Adelaide school closes for deep cleaning after infection scare

Two Adelaide high schools have been temporarily closed for deep cleaning after a woman may have exposed thousands of students to the deadly coronavirus.

The adult student, who is in her 20s, attended both the Thebarton Senior College and Roma Mitchell Secondary College in the city’s northern suburbs while she was infectious.

The latter school was visited while the woman attended an after-hours class.

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The woman and a teenage girl are the two new cases announced in the state on Sunday as health experts fear another outbreak in the city which had largely controlled the pandemic.

“Unfortunately this person did attend (school) during the infectious period,” Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said, according to The Advertiser.

“Anybody who attended the schools and develops symptoms will need to isolate and get tested.”

The adult student is a known contact of an existing patient in South Australia and is now isolated in a medi-hotel while the teen quarantines at home.

Prof Spurrier admitted there was “some potential” of community transmission after the state recorded six new cases in last week.

“I have been concerned with a case every day and now (on Sunday) two cases,” she said.

“We are really in a tenuous position at the moment with the number of active cases in South Australia.”

“We do not want to get anywhere near the level of community transmission … they are seeing in Victoria.”

The teenage girl returned to SA from Melbourne on Jetstar flight on JQ774 on July 26.

The development comes as Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced the state would enter stage four lockdown with a curfew imposed on residents.

Fears are also escalating in New South Wales where experts have warned the number of citywide outbreaks in Sydney is evidence of community transmission.

University of Melbourne epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely warned NSW is dangerously close to a second wave as aggressive as Victoria’s.

“I’m really concerned about NSW,” he said, speaking on Channel 10’s The Project.

“I’m very concerned NSW is going to tip over into something like what Victoria was four or six weeks ago,” Prof Blakely said.

“If I was the Chief Health Officer in NSW, I might become unpopular for saying this, I would be doing mandatory face masking but I’d put Sydney into stage three lockdown now before things get worse because you don’t want to end up where Victoria is.”

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