Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 8 January 2022


COVID-19 Data 

There are 731 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 55 active cases in ICU and 54 cleared cases in ICU, and 22 people on a ventilator. This is an update on earlier figures. More information is below. 

5,117,465 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 20,776 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 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data. 

15.3 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Victoria was notified of 51,356 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes: 

  • 26,428 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who reported the result to the Department
  • 24,928 who returned a positive result on a PCR test 

Of those who reported a positive Rapid Antigen Test to the Department yesterday: 

  • 5,923 (22 per cent) undertook the test on 7 January 
  • 6,758 (26 per cent) undertook the test on 6 January 
  • 5,037 (19 per cent) undertook the test on 5 January 
  • 3,806 (14 per cent) undertook the test on 4 January 
  • 2,501 (9 per cent) undertook the test on 3 January 
  • 1,708 (6 per cent) undertook the test on 2 January 
  • 624 (2 per cent) undertook the test on 1 January 
  • The remainder undertook the test earlier than 1 January 

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of nine 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 1,574

The total number of cases in Victoria diagnosed on a PCR test since the beginning of the pandemic is 298,779. There are 83,390 active cases in Victoria diagnosed on a PCR test. 

89,518 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,855,690



With Victoria becoming the first jurisdiction in Australia to report positive results from Rapid Antigen Tests, considerable work is now underway to align systems which had exclusively recorded PCR diagnoses to date. 

Total new cases: This data will be analysed to identify any records of those who reported a positive result on a rapid antigen test and subsequently returned a positive result on a PCR test, and which were not already ‘de-duplicated’. As a result, the figure combining positive results from rapid tests and PCR tests is continually subject to change.

Other data sets: Locations containing new cases and other common data sets will be published today at Victorian COVID-19 data. Unless labelled otherwise, these figures capture PCR testing results only. 

Hospital data: Due to a data issue this morning, correct hospitalisation numbers were not updated in our data systems. The figures reported in this release are an update from this morning’s data provided on Twitter. 

Mandatory reporting of positive Rapid Antigen Tests 

Anyone who tests positive on a Rapid Antigen Test is a case. They must report their result, immediately isolate for seven days and notify their contacts – just like those who test positive on a PCR test. 

See reporting your results on the Coronavirus website to report your result or call the Coronavirus Hotline. Interpreter services are available by selecting Option 0. 

COVID-19 vaccinations 

State-run vaccination centres are taking appointments for children aged 5 to 11. Parents and carers can make a booking by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or using the online booking system with a unique email address. This could be a new or alternative email address used by you or your child. 

If you’re aged 18 or over and had your second vaccination four or more months ago, you're eligible for your third dose. You can book your vaccination appointment online. For walk-ins, please check the list of vaccination centres. Use the  Vaccine Clinic Finder to find a participating GP or pharmacy. 

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 08 January 2022


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