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Covid Cases Jump as Masks Come Off

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Tags: COVID-19, Health

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson 

Today’s 400+ case jump follows the Gutwein Government’s decision to remove mask wearing protections in most indoor settings. This increase in cases was predicted – and avoidable.

The independent OzSAGE experts have recommended governments maintain mask protections to reduce the spread of Covid. 

Masks reduce the risk of being hospitalised from Covid, and of developing long Covid – which can have potentially serious and disabling consequences. 

This is simple, clear public health policy. The Premier himself was forced by Public Health to acknowledge that mask wearing indoors is still recommended. 
Covid cases are on the rise in Tasmania and a new variant is establishing itself. Today’s spike in cases looks like an entirely avoidable result of the Premier’s irresponsible decision.

We urge all Tasmanians to wear a mask in indoor settings – for your own health, and the health of those around you.