Media release
27 September 2021

Victoria was notified of 705 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 8,538 active cases in Victoria – 8,537 locally acquired and one overseas-acquired case.

There are 363 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 75 of those cases are in intensive care, with 56 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of the death of a man aged in his 70s from Darebin.

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 25, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 845.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 33,967.

Update: Restrictions

Across Victoria, restrictions will modestly ease at 11:59pm on 28 September, in line with vaccination thresholds.

To see more information, visit Victoria To Hit 80 Per Cent First Dose Vaccination Target


Yesterday, 29,657 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,428,368.

Grants are on offer to pharmacies and GPs to turbocharge the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. To register expressions of interest, visit Vaccination enhancement grants

More than 78 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 47 per cent have had two doses.

Victorians are encouraged to book their first dose through their local GP or community pharmacy. To see available bookings, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.


Of the 705 cases recorded yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 15 cases in Banyule
  • 3 cases in Bayside
  • 4 cases in Boroondara
  • 37 cases in Brimbank
  • 9 cases in Cardinia
  • 26 cases in Casey
  • 23 cases in Darebin
  • 4 cases in Frankston
  • 2 cases in Glen Eira
  • 13 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 11 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 210 cases in Hume
  • 3 cases in Kingston
  • 8 cases in Knox
  • 7 cases in Manningham
  • 10 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 8 cases in Maroondah
  • 13 cases in Melbourne
  • 28 cases in Melton
  • 4 cases in Monash
  • 21 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 59 cases in Moreland
  • 2 cases in Nillumbik
  • 12 cases in Port Phillip
  • 8 cases in Stonnington
  • 3 cases in Whitehorse
  • 88 cases in Whittlesea
  • 45 cases in Wyndham
  • 15 cases in Yarra
  • 2 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were also 12 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 1 case in Ballarat
  • 1 case in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Corangamite
  • 1 case in Greater Geelong
  • 1 case in Golden Plains
  • 4 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 2 cases in Mitchell Shire
  • 1 casein Moorabool

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently around 28,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 620 published exposure sites in Victoria – but the most prevalent exposure site in Victoria is the family home.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from several regional areas.

  • Ballarat area – unexpected wastewater detections from the following suburbs:
    • Ballarat Central and Redan. The period of interest is 20–22 September.
    • Ascot, Bald Hills, Ballarat North, Blowhard, Cabbage Tree, Cardigan, Invermay, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Learmonth, Miners Rest, Mitchell Park, Mount Rowan, Sulky, Wendouree and Windermere. Repeated detections from 15 September.
  • Bendigo area – unexpected wastewater detection in an area that includes East Bendigo, Wellsford, Strathdale, Kennington, Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun. The period of interest is 21-23 September.
  • Phillip Island and San Remo – unexpected wastewater detection. The period of interest is 20–23 September.
  • Hamilton – unexpected wastewater detection. The period of interest is 18–20 September.
  • Seymour – repeated unexpected wastewater detections. The period of interest is 19–22 September.
  • Benalla – unexpected wastewater detection . The period of interest is 19–21 September.
  • Warrnambool – unexpected wastewater detection in area that includes Allansford, Dennington and Koroit. The period of interest is 19–21 September.

These detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases, or they could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.


51,252 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.

Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health authorities identify new positive cases and provide proper care for your family.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

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 
705 0 0 8,538 1 51,252 10,931,274


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 


4,174 2.9