supermarkets – The Sun

A SHOPPER in Woolworths allegedly pulled out a knife on another customer during an argument about toilet paper.

Sydney Police were called to the supermarket on Wednesday at around 1.30pm after a fight broke out over loo roll, as panicked shoppers ransack supermarkets due to coronavirus fears.

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Six police officers rushed to the scene at Westfield Parramatta after one of the supermarket workers reported that a customer was carrying a knife.

According to police, no one was injured and a woman was being spoken to by investigators.

A witness told the Daily Mail Australia: "There was a fight over toilet paper – you could hear a commotion coming from down the end aisle.

"There was a knife pulled and the people started running around. It was all over in a few moments, security were here and police came and talked to a woman."

Panic-buying due to the coronavirus has left many store shelves empty in Australia, as Woolworths has banned shoppers purchasing more than four packs of toilet paper per person.

Sustainable toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap has claimed that purchases of toilet paper has increased by 800 per cent.

There are now 42 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia, but authorities have advised against stockpiling.

The deadly virus has spread across the globe like wildfire with dozens of new cases recorded daily, with the virus spreading rapidly in Europe and the Middle East.

In the UK, a staggering 51 people have tested positive for the illness forcing the government to publish its doomsday plan.

Shoppers across Britain have also been stockpiling household items like toilet roll, pet food and hand sanitisers as panicked shoppers fear a coronavirus outbreak.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars).

The virus attacks the respiratory system, causing pneumonia-like lung lesions.

According to the NHS and the World Health Organisation (WHO), early symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include a runny nose. a cough and/or sore throat and a high temperature.


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