Media release
24 June 2021

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

One is a locally acquired case linked to the current Southbank apartment complex outbreak.

The other three cases are in returned international travellers in hotel quarantine. They are men aged in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

There were four COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There were 52 active cases in Victoria – 24 are locally acquired and 28 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,700.

Further easing of restrictions

From 11.59pm tonight, Thursday 24 June, restrictions will further ease on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

More information can be found at Statement From The Acting Premier.

New cases of COVID-19 notified today

Victorian public health officials were notified today of two new cases of COVID-19 linked to a Victorian resident who recently returned from NSW. These new cases will be reported in tomorrow's numbers.

The first case is a man in his 60s who attended a social event at his daughter's house in West Hoxton last Saturday, which was at the time a Sydney green zone, and then returned to Melbourne on a Jetstar flight (flight number JQ523 that departed Sydney at 5.30pm) on Sunday evening. The flight landed at Melbourne Airport Tullamarine at 7.05pm at Terminal 4.

He developed symptoms late on Tuesday night at his home in Oakleigh, where he lives alone, and was tested on Wednesday. He is currently unwell and is being supported by public health officials. He lives within an apartment complex and a risk assessment is being undertaken. Support will be provided to other residents by the public health team.

Primary close contacts of the case are being identified and contacted and a workplace exposure site linked to this case, a dry-cleaning business in Sandringham, has been identified and posted online.

This case's only workplace close contact has received notification of a positive test late this afternoon. His family has been isolated and are being tested, and urgent public health actions are underway to understand the case's movements.

QR code data from this business is being analysed and close contacts are being identified and contacted by public health officials with advice. The business has been closed for deep cleaning.

If any other exposure sites are identified linked to this case, they will be published on the Department's exposure site webpage at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

Genomic testing is underway on this new case to determine the COVID-19 variant but given the epidemiological patterns in Sydney, public health officials are taking a conservative approach regarding whether this new case is the Delta variant.

Update: New red/orange zone restrictions on NSW

The following areas are now red zones under Victoria's Travel Permit System effective from 1:00am Friday 25 June:

  • Greater Sydney, including Central Coast, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Wollongong

Within Greater Sydney, the NSW Local Government Areas (LGAs) of City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick are red zones effective as of 1:00am 23 June.

All areas in Greater Sydney including Central Coast, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Wollongong have been declared an orange zone retrospectively between 11 June and the time they became a red zone.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone since current red zones came into effect, other than for transit, you can obtain a red zone permit to enter Victoria but you will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.

If you are a non-Victorian resident and you have been in a red zone since current red zones came into effect, other than for transit, you cannot obtain a permit and you cannot enter Victoria unless you have an exception or exemption.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria.

If you try to enter Victoria at a land border from a red zone without a permit, you will be sent back.

If you enter at an airport or seaport from a red zone without a permit, you will be fined and you will stay in Hotel Quarantine until return transport is arranged.

There are more than 100 authorised officers at Melbourne Airport and relevant regional airports meeting all arriving Sydney flights.

Of the 18 flights that landed in Victoria yesterday to 6pm, all 1998 passengers were screened. A total of 172 red zone arrivals were recorded.

Six red zone arrivals were non-Victoria residents who are ineligible to enter Victoria. They were placed on a return flight to Sydney. They have been referred to the Department's investigations team to determine any enforcement action.

An increased Victoria Police presence is in place at the NSW border and mobile vehicle patrols are identifying car registration details of vehicles who may have travelled from NSW.

If you have been to a high-risk exposure site requiring you to quarantine for 14 days, you cannot obtain a permit to enter Victoria.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not be travelling. You should be getting tested.

All arrivals into Victoria must apply for a travel permit even if they are entering from a green zone. Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria. Permit checks by authorised officers are in place for relevant arriving flights at Victoria's airports.

NSW Health has published a list of exposure sites online at Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW.

Queensland Health has published a list of exposure sites online at Contact tracing - coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are in Victoria and have been to these locations in the specified times, follow the listed advice and contact us on 1300 651 160.

The Acting Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor the situation in NSW and Queensland, with further updates made as needed.

Update: Outbreaks

The new locally case reported yesterday is a known household contact of an existing positive case from the Kings Park, Southbank apartment complex outbreak.

The new case has been in quarantine throughout their infectious period. There are no new exposure sites linked to this case.

The total number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Southbank outbreak now stands at 11.

A strong public health response continues at the Southbank complex – including in-home testing and on-site resident support services.

Victoria's outbreaks continue to stabilise.

All 32 COVID-19 cases linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak have been cleared. More than 2800 primary close contacts have been identified from this outbreak and 98 per cent have been cleared.

More than 4000 primary close contracts (99 per cent) linked to the Port Melbourne outbreak have been cleared and more than 1500 primary close contacts linked (98 per cent) to the West Melbourne outbreak have been cleared.

The full list of Victorian exposure sites can be seen at Case alerts – public exposure sites.

Anyone who has who has visited an exposure site during the specified dates and times must follow the advice listed.

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

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 17,803 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 968,716.

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

In another strong day of testing, 22,812 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

The Department publishes expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.

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
1 0 3 52 0 22,812 7,129,862

 

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

2,617,496

16,202 11.25