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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Melbourne restrictions ease, NSW sees no new cases, death toll stands at 870

In amongst the announcements in Melbourne yesterday was the news that primary school students would be able to return to the classroom from October 12, the start of term four.

The call was made on the basis of new research from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute found children aged under 10 were less infectious than older children.

Catherine Devine and her boys Lachlan ( Lochie) grade 2 (in pink shorts) , Joshua ( Joshie) prep at special needs school ( in stripey jumper) and Ben (Benny) 3-year-old kinder. She's looking forward to them going back to school.

Catherine Devine and her boys Lachlan ( Lochie) grade 2 (in pink shorts) , Joshua ( Joshie) prep at special needs school ( in stripey jumper) and Ben (Benny) 3-year-old kinder. She's looking forward to them going back to school.Credit:Penny Stephens

Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy said the announcement was fantastic but urged parents to remain vigilant around COVID-19 precautions. She also acknowledged the change followed significant pressure placed on the government in recent weeks to reopen schools, as Miki Perkins and Erin Pearson report.

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