No new virus cases as Vic students return

Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19, as the last wave of its students who have been learning from home return to school.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed there were no fresh cases on Tuesday.

“Well done to Victorians who’ve earned this,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Let’s keep being careful, engaging in physical distancing, avoiding crowds, staying home as much as we can and getting tested if we’re unwell.”

Victoria recorded its first day without new cases since March 5 on Saturday.

But four new cases were confirmed on Sunday and another two on Monday, with the state’s total number of infections so far standing at 1687.

Seven people are in hospital with the virus, including one in intensive care, while 1602 people have recovered.

Victoria’s death toll remains at 19 and the number of active cases is 66.

Victorian years three-to-10 students are back at their desks after a staged return to in-class teaching saw the youngest and most senior pupils return last month.

Staggered start and finish times and keeping drinking fountains out-of-bounds are some of the changes introduced to keep children safe.

Public transport has also been in focus, with children warned to be safe around trains, which will undergo extra cleaning.

An independent analysis will be launched in Victoria to understand what can be learned from remote schooling, along with a summit of education leaders in June.

A Victorian aged care centre remains in lockdown after a patient tested positive to COVID-19.

A resident of Hawthorn Village at Bright, in northeastern Victoria, was one of the state’s two latest infections on Monday.

The person has been isolated in hospital where they were transferred for an unrelated condition, while about 25 remaining residents are in quarantine.

Victoria’s low rate of community transmission allowed an easing of restrictions that saw campgrounds and hotel accommodation open for the long weekend.

But an announced further relaxation of restrictions from June 22 could be compromised if the weekend’s massive Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne leads to a spike in the virus.

It will take at least a week to know if the rally spread the illness.

Protest organisers told participants to self-isolate for two weeks and were fined for breaching the chief health officer’s social distancing guidelines.

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