Media release
29 June 2021

Victoria was notified of two new cases of COVID-19 yesterday - both are returned international travellers in hotel quarantine.

There were no locally acquired cases detected in Victoria yesterday.

There were two COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There were 44 active cases in Victoria - 17 are locally acquired and 27 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,710.

Update: Travel permit changes

The Perth Metropolitan Region and Peel Region in WA, and Queensland Local Government Areas in South East Queensland and Townsville (including Magnetic Island and Palm Island), will become red zones under Victoria's travel permit system, effective 1:00am AEST Wednesday 30 June.

People on flights to Victoria scheduled to depart these areas before red zones come into effect at 1:00am AEST 30 June can enter Victoria on orange zone permits from Perth, Peel and Greater Brisbane, or green zone permits if entering from other LGAs becoming red zones.

Local Government Areas in South East Queensland include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay, Logan, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Sunshine Coast.

In addition, the Chief Health Officer has declared the Greater Brisbane orange zone retrospective to 22 June. This means anyone already in Victoria who was in Greater Brisbane between 22 June and 1:00am 30 June must get tested and isolate until negative.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone since current red zones came into effect, other than for transit, you can obtain a red zone permit to enter Victoria but you must travel directly home, get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

If you are a non-Victorian resident and you have been in a red zone since current red zones came into effect, other than for transit, you cannot obtain a permit and you cannot enter Victoria unless you have an exception or exemption.

If you enter Victoria via a land border from a red zone without a valid permit, you will be sent back. If you enter Victoria at an airport/seaport from a red zone without a valid permit, you will be fined and stay in Hotel Quarantine until return transport is arranged.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria, even if entering from a green zone. Permits can be obtained at www.service.vic.gov.au. See more about VIC's travel permit system at Victorian Travel Permit System.

Greater Darwin - incorporating the City of Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield - remains a red zone under Victoria's travel permit system.

Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour remain red zones under Victoria's Travel Permit System.

The remainder of New South Wales (excluding LGAs along the Victorian border) and the ACT remain orange zones.

People entering Victoria with orange zone permits must isolate, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.

If you are entering Victoria via a land border with an orange zone permit, you don't have to get tested at the very first testing centre you pass in Victoria. You have a 72-hour period after arriving and isolating to get a test and stay isolated until negative.

Update: Outbreaks

Health authorities continue to manage the Primary Close Contacts associated with a Sandringham workplace and a Virgin flight.

Of the approximately 100 passengers and crew from flight VA334 who are identified Primary Close Contacts, 77 per cent returned negative results as of yesterday. Negative test results continue to be received for other related exposure sites.

Victoria is managing 6 Primary Close Contacts linked to the NT gold mine. All are isolating and have tested negative. The National Incident Room are leading the coordination of that contract tracing from that site, supported by other states, and we thank them for their continued work.

Approximately 200 residents who were completing their quarantine period within the Kings Park complex in Southbank were formally cleared at midnight.

All remaining exposure sites relating to Victoria's significant Delta and Kappa outbreaks over the previous five weeks will expire today.

Exposure sites from recent outbreaks will remain published and active.

A full list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts – public exposure sites.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites that it doesn't publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Current restrictions

From 11.59pm on Thursday 24 June, restrictions were further eased on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

More information can be found at Statement from the Acting Premier.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 18,597 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of doses administered at these services to 1,060,242.

Victoria's online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria's vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

General advice

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 publishes 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 0 44 0 20,723 7,232,486

 

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

2,704,017

23,073 16.02