Perth residents ignored a plea from Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan not to ‘panic buy’ after it was announced the city would be going into lockdown for the next five days.
As he addressed the media to announce the lockdown on Sunday afternoon, Mr McGowan said: “There is no need to rush to the supermarket. There will not be a shortage of toilet paper or other goods. You will be able to go out and shop for essentials over the course of this week. I urge everyone to remain calm and to act responsibly.”
But his plea fell of deaf ears with Perth residents rushing to supermarkets to stock up.
Social media quickly lit up with photos and videos showing long queues at supermarkets around the city.