Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 15 April 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 374 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 14 active cases in ICU, including 4 on a ventilator, and an additional 6 cleared cases in ICU.

6,170,999 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 3,037 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

66.9 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

9,664 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 6,022 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 3,642 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 7 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s. Of these deaths, 5 occurred in the past week and 2 deaths are historic cases that occurred in February and March.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,830.

There are 57,910 active cases in Victoria.

20,769 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 20,282,874.


New Omicron sub-variant detected in wastewater

Victorian health authorities are monitoring the detection of a new sub-variant of the Omicron virus in wastewater samples.

The sub-variant, which is either BA.4 or BA.5, has been confirmed from wastewater samples taken from the Tullamarine catchment. This sub-variant has been recently detected in a small number of cases in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Germany.

There are currently no known significant epidemiological differences observed between the new strain and the BA.2 strain.

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 15 April 2022

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