Media release
8 June 2021

Two are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak and one is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

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

There are 92 active cases in Victoria, 77 are locally acquired.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,649.

Update: Current restrictions

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

More information about current restrictions can be found at COVIDsafe settings.

Update: Outbreaks

One case is linked to the West Melbourne outbreak and one is linked to Arcare Maidstone.

There are 77 active individual cases are linked to the outbreaks, with a further four who have recovered.

There are currently around 5500 primary close contacts quarantining, with around 350 released from their quarantine yesterday following negative test results.

When including four overlapping cases, 32 total cases are linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, 31 to Port Melbourne, 10 to Arcare Maidstone, 1 to Blue Cross and 15 to West Melbourne.

Genomic sequencing has established a match between the Delta strain of the virus within the West Melbourne outbreak and a returned traveller who tested positive in hotel quarantine in early May.

Contact tracers are working to establish an epidemiological connection between the traveller and positive cases in the current outbreak.

Additional public exposure sites have been added since yesterday and are published at 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: Vaccinations

Yesterday 21,192 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 676,024.

Forty per cent of all COVID-19 vaccinations in Australia in the past week were administered in Victoria.

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.

From tomorrow a vaccination blitz will start for Ambulance Victoria staff, with paramedics non-emergency patient transport workers and staff offered priority walk-up access.

It will run for five days until Sunday 13 June.

The Victorian Government is also calling on eligible healthcare workers to join its growing workforce at high-volume vaccination sites.

Pharmacists and technicians, health professionals who have recently retired, and final-year medical, nursing, midwifery, paramedicine and pharmacy students are being are being recruited and trained to deliver COVID-19 vaccines ;while supervised by an experienced immuniser.

Since February 2021, 5971 healthcare professionals have become fully qualified to be part of the vaccination rollout.

People who are eligible are encouraged to register their interest at COVID-19 vaccine program workforce.

General advice

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.

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

With bad weather expected throughout this week, if you’re getting tested or vaccinated check the forecast ahead, check our online maps for different options, and make an informed choice about what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go.

The Department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where get tested.

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

2

0

1

92

0

22,814

6,786,568

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

2,496,860

4,236

2.94