Media release
12 December 2020

Victoria has recorded five internationally acquired cases of coronavirus diagnosed in people currently in hotel quarantine.

This is the 43rd straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily community transmission cases. There were no new deaths. 

The internationally acquired cases are a male in his 30s, a male in his 50s and three females – one in her 20s, one in her 30s and one in her 50s.

Victoria has now recorded a total of 20,350 confirmed cases, including those diagnosed in quarantine.

“These positive results were to be expected,” said Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

“All arrivals are tested if they show symptoms, as well as at Day 3 and Day 11 of their 14-day quarantine.

“Evidence from our earlier hotel quarantine program showed that just over one in every 100 returned travelers tested positive during their quarantine period.

“The likelihood of a positive case will vary depending on which country someone has arrived from, but we would expect to see at least a similar rate of positive cases being diagnosed in the coming weeks.”

The last new case of coronavirus in Victoria was reported on 30 October 2020. At that time there were 71 active cases in Victoria.

Victoria’s original hotel quarantine began on 29 March and ended after a request by Victoria on 30 June to the Federal Government to suspend international flights to Melbourne. In the period of operation 21,821 travellers were processed and 236 tested positive.

Victoria resumed its hotel quarantine operations on 7 December. The provision of mandatory quarantine for returned overseas travellers is overseen by COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV).

International arrivals will initially be capped at an average of 160 passengers per day, with the program to be continually assessed before a decision is made to increase the number of arrivals. 

It remains vitally important that any Victorians with any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, stay home and get tested. Testing site details, including opening hours, are available on the Where to get tested page.

A total of 3,681,901 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 8,737 since yesterday.

A permit is required to enter Victoria from South Australia unless an exemption applies. Based on current COVID exposure dates in South Australia, this requirement will end tonight at 11.59pm. Permits are available until then from the Service Victoria website. 

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

More information about travel to and from South Australia is available on the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Media enquiries

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