Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 16 March 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 201 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 11 active cases in ICU, including 6 on a ventilator, and an additional 13 cleared cases in ICU.

6,044,331 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 5,232 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 1,588 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years, with 1,518 of these second doses.

62.9 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.1 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 56.5 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

9,426 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 7,401 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,025 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of eight deaths of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Three of these deaths occurred in the past two days and all of the deaths occurred in the past week.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,657.

There are 42,250 active cases in Victoria.

14,313 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,739,595.


Vaccine autumn blitz

More than 120 pop-up vaccination clinics will operate across March in an autumn blitz to offer convenient access to COVID-19 vaccinations in an effort to lift our third dose vaccination rate.

The pop-ups will be focused on areas where third dose vaccine uptake is lower than the state average of 62 per cent. For more information, please see Autumn pop-up push to lift third doses before winter.

Detections of the Omicron BA.2 variant in wastewater

Wastewater testing results have shown the BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant has increased through February to be widely distributed and has become the dominant variant overtaking Omicron BA.1 in more than half of all catchments sampled in Victoria.   

On-going genomic sequencing work is underway to better understand the prevalence of the BA.2 sub-lineage of Omicron in the Victorian community.

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 16 March 2022


Was this page helpful?