Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 2 June 2022

02/06/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 525 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 23 active cases in ICU, including 8 on a ventilator, and an additional 5 cleared cases in ICU.

6,252,052 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 1,398 doses administered yesterday at state-run centres.

67.6 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.

10,204 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 6,967 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 3,237 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 9 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. One historical death was also reclassified. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,442.

There are 55,154 active cases in Victoria.

16,055 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,078,605.

Updates

Omicron sub-lineage detections in wastewater

COVID-19 Omicron sub-lineages have been consistently detected at low levels in wastewater samples taken from catchments in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

The Omicron BA.2 sub-lineage currently comprises 97 per cent of all COVID-19 strains identified via wastewater samples since mid-April and remains the dominant variant in Victoria.

The newer sub-lineages of BA.4 and BA.2.12.1 continue to be detected at very low levels – three per cent and less than one per cent, respectively.

The BA.4 and BA.5 strains have been detected at Tullamarine Airport, in multiple residential catchments across Melbourne – with the highest levels in the outer southern and eastern suburbs – and in residential catchments in and around the Greater Geelong area.

These detections likely indicate early phases of community transmission in Victoria.

Evidence suggests the Omicron sub-lineages BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5 are more able to evade immunity from earlier COVID-19 infection and vaccination. There is no evidence to suggest they cause more severe disease.

The Department of Health will continue to evaluate our surveillance program as the situation unfolds over coming weeks.

More Victorians now eligible for a COVID-19 ‘winter’ dose

More Victorians at greater risk of severe disease can now get a fourth COVID-19 ‘winter’ dose from GPs, pharmacies and state vaccination centres. In addition to those already eligible, ATAGI now recommends the dose for people aged 16 to 64 who have:

  • a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness, or
  • disabilities with significant, complex or multiple health issues, which increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection.

Visit Who can get vaccinated against COVID-19 for more information.

COVID-19 medicines available to eligible Victorians

Eligible Victorians with COVID-19 who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill can access medicine to help prevent them needing hospital care. General practitioners can assess a person’s need for COVID-19 medication.

For more information, refer to COVID-19 medicines.

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 June 2022

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