Media release
12 June 2021

Victoria was notified of four new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

One is a locally acquired case and the other three cases are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. They are a woman aged in her 30s, a man in his 30s and a child.

There were three COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There are 74 active cases in Victoria, 58 are locally acquired and 16 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,659.

Update: Outbreaks

The new locally acquired case is a man aged in his 30s who tested positive late on Friday night. He has been contacted by public health authorities and is being supported to isolate.

He developed symptoms yesterday and quickly sought testing. His test result was processed the same day.

He lives in inner Melbourne with his young family. Other family members were tested this morning.

The source of this man’s infection is unknown at this stage and investigations are continuing.

Two new sites in North Geelong and others in Bundoora, Epping, Reservoir, Southbank and Thomastown have been added to the list of potential exposure sites.

Most are Tier two sites requiring people to isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until they receive a negative test result.

With new exposure sites being identified, it is important that people regularly visit the Victorian COVID-19 website for the latest updates and to follow the advice listed should they have visited a site at the stated dates and times.

As of yesterday, there are more than 2300 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria. More than 4500 primary close contacts have been cleared after completing their period of quarantine and providing negative results on their day 13 tests. We thank all of these people for their efforts to keep Victoria safe from COVID-19.

The number of exposure sites in Victoria as of midday today was 119. We can also confirm the North Melbourne Primary School will re-open on Tuesday.

The full list of exposure sites can be seen at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, 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

Yesterday 20,660 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 772,135.

Some 50,000 people are already booked in for their 1st Pfizer dose next week. That’s the maximum of new first doses we can do as we also deliver second doses for tens of thousands of others.

Every first dose booking already in the system for next week will proceed.

After that, tens of thousands of Victorians will be able to book an appointment for their first dose of Pfizer, and new appointment times will be progressively made available for them.

If you have already received your first vaccine dose, we encourage you to book for your second dose. More second dose appointments are opening up every day.

The five-day vaccination blitz for Ambulance Victoria staff continued today with paramedics, non-emergency patient transport workers and staff offered priority walk-up access for vaccination.

All state vaccination centres with walk-in capacity will operate priority access for these workers.

The full list of walk-in centres. their opening times, and whether they have walk-in capacity for people under 50, is available at Vaccination centres

The blitz will run until Sunday.

People who are eligible are encouraged to register their interest at COVID-19 vaccine program workforce.

New COVID-19 wastewater detection in Heidelberg and surrounding areas

There has been a detection of viral fragments of COVID-19 in a wastewater sample taken on 10 June from the sewer catchment serving a population of about 33,000 persons in the north-eastern suburbs.

This new detection is of interest as there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in that area but multiple exposure sites in and near the catchment.

The unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 but is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus, or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

Residents of and visitors between 9-10 June to the suburbs of Balwyn North, Bulleen, Bundoora, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Kew East, Macleod, Rosanna, Viewbank, Watsonia and Yallambie are urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any develop.

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.

The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in the area and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

More information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Testing

Only through extensive testing can we be certain we are rapidly identifying all COVID-19 cases in Victoria. We thank the 15,110 people who braved the rough weather yesterday and got tested.

Three testing centres at Lilydale, Yarra Junction and Emerald are closed today due to weather-related power outages. Testing centres at Boronia, Wantirna Trash and Treasure and Ferntree Gully are all nearby alternatives to these sites.

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.

Update: Eased restrictions

Victoria’s eased restrictions are now in place.

In metropolitan Melbourne, face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless in a private home or unless an exception applies. You cannot have visitors to your home unless they are your intimate partner or single social bubble buddy. 

You also cannot travel more than 25km from your home or travel to regional Victoria except for work, study, care, or to visit your nearest vaccination centre. It’s important to note, if there is an emergency you are allowed to leave home – this includes if you have lost power in your home due the recent extreme weather, you are allowed to leave and stay with family or friends.

All categories of elective surgery will recommence in metropolitan Melbourne from Tuesday.

Different restrictions are in place in regional Victoria. You can have up to two adults visit your home per day. Face masks are mandatory indoors, and outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others. You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 20 people. 

More information about the current eased restrictions can be found at COVIDSafe Settings.

General advice

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

Cases acquired interstate

Cases acquired overseas

Active cases

Lives lost

Tests processed yesterday

Total tests since pandemic began

1

0

3

74

0

15,110

6,871,446

Number of permits issued

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours

Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours

2,516,530

6,056

4.21