Melbourne primary school closes after student tests positive for virus

A primary school in Melbourne’s north has closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19, Nine reports.

Newbury Primary School at Craigieburn is closed today with contact tracing under way.

Some students returned for face-to-face learning at the school on May 26.

The school, which confirms the closure via its answering machine, will reportedly reopen on Monday.

The state’s education department has been contacted by for more information.

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In Sydney’s eastern suburbs last week, two schools within two kilometres of each other were forced to close after students were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Waverley College was closed after a Year 7 boy tested positive for COVID-19 while Moriah College at Queens Park was also shut.

The student to be diagnosed with the virus had reportedly attended the campus on May 21.

Several Sydney schools have shut temporarily after a confirmed COVID-19 case since March, including Epping Boys High School, Normanhurst West Public School, Warragamba Public School, St Mary’s Senior High School and St Ignatius College, Riverview.

“The health advice is very clear: a return to full-time face-to-face teaching is safe,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said last month.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also warned parents “you will get cases” of coronavirus in schools as students return to classrooms.

“But those cases can be managed and those cases can be contained in a strong health system and that’s our focus,” he said.

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