Covid mask mandates likely to return as cases rise in Australia

A leading Australian doctor has warned that some Australian states may soon need to return mask mandates as new Covid cases continue to plague the country.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said it is “quite likely” that mask-wearing rules will need to be put in place and enforced to control the latest outbreak of the virus.

More than 50,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported across the country on Tuesday, with Australia reporting 347,756 active cases of the virus.

However, officials have warned that the actual number of active Covid cases is likely to be more than double what has been reported.

“I don’t know how far they are [politicians] we can leave the figures, continuing to say that we do not need mask mandates, ” The keeper said Dr. Khorshid.

The AMA president warned that it would soon become clear to the government that “mask mandates are required” to stop the situation from spiraling further out of control.

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“All we’ve heard from the federal government and health ministers and various state premiers is that they’re not going to put in mandates,” he said.

“But ultimately governments will be held accountable to the public for their failure to manage the whole process.

“At some point, I think it’s likely that in some states we will have a mandatory mask-wearing period.”

Yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly urged Australians to wear masks againhowever, he did not recommend new mandates.

Speaking at a press conference, Prof Kelly said the new variant in the community was much more contagious than previous strains, which was a key factor in the increase in cases.

“We know that wearing masks reduces the spread and protects yourself and others, if you are away from home and indoors in a crowded place, I really strongly recommend that you wear masks,” he said.

“Now I wear a mask. You must have noticed that the minister also wears a mask. This is our leadership role in the community. It’s not forever, but over the next few weeks we can really influence it.”

On Wednesday Dr. Khorshid doubled his masked position counting Ninth. Today it The Australians had a choice.

“We can either do the right thing and try to protect these hospitals, save resources for the Australians who need them, or ignore them until our chief medical officers have no choice but to return the mandates,” he said.

“So we all need to take a little bit of a bitter pill, to do the right thing, which means getting your vaccines, even if they are not a complete solution, but part of it.

“This means that if you have the slightest cold or flu, you should test yourself and report those results to the government in the way you should, and not go out with cold symptoms.”

Dr. Khorshid said the government has a role to play in keeping society safe.

He noted that in many cases rules have been put in place to clarify government expectations, for example regarding seat belts and speed limits.

The AMA president said the country is “very close” to making it mandatory to wear masks, but the government is concerned about the backlash.

“Governments are reluctant to implement it because they are concerned about the backlash,” said Dr. Khorshid.

“They know Australians don’t want mask mandates, but at the end of the day they have to step up and protect the community and when that time comes I expect them to do the right thing.”

Originally published as Chief medical officer says masks ‘quite likely’ to return as Covid cases rise