Victoria has been notified of no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.
This is the 47th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,487.
A total of 2,890 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria. This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 152,363.
Last week, the Victorian Department of Health advised health services to reschedule any forward bookings for people aged under 50 receiving their first dose of AstraZeneca until further information was received from the Commonwealth.
On Monday, the Department advised all state commissioned vaccination services to continue this pause until:
- Further provider and consumer information is made available by the Commonwealth and translated into languages other than English
- A new and compulsory training package is completed by all staff administering vaccines, and
- The Department and health services are satisfied with legal advice received on indemnity.
These requirements will ensure an informed decision can be made by people aged under 50 who may be preparing to receive a first dose of AstraZeneca – as recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
They will also ensure practitioners responsible for its administration are indemnified, and state-run sites can continue to run smoothly and vaccinate Victorians responsibly.
Victoria remains supportive of the Commonwealth’s program and aims to ensure Victorians are vaccinated against coronavirus as quickly and as safely as possible.
As such, the Victorian Government has asked the Commonwealth Government to divert future AstraZeneca deliveries scheduled for state sites over the next fortnight to Victorian GPs.
This will provide additional supplies enabling GPs to vaccinate Victorians over the age of 70 as quickly as possible.
Health services are advised to continue to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine to eligible people aged over 50, and to eligible people receiving their second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine without any previous severe adverse reaction, in line with ATAGI’s recommendations.
Viral fragments detected in Ringwood and surrounds wastewater
As announced yesterday, residents of and recent visitors to Ringwood and surrounds who have even mild COVID-19 symptoms are urged to get tested after viral fragments were detected in the local wastewater catchment.
Weak detection of viral fragments in a wastewater sample collected on April 8 has been confirmed by further laboratory testing.
The catchment includes some or all of Bayswater, Bayswater North, Boronia, Croydon, Croydon North, Croydon South, Heathmont, Kilsyth, Kilsyth South, Montrose, Ringwood, Ringwood East, Sassafras, The Basin, Tremont and Wantirna.
Anyone who has been in these suburbs and has any symptoms of COVID-19 from 6 April to 9 April is urged to get tested.
Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the infectious period.
Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found at Wastewater testing
Coronavirus (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.
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.
There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of Victorian exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.
For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.
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