Masks mandated in Australia to curb cluster

An indoor mask mandate will be enforced starting Monday in Australia's most-populous state as its latest outbreak nears 150 cases.

Gladys Berejikllian is New South Wales Premier:

"If you're going shopping or in shopping centres, you have to wear a mask. If you're catching public transport, you have to wear a mask. If you are attending an indoor entertainment venue like a cinema, you have to wear a mask. Places of worship, hair and beauty salons, in gaming areas or establishments, and staff at hospitality venues.

On Sunday, New South Wales reported eight new COVID-10 cases and authorities fear those numbers may rise in the coming days with small clusters popping up in Sydney's west and south.

It's largest cluster at Sydney's Northern beaches now totals 148 cases.

Neighboring Victoria reported 3 new cases on Sunday and its borders are shut to New South Wales; Masks have been made mandatory and gatherings limited across the state.

Australia has reported nearly 28,500 COVID-19 cases and over 900 deaths since the pandemic began.