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Mr Morrison has insisted Australians do not have to wait for mandates in order to take precautions against COVID-19.

The prime minister said he speaks to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet “quite regularly” due to Sydney’s surge in cases, adding “practical decisions will be taken there”.

When asked about tougher mask mandates, Mr Morrison responded: “You should be wearing them anyway.”

“You don’t have to wait to be told in this country and this is the point I was making yesterday – we’ve all got to be doing sensible things,” he said.

“It’s summer, so we should be maximising where we are meeting people outdoors, not indoors.

“We should be washing our hands very regularly. We should be wearing masks indoors when we are in public settings, in shopping centres, things like that. We should be doing that. That is the advice.”

The prime minister continued illustrating his point by saying the government does not mandate sunscreen and hats in summer, but people tend to take those precautions.

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