Not a square to spare: Australian shops ration toilet paper amid coronavirus panic


  • World
  • Wednesday, 04 Mar 2020

Empty shelves are seen at a supermarket following reports of the coronavirus, at Macquarie Centre in Macquarie Park, Australia, March 2, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit AMMY KWONG/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's major grocers put strict limits on purchases of toilet paper on Wednesday, after shoppers stripped shelves in a rush of panic buying spurred by fears over a coronavirus, while the country recorded its fourth case of local transmission.

One of the first nations to take a hard line in tackling the epidemic, Australia imposed border controls a month ago on visitors from the epicentre of the outbreak in China.

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