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Coles has pleaded with Victorians amid growing fears of a resurgence of panic buying after supermarket shelves were spotted empty yesterday as the state’s coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Coles has now introduced restrictions in the state on a number of staple items including toilet paper, kitchen towels and pantry staples such as flour, pasta and rice, all of which were targets for panic buying earlier in the year.

Eggs, mince beef and sanitiser are also on the list of items being restricted to two per person in a bid to avoid increased pressure on the supply chain.

The supermarket’s chief operating officer, Matt Swindells, has urged all Victorians to remain calm and have responsibly.

“There is no need for panic buying. We have all lived through the last six weeks with restrictions off. We bought what we needed when we needed it. Everyone got on fine with life,” he told Today.

“Let’s do this in a collaborative way. Only buy what you need, treat each other with respect and we will be back on track before we know it. Don’t let frustration get the better of you.”

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