School probed over COVID-19 outbreak

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A Melbourne school at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak will be questioned amid reports it was operating at full capacity despite tough lockdown restrictions.

Authorities are now investigating the outbreak at Fitzroy Community School in Fitzroy North.

The Department of Health on Monday night said 29 students and staff have contracted the virus, while there were 82 close contacts associated with the outbreak.

There are about 60 students enrolled at the school, which describes itself as an “independent, alternative primary school”.

Only children of permitted workers and those who are vulnerable are currently allowed to attend school in Melbourne, but the school has reportedly been inviting all parents to send their children to class.

The school has been closed for deep cleaning, and it is believed the school will not reopen until all staff complete their 14 day quarantine.

Mr Weimar said an increasing number of cases had also been linked to the construction industry, subject to a vaccination blitz and compliance crackdown from Monday.

Coaches will continue to replace the majority of V/Line services on Tuesday as hundreds of frontline V/Line workers continue to isolate following six positive cases among staff.

A prisoner at the Melbourne Remand Centre has also tested positive.

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