Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 19 March 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 210 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 13 active cases in ICU, including 5 on a ventilator, and an additional 10 cleared cases in ICU.

6,059,862 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 5,915 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 2,470 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years, with 2,361 of these second doses.

63.6 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.2 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 56.8 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

7,847 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 5,134 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,713 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of two deaths of people aged in their 90s. Both of these deaths occurred in the past week.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,675.

There are 49,022 active cases in Victoria.

18,398 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,801,658.


New data released for Omicron BA.2 variant detections in wastewater

New wastewater surveillance data show that the BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant is almost universally distributed across both Victoria’s metropolitan and regional areas.

The most recent results, from samples taken between 28 February and 10 March, show Omicron BA.2 present in 95 per cent of 64 Victorian wastewater surveillance catchments.

The Omicron BA.2 sub-lineage continues to be detected at higher levels than the Omicron BA.1 subvariant in more than half of all catchments.

On-going surveillance work of wastewater and clinical samples in positive COVID-19 patients is being undertaken to better inform our understanding of the prevalence of the Omicron BA.2 sub-lineage in Victoria.

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 19 March 2022


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