Three Victorian schools close as COVID-19 cases rise again

Three Victorian schools close as COVID-19 cases rise again

The largest Islamic college in Victoria will be closed for 14 days and its 300 staff and 2,100 students tested after a teacher contracted the highly contagious Delta strain of COVID-19.

Victorian health officials have warned that a female teacher from Al-Taqwa College in Truganina may have unknowingly been infectious for days while continuing to teach at the school, which saw more than 200 cases during Victoria’s previous COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

Two other schools, Ilim College and the Australian International Academy of Education (AIAE), closed some of their campuses as a precaution. Ilim College’s campuses in Dallas, Glenroy and Doveton will be closed, while AIAE’s campuses in North Coburg, Coburg and Caroline Springs will be non-operational today.

The school closures come as Victoria records six new cases of the highly contagious Delta strain, just 24 hours after celebrating zero cases of community transmission.

This morning, Victorian Health confirmed there are now more than a dozen new exposure sites across the west, including in Caroline Springs, Altona North and Spotswood.