Media release
8 March 2021

Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday – an air crew member currently in hotel quarantine.

There are no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

This is the 10th day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired new cases of COVID-19.

The total number of COVID-19 cases now linked to the Holiday Inn remains at 24.

There are five active cases in Victoria, made up of four locally acquired cases, a decrease of one since yesterday, and one overseas acquired case, an increase of one since yesterday. 

There are no COVID-19 patients in hospital in Victoria.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,482.

Update:  Vaccinations

A total of 844 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria since the program started on Monday 22 February to 14,422.

The first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have arrived at Victoria’s hospital vaccination hubs, with 50,800 doses provided by the Commonwealth initially.

Victorian health services will start administering this safe, effective and free vaccine this week. 

Today, Professor Benjamin Cowie joined a number of frontline health workers at Austin Health’s Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital to receive the vaccine.

Over the coming weeks, new vaccination sites will open, serving more priority population groups in phase 1A and phase 1B of the National vaccination rollout.

Update: Viral fragments detected in wastewater

Alerts issued this week about recent COVID-19 wastewater detections are still current.

Anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms are urged to get tested, including residents and recent visitors to the following areas.

  • Werribee, Tarneit and Hoppers Crossing from 23 to 25 February 2021
  • Lilydale, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Kalorama, Olinda, Montrose, Mt Dandenong, Mt Evelyn, Yarra Glen and Yering from 23 February to 25 February 2021
  • Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Delahey, Caroline Springs, Burnside Heights, Kings Park, Albanvale, Burnside and Deer Park from 20 to 22 February 2021.

Wastewater monitoring is now undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 71 wastewater treatment plants and 71 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.

Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the early infectious period. 

Further information about the wastewater testing program.

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.

All current exposure sites can be seen at Case locations and outbreaks.

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

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 11:59 pm yesterday):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
0 0 1 5 0 9,993 5,074,574

 

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 
984,151 16,606 11.5