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Latest COVID-19 numbers: Teacher tests positive, Victoria in double-digits

A Melbourne teacher is among the fresh cases as Victoria records its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos this morning announced the state had recorded no new fatalities, but 13 new confirmed cases.

It’s the most new cases within 24 hours since April 14 but comes amid the state’s testing blitz.

Only 12 people are in hospital with the virus, including seven in intensive care.

Several of the new cases are linked to the cluster at an unnamed Melbourne abattoir, which was revealed on Saturday.

Three of the new cases come from the state’s community testing blitz.

But among the new cases is an Epping teacher from the Meadowglen Primary School.

The school has been shut down until at least Wednesday for “thorough cleaning” and while trace-testing is undertaken.

That school’s principal, Loretta Piazza, told 3AW the music teacher is “doing just fine” with “very mild symptoms”.

“He did not come into contact with any students,” she told the Sunday Morning program.

She said “only two teachers” had been in contact with the teacher, and they will be in lockdown for 14 days despite not showing symptoms.

Click PLAY to hear the principal’s full interview with 3AW

Click PLAY to hear the Ms Mikakos’s press conference, followed by analysis from the Sunday Morning team

April 20:
 1 new case
April 21: 7 new cases
April 22: 2 new cases (and 2 cases removed from total)
April 23: 1 new case
April 24: 6 new cases
April 25: 3 new cases
April 26: 3 new cases
April 27: 1 new case
April 28: 2 new cases
April 29: 3 new cases
April 30: 7 new cases
May 1: 3 new cases
May 2: 7 new cases
May 3: 13 new cases