Impossible to predict whether Melbourne cases will grow or fizzle

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'A study on Victoria’s second wave, funded by the Victorian Health Department and co-authored by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, found masks made the strongest contribution to bringing the outbreak under control.

Mandatory face-masks cut transmission by between 31 and 46 per cent during Melbourne’s stage four lockdown, while physical distancing cut transmission by between 6 and 28 per cent. On Wednesday night Victoria imposed new mask restrictions, requiring they be worn in all indoor areas.

“Face coverings was one of the most important interventions – maybe even more important than lockdown,” said Dr Romain Ragonnet, one of the co-authors of the study.'

Period15 Jul 2021

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