COVID-19 Weekly Data
There were 6,452 COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria this week, an increase of 3 per cent on the previous week. The average daily number of new cases this week was 922, up from 894 last week.
The seven-day rolling average of patients with COVID in Victorian hospitals is 311, an increase of 2 per cent on the previous week. There are currently 295 COVID patients in Victorian hospitals. There are currently 16 COVID patients in intensive care. There are 6 cleared cases in ICU. There are 4 COVID patients on a ventilator. The seven-day rolling average of patients in intensive care in Victorian hospitals is 17. In the past three months, 2,148 COVID patients were hospitalised in Victoria.
Of Victorians aged 18 and over, 16 per cent have recorded a vaccination or COVID diagnosis in the past six months. This means 4.3 million Victorians are eligible for a 2023 booster dose.
Of Victorians aged 65 and over, 34 per cent have recorded a vaccination or COVID diagnosis in the past six months. Of Victorians aged 50 to 64, 18 per cent have recorded a vaccination or COVID diagnosis in the past six months.
A total of 44 COVID-related deaths were reported to the department in the past week. An average of 6 deaths were reported each day in the past week. This represents a 19 per cent increase when compared to the same period the previous month.
The total number of reported COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 7,637.
Victoria continued to experience a sustained increase in community COVID transmission this week, with growth in cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
The increase in transmission is being driven by the combination of waning immunity and the presence of multiple Omicron recombinant XBB sublineages.
XBB sublineages comprise 76 per cent of circulating variants from wastewater surveillance: XBB.1.5 (22 per cent), XBB.1.16 (14 per cent), XBB.1.9.1 (8 per cent), and other mixed XBB sublineages (32 per cent). Other variants include CH.1.1 (6%), BA.2 sublineages (6%), and other strains at low levels (<5% each).
Steps to protect yourself and others
With increasing cases and hospitalisations, now is an important time to take steps to help reduce transmission and the impact on our health system. Now is the perfect time to get your 2023 booster vaccine if you’re eligible.
Protecting yourself from getting infected is the best way to protect yourself and the community. If you don’t get COVID, you can’t spread COVID.
These six steps can help you stay ahead of COVID:
- Wear a mask: a high-quality and well-fitted mask can protect you and others from the virus.
- Get your 2023 booster: new bivalent vaccines targeting Omicron variants are available at your GP or local pharmacy. To find out if you’re eligible for your next booster, visit the . Flu vaccines are also now available.
- Let fresh air in: open windows and doors when you can, it reduces the spread of the virus.
- Get tested: if you have symptoms, take a rapid antigen test.
- Stay at home: if you have COVID, you should stay at home for at least five days and until you have no symptoms.
- Talk to your doctor: if you are at risk of falling very sick, you may be eligible for COVID and influenza medicines – and early testing and diagnosis are important. With expanded criteria, more people are now eligible for COVID medicines.
Eligible Victorians who have not had a COVID vaccination or confirmed infection in the past six months can now receive their 2023 booster. This is irrespective of how many prior doses a person has received. The national eligibility change follows advice from ATAGI. Vaccination continues to provide the best protection against becoming severely unwell or dying from COVID.
For those not infected or vaccinated in the past six months, a 2023 booster is recommended for:
- All adults aged 65 years and over
- Adults 18-64 years who have medical comorbidities or disability with significant or complex health needs
For those not infected or vaccinated in the past six months, a 2023 booster should be considered for:
- Adults 18-64 with no risk factors for severe COVID
- Children and adolescents aged 5-17 who have medical comorbidities or disability with significant or complex health needs
RATs available through local councils
All Victorians are eligible to pick up two free packets of rapid antigen tests (RATs) through their local council.
The council RAT distribution program is currently operating across more than 400 local sites, such as libraries and council customer service centres. The program is open to all Victorians, with all eligibility requirements now removed.
Individuals can collect up to two packets for themselves plus up to two packets for each household member per visit, while people with a disability or their carer can collect up to four packets of tests.
Testing, especially with any compatible COVID symptoms, is critical to help with early detection and to protect others. It also allows for appropriate care and timely treatment.
Antivirals and other medicines
Oral antiviral medications remain highly effective against all currently circulating COVID subvariants to reduce severe disease and prevent death.
From 1 April, people aged 60-69 with one additional risk factor for developing severe disease are eligible for antiviral treatments.
Early testing for COVID and diagnosis are essential to access COVID medicines. For most COVID medicines to work best, you must take it within five days of getting sick – the earlier the better.
Links and contacts
- your rapid antigen test result
- Find your nearest vaccination provider through the
- for COVID cases and contacts
- to treat COVID
- how ventilation helps you lower the spread of COVID
Reviewed 05 May 2023