There are 752 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 58 active cases in ICU and 46 cleared cases in ICU, and 23 people on a ventilator.
5,133,532 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 15,739 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.
16.4 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Victoria was notified of 44,155 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:
- 22,051 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who to the Department
- 22,104 who returned a positive result on a PCR test
Of those who reported a positive rapid antigen result yesterday, 8 January:
- Approximately 40 per cent undertook that test yesterday, 8 January
- Approximately 18 per cent undertook that test on 7 January
- Approximately 10 per cent undertook that test on each day of 3 to 6 January
- Approximately 2 per cent undertook that test on 2 January
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of four deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,578.
The total number of cases in Victoria diagnosed on a PCR test since the beginning of the pandemic is 321,471. There are 146,863 active cases in Victoria initially diagnosed on either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
83,993 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,939,683.
Tomorrow, children aged 5 to 11 will be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the first time.
Getting your child vaccinated is so important – not just to give them the same protection that is enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of adults, but also to protect others that they might come into contact with, who are more vulnerable.
The Victorian Government announced today that the number of state-run centres coming online for child vaccinations will double, to 36.
Parents and carers can make a booking by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or using the with a unique email address. This could be a new or alternative email address used by you or your child. Walk-ins without a booking are not available for children aged 5 to 11.
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 subject to change.
Mandatory reporting of positive Rapid Antigen Tests
Anyone who tests positive on a Rapid Antigen Test is a case and must report their result, immediately isolate for seven days and notify their contacts. Visit to report your result or call the Coronavirus Hotline. Interpreter services are available by selecting Option 0.
Links and contacts
- your positive Rapid Antigen Test or find more information about
- Follow your COVID Checklist if you or you are a of someone with COVID-19.
- See where and how you can get
- Find your nearest
- Current for living and working in Victoria
- Financial is available if you have to isolate after a test
- View Victoria’s
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 09 January 2022