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A number of Adelaide university students could be forced into self-isolation after a classmate tested positive to coronavirus.
The University of South Australia emailed students on Tuesday informing them of the diagnosis.
It says the student had visited the university’s Magill campus before receiving a positive diagnosis.
“The University has provided SA Health with all relevant class lists and has also directly contacted staff and students where contact may have occurred during this period,” University of South Australia said.
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“All necessary cleaning protocols have been enacted and the campus remains open.”
UniSA says it was “inevitable” that an instance of COVID-19 exposure would present itself considering the size and diversity of its community members.
High school shutdown
On Tuesday, it was revealed more than 100 Adelaide high school students are in self-isolation after a classmate tested positive to coronavirus.
Unley High School moved on Tuesday to close its doors, after a student and teacher were diagnosed with COVID-19.
Education minister John Gardner has revealed that 110 students are now in isolation following their peer’s positive result.
Eight staff members have also been directed to self-isolate.
Gardner says the large number placed into isolation have led to the school’s shutdown.
“That has had a significant impact on the challenges facing Unley High over and above those at other schools at this time,” Gardner said.
Unley is now the only public facility in the state to move to online learning as the government remains firm on its stance to keep schools open.
The shutdown applies to all students except those with parents who work in essential services.
Premier Steven Marshall said the message from health experts was very clear.
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“Send your children to school. If we do this we will slow the spread of the disease,” Marshall said on Monday.
“But having said that, there are some parents who would like to have their children out of school.”