MELBOURNE, Australia - The Australian city of Melbourne is set to make mask wearing in public mandatory as it faces a spike in cases.

Victoria state, where Melbourne is located, reported a further 363 infections on Sunday. A lockdown is currently in place in Melbourne and some of its surrounding areas.

Premier Daniel Andrews said people in the city and in Mitchell Shire would be required to wear a face covering from midnight on Wednesday.

“You won’t be able to leave home without your mask and then wear it where it is absolutely essential to stop the spread of the virus,” he said.

Those who do not comply with the rule will face a $200 fine (£111, $140).

Australia has reported 12,000 cases of the virus since the pandemic began and 122 deaths.(FA)