Victoria shuts down schools and brings back remote learning in bid to control coronavirus outbreak 

Victoria is set to shut down schools and re-introduce remote learning for all students in a desperate attempt to control the coronavirus outbreak.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed that stage four restrictions will be introduced on Sunday as Victoria recorded 671 new cases and seven deaths as a result of COVID-19.

Mr Andrews announced that students will return to learning at home as schools and childcare facilities will be closed. 

‘From Wednesday we will move to flexible and remote learning for all students in all schools right across the state,’ Mr Andrews told reporters.

‘For metropolitan Melbourne, the Year 11 and 12s will go back to working from home.’

‘Special schools will remain open for those who really need to be in those settings.’

Students of parents who need to keep working will be allowed to go to school and will be supervised, but only if it is absolutely necessary, the premier said. 

‘We’ll be reducing the total amount of students that are at school and therefore the total amount of movement,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘In regional Victoria, they will move to remote and flexible learning for all students but there will be, I think, larger numbers of students that are allowed to be at school because their parents are working.’ 

Stage four restrictions will come into place from 6pm Sunday and require residents to adhere to a strict curfew between 8pm and 5am, unless they are seeking care or working.

Only one person from each household is allowed to go shopping each day and residents can only exercise for one hour a day, within five kilometres of the home. 

More to come  

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