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Victoria records SIX new Covid-19 cases including three mystery infections and a teacher

Victoria records SIX new coronavirus cases including three mystery infections and a teacher – shutting down four schools hours after the state prematurely celebrated its first ‘doughnut day’

Victoria has recorded six new Covid-19 cases – including three mystery infections – just hours after celebrating the state’s first ‘doughnut day’ in more than three weeks.

The state’s Department of Health said only three of the cases were linked to known outbreaks and self-isolating while infectious. 

One of the cases is a school teacher in her 20s at a prestigious Islamic school in Melbourne – whose positive result has sent 2,100 students and 300 staff members into isolation for 14 days.

The teacher from Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west was diagnosed on Wednesday and may have been infectious in the community for a week. 

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a teacher at the Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west may have been infectious in the community for a week

The school said it would be closed for 14 days – with classes conducted online until August 18 – unless the health department advised otherwise. 

The Ilim College and Australian International Academy campuses as well as the Islamic College of Melbourne (ICOM) at Tarneit in Melbourne’s west were also shut on Thursday as a precaution.

In separate letters, the three schools reassured parents that none of their students or staff had tested positive so far.

‘There are many primary contacts at ICOM who may have been in contact with the Al-Taqwa positive confirmed case,’ one said.

The Al-Taqwa teacher, aged in her 20s, is currently isolating and being interviewed by contract tracers and with urgent investigations are underway into how she contracted the virus.

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