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Australia Three pupils test positive for COVID-19 at two Sydney school

03:17  04 august  2020
03:17  04 august  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Hundreds of staff and students in Sydney have been forced into isolation after three students tested positive for COVID-19.

Greenway Park Public School in Carnes Hill, west of Casula, has been closed for deep cleaning after two students tested positive for the illness.

Bonnyrigg High School, in Sydney's west, has also closed after a student returned a positive test.

NSW Education said the contact tracing process is underway for both schools, with before and after school care programs been cancelled.

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a train is parked on the side of the street: Greenway Park Public School in Carnes Hill, west of Casula, has been closed for deep cleaning after two students tested positive for the illness © Provided by Daily Mail Greenway Park Public School in Carnes Hill, west of Casula, has been closed for deep cleaning after two students tested positive for the illness a group of police officers riding on the back of a car: Cleaning crews are seen entering Keilor Views Primary School in Melbourne in June before the city was forced into lockdown (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Cleaning crews are seen entering Keilor Views Primary School in Melbourne in June before the city was forced into lockdown (pictured)

'All staff and students are asked to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs,' the department said.

Students will be advised on when the school will reopen on Tuesday afternoon.

NSW reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, four of which were returned travellers from overseas or Victoria.

Others were linked to clusters and one case had no known source.

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The concerning new trend prompted Premier Gladys Berejiklian to backtrack on previous advice that masks were not necessary.

On Sunday, Ms Berejiklian said authorities would not make mask usage mandatory in NSW, but revised current recommendations to address four specific circumstances.

Masks should be worn by public-facing employees such as hospitality or grocery workers, worshippers and residents of suburbs near COVID-19 clusters, as well as in situations where social distancing is impossible.

a sign on the side of a road: Bonnyrigg High School, in Sydney’s west, has also closed after a student returned a positive test © Provided by Daily Mail Bonnyrigg High School, in Sydney’s west, has also closed after a student returned a positive test a group of people standing in front of a store: NSW residents are being recommended to wear face masks in public as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise. Pictured: a shopper wears a face mask in Woolworths in Sydney on Friday © Provided by Daily Mail NSW residents are being recommended to wear face masks in public as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise. Pictured: a shopper wears a face mask in Woolworths in Sydney on Friday

'We have been talking about masks for several weeks but obviously the persistent situation in Victoria gives us cause for alarm in terms of the potential for further seeding in NSW, and it is about risk mitigation strategy,' Ms Berejiklian said.

'We're going to the next stage of assessing what else and how else we can decrease the risk and break the current chain coming through NSW.'

Ms Berejiklian said she will be heeding the advice of health authorities in her daily life, calling wearing a mask 'the fourth line of defence'.

'I want to stress it is not compulsory, but it is a strong recommendation from NSW Health, given where we are in the pandemic, given the risk posed from Victoria and given the rate of community transmission in New South Wales,' she said.

'I myself, when I next go grocery shopping, will be wearing a mask.'

The state has been recording steady daily increases in virus cases in the low double digits to reach a total of 3797 cases on Monday.

It was a Victorian who brought the sickness over the border sparking the current New South Wales outbreak, and the border has now been firmly sealed.

a close up of a map: Victorian hopes the drastic lockdowns will quickly crush the coronavirus case spike that is derailing Australia's recovery that was once the envy of the world © Provided by Daily Mail Victorian hopes the drastic lockdowns will quickly crush the coronavirus case spike that is derailing Australia's recovery that was once the envy of the world a person sitting on a bench: Commuters wait for a tram in Melbourne on Monday (pictured). Prime Minister Scott Morrison told shell-shocked Victorians that he understood their anger and fury at the restrictions © Provided by Daily Mail Commuters wait for a tram in Melbourne on Monday (pictured). Prime Minister Scott Morrison told shell-shocked Victorians that he understood their anger and fury at the restrictions

Melbourne's horror second wave has halted the economic recovery of the entire nation, with nearly all states and territories retreating on plans to lift restrictions and reopen their borders.

As Victoria recorded 429 new cases and 13 deaths on Monday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced details of the stage four measures that will put 250,000 people out of work for at least the next six weeks.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has admitted Victorians will feel 'anger and fury' at the unprecedented lockdown measures, as a frontline nurse warned the state's coronavirus crisis would likely deepen in the coming days.

'I understand people's frustration. I understand their anger. In some case, I certainly understand their fury,' Mr Morrison said from Parliament House on Monday.

'I also understand their tears and their deep disappointments.'

The Victorian government hopes the drastic lockdowns, which include an 8pm to 5am curfew, will crush the infection spike derailing Australia's recovery, which was once the envy of the world.

A man in a face mask at Flinders Street Station on Monday (pictured). Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria © Provided by Daily Mail A man in a face mask at Flinders Street Station on Monday (pictured). Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria a close up of a busy city street: Empty streets in Melbourne on Saturday in the lead-up to Sunday's curfew announcement (pictured, Little Burke St in Chinatown) © Provided by Daily Mail Empty streets in Melbourne on Saturday in the lead-up to Sunday's curfew announcement (pictured, Little Burke St in Chinatown)

Premier Andrews has outlined a three-tiered system for workplaces, effective from Thursday, to complement the state's six-week stage four lockdown.

'There will be very significant pain,' he said on Monday.

He estimated roughly 250,000 workers would be stood down under the latest changes.

They'll join a further 250,000 people who are already out of work under stage three restrictions, with another 500,000 people working from home.

Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, post offices and banks will remain open as part of the first group.

Hardware stores such as Bunnings will be accessible to tradespeople, but move to 'click and collect' for members of the public.


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What will be closed in Melbourne Stage 4

Furniture wholesalers

Personal care including hairdressers

Car washes

Pubs, taverns, bars, brothels and prostitution services, clubs, nightclubs

Food courts, restaurants, cafes, etc

Architectural, engineering and technical services

Travel and tour agencies

Non-emergency call centre operations

Non-urgent elective surgery

Museums, parks and gardens, ski resorts

Gambling

Places of worship except what is required to stream services or provide soup kitchens and food banks

Manufacturing of non-metallic mineral and fabricated metal products, furniture, wood, textile, leather fur, dressing knitted, clothing and footwear, domestic appliances

All office-based and professional businesses, except those delivering critical services, must work from home

OPERATING BUT LIMITED

Building sites of more than three storeys - 25 per cent of workforce

Less than three storeys- five workers on site at a time only

Meat processing - workers cut by a third

Shopping centres for access to permitted retail only

Public transport, ride share and taxis only to support access to permitted services for permitted workers

Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing with minimum number of essential participants to operate safely

FULL LIST

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What will still be open in Melbourne Stage 4

Supermarkets, bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, post offices, banks

Retailers working onsite to fulfill online orders

Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade

Specialist stationery for business use

Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs, mechanics

Locksmiths, laundry and dry cleaners, maternity supplies

Disability and health services and equipment, mobility devices

Farms and commercial fishing

Vets, pounds and animal shelters

Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects

a group of people standing in a room: Supermarkets will stay open © Provided by Daily Mail Supermarkets will stay open

Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety

Cafes and restaurants for takeaway

Media

Critical service call centres

Medicare

Law enforcement and courts for urgent matters

Prisons, facilities for parolees, adult parole board, youth justice facilities

Emergency services

Essential maintenance and manufacturing

FULL LIST


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Third Sydney school closed after positive coronavirus case .
Health authorities have also issued an alert for anyone who visited a nearby pharmacy after a worker was diagnosed with coronavirus. Bonnyrigg Heights Primary, in the city's south-west, will be closed for deep cleaning following a student testing positive overnight at the school. Last night, officials from the Department of Health have been undertaking contact tracing and 9News understands the student is in kindergarten or year 1.

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