Media release
7 February 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

This is the third consecutive day that Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,455. This is a decrease of one since yesterday as one case has been reclassified.

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: Grand Hyatt case

The Department is continuing to follow up close contacts of a Hotel Quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne who has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) on 3 February.

We are now in the fourth day of our response to this case and in an extraordinary community response, more than 50,000 people have been tested since Thursday morning.

Yesterday we reported that 17 social and household primary close contacts of the worker have tested negative to COVID-19. Through our detailed investigations of the original case, we have identified a further four people who are now considered social and household primary close contacts, bringing the total to 21.

They have all tested negative and must continue to isolate for their 14-day quarantine period.

Through interviews we have now established there are 645 workplace contacts who worked with the positive case at the Grand Hyatt during the period of possible transmission. This is a reduction of 122 since yesterday.

There are still 14 identified public exposure sites that were visited by the Grand Hyatt worker.

All current exposure sites can be seen at Case locations and outbreaks. This website is rapidly updated as any new sites are identified.

As of this morning, 485 primary close contacts have now been identified in connection with these public exposure sites. This number is likely to increase over coming days as investigations continue and people are identified as close contacts from QR data or other sources.

Anyone who has visited the exposure sites during these dates and times must immediately isolate, get tested, and remain isolated for 14 days from the time they were at the site - not just until they receive a negative result.

A total of 1151 primary close contacts are now linked to this case and 72 per cent have returned negative test results.

These negative results are very encouraging but as the hotel worker was infected with the highly contagious B.1.1.7 UK strain of COVID-19, it is vitally important that we continue to monitor close contacts in isolation and continue testing before we can be re-assured that Victoria does not have further cases.

Victorians have been vigilant in getting tested throughout this pandemic and particularly since this new case was diagnosed. It is critical that all Victorians continue this effort as only through extensive testing can we be sure that all possible cases are detected.

There has been an expected drop in the number of people being tested. We will continue to monitor demand and appropriately scale back the extended operating hours of some of the new pop-up testing sites that were quickly established this week.

These new testing sites, many of which are open to 8pm daily, have made a big difference in reducing the long wait times that were experienced at some testing sites earlier this week.

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

Update: Wastewater samples

We have boosted our wastewater surveillance.

Daily testing has been undertaken at 25 surveillance sites in metropolitan Melbourne since Friday. All this sampling has produced no new detections.

Across the rest of the State, a small number of one-off detections in regional areas has also resulted in more daily testing with no further detections.

Following the weak detection of viral fragments from wastewater collected from Mt Beauty, that was announced on Friday, a new site has been established to facilitate testing in the local area.

The Mt Beauty Pop Up COVID-19 Testing Clinic is open this weekend and will operate from a clinic in Tennis Court Avenue from 9am-4pm on both days. It is a drive-through site and no appointment is required.

Anyone who lives in or has visited the Mt Beauty, Tawonga and Tawonga South area from 26 January to 1 February is urged to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have any symptoms, however mild.

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

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

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 
0 0 0 21 0 14,862 4,558,741

 

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 
572,707 13,415 9.3