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Doubleview Primary School detects 10 new cases

Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been detected at Doubleview Primary School in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Parents initially received notification on Friday that there had been one positive case, but since then cases have been confirmed in Year 1/2, Year 2 and Year 5 classrooms.

A COVID cluster has been identified at Doubleview Primary School.Credit:Department of Education

The positive cases attended school during their infectious period between February 9 and 11.

“We are working closely with WA Health to identify and contact staff and students who were in close contact with the case,” parents have been told.

Children who had been in a classroom with a confirmed case are asked to get immediately and isolate for seven tested days. The school remains open.

It comes as the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia called on the state government to rethink the decision to ban school camps.

WA branch chairman Alec O’Connell, writing to the Chief Health Officer and Education Minister, said he believed those who ran school camp operations provided environments that were as safe as schools and boarding facilities, which were currently open.

“Outside camp operators have already put in place strict COVID operational guidelines which would ensure camp could operate in safety and successfully,” he wrote.

“Your recent clarification of the definition of close contacts makes this even more possible than before and further reduces the risk of the virus spreading. Schools would simply not use them if they did not meet strict standards.”

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