Media release
27 April 2021

Victoria has been notified of 4 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, in returned travellers in hotel quarantine 

The cases are a male and a female in their teens, a woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s.

This is the 60th day in a row that no new cases have been acquired in Victoria. 

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,513.

Update: contact tracing 

Work continues to test, trace and isolate individuals associated with the interstate acquired case announced Friday. 

The individual’s 4 household and social contacts have tested negative. 

All passengers, air and ground crew of interest to Victoria from QF778 have returned a negative result. 

The remainder of the flight’s passengers are in other states and have been formally referred to the relevant health authorities for their ongoing management. 

All people in Victoria linked to WA exposure sites have tested negative. 

Over 2000 red zone permit holders have been advised of their obligation to get tested and quarantine for 14 days. 837 have to date returned a negative test. 

Over 9000 orange zone permit holders have been advised of their obligation to isolate, test and stay isolated until negative. 2,989 have to date returned a negative test. 

We strongly remind all Australians that they are obligated to obtain a permit, exemption or exception to enter Victoria. For more information, visit Service Victoria.

Update: WA red zones and primary close contacts 

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel region in Western Australia will be designated orange zones under Victoria’s travel permit system from 12.01am Wednesday 28 April. 

People entering Victoria with an orange zone permit must isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result. 

People currently in Victoria with a red zone permit – having entered Victoria after the red zone came into effect – will be able to be released early from their 14-day quarantine period if they have tested negative. They must await formal clearance and release from the Department of Health. 

People currently in Victoria with an orange zone permit – having entered Victoria between 17 April until the red zone came into effect – can end their isolation period when they have received a negative test.

Any primary close contact linked to QF778 from Perth to Melbourne on 21 April must continue their 14-day quarantine period.

Any casual contact linked to the Tier 2 exposure site Melbourne Airport Terminal One can end their isolation period when they have received a negative test. 

The small number of contacts in Victoria linked to exposure sites in WA will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis according to risk and must await contact from the Department of Health regarding their conditions and clearance. Some will not be released from their 14-day quarantine period. 

Viral fragments detected in wastewater samples 

Viral fragments have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from sewer catchments in the eastern and outer northern suburbs.

Given the current prolonged period of no community transmission in Victoria, it is most likely that this is due to a person or persons continuing to shed the virus after the infection period however, it could also be due to a person living in or travelling through the area in the early active infectious phase. 

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system to support our ongoing efforts in continuing to protect the COVIDSafe environment we have achieved and therefore a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found. 

People who live in or have visited these areas who have or develop COVID symptoms are strongly encouraged to get tested and help keep Victoria communities COVID free.

Eastern suburbs catchment 20 – 24 April 2021 

Persons visiting or residing in Balwyn, Balwyn North, Blackburn, Blackburn North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Mitcham, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North, Nunawading, Templestowe Lower, between 20 April to 24 April 2021.

Outer northern suburbs catchment 17 – 22 April 2021 

Persons visiting or residing in Epping, South Morang, Wollert, between 17 – 22 April 2021.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 3,369 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 191,644.

Yesterday, the high-volume vaccination centre at the Mercure Ballarat opened its doors to the eligible public. 

A full list of operating times can be seen at High-volume vaccination centres.

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.

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 
0 0 4 27 0 16,875 5,760,108
             

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 8am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 

1,920,929

16,681 11.58