Media release
13 December 2020

Victoria has recorded one internationally acquired case of coronavirus today, diagnosed in an individual currently in hotel quarantine. The internationally acquired case is a male child under 5. His parents, who have also been diagnosed with coronavirus, had already been interviewed through the quarantine process and no further public health actions were required.
 
This brings the number of internationally acquired cases since Victoria commenced receiving international arrivals to 6. 
 
This is the 44th straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily community transmission cases. There are no new deaths.

Yesterday, Victoria recorded its first new cases of coronavirus in six weeks with five internationally acquired cases diagnosed in people currently in hotel quarantine.

Victoria has now recorded a total of 20,351 confirmed cases, including those diagnosed in quarantine.

“These positive results are to be expected, and our quarantine system has been designed on the premise that we would have return travellers test positive,” Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.

“While we'd all prefer there were no active cases, changes made to strengthen the system will ensure that we manage this in a way that keeps returning travellers, the workers caring for them and the Victorian community as safe as possible.” 

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 travellers 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. 
 
Prior to international travellers arriving once again in Victoria, 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 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 3,688,134 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 6,233 since yesterday. 

A permit is no longer required to enter Victoria from South Australia. Based on current COVID exposure dates in South Australia, this requirement ended yesterday at 11.59pm.  
 
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398. 

Media enquiries:

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