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.