Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 20 January 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 1,206 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 86 active cases in ICU, including 40 on a ventilator, and 36 cleared cases in ICU.

5,364,452 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 22,266 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 4,968 of these doses were for children between ages 5 and 11.

27.1 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.3 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

Victoria was notified of 21,966 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 10,273 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 11,693 who returned a positive result on a PCR test

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

  • About 63 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 19 January.
  • About 19 per cent were from tests undertaken 18 January.
  • The remainder of the tests were undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 15 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,751.

There are 246,894 active cases in Victoria.

51,067 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,573,238.­­


Rapid antigen tests on order

Tens of millions of rapid antigen tests will soon be available to Victorians with the Victorian Government ordering a further 166 million tests, building on its initial bulk order of 44 million tests.

For more information see Millions More Rapid Tests On The WayExternal Link .

Vaccination blitz and updated dose interval

Victorians can bring forward their third COVID-19 vaccine dose, with the recommended minimum dose interval between second and third doses at state-run vaccination centres reducing to three months.

As part of a third dose vaccination blitz, hours have been extended at major state-run vaccination hubs. More than 60,000 appointments have been added and walk-up capacity increased.

For more information, visit Victoria Reduces Third Dose Interval Ahead Of Vax BlitzExternal Link

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria websiteExternal Link 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 20 January 2022


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