Coronavirus Melbourne: the man stabbed Rosebud Woolworths amid panic purchases in supermarkets

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Violence is breaking out in Melbourne supermarkets after a Brunswick worker was allegedly beaten with a stick and a man stabbed on the Mornington Peninsula.

The 37-year-old staff member of Woolworths was stabbed in the lower body while picking up carts in the parking lot outside the Rosebud store just before 13:00.

A search is underway for the perpetrator of the male offense described as aged between the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The injured staff member was flown to the hospital with non-fatal injuries.

The accident was investigated by the police, who registered the area.

Woolworths was contacted for comment.

Witness Deb said the Woolworths store was closed and blocked by police.

He told 3AW that there were three police cars and two ambulances on the scene.

“We’ve all seen them running in there,” he said. “It’s actually quite scary.”

The incident comes after days of tension among shoppers who sometimes fight for limited stocks on the shelves including toilet paper, soap and other essential items due to the purchase of panic.

Meanwhile, an angry client accused of hitting a Coles employee with a stick in Brunswick has been charged.

The 43-year-old man was detained in an arrest by a group of clients around 20.30 on Sunday.

Police spokeswoman Nikki Ladgrove confirmed the incident in the Sydney Rd shop but said the staff member did not request medical attention.

“A passerby who intervened and assisted suffered minor injuries during the accident,” he said.

“The 43-year-old man was accused of carelessly causing injury, illegal assault, assault with a weapon, and possession of a dangerous item.”

Customer and Coles staff members fight over toilet paper

Another fight broke out in a supermarket.

The man was released on bail to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 30th.

In east Melbourne, the mega Chadstone mall is oddly empty as shoppers keep away from the usually bustling mall.

Buyer Chrissie said the center was a “ghost town” with several closed stores, including Apple and New Balance.

“The parking lots are all empty. There are only a few cars around, “he said.

“I can’t believe what a ghost town is. It’s so disturbing inside the center.

“Many stores are closed and the atmosphere is so low. I have been coming here for years and have never seen him like this – he is so sad. “

media_cameraChadstone has been turned into a ghost town. Image: provided
media_cameraThe usually lively parking lot was also almost empty. Image: provided


Loads of people have arrived in regional cities in the past few days and have stripped supermarket shelves.

It comes as anger scenes erupted in Woolworths Victorian supermarkets this morning during an hour of shopping for the elderly and vulnerable.

Victoria’s number of coronavirus infections continues to rise after 23 people tested positive overnight, including an elementary school teacher in southeast Melbourne.

And in regional cities, local residents have been unable to purchase viable supplies due to the influx of “supermarket tourists”.

media_camera“Supermarket tourists” are cleaning up regional shops with toilet rolls and other necessities. File image: Peter Parks / AFP

Reverend Melissa Clark, of St Mary’s in Woodend, told al Herald Sun local residents were now unable to buy goods because people went down to the city to buy food.

“Many regional cities are experiencing this,” he said.

“People come in from Melbourne and other parts who are clearing out the supermarket.

“Buses of people have come in the past few days. People come from Mornington.

“We just need a break. We love having tourists here in Woodend, but not tourists in supermarkets. “

Rev Clark said she was concerned about older people in the city and pregnant women.

“We have several elderly people and women who will soon give birth and cannot get the essentials they need,” he said.

“The shelves are empty. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night you go.

media_cameraThe buyers were unhappy and spirits flared up. Image: Mark Stewart

“I tried to get supplies for the elders in my congregation and the best I could do was some frozen meals.”

Woodend, which has a population of around 5000, has a Coles in the city.

Rev Clark said the situation has been replicated in other cities including Daylesford and Gisborne.

“We are a close-knit community and thrive in tourism, but this is difficult,” said Rev Clark.

“We only need a couple of days to refuel. Coles staff was wonderful. They are dealing with some difficult customers who are frustrated and doing a great job. “

In the Macedon Ranges, libraries, municipal service counters, community sports centers and the Kyneton Museum have been closed for at least a month, with events postponed or canceled.

Nurseries operated by the Council and maternal and child health centers will remain open until otherwise indicated by state government departments.

media_cameraDrivers flocked to Woolworths in Glen Huntly this morning. Image: Mark Stewart


Tennis champion Dylan Alcott has pleaded that fearful shoppers are kinder to the disabled community while panic shoppers continue to wreak havoc in supermarkets.

Alcott, winner of the Grand Slam in Wimbledon and the United States, France and the Australian Open, said he appreciated Woolworths’ decision to open its stores exclusively for the elderly and disabled from 7 to 8 from today until Friday.

“I won’t lie, this will be extremely useful for so many in our community, including me,” Alcott said on Instagram today.

“I went to the shops the other day and it was carnage, and I am more capable than some. It continues to be kind to each other in this very strange time,” he added. “And cross your fingers and get some toilet paper.”

Shoppers across the country swarmed Woolworths supermarkets this morning, but many remained empty-handed or unable to find the essentials.

media_cameraShoppers waited in long lines to purchase groceries during Woolworth’s dedicated shopping hour. Image: Mark Stewart

On Woolworth’s early morning of a new hour dedicated to shopping for the elderly and vulnerable, the queues outside were as long as hundreds waited outside the stores nationwide before opening.

And in another move today, Coles has introduced new purchasing limits, including two packs per customer: eggs, chilled pasta, frozen vegetables and frozen desserts.

In Glen Huntly in southeast Melbourne, shoppers anxiously waited at the front of the store only to be disappointed.

Glen Huntly’s 76-year-old retired Pat Riordan remained empty-handed.

“I wanted to get toilet paper, paper towels and mince and there was none,” he said.

“I asked in the store and they said they didn’t receive a delivery last night.”

While retired Gillian Phillips, 66, and her husband Rodney, 74, from Caulfield East, said they were able to get some items.

“We got soap and antibacterial tissues that they handed out when you entered the store,” said Ms. Phillips.

“I thought they would have more supplies.”

The supermarket was warning customers in line before they entered that they had limited resources.

media_cameraShoppers flood a Woolworths supermarket in Moonee Ponds this morning. Image: Twitter / Remy Varga

Many furious customers were warming up conversations with each other, with some even trying to push in the queue.

Traffic was spreading across the parking lot and on the street with many furious customers blowing horns to nearby buyers as tensions increased.

There were angry scenes as many were unable to find parking, they came to find the empty shelves and the EFTPOS machines were not working.

Some furious shoppers packed their bags and left before setting foot in the store, abandoning their grocery offerings after being discouraged by huge queues.

Casey Hunt said she was “disgusted” after finding empty shelves when she visited Woolworths in Hampton Park during her special shopping hour this morning.

“The shelves were not stocked. My 79-year-old grandfather and others were forced to wait for the cold for nothing, “said Hunt.

“They need to endure early morning shopping until the shelves are stocked – all my grandfather ended up buying today were his mints – nothing else.”

In North Melbourne, 79-year-old Dora Puglisi woke up at 5 this morning to be front row at Woolworths.

He bought rolls of toilet paper, tissue paper, pasta and milk.

It was one of the lucky few, with most of the older buyers losing their toilet paper because there was no overnight delivery.

media_cameraShoppers are waiting for the dedicated shopping hour to end in North Melbourne. Image: Aneeka Simonis

Ms. Puglisi has driven into the shop for the past few days to pick up items without success. “I felt very bad,” he said.

A group of around 50 older shoppers took the dedicated shopping hour in the North Melbourne store. Some were assisted by assistants.

Among the buyers was Dawn Fuller, 61, visiting Wagga Wagga.

He said older shoppers were disappointed and stressed about finding empty shelves.

“You should have seen the disappointment on their faces,” he said. “There should have been an inscription to say that the stock hasn’t arrived yet.”

Ms. Fuller has been unable to purchase toilet paper or wipes for two weeks and has spent the last few days driving from shop to shop looking for items.

He will continue his research today.

Heather, who didn’t provide a surname, left a cart full of stash.

But he said essential items like rice and flour were not yet available.

media_cameraThe scenes in Blackburn North were more subdued. Image: Jack Paynter

To the east of Melbourne, hundreds of older shoppers lined up in Woolworths, Blackburn North.

A handful of customers were also lined up pending a delivery of toilet paper, which the store had been waiting for three days to arrive.

Nunawading woman, Barbara, 68, took her 96-year-old mom Mabel at 6.50 to stock up on essential supplies.

“It was quite civil, it’s very sad, it actually brought me to tears,” said Barbara, who didn’t want to give her surname.

“They are doing a great job, we thanked the manager and that’s all you can do.”

He said they weren’t able to get everything they needed since many products hadn’t been stocked.

“There is still no toilet paper, people are waiting in line, delivery is delayed,” said Barbara.

“There is also some humor in there, people are offering to exchange goods.”

He also praised supermarkets for spending an hour on the elderly while his mother struggled to get in among everyone else.

Mabel said she hoped she would have enough supplies at home and that she would only come back tomorrow if she had to.

media_cameraTraffic chaos in the parking lot of Glen Huntly supermarket. Image: Mark Stewart


Elite Trinity College private school closed in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Principal Adrian Farrer wrote to his parents today, telling them that the students would not be back tomorrow and would instead study from home.

“We didn’t make this decision lightly. We believe it is in the best interest of our students and our entire community, “he said.

“We worked last week to prepare for this possibility and will continue to devote school resources to ensure that teaching and classroom learning can continue as effectively as possible.

“At this stage, all other student and parent activities have been canceled or postponed.”

It comes after the closure of Toorak Primary School this morning after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

media_cameraTrinity Grammar has closed. File image: Jake Nowakowski

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The staff was at the school gate this morning, driving families away. The school will be closed today for an initial 24-hour period which could be extended.

Investigations are underway to trace the disease and determine who else may have been exposed after the staff member fell ill on Friday, March 13.

“This morning they are conducting further investigations by the DHHS, the school and the DET to identify whether staff or students are required to quarantine and to determine any further actions to reduce the risk of infection,” said a DET spokesman. .

“Regional staff are at school this morning to advise parents who have not read the closure reports.”

But education minister James Merlino said that the advice on schools has not changed.

“We will come to a point where we need to close schools, but not right now,” he said.

On current advice, thousands of government, independent and Catholic schools will remain open.

The coronavirus crisis prompted more private schools to decide to keep students at home, with a principal who sparked a war of words with the federal government over allegations of inaction.

School the 'best place' for children amid coronavirus

Education minister Dan Tehan says the “best place” for children right now is at school, but told Sky News that the advice would be evaluated daily. A ban on mass gatherings of at least 500 people started on Monday, but the government stressed that it would not include schools, universities or public transportation. Speaking to Sky News, Tehan said the government was advised to keep schools open. “The best advice they can give us at the moment is that schools should remain open at this stage. The best place for children is at school, “he said.” There are three million schoolchildren in Australia and we must make sure that we do the best by all of them, by their families and by the community, by limiting the spread of the virus. “Tehan He also warned that if schools were closed, this could make certain sectors of the workforce vulnerable as workers took free time to take care of their children. “There are also workforce problems, we currently need nurses, doctors and allied health workers in the workforce. So, we want to make sure they can be there and not take care of their children, “he said.

“I understand that parents are anxious about this problem and what it means for their children,” said Merlin.

“The facts are that schools are informed on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day.”

Some schools are staggering lunchtime, where possible, to limit numbers on the playground.

Responding to reports that soap was running out, Merlin said all resource-less facilities will be supported.

Yesterday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, said there was “real uncertainty” about the effectiveness of school closings, while Premier Daniel Andrews warned that “it could do more harm than good.” The nation’s health experts will continue to discuss today whether schools should remain open.

With the school holidays starting March 27, the Herald Sun the state government has been told it is seeking to extend the deadline beyond April 14.

Professor Sutton said that evidence of school closures during previous respiratory epidemics showed that “costs are often underestimated and benefits overestimated.”

He said keeping children at home brought health workers to the forefront and asked grandparents to help out, putting them at risk.

The professor. Sutton added that the virus has so far proven to be “extremely mild” among children. Andrews said closing schools en masse is still not appropriate.

St Kevin’s College in Toorak will also go online only from tomorrow.


About 230,000 new P2 facial masks have arrived in Australia and will be delivered to states, pathological clinics and general practitioners where patient samples are taken for coronavirus tests. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the additional masks are part of an “ongoing process” to secure and support further testing.

Hunt also said that Australian researchers from the Doherty Institute of Victoria and the University of Queensland “are helping to lead the world” in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Professor Katherine Kedzierska (of the Doherty Institute) led the immune response mapping, arguably the world’s most advanced mapping of the immune response to coronavirus in mild to moderate patients,” he said.


The city of Maribyrnong has closed its community centers, recreation centers and public libraries from today until mid-April.

Maribyrnong Mayor Sarah Carter said the decision was not taken lightly and invited event organizers to “seriously consider” the community’s best interest.

“The health and well-being of our community and our employees is our priority and we must work together to do everything possible to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” he said.

“The federal government has ordered that there are no meetings of at least 500 people and all community events that meet these criteria will be canceled.

“We also ask small event organizers to seriously consider whether they should proceed in the interest of community well-being.

“There is no precedent for this, but I want the members of the community to have the certainty that we are doing everything to ensure their safety.”

Board meetings have also been closed to the public and will be available for viewing via live streaming.

Residents were asked to contact the council by phone or email.

Essential services including waste, recycling, park management and parking services will function normally.


Eleven nursing homes for the elderly in the suburbs of Melbourne will go on lockdown today in an attempt to combat the deadly coronavirus.

The Catholic houses of Villa Maria have confirmed that no visitor would have been authorized in any of his residences for the elderly for at least two weeks.

The blockade will affect the homes of Berwick, Bundoora, Clayton, Mulgrave, Bacchus Marsh, Pakenham, Torquay, Sunshine North, Balwyn, Wantirna and Upper Ferntree Gully.

The organization is also closing community-based daytime relief services at the Shanagolden Community Center, Kialla House, Carinya House and White Road Community Center.

In addition, the VMCH op stores in Balwyn, Heathmont, Wantirna and Ferntree Gully will be closed.

CEO Sonya Smart said the blockade is necessary for the safety of residents and staff.

“This decision was not made lightly, with a deep understanding of the importance of contact with family and loved ones,” said Smart.

Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday declared a state of emergency in Victoria for the next four weeks while the state is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

media_cameraA woman is tested for coronaviruses at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Image: Tony Gough

As of yesterday evening, 336 Australians had contracted the virus and five had died, with 71 cases identified in Victoria as a state of emergency.

Yesterday it was predicted that 50,000 Australians could die of coronavirus if the more conservative modeling of the Australian government comes true.

Deputy Manager Paul Kelly said the government was examining the possibility that between 20 and 60 percent of the country’s 25 million citizens contracted the killer virus, with a one percent mortality rate.

It wouldn’t say exactly how many government forecasts, only that it was somewhere between 60% of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s prediction and NSW Health’s modeling of Dr. Kerry Chant of 20%.

“It’s something in the range, I’m not going to speculate on real numbers,” said Professor Kelly on Monday.

“This is an infectious disease. The more we can do to separate people and stop the spread of infection, the better.

“The mortality rate is around one percent. You can do the math. “

– Additional reports: Alex White, Grace McKinnon, Jack Paynter, Suzan Delibasic, Tom Minear and Nui Te Koha








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