Wearing a mask will be mandatory as of next Thursday, in public places in Melbourne, have announced Sunday, the local authorities at the time of the second city of Australia, is trying to stop the spread of the virus.
The State of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, has more than 3000 cases of active COVID-19, of which 363 new cases identified during the last 24 hours, and this in spite of the containment in effect for 10 days.
In an attempt to stem the spread of the virus appeared in China in December, before spreading into the rest of the world, the prime minister of the State Daniel Andrews has announced that wearing a mask would become mandatory in public places – a first in the country.
This measure, which will come into force in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, will involve a total of over five million people in Melbourne and in the nearby village of Mitchell Shire, has he said during a press conference.
The absence of the port mask will be liable to a fine of 200 australian dollars, and bandanas, and scarves will be allowed the time that the State is able to meet the demand of masks, said Daniel Andrews.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 12, 000 cases of contamination coronavirus and 122 deaths were registered in Australia on the 25 million inhabitants of the island-continent.