Coronavirus Australia: Coles reveals when they’ll have enough rapid antigen tests for everyone


Coles boss FINALLY reveals when the supermarket will have enough rapid antigen tests for every customer that wants one

  • Coles struggling to keep up with overwhelming demand for rapid antigen tests
  • Customers lucky enough to find the kits in-store restricted to buying one pack
  • Supermarket boss hopes to have enough stock for everyone in ‘next few weeks’


Coles has announced they hoe to have enough rapid antigen tests for everyone in the next ‘few’ weeks as Australia’s Covid-19 crisis worsens. 

Chief executive Steven Cain says the supermarket giant is delivering ‘millions’ of RATS to stores each week but like every other retailer, has struggled to keep up with overwhelming demand with more than 100,000 cases recorded on a daily basis.

‘Customer demand for Rapid Antigen Tests has ‘skyrocketed’ over the past two weeks,’ Mr Cain said in a note to customers on Wednesday.

Supermarket giant Coles addressed the chronic shortage of rapid antigen tests in an email to customers

‘We’re delivering millions of tests each week to our stores and we’ve ordered more from our suppliers, but while demand remains at current levels we expect it will be a few weeks before there are enough tests for every customer who wants to buy them.’

‘To help try to provide equal access for all our customers, we have introduced the limit of one pack per customer. For an update on availability, check the customer notice at the service desk when visiting your local store.’

RATs are currently unavailable to Coles customers shopping online.

The Coles website encourages customers to check product notices at the customer service desk as the supermarket continues to work hard to restocking RAT kits.

‘Please note that our call centres are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and are unable to advise on stock levels of rapid antigen tests in our stores,’ it states.

Steven Cain (pictured) hope to have enough rapid antigen tests 'in the next few weeks'

Steven Cain (pictured) hope to have enough rapid antigen tests ‘in the next few weeks’

Supermarket shelves have been stripped bare across the country due to food supply chains being hit hard by the Covid crisis (pictured a Coles store in Brisbane on Sunday)

Supermarket shelves have been stripped bare across the country due to food supply chains being hit hard by the Covid crisis (pictured a Coles store in Brisbane on Sunday)

The update comes after Coles introduced a series of temporary buying limits on certain products.

They include two packs of paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin while toilet paper is restricted to one pack per customers in a desperate effort to stop panic buying.

There’s also a buying limit on sausages and mince, along with chicken thighs and fillets. 

More than 147,000 new cases have been recorded so far on Thursday across  Australia.

More than 92,260 were recorded in NSW, including a backlog of registered positive RAT results dating back to January 1.

NSW has also recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic with 22 deaths. 

Demand for rapid antigen tests have skyrocketed across the country in the last fortnight

Demand for rapid antigen tests have skyrocketed across the country in the last fortnight

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