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Primary school in Melbourne shuts after a child is diagnosed with coronavirus

Primary school shuts after a child is diagnosed with coronavirus sparking fears of another outbreak

  • A primary school student has tested positive for coroanvirus in Melbourne
  • Newbury Primary School in Craigieburn was forced to close on Friday 
  • Victoria’s Chief Health Officer says virus was likely picked up in community 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A primary school in Melbourne has closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19. 

The case was discovered at Newbury Primary School in Craigieburn.

The school was forced to shut on Friday while contact tracing gets underway. 

The student was at the school late last week without any symptoms, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said. 

He said the pupil developed symptoms over the weekend and was tested for the virus on Wednesday. 

Prof Sutton said the virus was likely picked up within the community. 

He said the risk of transmission in the school remains very low.

The positive case comes a two weeks after students returned to school for in-class learning. 

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education spokeswoman said the school will be thoroughly cleaned before it reopens next week. 

‘Further investigations are being undertaken this morning by DHHS, the school and DET to identify whether any staff or students are required to self-isolate, and to determine any further actions required to reduce the risk of infection.’

Three new cases have been identified in Victoria but two others are currently in hotel quarantine. 

The inner north and west of Melbourne, from Keilor Downs through Fawkner to Craigieburn, have been identified as a hotspot for the virus.

Prof Sutton urged people in those areas to get tested if they have symptoms. 

More to come 


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