There are 451 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 51 active cases in ICU, with 21 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 47 cleared cases in ICU.
5,035,600 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 2,731 administered yesterday at state-run centres.
Vaccinations are still available today, although many state-run vaccination centres will not be operating over the festive period through to 2 January 2022.
94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.9 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.
Victoria was notified of 7,442 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 LGAs with the highest number of new cases are Melbourne, Wyndham, Casey, Brimbank, Port Phillip, Hume, Stonnington, Monash, Greater Dandenong and Boroondara.
Community sample testing of positive cases for the Omicron variant indicates that it is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Victoria.
There are 24,161 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 183,901.
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of nine 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 1,534.
63,026 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,420,492.
There are currently more than 12,500 active close contacts in isolation in Victoria.
New testing and isolation requirements
New arrangements for the testing and isolation of close contacts came into effect in Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 30 December 2021.
The new test, trace, isolate and quarantine arrangements have been established in the context of high case numbers and the Omicron variant.
Updated information about the new arrangements has been posted to the coronavirus website. See the Links and contacts section below.
Expected heatwave impact on some outdoor testing centres
Extreme heat forecast for today may cause some outdoor testing sites to be suspended.
If you have symptoms and you cannot get to a testing centre, or if you are at any risk of becoming heat-affected, then you should isolate until you are able to access a testing centre.
In addition, new requirements in effect mean that if you are a household or household-like contact and you don’t have symptoms, you must use a Rapid Antigen Test instead of a PCR test. A PCR test is appropriate if you are a household or household-like contact and cannot access a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 6 of your isolation.
We ask for your patience as we work to protect our staff and the community and continue to provide testing as safely as possible.
Links and contacts
- Your COVID Checklist if you (Updated Information)
- Your COVID Checklist if you are a (Updated Information)
- – Information for Victorians (Updated Information)
- Confirmed Case in your (Updated Information)
- , including how to book and where to go
- Information about
- List of in Australia
- Find your nearest
- Current COVIDSafe settings for living and working in
- Information about
- How to
- Financial is available if you have to isolate after a test, including a $450 payment
- The Commonwealth’s
- How to get your
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 02 January 2022