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A $200 fine for not wearing a mask is fair, as long as free masks go to those in need

The fines for failing to wear a mask during Melbourne's lockdown have been criticised as 'punitive'. But the fact that masks are cheap or free, with huge public health benefits, makes it justifiable.
For large households living at close quarters, as in Melbourne’s public housing towers, hotel isolation of people with COVID-19 is likely to be more cost-effective. James Ross/AAP

Is aggressive hotel isolation worth the cost to fight COVID-19? The answer depends on family size

The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne's public housing towers.

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