Melbourne school closed after student tests positive for COVID-19

Melbourne school closed after student tests positive for COVID-19

A student at Keilor Downs Secondary College in Melbourne’s northwest has tested positive to COVID-19.

The student’s diagnosis is one of seven new cases that were recorded in Victoria overnight and comes days after a teacher at the same school also contracted the virus.

The Victorian Government said Keilor Downs Secondary College will be closed for 24 hours while contact tracing and deep cleaning are conducted on site.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the student was associated with a family cluster and was likely infected whilst on site on 26 May when they were believed to have attended a VET class including other students from Taylors Lakes Secondary College and St Albans Secondary College.

The closure of the Melbourne school follows a confirmed case at Waverley College in Sydney and nearby Moriah College earlier this week. The schools were the third and fourth in Sydney to close in less than two weeks, after a Year 7 student at St Ignatius' College Riverview and a staff member at Werrington Public School contracted the virus.

In Australia, the current COVID-19 toll stands at 103 killed and 7,163 infected. In the space of just 140 days, the virus has infected 5.7 million people worldwide and killed 358,000.