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A top doctor has called on Australians to wear masks as a deadly Covid wave pushes  hospitals to 'breaking point' ahead of the upcoming festive season. 

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Maria Boulton says people should opt to wear masks in public places such as large crowds, planes and medical settings to slow the spread of Covid before Christmas

Queensland is currently in its fourth week of the latest Covid wave to strike Australia with 122 people currently hospitalised with the virus - up from 74 people last month. 

According to Covid Live, there are currently 749 active Covid cases in Queensland, 1,393 cases in Victoria, 1,637 in NSW and 2,493 in Adelaide

Dr Boulton called on Queensland's Chief Medical Officer (CHO) Dr John Gerrard to provide guidance to the public on how to avoid a 'disastrous Christmas' period.

'The public should be encouraged to mask up in medical settings, planes or in crowds in the lead up to big Christmas gatherings,' she told the Courier Mail

'Of course, a mask mandate would be the decision of the CHO but hospitalisations are rising and the health workforce is stretched to breaking point and cannot cope with another overload of patients over the holidays.'

A top doctor has called on Australians to wear masks as a new Covid wave pushes hospitals to 'breaking point' ahead of the upcoming festive season (pictured, masked beach-goers)

A top doctor has called on Australians to wear masks as a new Covid wave pushes hospitals to 'breaking point' ahead of the upcoming festive season (pictured, masked beach-goers)

However, Dr Gerrard was quick to pour water on the possibility of a mask mandate and said the worst of the Covid wave would be over before Christmas.  

The state's top medical official said a mandate would only be introduced in 'exceptional' circumstances and in response to a public health emergency. 

'Covid-19 is now an ongoing part of our reality, much like other acute respiratory illnesses such as influenza and RSV,' Dr Gerrard said. 

'We have reverted to normal infection control measures in health care settings. Individual hospitals and health services will determine when and where masks are required within their facilities based on the local situation.'

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Maria Boulton has called on people to wear masks ahead of the festive season

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Maria Boulton has called on people to wear masks ahead of the festive season

He urged Queenslanders to take health measures based on their individual needs with no current public health directions requiring Queenslanders to mask up. 

In Victoria, acting health chief health officer Dr Christian McGrath has urged Melbourne residents to

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