Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 2 February 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 768 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 61 active cases in ICU, including 31 on a ventilator, and an additional 38 cleared cases in ICU.

5,660,914 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 17,644 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 1,047 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11.

40.4 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 45.8 per cent of Victorians between 5 and 11 have had one dose.

Victoria was notified of 14,553 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 6,932 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 7,621 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 25 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Of today’s reported deaths, 10 were recorded as occurring in the past two days and the majority of deaths occurred in the past week. One death was a historic case from early January.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,054.

There are 73,886 active cases in Victoria.

35,030 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,966,910.­­


Pop-up child vaccination clinics

COVID-19 vaccination pop-ups for kids – or ‘K-pops’ – will be available from 12 February at some of Victoria’s most fun venues to support vulnerable children or those living with a disability to get vaccinated.

Scienceworks, Melbourne Zoo and Sealife Aquarium are among the venues hosting the invitation-only K-pops, with the Department of Health and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing identifying children with potential access issues. Invitees will include children from out-of-home care, living with a disability or in contact with specialist services.

More information can be found at Vaccines Coming To Museums, Aquariums, Zoos And More

Back to school

As part of the  back-to-school plan, we strongly recommend:

  • Mainstream primary and secondary staff and students:twice-a-week rapid antigen testing on school days
  • Specialist school staff and students: daily rapid antigen testing on school days

Schools will make rapid antigen tests available for collection by parents/carers from the start of Term 1. The initial distribution will be limited to one pack per student. Testing will be conducted at home, and students and staff must report any positive result. There is no requirement to report a negative result.

Vaccination status

The vaccination status of people in hospital and ICU with COVID-19 continues to show those without a third dose are overrepresented in hospital admissions.

Of cases in hospital yesterday, 91.6 per cent of people in hospital were not vaccinated with a third dose, while 93.9 per cent of ICU patients had not received their third dose.

The majority of people with COVID-19 who have died during the Delta and Omicron outbreaks were unvaccinated. 49.2 per cent of deaths were in unvaccinated people and a further 8.2 per cent of deaths had received just one dose compared to 2.4 per cent who had received three doses of vaccine.

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 02 February 2022


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