Victoria has recorded five new cases of COVID-19 with no new virus-related deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

The number of mystery cases remains the same today and the rolling average for Melbourne has reduced slightly from 6.2 to 6.1.

Residents across five suburbs in Melbourne’s north are now being told to be tested for coronavirus if they develop symptoms as a result of the new case.

Any residents in the northern suburbs of Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg must get tested immediately if they develop symptoms.

A text message was sent yesterday afternoon alerting people who lived in or visited the suburbs and surrounding areas.

The Department of Health and Human Services last night said the school would be temporarily closed for deep cleaning after the Year 5 student became infected.

“We need everyone working together to tackle this virus, and that’s exactly what the school community is doing,” Victoria’s Commander of Testing and Community Engagement, Jeroen Weimar said.

“Staff and students who are close contacts – and their households – have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days. 

Text message alert sent to residents. (Supplied/Facebook)

“We have a number of people who are self-isolating either at home or as part of the COVID-19 Accommodation program and are being monitored by Austin Health and Banyule Community Health. 

“Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected.”

DHHS has also asked 120 residents of a social housing block in Broadmeadows linked to the outbreak to self-isolate for 48 hours, and also to get tested if they have symptoms.

“This timeframe allows for the department to ensure the community is aware of the situation, and for residents to get tested and get their results back before determining what the next steps are,” Mr Weimar said.

Associate Professor Sanjaya Senanayake said the outbreak is “worrying”, however authorities should be able to control the outbreak through lockdown restrictions.

“Unfortunately life is likely to be periods of very low cases, punctuated by potentially super spreading events like this. What’s really important is that these events are identified early and that there is a quick, good response, which the Government seems to be doing at the moment,” he told Today.

Professor Senanayake said the outbreak could jeopardise the possibility of restrictions being eased early this Sunday.

A close contact was also identified at Dallas Brooks Primary School, which has also been closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing.

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