Media release
11 April 2021

Victoria has recorded 0 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday. 

This is the 44th 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 20,485.

Update: Travel permit zones 

Based on an assessment of public health risks, the Chief Health Officer has declared the following areas will be designated green zones under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system effective 11:59pm tonight, 11 April: 

  • Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands City) 
  • The Gladstone region in Queensland 
  • Byron Shire in New South Wales 

When in effect, every location in Australia and New Zealand will be green zones for the purpose of entering Victoria. 

Arrivals from green zones still require a permit to enter Victoria, because the information provided supports the speed of Victoria’s response should the public health situation in any location change. 

Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria. For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system, visit Victorian Travel Permit System

The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as needed. 

Update: Vaccinations 

A total of 1,287 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 143,417. 

On Friday, 9 April, the Department of Health wrote to health services to advise the following: 

  • “In line with ATAGI’s recommendations, health services are encouraged to contact eligible persons under 50 years who are currently booked to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine between now and Monday 12 April 2020 and offer to reschedule their appointment unless they can offer a Pfizer vaccine. 
  • Until updated consent forms and consumer information are available from the Commonwealth Department of Health, and immunisation teams have been familiarised with these materials, it is advised that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is not administered to eligible persons aged under 50 years. 
  • When consent forms and consumer information from the Commonwealth are available, eligible persons for whom the benefits of protection against COVID-19 are likely to outweigh the risks of the side effect and who provide informed consent can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Appointments should not proceed until these resources are provided. 
  • Eligible persons who are booked to receive their second dose of AstraZeneca, including people aged under 50 years, with no major adverse reaction, should receive their second dose as planned. This is safe and is recommended by ATAGI.” 

The consent forms have now been made available by the Commonwealth, and the Department understands further consumer information will be made available this weekend.

Health services need time to ensure a clinical and operational understanding of these materials and are working across the weekend to familiarise and train staff in any new processes required.

This is a dynamic situation and advice can change based on new information. 

We thank individuals with scheduled appointments who are affected by these recommendations for their patience and understanding. 

Viral fragments detected in south-east wastewater catchment 

Last week, fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in wastewater samples taken from a sewer catchment in Melbourne’s south east. 

Anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms is urged to get tested, especially people who live in or have visited these areas from 4 to 6 April:

  • Clayton, Clayton South, Dingley Village, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Springvale, Springvale South and Wheelers Hill.
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 infectious period. 

See further information about the wastewater testing program.

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.

There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of Victorian 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):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
0 0 0 1 0 12,020 5,557,708

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 8am today)

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

1,645,836

17,112 11.88