Media release
21 April 2021

Victoria has been notified of 3 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday in overseas returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

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

This is the 54th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.

The three new cases are a man aged in his 30s, a man aged in his 20s and a child aged under 10.

The total number of active cases in Victoria is 17. All are overseas acquired cases that are in hotel quarantine.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,502.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 4,006 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 172,308.

Three high-volume vaccination centres opened today

Victorians eligible under phases 1a and 1b of the rollout can from today receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at three Victorian high-volume vaccination centres located at the Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the former Ford factory in Geelong.

This provides more options, particularly for Victorians over the age of 70, in addition to being able to receive the vaccine at Commonwealth-led general practice sites.

With more workforce training underway, assurance on provider indemnity now confirmed and further consumer information now available, the Government has lifted the pause on the administration of AstraZeneca to eligible people under the age of 50 years who choose to receive this vaccine from today.

Where supply is available, eligible people aged under 50 can also continue to receive the Pfizer vaccine through the pre-existing, successful model of workforce-based appointments, which has already seen more than 170,000 Victorians vaccinated.

Information on how eligible Victorians can access high-volume sites for forward bookings and walk-in appointments is available at COVID-19 Vaccines.

Phone bookings are strongly recommended to help ensure people choosing this option can be vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Bookings can be made by calling 1800 675 398.

The Department is publishing expected wait times at the High-volume vaccination centres. These wait times will be updated regularly and do not apply if you have an appointment.

Viral fragments detected in two suburban wastewater catchments

As reported yesterday, viral fragments of COVID-19 have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from sewer catchments in Moonee Ponds and Ringwood.

The unexpected detections may be due to a person or persons with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because they are continuing to shed the virus after the infectious period.

While it is possible that these detections are due to a visitor or visitors to these areas who are not infectious, a cautious approach is being taken.

People who live in or have visited the following areas should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if any develop:

  • Moonee Ponds Main for 13–16 April
    • Ascot Vale, Brunswick, Brunswick West, Coburg, Essendon, Essendon Fields, Flemington, Kensington, Moonee Ponds, North Melbourne, Parkville, Pascoe Vale, Pascoe Vale South, Strathmore, Travancore
  • Ringwood South Branch from 6–16 April
    • Bayswater, Bayswater North, Boronia, Croydon, Croydon North, Croydon South, Heathmont, Kilsyth, Kilsyth South, Montrose, Ringwood, Ringwood East, Sassafras, The Basin, Tremont, Wantirna.

More detailed information is available at Wastewater testing.

New Zealand airport worker case

Following the recent identification of a case of COVID-19 in a worker at Auckland International Airport, Victorian health authorities instruct anyone who has travelled to Victoria from Auckland since 17 April to monitor for symptoms and isolate and get tested immediately should symptoms develop.

A small number of exposure sites in Auckland has been linked to this new case. Anyone who has visited these exposure sites on the listed dates and times, needs to get tested, isolate until they get a negative result and contact the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

The exposure sites are listed on the New Zealand Ministry of Health website.

All close contacts of the Auckland case have so far tested negative to COVID-19.

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.

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.

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 
0 0 3 17 0 12,606 5,676,349

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 8am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 

1,821,046

11,416 7.93