Victoria's Chief Health Officer has warned that extensive testing in the state is revealing that child-to-child transmission of COVID-19 is "more apparent" than first thought.
Professor Brett Sutton said while the instances of transmission among children was not a significant risk, the data was showing that it had a greater prevalence in the community.
"Child to child transmission has become more apparent as we have tested more kids," Professor Sutton said.
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"It is still not a significant risk, but some of the earlier evidence was clearly biased by the fact that kids have mild symptoms and they were not being tested.
"We have done much more extensive testing, we have found there are probably more kids that get infected, not necessarily propagating an outbreak, but certainly kids are getting infected when you have a high community levels of transmission."
Professor Sutton made the comments as Victoria moves to remote learning for 700,000 students to reduce contact between school populations.
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"I think we are at a point with more than 270 cases per day, it is the wrong decision to say here is an additional huge cohort of people moving around metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire," Professor Sutton said.
"The default setting will be for teachers to be at school.
"You will have a number of tasks were teachers and staff will be required to be at school and a number of teachers required to be providing face-to-face teaching.
"The default staff at school, but each school will have the flexibility to have a number of teachers and staff working remotely."
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The State Government has promised additional support in the education sector. to ease the transition back into remote learning.
Sessional kindergarten will now be free for term three, with a $460 subsidy for each child in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
Outside of those areas, it will be half that amount.
In total, 48,000 electronic devices and 26,000 dongles have also been rolled out during the first stint of remote learning.
Now another 1000 devices and 2500 dongles are set to be provided by the government.
Overnight Victoria recorded 273 new cases of coronavirus and another death overnight.
Updating the public this afternoon, Premier Daniel Andrews said the state's total is now 3,799 cases and comes amid a "massive testing effort", with 30,195 tests performed yesterday.
A man in his 70s also died as a result of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the national death toll to 108.
"This is a very challenging time, and I know we are asking a lot of Victorians, but we simply have no choice but to acknowledge the reality that we face and to do what must be done, and that is to follow those rules, to only go out when you need to, and to only go out for the purposes that are lawful," Mr Andrews said.
"It is not an opportunity to go shopping each and every day for things that you don't need. It is about just using common sense."
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