As the number of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 approaches record levels, Australians have been warned to work from home and wear masks indoors.  o address the recent spike in cases.

There are currently 5,239 Australians in hospitals, slightly shy of the record 5,390 patients counted in January.

Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, said on ABC Radio on Wednesday that "we need to do certain things differently, at least for a short period of time"

"We know that one of the most important factors in preventing what we refer to as macro spreading is working from home."

 "They must be produced with safety in mind. But we also need to acknowledge that certain people can't work remotely. It's important to strike the correct balance.