Media release
12 March 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) since yesterday.

This is the 14th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired new cases of COVID-19.

The total number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Holiday Inn remains at 24.

There are three active cases in Victoria, made up of one locally acquired case, unchanged since yesterday, and two overseas acquired cases, unchanged since yesterday.

There are no COVID-19 patients in hospital in Victoria.

The total number of confirmed cases sin Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,483.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 3493 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria since the program started on Monday 22 February to 25,948.

Our capacity to vaccinate 1b priority groups – including police, fire protection and emergency service workers – will be bolstered with plans progressing for high-volume vaccination centres located at the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This builds on plans underway for a high-volume vaccination centre located at the former Ford factory in Geelong.

The commencement of these sites in the coming weeks, and other potential locations across the state, will depend on vaccine supply from the Commonwealth.

COVID-19 wastewater detection in Sunbury

Residents and recent visitors to the Sunbury area with even mild COVID-19 symptoms are urged to get tested after viral fragments were detected in the local sewer network.

Viral fragments were found in a wastewater sample collected on Wednesday 9 March from a catchment that services Sunbury’s north-east. No people in this area are known to have recently had COVID-19.

Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to get tested, especially if you live in or have visited this area since Monday 7 March 2021.

Wastewater monitoring is undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 70 wastewater treatment plants and 72 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewer networks.

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 early infectious period.

Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found at Wastewater testing.

Positive COVID-19 result in aged care resident is a persistent shedding case

Yesterday the department was notified of a weak positive COVID-19 test result from a previously positive resident at the privately-run Epping Gardens Aged Care facility.

Further tests were taken yesterday. The Expert Review Panel has determined this case to be the result of virus shedding and not a new case.

Initial precautionary public health actions were taken at the facility while further testing was completed. These actions have been stood down.

Update: New Zealand flights resume today

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has determined the Auckland hotspot should be lifted and flights from New Zealand to Australia can resume from 11.59pm, Thursday 11 March 2021.

Auckland (except for Auckland airport for the purposes of travelling only) has become an orange zone under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system, effective from 11.59pm last night.

People entering Victoria who have travelled to Auckland (other than those transiting through Auckland Airport only) must apply for an ‘orange zone’ permit. You can't apply for a permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms. You will need to get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain home until you get a negative result.

People entering Victoria from areas of New Zealand outside Auckland are eligible to apply for a ‘green zone’ permit. More information on Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system can be found at Victorian Travel Permit System.

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 any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of exposure sites is published at Case locations and outbreaks.

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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59 pm 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 3 0 18,827 5,138,905

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - midday today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 
1,061,623 19,377 13.5