Victoria’s largest Islamic school in the center of the coronavirus cluster has 2,000 students, all of whom are treated as close contacts
- Al-Taqwa College in Truganina registered the 90th case of COVID-19 on Tuesday
- All 300 employees and 2,000 students were asked to be tested as close contacts
- The authorities say that it was possible that infections may have occurred before the first case was known
- The school made sure they had always taken precautions to protect staff and students
All 2,000 students from 300 teachers at Victoria’s largest Islamic school in the center of a coronavirus cluster are treated as close contacts.
Al-Taqwa College, in the suburb of Truganina, west Melbourne, registered the 90th case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said all of the students’ staff have been asked to be quarantined.
“There seems to have been a substantial transfer at school,” he said Tuesday.
Al-Taqwa College in Truganina (photo) Tuesday recorded the 90th case of COVID-19
Professor Sutton said that it was possible that infections had occurred before authorities were aware of the first case, which spread through older children at school.
“They tend to have more transmission similar to adults if they don’t distance themselves properly, so that’s a big cluster in terms of schools,” he said.
A teacher at the school was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 29.
Three others were infected the next day and eight the day after.
The cluster reached 15 cases on July 2, with students under 23 infections on July 3.
There are 33 cases registered on Saturday, 59 on Sunday, 77 on Monday and 90 in the cluster on Tuesday.
The only larger coronavirus cluster in the state was at the Cedar Meats slaughterhouse, where 111 infections were registered.
Medical staff conducts coronavirus tests on the mobile test site of the Keilor community hub on Monday
Al-Taqwa College director Omar Hallak released an update on Facebook on Sunday.
“All staff and students have been asked to be tested immediately and have been quarantined while DHHS continues their investigation and the College is undergoing a thorough clean-up,” the report said.
“We are working closely with DHHS to support their efforts to trace the origin of the virus and trace all contacts of the affected people.
“We know this news will increase fear in the community. We pray that our state overcomes this pandemic and we wish every affected person a speedy recovery.
Mr. Hallak made sure that the school had always taken precautions to protect staff and students with on-site security measures.
‘Temperature checks were carried out daily for all staff, students and everyone who had to visit the school. Any staff or students who showed even the mildest cold and flu symptoms were sent home for safety reasons, “the post continues.
Al-Taqwa College Director, Omar Hallak, made sure that the school had always taken precautions to protect staff and students. Pictured: A paramedic with a test sample on Saturday in Brunswick West
“The staff must at all times adhere to the guidelines of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Health. Good hygiene posters were placed all over the school, as were hand sanitizers to ensure that everyone practiced good hygiene and were told from a social distance.
“Since the outbreak, we’ve taken additional measures, including over $ 100,000 in additional cleaning and hygiene measures, involving an organization recognized by DHHS.
“We have done our utmost to avoid cases in our school, but unfortunately this is not out of our hands as it is with quite a few other schools in Victoria, across the country and around the world, which is kind of sad . ‘
Phase three lockdown restrictions will be implemented Wednesday night in Victoria, with students from grades 11 and 12 and special schools returning to class.
The holiday is extended by one week for students up to and including year 10, after which distance learning is possible.
Pressured Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the new shutdown was essential to prevent “thousands and thousands” of cases and “many people in the hospital.”
“This is a pandemic and it will kill thousands of people if it comes completely from us,” he said.
Where are Victoria’s new coronavirus cases?
* 13 infections involve the towers of North Melbourne and Flemington, of which there are now 69
* 12 new cases have been linked to the Al-Taqwa College outbreak, bringing the total to 90
* Four new cases have been linked to Northern Hospital in Epping, nine of which are now.
* A case linked to Aitken Hill Primary School in Craigieburn with that outbreak now at 10am
* The remaining new cases are linked to existing family clusters in Truganina, Patterson Lakes / Lysterfield, Fawkner and Sunshine West
* A new case has also been confirmed with an employee of the Assisi Aged Care facility in Rosanna, who was not working while contagious