Media release
10 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 1,890 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. One case was detected in an international traveller in hotel quarantine. This case was previously announced as locally acquired but has been reclassified.

There are 18,342 active cases in Victoria.

There are 609 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 126 of those cases are in intensive care, with 88 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of five deaths yesterday:

  • A male in his 50s from Melbourne

  • A male in his 50s from Brimbank

  • Two men in their 70s, one from Maribyrnong, one from Wyndham

  • A woman in her 80s from Yarra

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 905.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 52,884.

Update: Restrictions

The Rural City of Mildura is in lockdown with restrictions the same as those in Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew).

For information on current restrictions, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire and Mildura Rural City Council.


Yesterday, 39,861 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,899,608.

86.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 58.1 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit Australian Government Department of Health.


Of the 1,890 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 29 cases in Banyule
  • 5 cases in Bayside
  • 11 cases in Boroondara
  • 150 cases in Brimbank
  • 20 cases in Cardinia
  • 164 cases in Casey
  • 57 cases in Darebin
  • 32 cases in Frankston
  • 22 cases in Glen Eira
  • 83 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 31 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 188 cases in Hume
  • 29 cases in Kingston
  • 22 cases in Knox
  • 20 cases in Manningham
  • 45 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 16 cases in Maroondah
  • 52 cases in Melbourne
  • 154 cases in Melton
  • 26 cases in Monash
  • 34 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 102 cases in Moreland
  • 21 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 10 cases in Nillumbik
  • 32 cases in Port Phillip
  • 22 cases in Stonnington
  • 10 cases in Whitehorse
  • 160 cases in Whittlesea
  • 160 cases in Wyndham
  • 21 cases in Yarra
  • 29 cases in Yarra Ranges

Overall, there were 567 new cases in Melbourne's northern suburbs, 626 new cases in the western suburbs, 456 cases in the south-eastern suburbs and 108 cases in the eastern suburbs.

There were also 148 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 1 case in Alpine
  • 8 cases in Ballarat
  • 4 cases in Bass Coast
  • 31 cases in Baw Baw
  • 3 cases in Colac Otway
  • 1 case in East Gippsland
  • 1 case in Golden Plains
  • 3 cases in Greater Bendigo
  • 11 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 19 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 2 cases in Hepburn
  • 22 cases in Latrobe
  • 12 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 18 cases in Mildura
  • 5 cases in Mitchell
  • 4 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in Murrindindi
  • 1 case in South Gippsland
  • 1 case in Strathbogie

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

Of the COVID-19 cases in hospital yesterday, fewer than 7 per cent were fully vaccinated.

There are currently more than 46,700 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were 290 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a weekly Common Operating Picture , which includes the effective reproduction number for all states and territories. For more information, refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) common operating picture.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Wonthaggi – repeated unexpected detections for the period 4–8 October.
  • Portland – repeated unexpected detections between 29 September and 7 October.
  • Cobram – repeated unexpected detections between 29 September and 7 October.
  • Swan Hill – repeated unexpected detections between 29 September and 7 October.
  • Ballarat – repeated unexpected detections in areas that include part of Mitchell Park and Wendouree between 28 September and 7 October.
  • Apollo Bay – repeated unexpected detections between 28 September and 6 October.
  • Aireys Inlet – repeated unexpected detections between 15 September and 4 October.

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.


Victoria recorded yet another strong day for testing yesterday, with 74,105 COVID-19 tests processed.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit here to get tested for COVID-19. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.