Coronavirus: Countdown is limiting these products to stop panic buying

Publish Date
Thursday, 19 March 2020, 6:20PM

In a bid to stop panic buying due to the coronavirus outbreak, Countdown is introducing limits on some items.

The supermarket chain says it cannot get some items onto shelves quickly enough if people keep buying at the current rate.

It says its supply chain is strong but it needs people to shop normally rather than stockpile.

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Countdown supermarkets country-wide are putting a limit of two per customer on the following items:

  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal wash
  • Panadol and paracetamol
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Disinfectant and household cleaners
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Serviettes
  • Facial tissues
  • Pasta
  • Rice

The news comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Kiwis not to panic buy, as the total number of confirmed cases rises to 28.