Third wave of COVID-19 could peak higher than second wave, Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has not ruled out reintroducing mask mandates in the face of an increase in COVID-19 cases as the third wave makes its way through the state.

Ms D’Ath said there was no recommendation to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to reintroduce mandatory masks, but Queensland Health would follow up on any future advice from the Chief Health Officer (CHO).

“As we move through this third wave, we’re reminding people that they can make those decisions themselves,” said Ms. D’Ath.

“I know almost everyone carries a mask, whether it’s in your car or in your handbag.

“So if people feel like they’re in a situation where they can’t social distancing and they’re particularly vulnerable, definitely wear a mask.”

Queensland recorded 3,971 new cases of COVID-19 and 32,061 active cases, with no deaths, in the past 24 hours.