There are 631 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 51 active cases in ICU, with 22 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 49 cleared cases in ICU.
5,075,530 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 20,078 administered yesterday at state-run centres.
94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 93 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.
12 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Victoria was notified of 21,997 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 LGAs with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Brimbank, Melbourne, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Melton, Moreland, Boroondara and Monash.
All locations containing new cases will be published today at Victorian COVID-19 data.
Community sample testing of positive cases for the Omicron variant indicates that it is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Victoria. 76 per cent of samples collected over the Christmas period were the Omicron variant. Further testing to confirm this finding is underway.
There are 61,120 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 252,662.
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of six deaths of people aged in their 40s, 60s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,559.
64,861 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,697,970.
Changes to COVID-19 testing requirements
From 11.59 pm tonight, Thursday, 6 January, Victorians who test positive to a rapid antigen test will be considered probable cases of COVID-19 and be subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test. They must report their result, isolate immediately for seven days and notify their contacts.
A density quotient of one person per two square metres will apply to indoor entertainment and hospitality venues in Victoria (except cinemas and theatres) from this time.
For more information, see https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sensible-steps-reduce-testing-queues-and-transmission
State-run vaccination centres are now taking appointments for children aged 5 to 11.
Parents and carers can make a booking by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) or using the online booking system with a unique email address. This could be a new or alternative email address used by you or your child.
If you’re aged 18 or over and had your second vaccination four or more months ago, you’re eligible for your third dose. You can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses.
You can book your third dose vaccination appointment online. For walk-ins, please check the list of vaccination centres to find the opening hours for individual sites. Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the Vaccine Clinic Finder to find a participating GP or pharmacy.
Links and contacts
- Your COVID Checklist if you test positive
- Your COVID Checklist if you are a contact
- Vaccinations, including how to book and where to go
- Information about Rapid Antigen Tests
- Find your nearest testing centre
- Current COVIDSafe settings for living and working in Victoria
- Financial support is available if you have to isolate after a test
- Victoria’s Pandemic Order Register
To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.