Media release
13 July 2021

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

One was acquired interstate, and two were acquired locally as a result of that interstate incursion.

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

There were 20 active cases in Victoria – 5 are locally acquired and 15 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,725.

Update: Interstate incursions

A strong public health response is underway in relation to these cases.

Household members visited by the removalists have tested negative.

Infection and prevention control teams were on site at the Ariele Apartments exposure site today, working with Western Public Health Unit to support residents on site and guide them towards priority testing at the Showgrounds testing centre. In-home testing is also available.

If you have been to any exposure sites in the specified times, follow the health advice listed.

TIER 1:

Anyone who has visited the following Tier 1 exposure sites during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and quarantine for 14 days. You should also contact us at 1300 651 160.

  • Mobil Ballan Westbound and McDonalds Ballan Westbound, both at 6511 Western Freeway, between 5pm and 7pm on 8 July.
  • Coles Craigieburn Central, Craigieburn Rd, between 5:28pm and 6:38pm on 10 July.
  • Ariele Apartments, 7 Thomas Holmes St, Maribyrnong, between 1pm and 11.59pm on 8 July. See special advice for this site at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

TIER 2:

Anyone who has visited the following Tier 2 exposure sites during the times listed should immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result. You should also contact us at 1300 651 160.

  • Metro Petroleum Broadmeadows, 184 Widford St, between 1:19pm and 2:04pm on 11 July.
  • Ariele Apartments, 7 Thomas Holmes St, Maribyrnong at any time between 9 and 12 July. See special advice for this site online.

TIER 3:

Anyone who has visited the following Tier 3 exposure site during the time listed should monitor for symptoms. Get tested straight away if any develop.

  • Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, Craigieburn Rd, between 5:28pm and 6:38pm on 10 July. If you went to Coles during this time, follow the advice for the Coles Craigieburn Central exposure site above.

Exposure sites are published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

The Department also manages 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, or if they identify small, private locations. 

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews. 

Update: Travel permits

The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory a red zone.

This means the Victorian border is effectively closed to New South Wales and the ACT – except for Victorian residents returning on a red zone permit for 14 days of quarantine, and for people with exemptions, exceptions or other valid permits (such as specified workers and cross-border residents).

If you’re a Victorian resident, you can obtain a red zone permit and return to Victoria – but you will be required to immediately isolate, get tested, and quarantine for 14 days. You cannot enter if you have COVID-19, any symptoms, or if you have been defined a close contact by a state health authority.

If you aren’t a Victorian resident, you cannot enter Victoria from a red zone without an exception, exemption or other valid permit. If you try and enter at an airport or seaport, you will be fined and stay in Hotel Quarantine until return flights can be arranged. If you try and enter by land, you will be turned away and fined.

If you live in the NSW cross-border area, you can enter Victoria without a permit but you must travel with proof of address. Conditions apply. You cannot enter if you have been to a red zone outside of the cross-border area, or if you have COVID-19, any symptoms, or have been defined as a close contact by a state health authority.

If you are entering Victoria as a NSW cross-border community resident, authorities ask you to stay within the Victorian cross-border area at all times. If you are entering New South Wales as a Victorian cross-border community resident, stay within the NSW cross-border area. If you travel beyond this area, a red zone permit will be required for re-entry into Victoria. At all times, we strongly advise all Victorians against travelling to red zones.

Engagement teams, supported by Defence personnel, made 269 household visits to permit holders yesterday.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria, even if entering from a green zone.

Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria. See more about Victoria's travel permit system at Victorian Travel Permit System.

Update: Current restrictions in Victoria

Eased restrictions are now in place, effective from 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July.

More information can be found at While risks remain, Victoria can take cautious steps ahead.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 14,384 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,299,562.

Victoria’s online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria’s vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

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. 

The Department publishes expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to 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 
2 1 0 20 0 23,470 7,573,621

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 

2,942,358

20,488 14.3