Media release
25 May 2021

Victoria was notified of four new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,543.

Update: City of Whittlesea outbreak

The Department was this morning notified of a fifth positive case, a male aged in their 60s. This will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.

The case developed symptoms on 17 May and presented for testing yesterday. The individual is a close contact of a positive case detected yesterday.

This afternoon, the Department has been notified of four new cases. They are all family contacts of the fifth case announced this morning, bringing the total of cases in this outbreak to nine.

Genomic sequencing has confirmed the strain of the virus detected in the four cases announced yesterday matches the strain of a case in Wollert earlier this month, who contracted the virus in hotel quarantine in South Australia. 

Extensive contact tracing continues for the individuals who have tested positive to COVID-19 in Melbourne’s north yesterday. All are isolating at home.

Interviews with the individuals have identified more exposure site which have been published at Case alerts – public exposure sites.

As of this morning, the Department identified 168 Primary Close Contacts related to exposure sites. 84 have tested negative.

This includes 39 contacts from the Bundoora Swim School exposure site, of which 24 negative results have been returned.

There is new advice for people who attended the Highpoint Shopping Centre exposure site, with CCTV footage allowing the Department to provide more specific information on which individual stores the positive case visited.

People who have visited the listed stores during the specified times must get tested and quarantine for 14 days. People who visited floors 2 and 3 of the centre during the specified times must get tested and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.

People who attended the centre but not in any of these areas are encouraged to monitor for symptoms.

There are also a number of small, private or closed exposure sites which the Department is managing. These are not public exposure sites and are not published online.

One of the five confirmed cases attended Broadmeadows Hospital on 21 May.

It is not currently listed as a public exposure site as the Department has access to records of everyone who attended the hospital. 

The Department is closely managing this site and public health actions are underway.

37 Primary Close Contacts are linked to this site and 26 have so far returned a negative result. 

A small workplace linked to Case 1 contains four Primary Close Contacts, of which three have so far returned a negative result. 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills or sweats, or change in sense of smell or taste – get a test immediately. 

26 testing sites will be open extended hours today and more than 170,000 SMS alerts have been sent to people in Epping and Reservoir urging them to check exposure sites webpage and monitor for symptoms. 

To see where to get tested, visit Where get tested.

Update: Additional COVIDSafe measures

Additional COVIDSafe measures will be put in place across Metropolitan Melbourne to help keep Victorians safe.

From 6pm Tuesday 25 May within Metropolitan Melbourne:

  • private gatherings in the home will be limited to five visitors per day
  • public gatherings will be limited to 30 people
  • and face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies. The face mask requirement applies to everyone aged 12 years and older, and includes indoor workplaces and secondary schools.

Please see the Victorian Government’s statement for more information.

Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra, Yarra Ranges

More information and advice will be published at Coronavirus Victoria shortly.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 8,269 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 369,504.

A full list of opening hours and wait times at Victoria’s vaccination centres can be seen at Vaccination centres.

Appointments can be made by calling 1800 675 398.

The booking hotline has experienced record demand since yesterday, and Victorian vaccination centres are currently experiencing an increase in walk-in attendance.

To avoid waiting, the Department of Health encourages people to book ahead by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

A pop-up vaccination site has opened in South Morang at the Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre (35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang).

The centre is open from Tuesday 25 May to Friday 28 May between 10 am and 4.30 pm. To book directly through this provider, dial 1300 378 829.

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 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.

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline a 1800 675 398 or visit the Coronavirus website.

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 
4 0 0 13 0 14,892 6,212,769

 

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 

2,390,647

19,774 13.73