Media Release
30 January 2021

Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday.

The new case is a woman aged in her 20s who is a recently arrived international airline crew member in hotel quarantine.

There are no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

This is the 24th consecutive day where Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 23, made up of zero locally acquired cases and 23 cases in travellers in hotel quarantine, a decrease of four since yesterday.

Viral fragments of COVID-19 have been detected in wastewater samples taken on 27 January from Castlemaine, Cowes and Pakenham.

Anyone who lives in or has visited these areas from 25 to 27 January is urged to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have any symptoms, however mild.

Weak detections of the virus at each of these locations have been confirmed by further analysis. They may be due to an active infectious case or to people who have recovered from COVID-19 continuing to shed the virus.

Viral fragments were also recently detected in wastewater in Gisborne, Hamilton and Leongatha. People who were in Gisborne from 24 to 26 January, Hamilton from 25 to 27 January or Leongatha from 17 to 19 January, are urged to get tested if they have any symptoms.

Wastewater samples are taken at least weekly from 95 wastewater monitoring locations across Victoria, including 70 wastewater treatment plants, for early-warning of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following continued low community transmission and exposure risk, the last red zone in New South Wales has now transitioned to an orange zone, allowing anyone from New South Wales to enter Victoria.  

The Local Government Area (LGA) of Cumberland in Sydney is now an orange zone and all remaining orange zones are now green zones.

This means the Greater Sydney LGAs of Blacktown City, Burwood, Canada Bay City, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield City, Inner West, Liverpool, Parramatta City and Strathfield Municipality are now green zones.

Wollongong and the Blue Mountains are also green zones.

The updated orange zone listing for Cumberland overrides the previous classification as a red zone and applies to the last 14 days. Anyone who is now in an orange zone and meets the permit criteria can now apply for an orange zone permit.

Travel from an orange zone requires people to self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Travel from a green zone requires people to watch and get tested if they have any symptoms at all.

Exemption applications are no longer required for Cumberland as it is now an orange zone. People can apply for an orange zone permit via the Service Victoria website. 

The latest information and advice, including a description of the red, orange and green zones, can be found at the Victorian Travel Permit System page.

This ‘traffic light’ system allows all residents and travellers wishing to enter Victoria from anywhere across Australia to apply for a permit via the Service Victoria online portal. It takes less than five minutes to complete a permit application which is processed automatically.

Since the portal went live on 11 January, 437,460 permits have been issued.  In the past 24 hours, 21,187 applications have been processed – an average of 14.7 permits issued each minute.

More than one million travel permits have been issued since border restrictions started on 19 December last year. As of today, a total of 1,014,787 permits have been issued.

Applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

Yesterday 13,702 tests were processed, bringing the overall testing total in Victoria since the pandemic began to 4,446,458.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

The department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.

Media enquiries:

Department of Health & Human Services Media Unit (03) 9096 8860 or press@dhhs.vic.gov.au