Media release
03 July 2021

Victoria was notified of no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

This is the third day in a row of no new locally acquired cases.

There was one COVID-19 case in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There were 30 active cases in Victoria - 6 are locally acquired and 24 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,713.

Update: Travel permit changes

The Chief Health Officer has declared that from 1:00am AEST Sunday 4 July under Victoria's travel permit system, the Perth Metropolitan Region and Peel Region in WA are orange zones effective from 1:00am AEST Sunday 4 July.

In Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island and Palm Island), the LGAs of Ipswich, Logan and Redland within Greater Brisbane and other LGAs in South East Queensland including Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim and Somerset will also become orange zones under Victoria's travel permit system, effective 1:00am AEST Sunday 4 July.

People travelling from these LGAs into Victoria from 1:00am AEST Sunday 4 July need an orange zone permit.

Orange zone permit holders entering Victoria must isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they get a negative result.

Existing red zone arrivals from these LGAs who have had a test since arriving in Victoria and received a negative result are released from quarantine, unless they have been in contact with a confirmed case or a known exposure site. If they haven't had a test since arrival, they must continue to isolate, get tested and stay isolated until they receive a negative result and are given clearance by the Department of Health.

City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast remain as red zones. Red zones also still apply to Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong in NSW. The ACT and all of regional NSW (including the cross-border communities) are orange zones.

Late yesterday, the Chief Health Officer declared that from 11:59pm AEST on Friday 2 July, Alice Springs and Greater Darwin - incorporating the City of Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield - are orange zones under Victoria's travel permit system. 

This morning, Victorian health authorities sent almost 1400 SMS messages to Northern Territory red zone permit holders who are now in Victoria to advise them of the permit zone change.

Testing of Victorians returning home from interstate on red and orange zone permits is continuing. More than 13,000 red zone arrivals have been tested with 44 per cent returning a negative result. More than 48,000 Victorians have returned on an orange zone permit and 41 per cent of them have tested negative.

Authorised officers continue to meet all arriving flights at our airports. 609 passengers that landed had red zone permits are now in home isolation. Three were transferred to hotel quarantine and 5 people were turned back for not having the correct permits.

In addition, our team, aided by 50 members of the Australian Defence Force, visited 194 households yesterday where recent interstate arrivals are isolating, to check on their welfare and ensure they were isolating correctly.

These households included red zone permit holders from NSW, the Northern Territory and Queensland. Overall, we are seeing good compliance with isolation but 5 people were found not complying yesterday and are being followed up by authorities.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria, even if entering from a green zone. Permits can be obtained at www.service.vic.gov.au. See more about Victoria's travel permit system at Victorian Travel Permit System.

Update: Outbreaks

Victoria's COVID-19 outbreaks remain stable.

Victorian health authorities continue to manage 225 primary close contacts linked to outbreaks with the majority linked to the 2 positive cases in the Sandringham workplace cases.

Around 90 per cent of tests have been completed for Sandringham cases' primary close contacts and have come back negative. All primary close contacts from the Oakleigh housing complex have tested negative. Day 6 follow up tests for these residents have been completed and are all negative. Day 13 tests will commence this week.

At the Kings Park, Southbank residential complex, only 4 of the 12 positive cases remain active. All primary close contacts from this complex were released last week.

There are still active exposure sites in Victoria. A full list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts – public exposure sites.

The Department also manages exposure sites that it doesn't publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations.

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 19,623 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services.

Almost 100,000 vaccine doses have been administered through state centres this week. Of those, more than 62,000 vaccinations have been second doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

This brings the total number of doses administered at these services to 1,142,475.

There is still substantial demand for vaccinations with almost 40,000 Pfizer first doses and more than 50,000 Pfizer second doses booked for next week.

SMS texts and phone call reminders are being made to everyone who is due for their second dose. Booking vacancies are still available for next week.

Victoria's online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria's vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

Current restrictions

Information about current restrictions can be found at Statement from the Acting Premier.

General advice

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 symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

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

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):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began
0 0 0 30 0 24,247 7,340,557

 

Number of permits issued

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours

2,771,119

13,759 9.55