Media release
2 June 2021

Victoria was notified of six new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

All are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak.

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

In total, there are 60 cases linked to the current outbreak.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,614. One overseas acquired case was reclassified.

Extension of restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced that restrictions will be extended from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June.

See the Statement from the Acting Premier for more information.

Update: Outbreaks

Four of the new cases belong to members of a family who travelled to Jervis Bay while one of the cases was infectious. The acquisition source is under investigation.

A number of new exposure sites linked to the cases have been listed in Melbourne, regional Victoria and NSW.

One case is linked to the Port Melbourne outbreak and one case is linked to the Brighton Beach Hotel.

Public Health teams have identified over 5200 Primary Close Contacts linked to the outbreak.

77.8 per cent have so far returned negative results.

There are 189 primary close contacts linked to a network of community grocery stores and retail outlets in the Northern Suburbs, and in Dandenong, with 169 negative results received so far.

Of seven schools and higher education settings that have also been linked to positive cases, 434 primary close contacts are identified and over 300 negative results received.

There are over 350 exposure sites, including 152 Tier one sites, published at Case alerts - public exposure sites. A number are in regional Victoria.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites which it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

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

Viral fragments detected in wastewater catchments

Viral fragments have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from the following sewer catchments:

  • Bendigo between 27-31 May
  • Mornington Peninsula between Safety Beach and Portsea between 27-28 May

While these unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious it is also possible that it is due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

People who live in, or have visited these areas, who have, or develop COVID symptoms, are strongly encouraged to get tested and help keep Victoria communities COVID free.

More detailed information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 20,585 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 513,375.

From today until to Sunday 6 June, workers in private aged care facilities and the residential disability sector, which are managed by the Commonwealth, will be given priority access at walk-in vaccination hubs around Victoria between 9am and 4pm when they present evidence of their employment.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a primary close contact, must not attend a vaccination centre.

Go to a testing centre, get a test, and go home until you receive your result.

Update: Testing

Yesterday a total of 51,033 tests were processed in Victoria.

87 per cent of all test results were turned around within 24 hours, with 99 per cent turned received by the following day.

There are currently 212 testing facilities across Victoria providing safe testing to all Victorians.

While demand remains strong throughout the day, waiting times are very short at the testing centre at Melbourne Showgrounds.

This is a large capacity, eight-lane site open until 8pm and may be a convenient option for many Victorians wishing to 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.

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 symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you 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 

6

0

0

67

0

51,033

6,566,353

 

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 

2,469,425

4,775

3.32