Victoria has recorded a rise in new coronavirus cases on Thursday as the state’s health authorities desperately try to prevent a new cluster of cases ahead of a proposed easing of restrictions on Sunday.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced five new cases in the previous 24 hours, the first time in a week cases have not been under five.
Late on Wednesday, the state’s testing chief Jeroen Weimar called on residents in five Melbourne suburbs to get tested if the slightest of symptoms arise.
A student’s positive case at the East Preston Islamic College has led to 120 people being told to isolate and get tested at a social housing block in Broadmeadows in the city’s north.
The school’s principal Ekrem Ozyurek told The Australian the child breached a 14-day isolation period after 11 days to come to school after a family member had previously tested positive.
Staff and students at the college, and their households, will also quarantine for 14 days.
The state’s death toll has remained at 817 after zero deaths in the previous 24 hours.
Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has fallen to 6.1 while mystery cases over a two-week period remain at 10.
Premier Daniel Andrews said earlier this week Melbourne was set for a “dark opening” of its hospitality and retail sectors, where employees will prepare businesses for a public opening one or two days later.
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