Media release
31 March 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

This is the 33rd 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: Close Contacts from Queensland and NSW now in Victoria

As of yesterday, a total of 20 primary close contacts are now identified in Victoria, linked to Tier 1 exposure sites in Queensland and NSW.

Sixteen have returned an initial negative coronavirus test result with the remainder of results pending.

All are being supported to quarantine for 14 days following their exposure.

Update: COVID-19 wastewater detection in Melbourne’s western suburbs

Coronavirus fragments have been detected in wastewater collected from a suburban catchment in Melbourne’s west on Monday 29 March.

This follows the unexpected detection of viral fragments in a south eastern catchment on Thursday 25 March, which was confirmed by independent testing yesterday.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested, especially if you live in or have visited these areas during these dates:

  • 22 to 29 March – Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Truganina and Werribee
  • 21 to 25 March – 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.

Wastewater monitoring is now undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 70 wastewater treatment plants and 72 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.

Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found at Wastewater testing.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 6356 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria as of yesterday to 99,065.

The 100,000th dose was administered today.

Victoria is continuing to support the Commonwealth with its vaccination program.

As part of the Commonwealth’s rollout, Victoria is responsible for providing vaccinations to workers in health, emergency services and other critical industries and public sector aged care residents and staff.

The Commonwealth is responsible for the majority of vaccinations in Victoria in phase 1b and most of the vaccine supply in Victoria is provided to Commonwealth-run general practice sites.

More than two thirds of health workers allocated to phase 1a have received their first dose, while almost all Hotel Quarantine workers and border workers have also received their first dose.

Thousands of Victorians have been vaccinated at the newest high-volume vaccination centres since their launch last week. Victoria’s entire vaccination network is now administering tens of thousands of vaccinations weekly,

All vaccination clinics in Victoria are by appointment. That’s the same if you are getting vaccinated through your GP, at a hospital or at a high-volume site.

Further expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination program relies not only on current week-to-week supplies, but an increased forward pipeline of supply. 

In the first five weeks of the Commonwealth’s program, Victoria has delivered a similar proportion of doses allocated as other states.

Update: Travel permit zone changes

The Victorian travel permit red zone declared for Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City), effective from 6pm on Monday 29 March, remains in place.

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.

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.

These settings are in place until further notice. The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates.

A number of travellers who entered Victoria from Brisbane on 29 March will no longer be required to stay in hotel quarantine based on the timings of their flight.

In a pandemic, we have to act fast and err on the side of caution. Protecting the whole community is the number one priority. We thank these individuals for their patience and understanding.

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, 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.

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.

There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

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 1 0 22,069 5,417,745

 

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 

1,414,859

24,123 16.75