Media release
5 June 2021

Victoria was notified of six new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

Five are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak. One new case was acquired overseas in a returned international traveller in hotel quarantine. He is a man aged in his 40s.

There were three COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There are 78 active cases in Victoria, 69 are locally acquired and nine are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,627.

Current restrictions

Victoria’s restrictions remain in force in metropolitan Melbourne and have been eased in regional Victoria.

For people in metropolitan Melbourne, there are still the five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise, and getting vaccinated. People can travel further for exercise and shopping, with an expanded 10km radius.

Students in Year 11 and 12 return to face-to-face learning and several outdoor jobs have been added to the authorised list.

For regional Victoria, the travel restrictions and five reasons to leave home have been lifted. All year levels and all students return to face-to-face schooling. Public gatherings have increased to ten people and restaurants and cafés can reopen to a maximum of 50 patrons.

More information about the new restriction arrangements can be found at COVIDSafe Settings.

Update: Outbreaks

The five new locally acquired cases bring the total number of cases since the start of this outbreak to 70, including one case that has recovered.

Three of the new cases are primary close contacts of existing positive COVID-19 cases

One case is part of a family of four linked to West Melbourne. This case recorded an indeterminant test result on Thursday and has since become a positive case.

One case is a household contact of a case from Arcare Maidstone aged care facility. This case has been isolating throughout their infectious period.

One case is a previously identified primary close contact who works with a West Melbourne case.

The two unlinked cases are from the same household. One works at a large construction site in the Melbourne CBD. Contact tracing teams are working closely with the site to manage approximately 170 impacted people according to their risk of exposure.

Investigations are ongoing into determining the source of infection for these cases.

The number of primary close contacts linked to the overall outbreak is declining as some people take their Day 13 tests, complete their 14-days of isolation and are cleared by Victoria’s public health teams.

More than 600 primary close contacts were cleared yesterday and another 800 are expected to be cleared today

There are now more than 380 public exposure sites identified and published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites which it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Update: Delta variant cases

The number of positive cases linked to West Melbourne is now nine.

Contact tracers have identified 440 primary close contacts of these cases.

These contacts are isolating and are being tested, with 71 per cent returning negative results to date.

Investigations through genomic sequencing are continuing into the possible source of this new Delta variant.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday was another strong day for COVID-19 vaccinations in Victoria with 24,263 doses administered by state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services as of yesterday to 584,317.

Across all vaccination centres in Victoria, including through GPs, more than 1.35 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered.

Victoria’s five-day vaccination blitz of aged care and disability care workers was due to finish tomorrow but will now be extended to Monday to ensure as many of these workers as possible get priority access to one of our 10 high-volume vaccination centres.

More than 10,000 private sector aged care and residential disability workers have been vaccinated in our current blitz.

From this Wednesday 9 June, our vaccination blitz focus will turn to Ambulance Victoria staff. That blitz will run for five days until Sunday 13 June where paramedics, non-emergency patient transport workers and staff will be offered priority walk-up access for vaccinations.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a primary close contact, must not attend a vaccination centre.

Go to a testing centre, get a test, and go home until you receive your result.

Positive COVID-19 fragment wastewater detection in Melbourne’s inner north west

There has been a detection of viral fragments of COVID-19 in a wastewater sample taken from the sewer catchment on 3 June serving several inner west and north suburbs in Melbourne.

This new detection is of interest as there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in that area but it does contain exposure sites and is near West Melbourne.

The unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

Residents of and recent visitors to the suburbs of Aberfeldie, Essendon, Essendon West, Flemington, Footscray, Kensington, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Parkville and Travancore are urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any symptoms develop.

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system to support our ongoing efforts in continuing to protect the COVIDSafe environment, therefore a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.

The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in the area and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

More detailed information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Testing

Yesterday was another strong day for testing with 36,362 tests processed in Victoria.

More than 500,000 tests have been processed since this current outbreak began.

This high rate of testing is critical to our response to the outbreak to ensure we rapidly identify any new cases and investigate their possible chains of transmission.

There are currently 212 testing facilities across Victoria providing safe testing to all Victorians.

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.

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 symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you 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

5

0

1

78

0

36,362

6,709,673

 

Number of permits issued

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours

Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours

2,484,699

4,879

3.39