Media release
24 April 2021

Victoria has been notified of 2 cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

One is the case announced yesterday that was acquired interstate by a man aged in his 50s.

The other new case is a woman aged in her 50s who is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

This is the 57th day in a row that no new cases have been acquired in Victoria.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,508.

Update: WA red zones

Victoria has designated metropolitan Perth and the Peel region as red zones under Victoria’s travel permit system, effective from 2:01am this morning.

Only Victorian residents travelling from the red zones are allowed to return to Victoria. They must apply for a red zone travel permit and will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Non-Victorian residents will not be permitted into Victoria. Authorised officers at airports will be checking all arriving Perth aircraft for appropriate permits. Anyone not complying will be housed in Hotel Quarantine until a return flight can be arranged.

Anyone who has arrived into Victoria from Perth and the Peel region from 17 April until red zones came into effect must isolate, get tested, and stay isolated until negative.

Using travel permit data, Victorian health officials have contacted 5,442 people who are now considered orange zone arrivals advising them of their obligations to isolate and test.

That contact work continues now Victoria has obtained flight manifests from the National Incident Room.

We strongly remind all Australians that they are obligated to obtain a permit, exemption or exception to enter Victoria. For more information, visit Service Victoria.

Update: Interstate acquired case

Yesterday, the Department of Health received notification of a positive COVID-19 result linked to a Hotel Quarantine facility in Perth.

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 had an initial negative COVID-19 test. They will remain in quarantine for 14 days.

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

The Department has listed the following as a Tier 1 exposure site:

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

The Department has contacted all 265 individuals from this flight, including passengers, crew and ground crew, using information obtained from comprehensive flight manifest data, and border permits.

Testing is underway for people linked to the flight. So far, 49 have returned negative test results.

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 has listed the following as a Tier 2 exposure site:

  • Melbourne Airport Terminal One between 7pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 April

This exposure time has been reduced by 30 minutes since yesterday following further investigations by Victorian public health officials. 

Anyone who was at this location during these times 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 ongoing investigations.

A list of all Victorian exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites

A full list of Western Australian exposure sites can be seen at Healthy WA .

Anyone who has been to a Western Australian exposure site during the time frame of interest should immediately quarantine and contact the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 3,109 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 185,535.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre high-volume vaccination centre will be open on ANZAC Day tomorrow from 8.15am to 4pm for appointments and open to walk-ins from 9am.

A full list of operating times can be seen at High-volume vaccination centres.

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.

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* 1 23 0 13,079 5,716,612

 

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 

1,875,249

18,413 12.79

*Note – this case was also reported to media yesterday but appears formally in today’s numbers, as it was reported in the previous 24 hours to midnight.