Media release
23 April 2021

Victoria has been notified of 3 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

One is a case acquired interstate and the other two are overseas returned travellers.

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

This is the 56th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.

The two new cases in overseas returned travellers are a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 50s. They arrived in Melbourne on separate flights.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,507.

Update: New interstate acquired case

WA Health recently reported transmission between two rooms at a Hotel Quarantine facility in Perth.

As a result of this known transmission, WA Health determined other residents on the floor of that hotel as primary close contacts.

This morning, the Victorian Department of Health received notification of a positive COVID-19 result in a recently identified primary close contact from the Hotel Quarantine facility.

That individual travelled from Perth to Melbourne on Wednesday 21 April.

On arrival at the airport, he was immediately advised by Western Australian health authorities of his status as a Primary Close Contact.

He returned directly to his home in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

He was tested yesterday, returning the positive result this morning.

Out of caution, and before the positive test result was known, he was moved into hotel quarantine in Melbourne at his request, where he remains.

Four household and social contacts are associated with this case – the individual’s spouse, his two children, and a friend of one child.

All have been tested.

The Department will continue to manage the public health actions associated with this case and will continue to monitor the situation in Western Australia.

Update: Exposure sites

The Department is listing the following as a Tier 1 exposure site:

  • Qantas flight QF778 to Melbourne from Perth on Wednesday 21 April

If you were on this flight, you must isolate, get tested and remain isolated for 14 days – unless otherwise formally advised by the Department of Health.

The Department is contacting over 250 individuals on this flight using information obtained from comprehensive flight manifest data, and border permits.

While the individual returned directly to his home in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, he did pass through the airport.

As a result, after interviews and CCTV investigations, the Department intends to publish the following as a Tier 2 exposure site:

  • Melbourne Airport Terminal One between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 April

Anyone who was at this location during this time must isolate, get tested and remain isolated until they get a negative result.

Further locations – including those within the airport – may be classified as exposure sites based on continued investigations.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 5,383 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 182,426.

Two Victorian high-volume vaccination centres at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Sunshine Hospital began opened their doors to the eligible public today.

On Monday, they will be joined by the high-volume vaccination centre at the Mercure Ballarat. 

This will bring the total number of high-volume vaccination centres open to the eligible public to six – including the Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the former Ford factory in Geelong.

Booking numbers at the high-volume vaccination centres continue to increase 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. Bookings 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: NSW 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 quarantine hotel.

All have tested negative and are in quarantine.

Update: New Zealand contacts

Following identification of a positive case linked to Auckland International Airport, Victorian health authorities have worked with Qantas to identify and assess Victorian-based aircrew who may have had contact with the case on planes in New Zealand.

Nine Victoria-based aircrew have been identified as contacts. Four are considered close contacts and five are casual contacts. All were asked to quarantine and were tested yesterday. The close contacts will isolate for 14 days from 19 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.

Wastewater detections in Daylesford and Benalla

As reported yesterday, 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.

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 1 2 22 0 13,233 5,703,533

 

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 

1,856,836

17,755 12.33