Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday in a returned international traveler in hotel quarantine.
The new hotel quarantine case is in a woman aged in her 20s.
There are currently eight active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria. Seven of these are in returning international travelers in hotel quarantine and the remaining case is in a teenage girl who is isolating at home after contracting the virus in NSW.
Today is the 61st straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily community transmission cases. There are no new deaths.
It has been a very tough year for many people and all Victorians should be thanked for the sacrifices they have made so we can be in the good position we are in today with more than two months of no community transmission.
While there will be no fireworks in the CBD this year – we encourage people to find other ways to celebrate the end of 2020 in a COVIDSafe way.
People are encouraged to only come into the CBD if you have a booking for hospitality venues. And if you’re feeling unwell, stay home and get tested.
This is a highly infectious virus and until a vaccine becomes widely available, we must do everything we can to reduce transmission in our community, protect our hard-earned gains and keep Victorians safe so we can continue to enjoy a COVIDSafe summer.
Police will be patrolling the CBD to ensure public venues are safe and if you’re not feeling well, you must stay home and get tested.
The hospitality sector has put in place COVIDSafe plans, which include QR Codes and the recording of patron details, so that should someone going to a venue contract the virus, they can be easily traced and appropriate public health actions can be immediately enacted to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Victorians are encouraged to have a COVIDSafe Happy New Year but to do so you should:
- Take hand sanitiser with you and practice good hand hygiene
- Practice physical distancing and, when you can’t maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from people that you don’t live with, wear a fitted mask
- Remember that it’s mandatory to wear a fitted mask at all times on public transport and in ride-sharing services
- You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home
- Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from
- Don’t share drinks with others
- Happy New Year kisses and hugs should be shared with those in your immediate family and those you live with only
We must remain vigilant over the festive season and anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged get tested immediately.
COVID-19 testing remains one of the best ways we can keep people safe and stay open and enjoy a COVIDSafe summer.
There will be reduced capacity of some testing sites until 2 January, including reduced hours at some Community Health Service-led testing sites. However, more than 60 testing sites will remain open throughout the summer break.
Testing sites are also operating in the popular holiday destinations at Torquay, Lorne, and the Mornington Peninsula.
Testing site details, including opening hours, are available from our Where to get tested page.
A total of 3,862,796 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 8,731 since yesterday. Wastewater monitoring is continuing at more than 60 locations across Victoria.
Victoria’s border with New South Wales is closed and no one who has been in the Northern Beaches area, Greater Sydney or the NSW Central Coast in the past 14 days is allowed to come into Victoria.
Anyone arriving at the road border from those impacted areas will be turned away and will have to find alternative accommodation in New South Wales.
Victorians are strongly advised not to travel to Sydney as you may not be able to re-enter without undertaking hotel quarantine for 14 days.
The border restrictions are reviewed every day based on public health advice and we're working closely with NSW Health to monitor the situation closely.
Further information about the Victorian wastewater testing program can be found on our Wastewater monitoring page.
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.