Media release
24 July 2021

Victoria was notified of 12 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

All were locally acquired cases linked to the recent interstate incursions of COVID-19.

There were 169 active cases in Victoria – 159 locally acquired and 10 overseas acquired cases.

There are ten COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. Three cases are in intensive care (including one case on a ventilator).

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,891.

Update:Current restrictions

For current restrictions, see the Victorian Government's statement: Extended lockdown and stronger borders to keep us safe.

Update: Victorian Travel Permit Changes

The travel permit system now designates areas across Australia and New Zealand as green, orange, red or extreme risk zones based on public health risk. These border permit changes reflect the different levels of risk across red zones in Australia.

The Chief Health Officer has declared all of NSW an Extreme Risk Zone under Victoria's travel permit system from 9:00pm Friday 23 July. This declaration is backdated 14 days and is effective as at 9:00pm on Friday 9 July, 2021.

If people enter Victoria from an Extreme Risk Zone without an exemption, they will be put on a return flight or placed in 14 days mandatory quarantine in the COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria program. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Victorian residents returning from a Red Zone who have been in an Extreme Risk Zone in the last 14 days can only enter Victoria with an exemption, exception or another valid permit, such as a Specified Worker Permit.

Red Zone permits for the ACT, Norfolk Island and South Australia will function as they have previously.

If you are a Victorian resident, you may enter Victoria from a red zone on a valid red zone permit. You must return straight home (or to your accommodation) in Victoria, and self-quarantine for 14 days from the day you enter. Get tested within 72 hours of arrival and again on day 13 of your home quarantine.

If you attempt to enter via an airport or seaport without an exemption, exception or valid permit you will be fined up to $5,452. Non-Victorian residents will be sent back.

See more about Victoria's travel permit system at Victorian Travel Permit System.

Outbreaks

Of the 12 new locally acquired cases, all have been linked to the current outbreaks.

Overall, 10 of the 12 new cases spent all of their infectious period in quarantine.

In total, there have been 159 cases in the 12 days of this outbreak as a result of the interstate incursions.

Of the 12 new community cases reported today:

Five are linked to AAMI Park.

Three are linked to Ms Frankie in Cremorne.

Two are linked to the Isola apartment complex in Burnley.

One is linked to the Bacchus Marsh Grammar School.

One is linked to the Young & Jackson Hotel.

There are currently more than 22,000 primary close contacts identified by the Department who are in isolation and more than 400 active exposure sites listed on the website.

There are many thousands of people who are coming to the end of their isolation period as Tier One primary close contacts or household contacts of primary close contacts.

We have cleared almost 2,000 primary close contracts from the outbreak so far. Around 4,000 day 13 tests are due this weekend and more than 8,000 are due next week.

A public health response is underway at the Lacrosse Building at 673 La Trobe St, Docklands. Residents have been asked to get tested urgently and isolate until further advice is received from the Department.

Our public health teams are undertaking on-site cleaning of common areas of the complex and are contacting residents to arrange testing. Pop-up testing has been established on site today to facilitate rapid testing.

An extensive testing effort continues with the 1,145 primary close contacts identified from the Prahran Market and Market Lane Coffee exposure sites. Around 60 per cent of these contacts have been tested. There have been no positive cases identified from this testing.

Exposure sites are published at Case alerts -public exposure sites.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn't publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations.

We continue to ask every Victorian to check exposure sites regularly, as they are subject to change based on follow-up interviews and further investigation.

COVID-19 wastewater detection in the Glenroy area

There has been a strong COVID-19 fragment wastewater detection in the Glenroy area.

The suburbs within the detection area include Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park and Pascoe Vale.

The wastewater detection may be due to someone who has had COVID-19, is no longer infectious and is continuing to shed the virus - or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed case in that area.

Anyone who lives in or has visited these suburbs between 20 to 22 July is urged to watch for the slightest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if any symptoms develop.

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.

The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in the area and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

More information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Vaccinations

Victoria yesterday recorded an important milestone with three million doses now delivered across the state.

Around half of those doses have been delivered in state-run clinics and half have been delivered through primary care providers.

In the state system, we have delivered one million first doses and close to 500,000 second doses.

Yesterday, 19,281 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,496,784.

Every week, more appointments are being opened up at state clinics across Victoria and people who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged to plan ahead and book as soon as they can.

There are now 50 open access vaccination centres operating across Victoria, including the 50th hub at Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston. In the coming weeks and months there will be more pop-up community vaccination clinics in operation.

Victoria's online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria's vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

Update: Testing

A total of 39,846 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

Since this outbreak started on 12 July, we have processed more than 500,000 test results.

In response to the current cases in Victoria, extended operating hours have been introduced at multiple testing sites.

See new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times at Where to get tested.

Update: Advice for household contacts of a Primary Close Contact

Information is available online for people who are household contacts of a Primary Close Contact.

View more at What to do if you’re a household contact of a close contact.

General advice

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
12 0 0 169 0 39,846 8,058,447

 

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

3,053,061

6,100 4.24