Media release
13 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 1,572 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 1,571 cases were locally acquired and one case was detected in an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

There are 19,861 active cases in Victoria.

There are 705 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 146 of those cases are in intensive care, with 92 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 13 deaths yesterday:

  • a woman in her 60s from Stonnington
  • a man in his 60s from Nillumbik
  • a man in his 70s from Brimbank
  • a woman in her 70s from Banyule
  • a man in his 50s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s and two men in their 80s, all from Whittlesea
  • a man in his 70s from Moreland
  • a woman in her 80s from Moonee Valley
  • a man in his 80s from Hume
  • a woman in her 90s from Darebin

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 934.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 57,471.

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently more than 55,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were around 210 published exposure sites in Victoria.

Update: Restrictions

Lockdown will end in Mitchell Shire at 11.59pm tonight, 13 October. For more information visit Lockdown restrictions in Mitchell Shire to lift tonight - 13 October 2021 

The Rural City of Mildura is in lockdown with restrictions the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew).

For information on current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire and Mildura Rural City Council.


Yesterday, 38,072 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,000,653.

87.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 60.9 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

Victoria is opening neighbourhood pop-up vaccination centres in suburban streets, shops, gyms and community clubs: Local vax pop-ups coming to streets and shops across the city

The small, targeted pop-ups are designed to vaccinate 20 to 30 people a session. This morning, 37 doses were administered at a neighbourhood pop-up at Degani’s Mernda Junction.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit Australian Government Department of Health's website.


Of the 1,571 locally acquired cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 22 cases in Banyule
  • 18 cases in Bayside
  • 16 cases in Boroondara
  • 119 cases in Brimbank
  • 40 cases in Cardinia
  • 133 cases in Casey
  • 29 cases in Darebin
  • 31 cases in Frankston
  • 17 cases in Glen Eira
  • 68 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 14 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 255 cases in Hume
  • 19 cases in Kingston
  • 22 cases in Knox
  • 8 cases in Manningham
  • 21 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 13 cases in Maroondah
  • 45 cases in Melbourne
  • 91 cases in Melton
  • 19 cases in Monash
  • 31 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 70 cases in Moreland
  • 17 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 8 cases in Nillumbik
  • 35 cases in Port Phillip
  • 17 cases in Stonnington
  • 11 cases in Whitehorse
  • 107 cases in Whittlesea
  • 99 cases in Wyndham
  • 19 cases in Yarra
  • 11 cases in Yarra Ranges

Overall, there were 510 new cases in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, 420 new cases in the western suburbs, 414 cases in the south-eastern suburbs and 81 cases in the eastern suburbs.

There were also 130 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 9 case in Ballarat
  • 2 case in Bass Coast
  • 19 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Campaspe
  • 1 case in Glenelg
  • 1 case in Golden Plains
  • 2 cases in Greater Bendigo
  • 16 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 21 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 6 cases in Latrobe
  • 3 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 23 cases in Mildura
  • 6 cases in Mitchell
  • 7 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in Mount Alexander
  • 1 case in Moyne
  • 1 case in South Gippsland
  • 1 case in Surf Coast
  • 8 cases in Swan Hill
  • 1 case in Wangaratta

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently more than 55,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were around 210 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure-sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a weekly Common Operating Picture, which includes the effective reproduction number for all states and territories. For more information, refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) common operating picture.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas: 

  • Lakes Entrance – unexpected detection between 6 and 11 October.
  • Mallacoota – unexpected detection between 5 and 11 October.
  • Inverloch – unexpected detection between 7 and 11 October.
  • Bendigo - repeated unexpected detections in areas that include parts of Huntly, Epsom, Strathdale, Kangaroo Flat and Maiden Gully between 7 and 12 October.
  • Apollo Bay – repeated unexpected detections between 28 September and 8 October.
  • Cobram – repeated unexpected detection between 29 September and 7 October.
  • Ballarat – repeated unexpected detections in areas that include parts of Mitchell Park and Wendouree between 3 and 7 October.

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop. 

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.


In another record day of testing, 79,200 COVID-19 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial support.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

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
1,571 0 1 19,861 13 79,200 12,037,541


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


2,957 2.05