One positive COVID-19 case at Keilor Downs Secondary College in Melbourne’s northwest led to seven students across two other high schools being identified as close contacts of the infected student.
Now, almost 80 Victorian school students are in self isolation at home.
A total of 78 known contacts from St Albans Secondary College and Taylors Lakes Secondary College will enter a 14-day self-isolation, the health department said.
At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Victorians working from home will have to continue for at least another month Premier Daniel Andrews said on May 29.
The directive will be in place until at least until the end of June and is in contrast to advice in other states, where a staged return to workplaces is set to begin from June 1.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the directive will help to avoid congestion in workplaces, lower foot traffic and decrease the number of people on public transport.
Victorians are gearing up for a new set of restrictions to be lifted on Monday June 1, with cafes, restaurants, libraries, galleries, museums, amusement parks, places of worship, beauty clinics, nail salons and massage parlours all allowed 20 people to a space.
People will also be able to travel to holiday homes, caravan parks and camping grounds.
There were seven new cases recorded in Victoria on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 1634.