Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 13 January 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 953 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 69 active cases in ICU and 42 cleared cases in ICU, and 29 people on a ventilator.

5,214,913 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 24,832 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 93.1 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

19.9 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The number of third dose vaccinations administered in Victoria passed the one million mark yesterday. In total, 1,046,192 Victorians aged 18 years and over have now received their third dose. 

Victoria was notified of 37,169 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 16,843 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who reported the result to the Department
  • 20,326 who returned a positive result on a PCR test

Of those who reported a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test yesterday:

  • Approximately 55 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 12 January.
  • Approximately 19 per cent were from tests undertaken 11 January.
  • With the remainder from tests undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 25 deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,639. Of today’s 25 deaths, 18 are recorded as occurring in the last two days. Seven are historic cases that occurred in December.  Deaths are reported to the Department by different sources including VICNISS, the Victorian Death Index, and Local Public Health Units.

There are 221,726 active cases in Victoria.

62,406 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,201,482.


New exemptions to isolation requirements for critical workers

From 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 January, a range of critical workers in emergency services, education, critical utilities, custodial facilities, transport and freight, will join workers in the food production sector as being eligible for exemption from quarantine as close contacts of people diagnosed with COVID-19.

This exemption is limited to leaving home to undertake work, and a range of conditions will be required to reduce the risk of being at work while infectious, including mandatory mask use and daily rapid antigen testing for five days.

For more information, see A safe and sensible return to work for essential workers.

Child vaccinations

Yesterday, 5,500 children between the age of 5 and 11 were vaccinated at state centres.

Parents and carers can make a booking at state-run centres by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or using the online booking system.

A separate account and email address is no longer required for children. Parents and carers can now add dependent children to their online account to manage their family’s vaccination bookings. Walk-ins without a booking are not available for children aged 5 to 11.

Appointments can also be made at a GP or pharmacy by booking through the clinic finder.

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.

Reviewed 13 January 2022


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