Media release
1 June 2021

Victoria was notified of 11 new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

Nine are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak, including six announced yesterday. Two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

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

In total, there are 54 cases linked to the current outbreak.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,609.

Circuit breaker restrictions are now in force in Victoria.

You can view more than a dozen pages of questions and answers for what these restrictions mean for you at COVIDSafe Settings.

Update: Outbreaks

Of the three new cases, two are known primary close contacts who have been quarantining. One is under investigation.

Genomic testing has confirmed Case 1 from Arcare Maidstone is linked to the South Australian Hotel Quarantine case.

There have been no additional cases detected in aged care facilities.

More than 4,000 primary close contacts have been linked to the current outbreak. 75 per cent have tested negative.

160 Australian Defence personnel are on the ground today supporting the Department’s compliance and enforcement efforts. There were more than 700 visits yesterday to those quarantining at home.

There are continued concerns around ongoing transmission in the Northern Suburbs.

Public health experts are investigating what appears to be transmission from short interactions in venues such as shopping centres, community groceries and markets.

Anyone who has visited small street-side grocery stores in the City of Whittlesea area including Epping, Wollert, and Craigieburn – or inside a shopping centre or a market, such as Footscray Market or Dandenong Market – is urged to check the exposure sites and get tested if they were present at the specified times.

Anyone who has visited the following locations over past 1-2 weeks is urged to get tested if they show any symptoms:

  • Craigieburn Central
  • Bay and Graham Streets, Port Melbourne
  • Clarendon St and South Melbourne Market, South Melbourne
  • Pacific Epping (aka Epping Plaza) and Epping North Shopping Centre
  • High St, Epping
  • Station St, Lalor
  • Broadway, Reservoir
  • Footscray Market
  • Dandenong Market
  • Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre and Stockland Point Cook

There are over 300 exposure sites, with 67 added yesterday.

All exposure sites are published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites which it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

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

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 20,484 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 494,037.

From Wednesday 2 June to Sunday 6 June, workers in private aged care facilities and the residential disability sector, which are managed by the Commonwealth, will be given priority access at walk-in vaccination hubs around Victoria between 9am and 4pm when they present evidence of their employment.

Details can be found at Vaccination Blitz to Keep Vulnerable Settings Safe.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a primary close contact, must not attend a vaccination centre.

Go to a testing centre, get a test, and go home until you receive your result.

Update: Testing

A total of 42,699 tests were processed yesterday.

87 per cent of all test results were turned around within 24 hours, with 99 per cent turned received by the following day.

There are currently 210 testing facilities across Victoria providing safe testing to all Victorians.

While demand remains strong throughout the day, waiting times are very short at the testing centre at Melbourne Showgrounds.

This is a large capacity, eight-lane site open until 8pm and may be a convenient option for many Victorians wishing to 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.

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 symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you 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

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Cases acquired overseas

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Tests processed yesterday

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Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

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