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Schools close across NSW and Vic to contain COVID-19

Schools in NSW and Victoria will be closed today as education departments implement new procedures to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

Two Year 10 students at St Patrick’s Marist College in Dundas, Sydney, along with their fathers were diagnosed with COVID-19 this week.

A Year 7 student from Willoughby Girls High School and her mother have also been confirmed to have the virus.

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said if a student or teacher contracted the virus, their school would be shut for at least one day.

He warned school closures would become the \"new norm\" as the state worked to contain the virus.

Meanwhile, The Carey Baptist School has become Victoria\'s first school hit by COVID-19 and will also be shut on Tuesday while the grounds are cleaned.

Authorities have told parents if their child is showing signs of respiratory illness, they must be kept at home.

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