Media release
22 April 2021

Victoria has been notified of 2 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 55th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.

The two new cases are a man aged in his 50s and a man aged in his 30s.

The total number of active cases in Victoria is 19. 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 20,504.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 4,519 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 176,827.

More than 1,000 people were vaccinated yesterday at Victoria’s three expanded high-volume centres alone – representing a ten-fold increase from the same day at the centres last week.

Vaccination numbers at these three sites are in addition to Victoria’s large network of hospital vaccination hubs and outreach services, which continue to vaccinate thousands of Victorians every day.

Booking interest has been substantial with thousands of calls over the past few days. New bookings are being spread over the coming days and weeks, based on individual choice.

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. Booking can be made by calling 1800 675 398 and selecting option 3, option 2, option 2.

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.

Update: Interstate close contacts

Victorian health authorities have identified six people as close contacts linked to a current NSW investigation into a possible COVID-19 transmission at a Sydney CBD hotel being used for hotel quarantine.

All have been contacted by Victorian health authorities, will be tested today, and must quarantine for 14 days.

Victorian health authorities are contacting a person now in Victoria, who was recently in hotel quarantine in Perth, Western Australia, where two new cases of hotel-transmission COVID-19 were confirmed late yesterday.

This person will also be tested and required to undertake 14 days of quarantine.

Update: New Zealand contacts

Following identification of a positive case linked to Auckland International Airport, Victorian health authorities are working with Qantas to identify and assess Victorian-based aircrew who may have had contact with the case.

Management of the Victorian aircrew will depend on the outcome of each crew member’s risk assessment. Some crew will be asked to test and quarantine for 14 days, others will be asked to test and isolate until they get a negative result.

Victorian health authorities are also contacting 520 passengers that arrived in Victoria from Auckland between 17 and 20 April.

Anyone who has travelled to Victoria from Auckland since 17 April is advised to monitor for symptoms and isolate and get tested immediately should symptoms develop.

Three exposure sites in Auckland have been published. Anyone who has visited these exposure sites during 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.

Two new wastewater COVID-19 viral fragment detections in Daylesford and Benalla

Viral fragments of COVID-19 have been detected in wastewater samples recently taken from the inlet to wastewater treatment plants at Daylesford and Benalla.

This follows the detection of viral fragments in Moonee Ponds Main and Ringwood South Branch sewer catchments announced earlier this week.

Given the prolonged period of no community transmission in Victoria and absence of local cases in these areas, these are most likely due to a person or people who are not infectious but are shedding the virus.

Victoria’s wastewater testing program is designed to provide early warning of COVID-19, and the possibility that someone is in the early phase of the virus cannot be ruled out.

People who live in or have visited the Daylesford area from 10 to 12 April, or the Benalla area from 10 to 15 April, should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any develop.

More detailed information is available at Wastewater testing.

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 2 19 0 13,951 5,690,300

 

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 

1,839,081

14,654 10.18