Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.
This is the 37th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,484.
A total of 247 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria. This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 116,234.
Victoria’s entire vaccination network is now administering tens of thousands of vaccinations weekly. The rollout of the Commonwealth’s vaccine program at state-run sites in Victoria is ahead of schedule, and the trained health professionals administering these vaccines have been working incredibly hard since day one.
Many hubs and high-volume centres are vaccinating Victorians over the course of the four-day Easter long weekend to ensure the program continues, including at two of the state’s largest sites at the Royal Exhibition Building and Sunshine Hospital. Over one thousand doses of the vaccine were administered on Good Friday.
Victoria is continuing to support the Commonwealth with its vaccination program with further expansion of the program dependant on vaccine supply.
As part of the Commonwealth’s rollout, Victoria is responsible for providing vaccinations to workers in health, emergency services and other critical industries and public sector aged care residents and staff. The Commonwealth is responsible for the majority of vaccinations in Victoria in phase 1b and most of the vaccine supply in Victoria is provided to Commonwealth-run general practice sites.
Update: AstraZeneca Vaccine
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is investigating a report of a rare case of a specific clotting condition following the administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The individual is in the expert care of Victorian health professionals and we send them our best wishes as investigations proceed.
Vaccine safety has always been paramount in Victoria. That is no different now with COVID-19 vaccines. We will continue to be guided by the expert advice of the TGA and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has published the following statement.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has published the following statement.
The Australian Government’s Acting Chief Medical Officer has reminded anyone receiving a vaccination over the coming few days that these instances are extremely rare and have occurred in only a very small number of cases.
Update: Travel permit zones
The Greater Brisbane area is designated an orange zone under Victoria’s travel permit system.
Current orange zones in Byron Shire NSW and Gladstone Region in Queensland remain orange zones.
This means people in Victoria who have been observing red zone permit conditions and quarantining for 14 days are designated orange zone arrivals and can end their isolation if they have had a coronavirus test and returned a negative result since arriving in Victoria.
This excludes primary close contacts linked to current exposure sites in Queensland and NSW, who must continue self-isolating for 14 days since their exposure.
The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as needed.
Non-essential travel to orange zones remains discouraged.
Everyone planning an interstate trip should be aware of our travel permit system, and what it will mean for you and your family if you’re in a location that gets designated an orange or a red zone.
Victorians know that this virus can move rapidly. We make decisions based on public health advice and sometimes that advice must be implemented quickly.
Update: Exposure sites in NSW and Queensland
Queensland Health and NSW Health publish lists on their websites of high-risk exposure sites recently visited by positive COVID-19 cases.
Please view these websites and check them regularly to see if you have attended any exposure sites at the specified dates and times. If you visited any of these venues during the relevant times, please immediately self-isolate and call the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 160.
If you have attended a high-risk exposure site, you cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.
Update: Close Contacts from Queensland and NSW now in Victoria
We continue to work through primary close contacts associated with exposure sites with only negative results received so far.
All are being supported to quarantine for 14 days following their exposure.
Victorian health authorities are working closely with their NSW and Queensland counterparts to cross-reference QR Code data from exposure sites with travel permit data held by Service Victoria to identify any potential close contacts.
As previously announced, coronavirus fragments have been detected in three wastewater samples recently collected from Melbourne's west and south east.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested, especially if you live in or have visited these areas during these dates:
- 23 to 26 March – Altona, Altona Meadows, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point Cook, Seabrook, Seaholme, Williams Landing
- 22 to 29 March – Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Truganina and Werribee
- 21 to 25 March – Beaconsfield, Berwick, Clyde North, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Guys Hill, Hallam, Hampton Park, Harkaway, Narre Warren, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Officer and Upper Beaconsfield.
Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the early infectious period.
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.
There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of Victorian exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.
For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.
Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59pm yesterday):
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