Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.
This is the 32nd day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,484.
Update: Travel permit zone changes
Yesterday, the Victorian Chief Health Officer declared that Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City) be designated as a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system, effective from 6pm Victorian time on Monday 29 March.
Victorian residents in a red zone can apply for a ‘red zone’ permit to return home. From the day you enter Victoria, you must return straight home and self-quarantine for 14 days. You must get a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arriving and again on Day 13 of self-quarantine.
This excludes people who have attended a high-risk exposure site (listed on the website links below), who cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.
The Chief Health Officer has also declared the Gladstone Region in Queensland and Byron Shire in NSW, as orange zones under the travel permit system.
Anyone currently in Victoria who was in the Gladstone Region in Queensland and Byron Shire in NSW, since 26 March must isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours, and stay isolating until they receive a negative result.
For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system, and what it means for you if you are in a red zone, visit the Victorian Travel Permit System page. To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria.
Workers undertaking certain activities are eligible for a Specified Worker Permit. More information is available at Travellers eligible to apply for a Specified Worker Permit.
Yesterday there were 1412 travel permits and exemptions applied for by people leaving the Queensland red zone.
This included 1049 Victorians returning home from a red zone and 214 people who were briefly passing through Victoria on their way to another location. The remaining 149 people were seeking an exemption.
Using data from travel permits and flight manifests, the Victorian Department of Health is directly contacting visiting and returned travellers in Victoria to advise them of any obligations they have.
Authorised Officers are present at the airport to ensure travellers have the appropriate permit, exemption or exemption.
Anyone entering Victoria requires a permit unless they have an exemption or exception. If you try to enter Victoria at a land border without an exemption, exception or valid permit you will be turned away. If you attempt to enter without an exemption, exception or valid permit via an airport or seaport you will be fined up to $4,957, and non-Victorian residents will be sent back.
These settings are in place until further notice. The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates.
Update: Travel advice for Victorians
The Department recommends avoiding non-essential travel to the currently listed red and orange zones.
Update: Exposure sites in NSW and Queensland
Queensland Health and NSW Health have published new high-risk exposure sites.
The full list of exposure sites is available on the NSW Health and Queensland Health websites. Please view these websites and check them regularly to see if you have attended any exposure sites in the specified times:
If you have attended a high-risk exposure site and you are in a red zone, you cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.
Update: Close Contacts in Victoria
Yesterday, an additional two primary close contacts were identified as having been to a Tier One exposure site in Byron Bay. Both have tested negative to COVID-19.
The four previously identified primary close contacts who visited high-risk exposure sites in Brisbane and Redcliffe, Queensland, have all tested negative.
All are being supported to isolate for 14 days following their exposure.
Update: COVID-19 wastewater detection in the south-eastern suburbs
Coronavirus fragments have been detected in wastewater collected from a suburban catchment in Melbourne’s south east on 25 March with confirmation by independent testing.
Anyone who lives in or has visited the following suburbs from 21 to 25 March should be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any develop, no matter how mild: Beaconsfield, Berwick, Clyde North, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Guys Hill, Hallam, Hampton Park, Harkaway, Narre Warren, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Officer and Upper Beaconsfield.
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 at Wastewater testing.
A total of 6045 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.
This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria to 92,765.
Victoria is continuing to support the Commonwealth with its vaccination program, with further expansion of the program dependent on vaccine supply.
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.
There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.
Travel permit applications can be made through 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 11:59pm yesterday):
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