News State Victoria Melbourne primary school students in quarantine after positive test

Melbourne primary school students in quarantine after positive test

The students in the affected class will be placed into quarantine for two weeks. Photo: ABC News
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A class of year two children in Victoria has been placed into quarantine for a fortnight after a student tested positive to coronavirus.

The student is among three more cases linked to a school in Melbourne’s north-west.

The COVID-19 cluster affecting Keilor Downs Secondary College has now grown to 11 cases.

One of the three new cases is a year two student from the Holy Eucharist Primary School at St Albans South.

The primary school student’s entire class will be isolated for two weeks, and the school will be deep cleaned but is expected to reopen on Monday.

Meanwhile, four new cases from a hotel used to quarantine returned travellers are among nearly a dozen new cases confirmed in Victoria.

All 11 cases linked to the Keilor Downs school cluster are from the same extended family. A drive-through testing site has been set up at the Keilor Community Hub to help curb the outbreak.

Victoria’s has recorded a total of 1645 COVID-19 cases, with 11 more confirmed on Saturday.

Of the new cases, four are workers from Rydges on Swanston where returned travellers are being quarantined. Two other hotel staff were earlier diagnosed with coronavirus.

An outbreak management squad is providing additional training to staff at the hotel.

Returned travellers in isolation make up two of the new cases while another two remain under investigation.

It come as Victoria readies to loosen its coronavirus restrictions.

From Monday, cafes, restaurants, libraries, galleries, museums, amusement parks, places of worship, beauty clinics, nail salons and massage parlours will be allowed to reopen with no more than 20 people inside.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned life cannot return to normal yet.

“People by and large are listening but I’m concerned about certain quarters of the community who aren’t getting the message, who are reflecting on the fact that we’re easing some restrictions and are thinking we’re back to normal,” he told reporters.

“We are not back to normal. Nowhere in Australia will be back to normal for some time.”

-with AAP