Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; Iran makes masks compulsory

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With so much still uncertain about the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19, even the exact method of transmission remains scientifically unknown. As far back as in May, scientists in Australia were warning the world to be on guard against airborne transmission, and studies indicate that the coronavirus can be detected on particles of air pollution.

Overnight the New York Times has written about an open letter that 239 experts are planning on sending to the World Health Organisations (WHO) this week, which the Times says makes one big claim: the coronavirus is airborne.

The WHO has long held that the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets that, once expelled by infected people in coughs and sneezes, fall quickly to the floor. But in an open letter to the WHO, 239 scientists in 32 countries have outlined the evidence showing that smaller particles can infect people, and are calling for the agency to revise its recommendations. The researchers plan to publish their letter in a scientific journal next week.

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Compulsory face masks in public spaces have been introduced in Iran after the government admitted its efforts to introduce effective voluntary social distancing have failed, and that the death rate due to coronavirus is now spiralling up to record levels.

The latest figures published by the Iranian health ministry on Sunday showed a record 163 had died in the past 24 hours, higher than any daily figure in the initial March outbreak. The total number of deaths had reached 11,571. The number of new infections was 2,560 short of the daily records set at the beginning of June, but in line with the figures for the past fortnight. In fresh tests, 5 MPs have tested positive, and a number of top footballers.

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