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AMA chief says mask mandates becoming more likely amid ‘pretty scary’ Covid hospital numbers

‘I don’t know how far [politicians] can let the numbers go while still saying we don’t need mask mandates,’ Omar Khorshid says

It will soon become evident to premiers “that mask mandates are required” to tackle surging Covid numbers, the president of the Australian Medical Association has said, as the number of people in hospital and health worker infections continue to rise.

Dr Omar Khorshid said the hospital numbers had become “pretty scary”, especially as thousands of health workers are furloughed due to infection. There were 821 Covid cases in Victorian hospitals as of Monday, a 99% increase since 22 June. In New South Wales, there were 2,205, while in Queensland, hospital admissions have exceeded modelling projections.

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