Media release
12 February 2021

Victoria recorded five new locally acquired cases of coronavirus. These cases were announced yesterday.

All five cases are linked to the Holiday Inn cases. The total number of cases linked to the Holiday Inn is 13.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 19, made up of 12 locally acquired cases, an increase of five since yesterday and 7 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, a decrease of three since yesterday.

There have been no cases identified in returned travellers.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,465.

From 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm on Wednesday, 17 February circuit-breaker actions will be implemented across Victoria. For more information please visit the Coronavirus website.

Update: Holiday Inn Cases

Yesterday, five individuals tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) and were linked to the Holiday Inn cases, taking the total cases to 13.

Four of the five cases are household primary close contacts of currently confirmed cases. The cases were already isolating.

Another case is a staff member at the Holiday Inn and was tested as a primary close contact and returned a positive result yesterday.

Interviews and contact tracing of primary and secondary close contacts are underway and known exposure sites have been published online.

Prior to being informed they were a primary close contact, one case worked while infectious at Brunetti Café Melbourne Airport.

As a result, we updated our list of Tier 1 exposure sites to include:

  • The Brunetti Café Melbourne Airport Terminal 4, between 4.45am and 1.15pm on February 9.

Following further investigation by our public health team Terminal 4, Melbourne Airport has been added to our list of Tier 1 exposure sites. 

Anyone who visited this location on 9 February between 4:45am and 2:00pm must isolate, test and remain isolated for 14 days.

The Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport has been closed for a COVID-19 deep clean. All staff are in isolation and all residents have been moved.

Anyone who has been in this facility for more than 15 minutes between 27 January and 9 February is considered a primary close contact. They must immediately isolate, get a test, and stay isolated for 14 days.

All current exposure sites can be seen at the Case locations and outbreak page. This website is rapidly updated as any new sites are identified.

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 the Where to get tested page.

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

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit the Coronavirus website.

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 
5 0 0 19 0 24,209 4,652,545


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 
665,760 18,726 13