COVID-19: Could Australians soon be required to wear masks?

Health authorities are preparing new advice for the public on personal protection

The states will be able to mandate mask-wearing to protect against COVID-19, Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt says.

Mr Hunt says whether to encourage or make masks mandatory won’t be a national directive but he’s confirmed Victorian health authorities are considering changing the prevailing message as the state's caseload climbs. 

Victoria recorded 75 new COVID-19 cases on Monday — the highest number in three months — following outbreaks in Melbourne suburban hotspots. 

At the start of the pandemic, the

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