Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 12 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 1,466 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday


Victoria was notified of 1,466 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired.

There are 19,627 active cases in Victoria.

There are 675 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 144 of those cases are in intensive care, with 100 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of eight deaths yesterday:

  • a man in his 40s from Bayside
  • a woman in her 50s and a man in his 70s from Moreland
  • a woman in her 70s from Maribyrnong
  • two men in their 80s, one from Moonee Valley, one from Monash
  • a woman in her 80s from Whittlesea
  • a man in his 90s from Hume

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 921.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 55,898.


Yesterday, 36,383 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,970,509.

86.7 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 59.8 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

This weekend, 11 new pop-up vaccination sites will open targeting school communities and anyone in the local area at the following locations:

  • Thomastown Secondary College
  • Lowanna College in Newborough, in the Latrobe Valley
  • Carrum Downs Secondary College
  • Pakenham Secondary College
  • Tarneit Senior College
  • Gleneagles Secondary College in Endeavour Hills
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • Elevation Secondary College in Craigieburn
  • The Lakes College in South Morang
  • Coburg High School
  • Chaffey Secondary College in Mildura

The sites will administer Pfizer and Astra Zeneca, with the exception of Lowanna College Newborough which will dispense Moderna and Astra Zeneca.

Some are taking bookings, but all will accept walk-ups with no appointment

All Victorians aged 12 and over are able to access mRNA vaccines Pfizer and Moderna at fixed, state-run vaccination centres.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit Australian Government Department of Health.


Of the 1,466 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 24 cases in Banyule
  • 6 cases in Bayside
  • 9 cases in Boroondara
  • 99 cases in Brimbank
  • 19 cases in Cardinia
  • 125 cases in Casey
  • 53 cases in Darebin
  • 26 cases in Frankston
  • 17 cases in Glen Eira
  • 53 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 25 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 203 cases in Hume
  • 44 cases in Kingston
  • 12 cases in Knox
  • 10 cases in Manningham
  • 30 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 17 cases in Maroondah
  • 31 cases in Melbourne
  • 80 cases in Melton
  • 25 cases in Monash
  • 35 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 63 cases in Moreland
  • 22 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 6 cases in Nillumbik
  • 16 cases in Port Phillip
  • 10 cases in Stonnington
  • 9 cases in Whitehorse
  • 162 cases in Whittlesea
  • 87 cases in Wyndham
  • 16 cases in Yarra
  • 12 cases in Yarra Ranges

Overall, there were 527 new cases in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, 387 new cases in the western suburbs, 363 cases in the south-eastern suburbs and 69 cases in the eastern suburbs.

There were also 110 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 4 case in Ballarat
  • 1 case in Bass Coast
  • 8 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Benalla
  • 1 case in Colac-Otway
  • 2 cases in Glenelg
  • 10 cases in Greater Bendigo
  • 12 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 17 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 9 cases in Latrobe
  • 1 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 24 cases in Mildura
  • 11 cases in Mitchell
  • 1 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in South Gippsland
  • 3 case in Strathbogie
  • 1 case in Swan Hill
  • 3 cases in Wellington

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently more than 55,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were around 250 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations - including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a weekly Common Operating Picture, which includes the effective reproduction number for all states and territories. For more information, refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) common operating picture.

Update: Restrictions

The Rural City of Mildura is in lockdown with restrictions the same as those in Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew).

For information on current restrictions, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire and Mildura Rural City Council.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas: 

  • Bannockburn - unexpected detection between 5 and 11 October
  • Portland - repeated unexpected detections between 29 September and 7 October.
  • Cobram - repeated unexpected detections between 29 September and 7 October. 
  • Swan Hill - repeated unexpected detections between 29 September and 7 October.
  • Ballarat - repeated unexpected detections in areas that include part of Mitchell Park and Wendouree between 3 and 7 October.
  • Apollo Bay - repeated unexpected detections between 28 September and 8 October.
  • Inverloch - repeated unexpected detections between 7 and 11 October

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop. 

For more information on wastewater testing, visit  Wastewater testing.


68,509 COVID-19 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available - including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59pm yesterday)

Cases acquired locally 1,466
Cases acquired interstate 0
Cases acquired overseas 0
Active cases 19,627
Lives lost 8
Tests processed yesterday 68,509
Total tests since pandemic began 11,958,341


Number of permits issued (Jan11 - 7am today) 3,805,752
Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours 3,383
Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 2.35

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit 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 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

Reviewed 27 October 2021


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