One of Australia’s most prominent doctors has warned mask mandates are ‘quite likely’ to return in some states, as Covid cases continue to rise.
Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid, a Perth-based hip and knee surgeon, said rules for mask wearing will ‘quite likely’ need to be brought in and enforced in order to control the latest virus outbreak.
‘Everything we’ve heard from the federal government and various state health ministers and premiers is that they’re not about to introduce mandates,’ he told The Guardian.
‘But governments are ultimately going to be held to account by the public for their failure to navigate this whole process.At some point, I think it’s quite likely we will have a period of mask mandates in certain states.
Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid (pictured) said mask mandates are ‘quite likely’ to return’
Dr Khorshid urged Australians to ‘do the right thing’ and wear a mask.
‘We can either do the right thing and try to protect those hospitals, keep the resources available for the Australians who need it or ignore it until our Chief Health Officers have got no choice but to bring back mandates,’ he said.
‘So we all need to take a little bit of the bitter pill, do the right thing, that means getting your vaccines, even though they’re not the complete solution they’re part of it.
The Australian Medical Association has called for mask mandates to return