Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.
This is the 34th 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.
Update: Travel permit zones
From 6pm Victorian time tonight, the Greater Brisbane area currently designated as a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system will become an orange zone.
Current orange zones in Byron Shire NSW and Gladstone Region in Queensland will remain orange zones.
People in Victoria who are observing red zone permit conditions and quarantining for 14 days will be designated orange zone arrivals and can end their isolation from 6pm if they have had a coronavirus test and returned a negative result since arriving in Victoria.
This excludes primary close contacts linked to exposure sites in Queensland and NSW, who must continue self-isolating for 14 days since their exposure.
For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system, and what it means for you if you are in a red zone, visit the Victorian Travel Permit System page. To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria.
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 red zone.
Victorians know that this virus can move fast. We make decisions based on public health advice and sometimes that advice must be implemented quickly.
Update: Additional COVID-19 wastewater detection in Melbourne’s western suburbs
Coronavirus fragments detected in a wastewater sample collected from the Altona wastewater treatment plant on Friday 26 March has been confirmed by further analysis.
This follows the unexpected detection of viral fragments in recent days in a catchment in Melbourne’s south east and a catchment in Melbourne’s west.
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, 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.
A total of 7492 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.
This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria as of yesterday to 107,522.
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.
Victoria’s entire vaccination network is now administering tens of thousands of vaccinations weekly,
Update: Exposure sites in NSW and Queensland
Queensland Health and NSW Health have published lists of high-risk exposure sites recently visited by positive COVID-19 cases.
The full list of exposure sites is available on the NSW Health and Queensland Health websites. Please view these websites and check them regularly to see if you have attended any exposure sites at the specified times.
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
As of yesterday, a total of 29 primary close contacts have now been identified in Victoria linked to Tier 1 exposure sites in Queensland and NSW.
Sixteen have returned an initial negative coronavirus test result with the remainder of results pending.
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.
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 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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