There are 419 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 18 active cases in ICU, including 8 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared cases in ICU.
6,270,298 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 1,086 doses administered yesterday at state-run centres.
68 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.
6,601 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 4,536 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 2,065 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.
Sadly, the Department was notified of 29 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,731. 15 of today’s reported deaths occurred in the past week with a further 12 deaths that occurred in May and early June. Two of today’s reported deaths are historic cases from mid-April.
There are 41,216 active cases in Victoria.
7,994 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,283,044.
Update to pandemic orders
As part of Victoria’s ongoing management of the coronavirus pandemic, changes to pandemic orders will come into effect from 11:59pm, Friday 24 June.
Increased Omicron BA.4/BA.5 detections in wastewater
The prevalence of Omicron strains BA.4/BA.5 in Melbourne and regional wastewater catchments has increased to 12 per cent, up from 4 per cent on 21 May.
The increase in BA.4/BA.5 wastewater detections indicates a higher prevalence of these strains in the community. This is likely due to their greater ability to evade immunity from vaccination and earlier COVID-19 infection. There is no evidence to suggest they cause more severe disease.
The Omicron BA.2 strain remains the dominant variant in Victoria. The BA.2.12.1 strain continues to be detected at low levels.
The Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation.
Protecting yourself and others during winter
As winter is here, it is important that we keep doing the things that keep us all safe.
Ensure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and that you get vaccinated against influenza.
Masks are strongly recommended in shared indoor settings, if you can’t physically distance, or you are with those more vulnerable to COVID-19. Improve ventilation by opening doors and windows, using fans or purifiers, and gathering outside where possible.
Face masks are still required for everyone aged eight and above in some locations, including on public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities. They are also required by household contacts in quarantine who meet the criteria for leaving home. More details at and . If you have COVID symptoms you should stay at home and get tested.
Links and contacts
- your positive Rapid Antigen Test or find more information about
- Follow your COVID Checklist if you or you are a of someone with COVID-19
- Get your vaccine through GPs or community pharmacies through the
- Get information on and getting the right support for your symptoms
- See where and how you can get at state-run centres
- Find your nearest
- Current for living and working in Victoria
- Financial is available if you have been impacted by COVID-19
- View Victoria’s
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on . 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 18 June 2022