Melbourne childcare centre, Strathmore Primary closed after cases confirmed

A childcare centre and a primary school in Melbourne’s north-west have been closed following the detection of two new coronavirus cases.

The Inspira Kids Early Learning centre at Gladstone Park will be closed until June 29 after a staff member tested positive for the virus.

The worker attended the centre for two days last week while infectious, according to Victoria’s health department, and close contacts are now being notified.

“We understand that this news will be concerning for many of you. I want to assure you we are strictly following the public health advice of DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) to ensure the safety of all staff and children,” the centre said on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Strathmore Primary School has also been closed after a student fell ill with the disease last week.

The student attended the school for at least one day while infectious, with all close contacts now being followed up for testing.

Picture: David Caird

“Thanks to Victorians playing their part, staying at home and getting tested, we have made some great progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said on Tuesday.

“However, we are still seeing transmission in households and other settings.”

The state recorded nine new cases on Tuesday, raising its total number of infections to 1741.

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