Media release
28 February 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday. 

This is the second day in a row that Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19.

The total number of COVID-19 cases now linked to the Holiday Inn remains at 24.

There are 15 active cases in Victoria, made up of 11 locally acquired cases, the same as yesterday, and four overseas acquired cases, the same as yesterday. There are four 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 149 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 3762.

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: Viral fragments detected in Lilydale area wastewater 

Residents of and recent visitors to Lilydale, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Kalorama, Olinda, Montrose, Mt Dandenong, Mt Evelyn, Yarra Glen and Yering with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms are urged to get tested after viral fragments were detected in the inlet to the Lilydale wastewater treatment plant.

Viral fragments were found in a wastewater sample collected on 25 February with no known people in the area who have recently had COVID-19.

Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to get tested, especially if you live in or have visited these areas from 23 February 2021.

Expanded testing today is now available at:

  • EACH - Yarra Junction - 2468 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction will be open today from 10:30am to 3pm (normally closed on a Sunday);
  • EACH Lilydale - 18-22 Lakeview Drive, Lilydale will be open from 1pm to 4pm today (normally closed on a Sunday);
  • The Croydon Drive Through Testing Facility – 4cyte Pathology – 321 Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon is open to the public without GP referral and is operating today from 10am to 5pm.

Yesterday, we announced a weak detection of viral fragments in a wastewater sample from Melbourne’s outer west had been collected on 22 February.

The catchment includes some or all of Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park.

Anyone who has been in these suburbs and has any symptoms of COVID-19 especially from 20 to 22 February is urged to get tested.

Wastewater monitoring is now undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 71 wastewater treatment plants and 71 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.

Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the early infectious period.

Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found on the Wastewater monitoring page.

Update: Arrivals from Auckland, New Zealand

Our management of New Zealand arrivals doesn’t change, as we had already restricted travel and put in place mandatory 14-day quarantine.

As of 11.59pm on Wednesday 24 February all flights arriving from Auckland into Victoria were regarded as ‘red zone’ arrivals and anyone who arrived was required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

All flights into Victoria from New Zealand have been cancelled until after 6 March.

Easing of restrictions 

From 11:59pm on 26 February, Victoria returned to the previous COVIDSafe settings that were in place prior to the Black Rock outbreak.

Victorians can 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 are only 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.

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

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

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal at 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 
0 0 0 15 0 7,440 4,960,442

 

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 
851,577 11,025 7.7