Melbourne to make wearing of face covering in public mandatory

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Australia’s second biggest city, Melbourne, is to make wearing of face coverings in public mandatory as efforts accelerate to keep Covid-19 under control.

Victoria state, which includes Melbourne, now has nearly 3,000 active cases of Covid-19 after a further 363 infections were reported today despite a 10-day lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews said more than five million people in Melbourne and neighbouring Mitchell Shire would be required to wear a mask or other face-covering in public spaces from midnight Wednesday.