There are 1,054 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 80 active cases in ICU, including 30 on a ventilator, and 35 cleared cases in ICU.
This is the first time more than 1,000 people have been hospitalised in Victoria since the start of the pandemic.
5,267,489 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 23,938 administered yesterday at state-run centres.
94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 93.2 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.
22.4 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Victoria was notified of 25,526 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:
- 12,857 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who reported the to the Department
- 12,669 who returned a positive result on a PCR test
Of those who reported a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test yesterday:
- Approximately 60 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 14 January.
- Approximately 18 per cent were from tests undertaken 13 January.
- With the remainder from tests undertaken over the previous five days.
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 23 deaths of people aged in their 30s, 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,681. This total number includes a duplicate reported death that was discovered as reports were verified this morning. This duplicate reported death will be reclassified and reflected in tomorrow’s total figures.
Of today’s 23 deaths, 17 are recorded as occurring in the past week with the majority of cases from the last two days. Six are historic cases that occurred in late 2021. Deaths are reported to the Department by different sources including VICNISS, the Victorian Death Index, and Local Public Health Units.
There are 227,105 active cases in Victoria.
59,952 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,323,879.
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.
For more information, see A safe and sensible return to work for essential .
Yesterday, 5,154 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 .
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 .
Links and contacts
- your positive Rapid Antigen Test or find more information about Rapid Antigen
- Follow your COVID Checklist if you test or you are a of someone with COVID-19.
- See where and how you can get
- Find your nearest testing
- Current COVIDSafe for living and working in Victoria
- Financial is available if you have to isolate after a test
- View Victoria’s Pandemic Order
To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria 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 15 January 2022