Coronavirus outbreak grows as another school closes

Henrietta Strickland
June 17, 2020

Pakenham Springs Primary School acting principal Renee Cotterell said: "Students and staff who have attended the school are required to remain at home while contact tracing occurs".

Two primary schools were closed on Monday in Melbourne, Australia, after some students tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the authorities confirmed that two students from St Dominic's School in Broadmeadows were found to be infected with the novel coronavirus, and one of them is said to have been infected already while participating in classes.

Strathmore Primary School, in Melbourne's inner north, will be closed on Tuesday as it undergoes a deep clean, The Herald Sun reports.

The four children are all linked to an outbreak from one family from Coburg.

Pakenham Springs Primary School was also shut down on Monday after two students from the same family contracted COVID-19.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the Monash Health outbreak had increased to six cases after a patient and health care worker recently tested positive.

In addition, a young woman who attended Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne on June 6 also tested positive for the virus.

St Dominic's was expected to be closed for at least three days while it underwent deep cleaning.

The Department of Health and Human Services said extensive contact tracing for members of the extended family was underway.

While Victoria readies for its next step to normality, nine new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on Tuesday, bringing the state's infection tally to 1741.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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