Media release
26 February 2021

Victoria has recorded two new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

Both are locally acquired cases and linked to the Holiday Inn. The total number of COVID-19 cases now linked to the Holiday Inn is now 24.

There are no new cases in returned travellers currently in hotel quarantine.

There are 17 active cases in Victoria, made up of 12 locally acquired cases, an increase of two since yesterday, and five overseas acquired cases, a decrease of one since yesterday. There are five cases in hotel quarantine.

There are two COVID-19 patients in hospital in Victoria. 

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,481.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 839 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria since the program started on Monday 22 February to 2902.

Victorians with the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 are being prioritised for the vaccine, including Hotel Quarantine and Health Hotel workers, airport and port workers, and frontline health staff in COVID-19 screening clinics, specialist COVID-19 wards, Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments and more.

The vaccines are being administered through hospital vaccination hubs managed by public health services. Hubs also manage several special outreach sites including at Melbourne Airport and the Port of Portland.

Hubs will also deliver the vaccine to public sector residential aged care patients and workers, with the Commonwealth responsible for providing the vaccine to the private sector aged care and disability sectors.

The Victorian Government is working closely with the Commonwealth on the rollout of its vaccination program.

Update: Holiday Inn cases

There are two new cases of COVID-19 linked to the Holiday Inn. There are now 12 active cases linked to the Holiday Inn.

The new cases include two household members of cases that attended the private function on Sydney Road, Coburg.

Both were in quarantine while infectious and there are no further public exposure sites. Both were identified on a Day 11 test.

We are continuing to manage, monitor and test the primary close contacts linked to the Holiday Inn cases.

There are no new exposure sites identified since yesterday.

The Department is undertaking Day 11 tests for people linked to current exposure sites and Day 14 tests for some of the higher-risk close contacts.

All current exposure sites can be seen at Case locations and outbreaks.

Update: Easing of restrictions

From 11:59pm tonight, Victoria will return to the previous COVIDSafe settings that were in place prior to the Black Rock outbreak.

Victorians will be able to host up to 30 people in their home per day and outdoor gatherings can increase to 100.

Meanwhile, public and private sector office workers can return to work at up to 75 per cent a day.

Masks will be only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities – and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.

Density limits remain for pubs, restaurants and cafes, beauty services, retail business, gyms, funerals and wedding and nightclubs and community facilities, such as libraries, RSLs and community halls.

For more information on the new coronavirus settings visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Update: Arrivals from Auckland, New Zealand

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 24 February all flights arriving from Auckland into Victoria will be regarded as ‘red zone’ arrivals and anyone arriving will be required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Those who arrived in Melbourne from Auckland from Tuesday 23 February are asked to get a COVID-19 test immediately and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

The Department of Health is in the process of contacting impacted travellers and will provide them with advice about where to get tested.

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

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

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 11:59 pm yesterday):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
2 0 0 17 0 16,594 4,942,705

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - midday today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 
825,986 14,775 10.3