Media Release
2 February 2021

Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday. The new case is a man in his 30s who is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,450 

There are no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

This is the 27th consecutive day where Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 22, made up of zero locally acquired cases and 22 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, an increase of one since yesterday.

Update: International case under review

Investigations are under way after a woman in her 60s returned a positive coronavirus test on 31 January after arriving in the Philippines from Victoria.

The woman is asymptomatic and, to date, test results from family and close contacts in Victoria have been negative. Further testing of the woman in the Philippines has been requested. This is likely to be a false positive result.

Update: Western Australia

The Department of Health is continuing to monitor the situation in Western Australia (WA).  A number of WA regions have entered lockdown after WA recorded a positive case of coronavirus. Domestic travel restrictions now apply and a permit is required to enter Victoria under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.

Our travel permit system is in place to protect Victorians. We thank everyone for their patience in helping us keep Victorians safe.

Data from green zone permits is used to record who has arrived in Victoria in case there is an outbreak and they need to be contacted. 

We are keeping in contact with people who had arrived in Victoria from WA with a green zone permit between 25 January and 31 January and came from an area now designated a red zone.

As of 9:00pm Victorian (AEDT) time on Sunday, 31 January, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of WA have moved from a green zone to a red zone.

This time aligns with the WA Government’s stay at home orders for Perth metropolitan area, Peel region and South West region of WA. Anyone who is travelling from these red zones after 9pm is in breach of the WA Government’s own stay at home directions.

If you have been in one of these currently listed WA red zones since 25 January, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or permitted worker permit.

As at 8am today, 485 applications for exemption have been applied for, with five approved.

Every exemption is assessed on a case by case basis and is being processed as quickly as possible. Exemptions are limited and only granted in special cases.

The rest of Western Australia outside of the red zone areas of the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region remain green zones.

People travelling from a green zone can apply for a permit to enter Victoria if they have not been in a currently listed red zone or orange zone since 25 January (other than for transit), have not been in close contact with a coronavirus (COVID-19) case and do not have any coronavirus (COVID19) symptoms. On arrival in Victoria, they must monitor for symptoms and abide by local directions.

People who have arrived in Victoria from WA red zones between Monday, 25 January 2021 and 9:00pm on Sunday, 31 January will be required to isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arriving (or as soon as possible if they have arrived more than 72 hours ago) and remain self-isolated until they receive a negative test result.

Update: Wastewater samples

A weak detection of viral fragments from wastewater in Warrnambool on 27 January has been confirmed following further analysis.

Anyone who lives in or has visited Warrnambool from 25 to 27 January is urged to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have any symptoms, however mild.

General advice

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 page.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health website or by calling 1800 675 398.

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal at Service Victoria website.

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
0 0 1 22 0 8,480 4,476,223

 

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 
488,465 18,987 13.2