Media Release
4 February 2021

Victoria has recorded three new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,452

There is one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in Victoria. The case is a hotel quarantine worker – a man in his 20s. Two new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine – a man in his 20s and a man in his 40s.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 21, made up of one locally acquired case and 20 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, a decrease of one since yesterday.

Update: New hotel quarantine case

The Department is continuing to follow up close contacts of a Hotel Quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel who tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

After further investigation 17 social and household close contacts of the worker have been identified. All close contacts must get tested and isolate for 14 days. Nine have so far tested negative with further results to come.

Staff who worked at the Grand Hyatt during the period of concern and who are considered primary close contacts are being contacted. They should immediately isolate and get tested and to remain isolated for 14 days from the 30 January, or their last day at the hotel, whichever is earlier.

Over 500 Australian Open players, officials and support staff who were staying at the Grand Hyatt are considered casual contacts. They should immediately isolate and get tested.

A further six public exposure sites have been added, taking the total number of sites to 14.

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who has visited these Tier 1 exposure sites during these times must immediately isolate, get tested, and remain isolated for 14 days from the time they were at the site.

Exposure sites will be updated at Case locations and outbreaks.

The Victorian Government is directly contacting residents who live near coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure sites in Melbourne's south east. The following text message alert will reach some 300,000 devices:

“There are COVID-19 exposure sites in your area - check locations & times. If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home.”

We have commissioned four additional testing sites – in Melbourne CBD, Monash Clayton, Dandenong South and Noble Park North.

Sites will start opening their doors from later this afternoon and locations will be listed on the website and posted on social media when testing is underway.

15 testing sites across Melbourne’s south east have also extended their operating hours.

Visit Where to get tested to view testing sites nearest you and see real-time waiting information. We thank people for their patience and apologies for the delay. Every test makes a difference.

New statewide restrictions have come into effect.

  • The limit on the number of people gathering in a household is reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age).
  • Masks are mandatory in public indoor spaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.
  • The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday 8 February is paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Update: International case under review

Investigations have been completed after a woman in her 60s returned a positive coronavirus test on 31 January after arriving in the Philippines from Victoria.

This case has been determined to be a false positive and public health actions have been stood down.

Update: Western Australia

The Department of Health is continuing to monitor the situation in Western Australia (WA). A number of WA regions have entered lockdown after WA recorded a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19). Domestic travel restrictions now apply and a permit is required to enter Victoria under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.

On Sunday, 31 January, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of WA moved from a green zone to a red zone.

If you have been in one of these currently listed WA red zones since 25 January, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or permitted worker permit.

As at 4:00pm on Wednesday 3 February, 710 exemption applications have been made through the Service Victoria portal since Western Australia moved to a red zone. 479 interviews have been conducted with applicants. 106 exemptions have been granted. In a further 130 cases, applicants did not require exemption (e.g. they were from green areas) and the issue was resolved.

Every exemption is assessed on a case by case basis and is being processed as quickly as possible. Exemptions are limited and only granted in special cases.

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system, visit the Victorian travel permit system page.

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.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health website or by calling 1800 675 398. Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

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 
1 0 2 21 0 13,675 4,506,040

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - Midday today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 
522,591 17,737 12.3