Media release
9 September 2021

Victoria was notified of 325 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 324 were locally acquired and one case was in a returned international traveller in hotel quarantine.

There are 2,166 active cases in Victoria – 2,161 locally acquired and five overseas-acquired cases.

There are 111 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 32 of these cases are in intensive care, with 19 cases on a ventilator.

Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 89 per cent were not vaccinated and 11 per cent were partially vaccinated. No COVID-19 patients in hospital in Victoria were double-dose vaccinated.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 23,964. Two historic cases were reclassified

Directions update

From 11.59 pm tonight (Thursday 9 September), coronavirus restrictions will lift in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton.

In addition, Victorians who have been residing in a NSW Local Government Border Area for at least the 14 days from Wednesday 25 August to Wednesday 8 September will be able to apply for a new permit exemption category to come home.

For more information, visit Coronavirus restrictions to lift in Regional Victoria.

Update: Freight and healthcare worker vaccinations

Due to the significant risk that NSW continue to pose to Victoria, we are further tightening border restrictions by adding a requirement to our Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit.

From 23 September, freight and healthcare workers entering Victoria under the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit must have had at least one vaccination dose before entry.

Evidence can be documentation from the vaccine provider of your first dose or your COVID-19 digital certificate which is accessible through Commonwealth myGov account.

Workers will need to apply for a new permit if their current permit expires after 23 September and confirm that they have received their vaccine dose to be eligible for this permit.

Update: Cross-border Community - Extreme Risk Zone permit

Lockdown lifting in regional Victoria (excluding metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Shepparton) will impact the reasons why someone can obtain a Cross-border Community - Extreme Risk Zone permit to enter or re-enter Victoria.

Currently, work is a permitted reason for a cross-border resident to travel if they wish to enter or re-enter Victoria, and all workers leaving home to attend authorised work in any part of Victoria must be listed on the Authorised Provider and Authorised Worker List.

But when proposed Directions come into effect at 11:59pm 9 September, the requirement for authorised work in Victoria will apply only to metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Shepparton.

This means, from 11:59pm 9 September, the work-related permitted reasons for travel as part of the Cross-border Community - Extreme Risk Zone permit are:

  • attending authorised work only in Metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Shepparton
  • attending paid or voluntary work that is located elsewhere in regional Victoria, or on the NSW-side of the cross-border community area

If you can work from home, you should. When in Victoria, you must observe the restrictions that are in place.

There are no other changes to the permitted reasons for entering or re-entering Victoria for Cross-border Community - Extreme Risk Zone permit holders.

Vaccines

Yesterday was another record day for vaccinations with 37,604 vaccine doses administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 2,718,247.

Victoria now stands at 63.2 per cent of first COVID019 vaccines administered.

New Chief Health Officer directions are now in place requiring residential aged-care facilities to ensure their workers are vaccinated.

For more information, visit Information for workers required to be vaccinated.

More than 81,000 vaccination bookings were made yesterday.

Over the next seven days, there are more than 7,000 first-dose AstraZeneca appointments available.

Bookings can be made via Victoria’s online booking system at Book your vaccine appointment, or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

All Year 11 and 12 students sitting VCE Unit 3&4 exams can book priority appointments for COVID-19 vaccination until Sunday 19 September. Booking information has been provided directly to eligible families.

Outbreaks

Of the 324 local cases diagnosed yesterday, 107 were linked to current cases and outbreaks as of this morning. The remaining 217 cases are under investigation.

The following Local Government Areas recorded more than one newly diagnosed case yesterday:

  • 5 cases in Banyule
  • 14 cases in Brimbank
  • 2 cases in Cardinia
  • 7 cases in Casey
  • 9 cases in Darebin
  • 2 cases in Glen Eira
  • 3 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 10 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 100 cases in Hume
  • 2 cases in Knox
  • 4 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 5 cases in Melbourne
  • 13 cases in Melton
  • 11 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 50 cases in Moreland
  • 4 cases in Port Phillip
  • 23 cases in Whittlesea
  • 45 cases in Wyndham
  • 8 cases in Yarra
  • 2 cases in Yarra Ranges

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases are available at Victorian coronavirus (COVID-19) data.

Of Victoria’s active cases:

  • 317 are aged between 0 and 9
  • 337 are aged between 10 and 19
  • 556 are aged between 20 and 29
  • 365 are aged between 30 and 39.

There are currently 12,833 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were 952 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.

Testing

54,242 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

That brings the total number of tests processed in the current outbreak to more than 1.5 million.

Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health authorities identify new positive cases and provide proper care for your family.

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.

For more information, call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccines.

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 
324 0 1 2,166 0 54,242 9,976,973

 

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 

3,567,751

10,754 7.47