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Third Victorian school closes after student tests positive for coronavirus

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Another Victorian school will close today after a student tested positive for coronavirus

A third Melbourne school will close today after a grade five student tested positive for coronavirus.

Victoria health officials have confirmed the pupil from Strathmore Primary School, in Melbourne's north-west, returned a positive result.

The school has told parents and staff it will be closed for 24 hours while deep cleaning is undertaken and close contacts are established.

It joins Pakenham Springs Primary School and St Dominic's at Broadmeadows in shutting down. Students and teachers in close contact with those infected have been told to be tested.

In a letter to families, principal Peter Olm said the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) had confirmed a student was infected.

Close contacts of the student would be notified by DHHS.

"I understand this will be concerning for many of you. I want to assure you we are strictly following the public health advice of DHSS to ensure the safety of all staff and students," Mr Olm wrote.

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says two are linked to a hospital patient at Monash Health, taking the cluster there to six. Another of the new cases is linked to a family cluster totalling 12 infections.

Pakenham Springs Primary School were told to stay at home after two students were diagnosed with the virus.

She said the Strathmore Primary School case involved a grade five student who tested positive.

On Monday, a second protester who attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Melbourne tested positive.

Victoria's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton confirmed the young woman tested positive to COVID-19 after attending the June 6 rally in Melbourne's CBD but it is "very unlikely" she contracted it there or passed it on to others.

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- Reported with AAP

Source: 9News

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