Yesterday, 3,858 doses of vaccine were administered by the Victoria government agency. The total number of doses administered by government services is 4,875,887.
94.1 percent of Victorians ages 12 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.6 percent have received two doses. This excludes the latest Commonwealth data.
There are 303 COVID-19 cases in the Victoria hospital – 51 active cases in the intensive care unit, including 27 on a ventilator. There are another 46 resolved cases in the intensive care unit. Of the hospitalized patients, 62 percent were not fully vaccinated and of those in the intensive care unit, 84 percent were not fully vaccinated.
Victoria was notified of 1,312 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were acquired locally. The 10 local governments with the most new cases are Hume, Brimbank, Casey, Whittlesea, Melton, Kingston, Moreland, Monash, Wyndham and Boroondara.
All locations with new cases are released today under Victorian COVID-19 dates.
There are 11,331 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the pandemic began is 131,325.
Unfortunately, the ministry was informed of five deaths between the ages of 80 and 90 yesterday. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic started to 1,390. Of that total number of deaths in the current outbreak, 76 percent were not fully vaccinated.
79,490 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,654,591.
There are currently more than 25,800 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.
Confirmed Omicron case in hotel quarantine
After the complete genome sequencing, the case reported yesterday in the hotel quarantine was confirmed as an Omicron variant.
Cases investigated in the community
The Department of Health is running a strong outbreak response in the following likely Omicron cases recently discovered in the community.
Two cases have returned results with S-Gen failure – a signature of the Omicron variant.
Cases have been identified in the towns of Casey and Brimbank. Household contacts from these cases have also tested positive, and entire genome sequencing is underway to confirm whether it is the Omicron variant.
None of these cases are related to international travel and their source of income is being investigated.
The ministry has interviewed the cases and is taking a conservative approach to naming their contact persons, including in the non-budget area.
A number of contacts have been identified and instructed to quarantine for 14 days. Other people at lower risk have been instructed to take a test and isolate themselves until they get a negative result. More contact tracing work is underway and is likely to result in more contacts.
As announced prior to the advent of the Omicron variant, most people who come into contact with a confirmed case outside of their home will not need to self-quarantine, but “the Department of Health will continue to see outbreaks of concern and ‘super-spreader events.” “And can impose a quarantine period for contacts on a case-by-case basis, depending on the evidence.”
If you are contacted by the department with special instructions – or if you receive an SMS request for a test or quarantine after visiting a high-risk location – you are obliged to follow this instruction.
If the results of genome sequencing indicate that the Omicron variant is not available in a case, the department can withdraw close contact recommendations and provide contacts with updated advice. In this situation, please wait for direct advice from the department.
For information on testing and quarantine requirements for international travelers entering Victoria, see Information for International Travelers.
All Victorians can do their part to reduce the spread of Omicron – or any other variant – by getting tested as soon as they notice symptoms or as soon as they are told they are a contact and practicing COVIDSafe behaviors like that Wearing masks and checking in.
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