Media release
5 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 1,763 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 14,368 active cases in Victoria – all locally acquired.

There are 517 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 101 of those cases are in intensive care, with 66 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of four deaths yesterday:

  • a woman in her 60s from Banyule

  • a man in his 60s from Whitehorse

  • a woman in her 70s from Hume

  • a man in his 80s from Whittlesea

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 57, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 877.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 44,251.


Yesterday, 35,253 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,708,029.

83.2 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 53 per cent have had two doses.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit Australian Government Department of Health website.

Ten vaccination centres across Melbourne are administering the Moderna vaccine until Sunday 10 October, with 100,000 doses available to anyone aged 12 to 59 years at the following hubs:

  • Melton Vaccination Hub (former Bunnings)

  • Sunshine Vaccination Hub

  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

  • Royal Exhibition Building

  • Sandown Racecourse Vaccination Centre

  • Frankston Community Vaccination Hub (Bayside Centre)

  • Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre

  • Dandenong Palm Plaza

  • Former Ford Factory, Campbellfield

  • La Trobe University, Bundoora


Of the 1,763 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 29 cases in Banyule

  • 11 cases in Bayside

  • 18 cases in Boroondara

  • 103 cases in Brimbank

  • 37 cases in Cardinia

  • 131 cases in Casey

  • 50 cases in Darebin

  • 19 cases in Frankston

  • 16 cases in Glen Eira

  • 63 cases in Greater Dandenong

  • 35 cases in Hobsons Bay

  • 309 cases in Hume

  • 18 cases in Kingston

  • 26 cases in Knox

  • 25 cases in Manningham

  • 48 cases in Maribyrnong

  • 14 cases in Maroondah

  • 55 cases in Melbourne

  • 105 cases in Melton

  • 22 cases in Monash

  • 57 cases in Moonee Valley

  • 90 cases in Moreland

  • 16 cases in Mornington Peninsula

  • 7 cases in Nillumbik

  • 27 cases in Port Phillip

  • 10 cases in Stonnington

  • 11 cases in Whitehorse

  • 180 cases in Whittlesea

  • 180 cases in Wyndham

  • 16 cases in Yarra

  • 14 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were also 86 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 1 case in Ararat

  • 7 cases in Ballarat

  • 5 cases in Baw Baw

  • 1 case in Benalla

  • 1 case in Colac-Otway

  • 16 cases in Greater Geelong

  • 14 cases in Greater Shepparton

  • 9 cases in Latrobe

  • 4 cases in Macedon Ranges

  • 15 cases in Mitchell

  • 2 cases in Moorabool

  • 1 case in Moyne

  • 1 case in Murrindindi

  • 3 cases in Pyrenees

  • 1 case in South Gippsland

  • 1 case in Surf Coast

  • 1 case in Wangaratta

  • 1 case in Warrnambool

  • 1 case in Wellington

  • 1 case in Yarriambiack

It is probable that ongoing transmissions from cases generated via the superspreading events related to Grand Final gatherings have likely contributed to the notable increase in today’s case numbers.

Cases in LGAs in the north are continuing to stabilise (Hume, Moreland) but there are growing case numbers in some LGAs in the West (Melton, Brimbank) and South-east (Casey, Greater Dandenong).

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

Of the COVID-19 cases in hospital yesterday, 5 per cent were fully vaccinated.

There are currently around 38,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were 520 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure-sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a weekly Common Operating Picture available at Coronavirus (COVID-19) common operating picture which includes the effective reproduction number for all states and territories.

Update: Restrictions

Lockdown will lift in City of Latrobe at 11:59pm tonight, 5 October. For more information on the new restrictions that will be in place in the City of Latrobe at 11:59pm tonight, please visit How we live: remainder of regional Victoria

The City of Greater Shepparton, Moorabool Shire, City of Latrobe (until 11:59pm), Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne are in lockdown. For information on current restrictions, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria.

Restrictions on the Victorian construction industry eased at 11:59pm 4 October. For more information on Victoria’s construction sector restrictions, visit COVIDSafe reopening for Victorian construction.

The mathematical modelling of Victoria’s roadmap and projected trends is in the publicly available Burnett Institute Modelling at Victoria's roadmap - resources

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Mildura area – repeated unexpected wastewater detections with the period of interest from 26 September
  • Ballarat – repeated unexpected detections in areas that include part of Delacombe and Sebastapol from 28 September.
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort – unexpected detection with period of interest 28-29 September

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.


62,189 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial support.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

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 
1,763 0 0 14,368 4 62,189 11,442,903


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 


3,751 2.6