Hunting for two women who allegedly stole six bottles of stolen hand sanitizer from a hospital during a corona virus outbreak
- Police claimed the two women had stolen six bottles of hand sanitizer in Tasmania
- CCTV footage shows them moments after they allegedly stole medical supplies
- The incident happened Wednesday at Mersey Community Hospital in Latrobe
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Two women are said to have brazenly stolen six bottles of hand sanitizer from a hospital, police said, as health officials struggle under the weight of the corona virus.
Police are now hunting the two women, with CCTV footage showing the suspect leaving Tasmanian Mersey Community Hospital.
Hand disinfection has become an essential product during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite scientists insisting that hand washing is much more effective.
The women are said to have stolen medical supplies from Latrobe hospital around 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police want to speak to two women (photo) who they think stole several bottles of hand sanitizer from a Tasmanian hospital
The police claimed that the women (photo) stole the medical supplies on Wednesday around 7 p.m.
“A review of hospital camera surveillance shows that two women leave the hospital through the back doors at Accident and Emergency with bottles of hand sanitizer,” said Inspector Robert Gunton of Burnie CIB.
“It is incredibly disappointing, especially during this emergency, that someone would steal disinfectant from a hospital and the people who provide essential medical services to our community.”
The women are described as brown-haired, one wearing a pink sweater and the other a gray sweater.
As the COVID-19 pandemic floods the world, hand sanitizer, soap, and even toilet paper have become essential items – with supermarket shelves.
Panic purchases have left supermarkets stripped of toilet paper, pasta, rice and frozen foods, as well as canned goods and other dried goods (photo, a supermarket in Melbourne on March 17)
It has forced large supermarkets to introduce purchasing restrictions for many goods.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 3.168
New South Wales: 1405
South Australia: 257
Western Australia: 255
Australian Capital Territory: 62
Northern Territory: 13
TOTAL CASES: 3,168
Even Bunnings has set limits on the number of cleaning products and face masks customers can buy, as panic buyers stock up on items.
Some customers have even become embroiled in ugly confrontations over a limited supply, especially toilet paper.
Bunnings CEO Michael Schneider told the Today Show that his customers mainly stock cleansers and face masks.
He said there has also been a spike in office supplies sales as a growing number of people work from home.
“As the uncertainty continues, we want to ensure that we can assure customers that if you come to Bunnings, you can get the products you are looking for,” said Mr. Schneider.
“And you can get the things you need done at home.”
Australians flock to buy hand sanitizer during coronavirus outbreak (stock image)