Media release
26 May 2021

Victoria was notified of 10 new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

All are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak.

The 10 new cases are all connected to the City of Whittlesea outbreak and include a man aged in his 60s, a man aged in his 50s, two men aged in their 20s, two women aged in their 60s, two women aged in their 30s and two women aged in their 20s.

There were no reported cases in returned international travellers in hotel quarantine.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,563. 

Update: City of Whittlesea outbreak

The Department of Health will be reporting updated new case numbers every morning.

Extensive contact tracing continues for all the individuals who have tested positive to COVID-19 and new public exposures sites are being identified.

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

People need to regularly check this site for updates and take appropriate actions if they have visited an exposure site at the listed dates and times.

Close contacts will be contacted by public health officials as they are identified and provided with instructions to isolate and get tested.

As of this morning, the Department identified 251 Primary Close Contacts related to exposure sites, with 140 negative results returned.

This includes 106 contacts linked to the Stratton Finance exposure site, who are all being tested.

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

Update: Vaccinations 

A total of 15,858 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria. 

This is a record number of vaccinations administered in a 24-hour period at state commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 385,320.

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 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.

Additional capacity at testing sites

Additional staffing and more lanes have been opened at key COVID-19 testing in response to significant increased demand for testing over the past 48 hours.

Capacity across all Victorian testing sites has been increased by at least 30 per cent.

Four new testing sites were opened today in key locations near major exposure sites.

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

Marvel Stadium listed as an exposure site

A positive case attended the Essendon/North Melbourne AFL game at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, 23 May.

Individuals sitting on Level 1 between Aisles 5 and 28 or Level 3 in between Aisles 6 and 29 must get tested and stay isolated until they have received a negative result. The department is working with the AFL and Marvel Stadium to contact spectators to provide this advice.

Some individuals with the closest contact to the positive case will be directly provided more specific advice from the Department of Health.

Others attending the stadium not located in these areas will be advised to check for symptoms and be tested if any develop.

Investigation into returned overseas traveller now in Ballarat

A returned traveller from overseas, who stayed in Hotel Quarantine interstate, presented to the Ballarat Health Service overnight and their COVID test result is currently under investigation.

Initial investigations suggest that this may be an historic case.

Further testing is being carried out today.

Out of an abundance of caution, the individual and their close contacts are isolating, as are staff who were directly in contact with them. All due processes have been followed with staff and the individual.

Update: New COVIDSafe measures

New COVIDSafe measures are now in place across Metropolitan Melbourne to help keep Victorians safe.

From 6pm yesterday (25 May) within Metropolitan Melbourne:

  • private gatherings in the home are limited to five visitors per day
  • public gatherings are limited to 30 people
  • face masks must 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.

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 is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

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 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 
10 0 0 23 0 26,180 6,238,949

 

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 

2,408,645

17,998 12.50