'Everyone needs to calm the farm': Flamboyant Adelaide supermarket boss gives hilarious interview on Sunrise after being faced with a barrage of coronavirus panic buyers stripping shelves bare
A flamboyant Adelaide supermarket boss has given a hilarious interview in response to coronavirus panic buyers.
Thousands of shoppers flocked to supermarkets across Adelaide after aa six-day hard lockdown was declared on Wednesday at 11.59pm.
John-Paul Drake,the director of Drakes Supermarkets chain, urged shoppers to keep their cool on Thursday morning after shelves were stripped bare.
'It's pretty clear everyone just needs to calm the farm,' he told Sunrise.
'The reality is we're open every single day, we're open normal trading hours and maybe even extended hours if possible.
'So we've told people that we just need to calm down,' Mr Drake explained.
Essential groceries such as toilet paper have flown off the shelves with Coles supermarkets imposed a two-packet limit across South Australia.
Mr Drake has also made an impassioned plea for South Australians to avoid panic buying toilet paper in a comedic rant on Twitter.
'I need to address the state of "Radelaide". We need everyone to just calm the farm,' he said.
'I can tell you there is enough toilet paper in our distribution centre to go from here, end on end, to the Space X Rocket that got launched the other day.
'There is so much toilet paper you don't need to be buying this in bulk, just buy household quantities.'
Adelaide was sent into one of the world's strictest lockdowns after the Parafield cluster in the city's north grew to 23 cases on Wednesday.
There were no additional infections reported on Thursday morning.
But Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said 17 additional cases are being treated as positive infections, but they are still waiting on official results.
All schools will close along with universities, pubs, cafes, food courts and even takeaway food outlets will shut up shop.
Regional travel will be banned and visitors will be locked out of aged care centres and the residents will be unable to leave.
Factories will close, along with the construction industry, and elective surgery will cease.
Weddings and funerals will be banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks will be required outside the home.
People will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment.
Supermarkets, petrol stations, medical centres, critical infrastructure, public transport, airport and freight services, banks, post offices, school and childcare for essential workers and veterinary services will be allowed to stay open.
There are 35 active COVID-19 infections across the state.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the six-day period would be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions.