The Australian government has displayed exemplary skills in curbing the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite this, Melbourne is in deep trouble. The authorities have asked all staff and students from two schools in northeast Melbourne to immediately test for COVID-19. This comes after the emergence of seven new cases on Saturday, 24 October. There have been no casualties.
Schools in Melbourne close for 2 weeks
Both schools will remain shut for the next two weeks. About 800 residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs have already been isolating because of the school outbreak. The authorities have circulated warnings to workers who might have visited the area. The nation of Australia witnessed only one death in the past week.
St. Dominic’s School shut
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed in a statement that two students at St Dominic’s School in Broadmeadows tested positive for COVID-19. Furthermore, one of them was already infected while attending classes, according to a report by Xinhua news agency. “Testing will be undertaken for students and teachers who were at the school from May 26 to June 3,” the statement read. For immediate steps, the school will be closed for three days to enable contact tracing and deep cleaning.
Students in Pakenham Springs Primary Schools found COVID-19 positive
Pakenham Springs Primary School was shut down on Monday after two students contracted COVID-19. The school required all students and staff who came to school to remain at home while contact tracing is underway. Victoria state recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases. All the positive cases among students connected to an extended family outbreak in Melbourne’s northern and southeastern suburbs.
The city saw the most significant anti-lockdown protest on Friday, 23 October. A Freedom Day rally began mid-afternoon and continued for several hours. Moreover, there were rifts between the police and demonstrators for brief moments. Protesters, most of them mask-less, called for an end to lockdown restrictions. Police also arrested 16 people and fined dozens of people for breaking health directives. This included those that make mask-wearing compulsory and limit trips to 25 km from home.
3 police officers injured during the protests and one taken to hospital
Police are investigating an incident where a man hit several police horses with a flagpole. Thankfully the horses were safe after the assault, according to a police statement.