Coronavirus: Melbourne schools undergo deep cleaning as new COVID cases emerge

  • Coronavirus: Melbourne schools undergo deep cleaning as new COVID cases emerge

Coronavirus: Melbourne schools undergo deep cleaning as new COVID cases emerge

Australia on Monday reported 78 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day rise since April, health authorities said.

There have been more coronavirus outbreaks linked to Melbourne schools, as cases continue to surge in the city.

He said the state was "right on the edge" of being able to manage the peak in cases, which accelerated after restrictions were eased.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said partial lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus were not off the table and foresaw the situation aggravating.

However, he said the "clearly big numbers today" were "absolutely concerning".

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews also said he will consider locking down individual hotspots pending the results of a 10-day testing blitz.

South Australia state also recorded three new imported cases, all of them travelers returning to Australia from India.

He said any possible lockdowns on certain suburbs - something the state's premier has indicated could happen- are a "balancing act".

"Obviously there have been school holidays, those schools are already closed and all the schools will be thoroughly cleaned and there will be contact tracing there involving both staff and students being followed up and obviously the school communities being notified", she said.

He noted that are now 2,500 close contacts of confirmed cases in Victoria, adding: "We're at the limits of managing that number".

A childcare centre in Abbotsford has been close for cleaning, and close contacts of a healthcare worker at the Melbourne Clinic in Richmond are being contacted after they tested positive to the virus.

Mikakos broke down the new cases as follows: one in hotel quarantine, 14 linked to outbreaks, 37 detected through routine testing, and 23 now being investigated to determine their origin.

The department is investigating the nature of the link.

It's the fourth-highest daily total in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, and the first day with over 70 new cases since the end of March. Of the remainder, 37 were detected through routine testing, 23 are still under investigation, 14 were linked to previously discovered outbreaks, and one case is a returned overseas traveller in mandatory hotel quarantine.