Australia to have half a billion masks by end of 2020, Health Minister says

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Greg Hunt has revealed the Government now has contracts in place to produce domestically or procure internationally over half a billion masks between now and the end of the year during a Sky News interview with Peta Credlin.

Mr Hunt added that the Government has since brought 30 million masks into Australia with 10 million to go to frontline healthcare workers this week.

“We don’t count them until they’ve landed or they’ve been made, but the fact that we’ve brought them in, distributed 11 million already, another 10 million can go out,” he said.

The Government has also set a target of 7,500 ventilators – a tripling of the 2,200 currently in Australia.

The Minister was also positive on the numbers, flagging again the drop in new cases from 25 to 30% two weeks ago to just below 5% now.

“Potentially we’ll see over the next week or two whether it consolidates,” he said.

A case of ‘wait and see’.


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