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Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all

Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all

The state of Victoria, considered Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, will make wearing masks compulsory after reporting a record 723 new cases on Thursday.

Masks have been compulsory for the past week in the state capital, Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city with 5 million people, and a neighboring semi-rural district.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said masks or similar face coverings will become compulsory across the state starting late Sunday.

Melbourne and neighboring Mitchell Shire are halfway through a six-week lockdown, which Andrews said could be extended, AP reports. Health authorities had expected the infection rate would plateau by now.