Media release
30 April 2021

Victoria has been notified of 2 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday – both are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The two new cases are a man aged in his 70s and a woman aged in her 40s who arrived in Melbourne on separate flights.

Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases.

This is the 63rd 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 20,518.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 4,123 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 206,798.

A full list of opening hours and wait times at Victoria’s high-volume vaccinations centres can be seen at High-volume vaccination centres.

An additional high-volume vaccination centre will open at Cranbourne Racecourse, managed by Monash Health, on Tuesday 4 May.

The Department, along with health services, will announce other open-access locations when they are confirmed.

Update: WA travel permit zones and primary close contacts

All passengers, crew and ground crew associated with flight QF778 and all Perth exposure site primary close contacts in Victoria have tested negative to COVID-19 and remain in quarantine.

Those in quarantine will start having their day 13 tests from this Sunday.

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

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

The small number of contacts in Victoria linked to exposure sites in WA are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis according to risk and must await contact from the Department of Health regarding their conditions and clearance.

Update: Viral fragments detected in wastewater samples

There have been no new confirmed unexpected detections of COVID-19 viral fragments in Victoria’s wastewater system since yesterday.

As reported yesterday, in response to unexpected COVID-19 fragment wastewater detections in Melbourne’s western and north-western suburbs, 246 people who were in those areas have been contacted and are being asked to be tested as a precaution.

Testing has commenced with only negative results recorded so far.

The 246 people who have been contacted include four primary close contacts of that positive case and 242 recently returned travellers. All are currently in isolation.

COVID-19 fragments have been detected in recent days across several catchments in Melbourne and there have been repeat COVID-19 fragment detections in Benalla.

These are in addition to viral fragment detections reported over recent days in other catchments the eastern, western, north-western and outer northern suburbs.

It is most likely that these new detections are 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 the areas listed below and who have developed COVID symptoms are strongly encouraged to get tested and help keep Victoria communities COVID free.

North-western suburbs 20–27 April 2021

Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale

Benalla 10– 15 April and 20-26 April 2021 (repeat detections) 

Benalla

Western suburbs 20 – 27 April 2021

Altona, Altona North, Brooklyn, Newport, South Kingsville, Williamstown, Williamstown North

Northern suburbs 20 – 27 April 2021

Briar Hill, Bundoora, Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Lower Plenty, Macleod, Mill Park, Montmorency, Plenty, South Morang, St Helena, Viewbank, Watsonia, Watsonia North, Yallambie, Yarrambat

Outer eastern suburbs 20 – 26 April 2021

Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Kalorama, Lilydale, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Olinda, Yarra Glen, Yering

Western suburbs catchment 18-26 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Albanvale, Burnside, Burnside Heights, Cairnlea, Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Delahey, Hillside (Melton), Keilor Downs, Kings Park, Plumpton, Ravenhall, Sydenham, Taylors Hill or Taylors Lakes.

North-western suburbs catchment 18-26 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Avondale Heights, Calder Park, Hillside (Melton), Kealba, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor East, Keilor Lodge, Keilor North, Keilor Park, Sydenham or Taylors Lakes.

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 or Templestowe Lower.

Outer northern suburbs catchment 17–22 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Epping, South Morang or Wollert.

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 2 24 0 15,656 5,809,670
             

 

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 

1,967,680

15,767 10.95