Priceline stores sell hand-held disinfectant to limit other pharmacists how much coronavirus outbreaks buy
Priceline stores have left out a disinfectant in the midst of growing fear that the corona virus will develop into a global pandemic.
Increased demand has forced some pharmacists to deliver rations, including a number of Priceline stores in Sydney that limit the number of products that customers can buy.
The pharmacy chain is also experiencing online product shortages, with 26 different types of antibacterial hand disinfectants that are completely sold out.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal government would launch an emergency plan to tackle the corona virus and warned “the risk of a global pandemic is for us.”
Individual outlets of Priceline pharmacy have limited customers to how much hand sanitizer they can buy according to 9 news
The pharmacy chain is also experiencing significant product shortages on its website (photo)
26 different types of antibacterial hand disinfectants are completely sold out on the Priceline Australia website (photo)
The Wynyard store manager of Priceline, Yucando Garcia, said 9News they struggled to meet demand.
‘We have actually been out of stock for three weeks. Every time we get a little supply, maybe 12-24 in one day, they go, “Mr. Garcia said.
“We clearly tell each person that there are two or three at most, because we want everyone to be able to buy something.”
A spokesperson for Priceline said that any decision to restrict customer purchases for hand disinfectants is made by individual stores.
The spokesperson said that rationing is not a guideline for stores throughout the company.
The Wynyard chemist has sold about 75 1L bottles of hand sanitizer last month, while he would normally only sell five.
The supermarkets in Australia are struggling with a similar shortage of products.
A spokesperson for Priceline told 9news that any decision to restrict customer purchases for hand disinfectants is taken by individual stores
A Woolworth spokesperson said Daily Mail Australia said they are working to get the product back on the shelf because the chain is struggling to meet high demand.
“We are currently experiencing shortages of some antibacterial hand wash and disinfectant products in our stores due to higher demand than normal,” the spokesperson said.
“We work very closely with our suppliers to get these products back on the shelves as quickly as possible.”
It is a similar story with rival Coles – and they also report a low stock of items such as stationery, clothing and electrical goods.
A sign outside the store of Chemist Warehouse in Chatswood with the text ‘no masks available, not in stock’
A Coles spokesperson told 9news that they have been hit by challenges abroad.
Why medical supplies are sold out
Face masks are in high demand during the bushfire season
Now face masks see an increased demand due to angonavirus anxiety
However, face masks are not 100% effective because they do not completely close the mouth and nose
Face masks are more effective in quarantining an infected person
Professionals say washing your hands is the best protection because it can stop the virus from spreading
This is why hand disinfectants are sold out all over Australia
“Logistics remains challenging, especially through some major ports and, like most retailers, we’ve had to deal with the Chinese New Year expansion, closing factories longer than planned and delays in production due to staff needing government permits to get back get to work, “said the spokesperson.
The shortage of hand disinfectants and face masks began in January when hysteria started to occur around the coronavirus outbreak.
Images from the Chemist Warehouse store in Chatswood last month showed empty racks with hand disinfectants and face masks.
A representative of Chemist Warehouse Chatswood told Daily Mail Australia that they were uncertain when the stock would be back on sale after the sale.
“There is a lot of demand for masks,” the representative said. “The masks have been scarce since the beginning of January.”
Chatswood Chemist Warehouse received a supply of face masks in early January and was finished before the end of the month.
The retailer tries to order more every day to meet customer demand.
Chemist Warehouse Chatswood has ten different brands of hand sanitizer in stock and they were all sold out on January 30.
Their delivery at the beginning of January took less than a day, with the entire stock of stock sold out in one morning.
Signs have been applied to chemists across the country, including Chemist Warehouse in Chatswood to inform customers that there are no face masks and hand disinfectants
A sign posted in a chemist’s warehouse in Brisbane, where no face masks were available
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
- They were treated isolated at Westmead Hospital
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
- The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
- He was quarantined at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
- A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center.
- A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
- She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
- Two passengers left positively from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test
- Third passenger takes off the cruise ship test positive
QUEEN COUNTRY: 8
- Queensland confirms its first case after the virus was diagnosed with a 44-year-old Chinese national. He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27
- Two Queensland women, 54 and 55 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 and are flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
- A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tests positive for the virus
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 3
- A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.
- A 24-year-old woman from South Australia has been transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1
- A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth
JAPAN / DARWIN: 22
- Fifteen Australians were contracted among 219 confirmed coronavirus aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
- Seven passengers aboard the Diamond Princess then tested positive for the corona virus after arriving at the facility at Manigurr-ma Village Howard Springs in Darwin