Epping Boys High School, Australia, was closed after an 11th-year student was positive for SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19).
The Guardian reported on the evening of March 5, nearly 1,200 students at Epping Boys High School in Sydney, New South Wales, were announced to leave school after a 16-year-old boy at the school was infected with corona virus.
Gladys Berejiklian, New South Wales Premier, said the government’s first concern was the health of its students. Therefore, they decided that the school must be closed to prevent Covid-19 infection.
“I advise people to stay calm at the moment because the staff in our health system are still trying their best to reduce the impact of Covid-19,” Ms. Gladys said.
The state government has not yet announced the closing time, but still requires staff and students to isolate themselves on weekends. Those who have had close contact with the above students are required to isolate themselves for 14 days.
Epping Boys High School is about 2 km from Macquaire Banksia University Child Care Center and Gumnut. Seventeen children participating in the center are being tested after going to a nearby elderly care facility where 95-year-old patients died of Covid-19 infection.
The number of confirmed corona virus infections in Australia has increased to 55. Nearly half of them are in New South Wales. In the afternoon of March 5, the state government announced that 84 health workers at two Sydney hospitals had been quarantined after two doctors returning from the UK were infected with the virus.