Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 17 February 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 401 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 34 active cases in ICU, including 16 on a ventilator, and an additional 44 cleared cases in ICU.

5,877,403 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 9,356 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 268 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years.

53.2 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.8 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 53.2 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

8,501 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 5,661 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,840 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of nine deaths of people aged in their 30s, 70s, 80s, and 100s. Of these deaths, four occurred in the past two days and seven occurred in the past week. The two remaining deaths occurred in early February and late January. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,333.

There are 50,042 active cases in Victoria.

23,683 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,290,638.


Some restrictions to ease from tomorrow

From 6pm Friday 18 February, as part of new pandemic orders to be signed by the Minister for Health, density quotients of one person per two square metres in place at hospitality and entertainment venues will be removed. Indoor dancefloors at these venues can also re-open.

QR code check-in requirements will no longer be in place at retail venues, schools (including childcare and early childhood) and for employees at many workplaces. QR code check-in and vaccination check requirements will remain in all ‘vaccinated economy’ settings such as hospitality and entertainment venues.

More information can be found at Density limit, dancefloor and QR code restrictions to ease.

Extending COVIDSafe measures in classrooms

COVIDSafe measures including rapid antigen surveillance testing in schools and early childhood settings will be extended until the end of Term 1.

More information at Extending COVIDSafe measures to keep classrooms safe.

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 17 February 2022


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