A South Australian-owned chain of supermarkets has reintroduced buying limits on toilet paper as reports of panic buying hit the state.

Drakes Supermarkets has moved to limit customers to two packets of toilet paper per transaction.

The reports of panic buying come in response to the ongoing situation in Victoria, as the state records its deadliest day and largest increase in cases since the pandemic began.

John-Paul Drake briefly became the face of a push-back against panic-buyers in April, and has now urged customers to “calm down” once again.

Drake has said that customers at his supermarkets have contributed to a double-digit increase in demand over the past two days.

While the limits only currently apply to toilet paper, John-Paul also warned that the limits could be extended to other essential items if the surge in demand continues.

South Australia currently has 8 active cases of COVID-19 after health authorities yesterday revised one case to negative, owing to a false positive test.

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