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Australia Metro Trains staff sent home to self-isolate as cases at Victoria's Flinders Street Station investigated

04:27  28 june  2020
04:27  28 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Metro Trains staff stationed at Flinders Street only became aware of the coronavirus infection on Tuesday this week after that ISS email became He also said the cleaner had not been at the station for two weeks before Monday, June 15. A Metro Trains spokesman said the ISS cleaner "did not

Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Staff working for Metro at Flinders Street Station have been sent home to self-isolate. (ABC News: Elias Clure, file) © Provided by ABC Health Staff working for Metro at Flinders Street Station have been sent home to self-isolate. (ABC News: Elias Clure, file)

Metro Trains has confirmed staff at Melbourne's Flinders Street Station have been sent home to self-isolate after they came into contact with an employee who tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Metro said "thorough contact tracing" had been carried out by Metro "and a small number of employees have been asked to self-isolate until they can be tested".

"During the time when potentially infectious, the employee was not in a passenger-facing role," the spokesperson said.

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The lost property office at Flinders Street Station is currently closed to members of the public, with lost property collection by appointment only. Passengers should direct all lost property queries to lost.found@ metrotrains .com.au or call (03) 9610 7512. Access to Metro Rail Network – Metro Site

On Saturday afternoon, Metro was made aware one of its employees had tested positive to coronavirus.

All areas of Flinders Street Station where the employee worked were locked down and cleaned.

Metro said the employee followed all safety protocols when they began to feel unwell, stayed home and was tested.

Metro confirmed there was no interaction between the diagnosed employee and a sub-contractor who tested positive last week.

It comes as Victoria continues to see high rates of community transmission of the virus in hotspots in Melbourne's north and north-west.

On Saturday, the state recorded another 41 cases of COVID-19, including 19 cases of unknown origin.

A testing blitz in 10 priority suburbs began yesterday, with everyone, regardless of symptoms, encouraged to be tested.

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Emergency nurse among 41 new COVID-19 cases in Victoria .
An emergency department nurse working at a major Melbourne hospital is among 41 new coronavirus cases in Victoria. Staff patients and visitors who may have had contact with the infected worker at Royal Melbourne Hospital are being contacted but it's not known how many people are affected. A Metro worker based at Flinders Street Station has also tested positive with 13 of their colleagues forced into quarantine.They reportedly had no contact with passengers while infectious. Further information is expected to be revealed by the Department of Health later today.

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