Media Release
1 February 2021

Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday. The new case is a man in his 40s who is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

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

This is the 26th consecutive day where Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 21, made up of zero locally acquired cases and 21 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, an increase of one since yesterday.

Update: Indeterminant test result 

An indeterminant result was detected on Saturday from a man in his 30s. Following a review of clinical, epidemiological and testing evidence, this case has been rejected and deemed negative.

Update: Western Australia

The Department of Health is continuing to monitor situation in Western Australia (WA).  A number of WA regions have entered lockdown after WA recorded a positive case of coronavirus. Domestic travel restrictions now apply under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.

As of 9:00pm Victorian (AEDT) time on Sunday, 31 January, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of WA have moved from a green zone to a red zone.

This time aligns with the WA Government’s stay at home orders for Perth metropolitan area, Peel region and South West region of WA. Anyone who is travelling from these red zones after 9pm is in breach of the WA Government’s own stay at home directions. 

Last night, 1,700 text messages were sent to people who had arrived in Victoria from WA with a Green Permit between 25 January and 31 January and came from an area now designated a red zone. Travelers were advised to get tested and stay isolated until they receive a negative test result.

If you have been in one of these currently listed WA red zones since 25 January, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or permitted worker permit. 

The rest of Western Australia outside of the red zone areas of the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region remain green zones. 

People travelling from a green zone can apply for a permit to enter Victoria if they have not been in a currently listed red zone or orange zone since 25 January (other than for transit), have not been in close contact with a coronavirus (COVID-19) case and do not have any coronavirus (COVID19) symptoms. On arrival in Victoria, they must monitor for symptoms and abide by local directions. 

People who have arrived in Victoria from WA red zones between Monday, 25 January 2021 and 9:00pm on Sunday, 31 January will be required to isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arriving (or as soon as possible if they have arrived more than 72 hours ago) and remain self-isolated until they receive a negative test result. 

Visit Victoria’s travel permit system page for more information.

Update: Wastewater samples

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).

General advice

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 page.

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

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal at Service Victoria website. 

Media enquiries

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

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
0 0 1 21 0 10,604 4,467,743

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - Midday today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 
469,478 16,444 11.4