More COVID cases from Vic school, hotel

Nearly a dozen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Victoria, including three more cases linked to a Melbourne school and four from a hotel used to quarantine returned travellers.

The COVID-19 cluster linked to the Keilor Downs Secondary College, in the city’s northwest, has grown to 11 cases. One of the three new cases is a year two student from the Holy Eucharist Primary School at St Albans South.

The primary school student’s entire class will be isolated for two weeks, and Holy Eucharist Primary will be deep cleaned but is expected to reopen on Monday.

All 11 cases linked to the Keilor Downs school cluster are from the same extended family. A drive through testing site has been set up at the Keilor Community Hub to help curb the outbreak.

Victoria’s has recorded a total of 1645 COVID-19 cases, with 11 more confirmed on Saturday.

Of the new cases, four are workers from Rydges on Swanston where returned travellers are being quarantined. Two other hotel staff were earlier diagnosed with coronavirus.

Returned travellers in isolation make up two of the new cases while another two remain under investigation.

It come as Victoria readies to loosen its coronavirus restrictions.

From Monday, cafes, restaurants, libraries, galleries, museums, amusement parks, places of worship, beauty clinics, nail salons and massage parlours will be allowed to reopen with no more than 20 people inside.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned life cannot return to normal yet.

“People by-and-large are listening but I’m concerned about certain quarters of the community who aren’t getting the message, who are reflecting on the fact that we’re easing some restrictions and are thinking we’re back to normal,” he told reporters.

“We are not back to normal. Nowhere in Australia will be back to normal for some time.”

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