Media release
8 May 2021

Victoria has been notified of one new case of coronavirus since yesterday.

The new case is a recently returned international traveller in hotel quarantine who is a woman aged in her 70s.

There have been no new locally acquired cases recorded in Victoria.

This is the 71st day in a row of no new locally acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,527.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday the total number of vaccines administered through state commissioned services in Victoria topped 250,000.

A total of 7,921 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 257,475.

Victorians aged 50 and over are now eligible to receive their vaccination at one of Victoria’s vaccination centres.

A full list of opening hours and wait times at Victoria’s vaccination centres can be seen at Vaccination centres. Appointments can be made by calling 1800 675 398.

Update: NSW

NSW has recorded no new community acquired cases of COVID-19 since yesterday.

Genomic sequencing results from the two recent community acquired COVID-19 cases in Sydney, that were identified on 5 and 6 May, have narrowed the field of public health concern. NSW health authorities continue to investigate the cause of this virus transmission.

All areas in New South Wales remain as green zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.

More than 60,000 SMS messages have been sent by Victorian health authorities to people arriving into Victoria from Sydney since 30 April.

The messages instruct the recipients to check the NSW public exposure site listings linked to two recent community cases of COVID-19 and if they have attended a site on the specified dates and times, they must follow the relevant advice to isolate, get tested, and contact the Victorian Department of Health.

There are three people now in Victoria who have been identified as NSW exposure site close contacts. They are being managed by public health authorities. They are all isolating and have tested negative to COVID-19.

Two people in Victoria, who were being managed as NSW Tier 1 exposure site contacts, were cleared yesterday after negative tests and a revision of the risk classification of the sites they had visited in NSW.

People entering Victoria from a green zone require a permit. Permits take five minutes to obtain at Services Victoria. Permits help authorities in Victoria contact people should the situation in any state change.

Authorised Officer presence and spot checking has been increased for incoming flights from Sydney to check for permits.

NSW Health publishes a list of exposure sites linked to its recent community cases at New South Wales COVID case locations website. This website is regularly updated as new exposure sites are identified and recently returned travellers from NSW are encouraged to regularly check this site for updates.

If you are currently in Victoria and have been to any of the NSW exposure sites, follow the advice listed to test and isolate, and immediately contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160.

NSW Health has tiered exposure sites according to risk.

In Victoria, attendees at NSW close contact sites will be managed as Tier 1 contacts and must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and remain isolated for 14 days.

Attendees at NSW casual contact sites now in Victoria will be managed as Tier 2 contacts and need to get tested and isolate until the receive a negative result.

If you are currently in NSW and have visited a listed exposure site, you should be following the advice of NSW Health and should not be travelling to Victoria, or anywhere.

Update: Other interstate exposure sites

Queensland

Queensland Health has published a list of exposure sites at Contact tracing.

If you are currently in Victoria and have been to a Tier 1 exposure site you must immediately contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160 and quarantine for 14 days.

Other Queensland public exposure sites, as listed on the Queensland Government website, are considered Tier 2 exposure sites. Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Western Australia

Western Australia Health has published a list of exposure sites at Locations visited by confirmed cases.

If you are currently in Victoria and have been to any of the exposure sites listed you must immediately contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160.

State of Emergency extended

The State of Emergency in Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on 4 June 2021 as there remains a serious risk to public health from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer made the recommendation and the Minister for Health, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Emergency Management Commissioner have all approved the extension based on the advice from the Chief Health Officer.

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 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 
0 0 1 16 0 18,517 5,933,641

 

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 

2,095,390

19,214 13.34