Victoria records five new local Covid-19 cases as Al-Taqwa College locked down



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Victoria recorded a new mystery case on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia

Victoria has recorded five new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

The state’s health department confirmed six new local virus cases about 8.30am, but one case was previously announced on Wednesday afternoon.

That case – a teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina – was announced just hours after a doughnut day in a fresh blow for Victorians as they emerge from their fifth coronavirus lockdown.

The health department said the acquisition source of the woman’s infection remain a mystery and household contacts of the case were being urgently tested.

The department said two of the remaining cases were mystery infections, with the three others linked to existing outbreaks and in isolation for their entire infectious period.

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Al-Taqwa College in Truganina has recorded a mystery Covid-19 case. Picture: Kylie ElseSource:News Corp Australia

Victoria’s Covid-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said health officials believed the teacher may have been infectious while teaching at the school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week.

All staff, students, families and visitors who attended the school on July 28, 29 and 30 have also been ordered to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

Al-Taqwa College spokesman Terry Barnes said in a statement the campus had been “completely shut down” and would likely remain closed for 14 days.

“The college campus will be completely shut down with no staff members or students permitted to attend the college premises (and) deep cleaning is being arranged,” he said.

Victoria has recorded more than 220 cases linked to the two outbreaks that jumped the border from Sydney’s deadly Delta cluster – one from a team of Sydney removalists who transited through the state and the other from a family who returned to Melbourne’s north from a NSW red zone.

No new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine, with the number of active infections in the state falling to 80 – down from 99 on Wednesday.

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