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Victoria records eight new local COVID-19 cases linked to NSW outbreak

Victoria has recorded eight locally-acquired coronavirus cases, with the latest case being a staff member at a private school 50 kilometers west of Melbourne.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the Principal of Bacchus Marsh Grammar School confirmed that a teaching staff member had tested positive.

They had attended a staff day on 12 July but had not contacted students on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“As a result of this, all staff who were at the Staff Day on Monday 12 July have been directed by the COVID-19 Public Health Division Department of Health to isolate and be tested,” Principal Andrew A. Neal said.

Classes have been canceled at both of the school’s campuses for the rest of the week.

Four new cases are residents on the third floor of the Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong, which has been in lockdown since Monday evening. Among them is a man in his 60s who subsequently infected his parents, who are aged in their 80s and live in Craigieburn. COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar urged anyone who has visited an exposure site or has symptoms to get tested.

The following two days are particularly critical,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“We are right on the heels of this particular outbreak.

The man attended an AFL match between Carlton and Geelong on Saturday and was seated in level two of the MCC section of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He also visited the Highpoint shopping center.

Some 200 residents of the Ariele Apartments were forced into 14 days of quarantine after a group of removalists from NSW conducted a pick-up at the complex on Thursday while infectious.

Mr. Weimar confirmed the three removalists, two of whom have tested positive, weren’t wearing masks, in a breach of their workers permit conditions.

The trio of removalists, two of whom have tested positive, did a drop-off at a Craigieburn home the same day and visited several petrol stations and fast-food restaurants, which have been listed as tier-one exposure sites.

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