Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 20 November 2021

Yesterday, 6,920 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.


COVID-19 Data

Yesterday, 6,920 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,804,886.

93.4 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 89.0 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 312 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria, 55 active cases and 59 cleared cases are in intensive care, with 24 cases on a ventilator. Of those in hospital 75 per cent were not fully vaccinated and of those in ICU 78 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 1166 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Hume, Wyndham, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Melton, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Port Phillip, Glen Eira and Melbourne.

All locations containing new cases will be published today at Victorian COVID-19 dataExternal Link .

There are 9,581 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 110,662.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of five deaths, including a child aged under 10 years and in people aged in their 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,273. The child aged under 10 years, who died with COVID-19, also had other serious comorbidities.

64,050 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 14,540,011.

There are currently more than 59,500 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.


Lifting of restrictions

The Acting Chief Health Officer has determined that from 11:59pm Thursday 18 November, nearly all remaining restrictions would be lifted state-wide for fully vaccinated people.

There are also changes to self-quarantine obligations for COVID-19 positive cases and fully vaccinated close contacts of cases that are now in effect. For more information see Your COVID ChecklistExternal Link - What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 or if you have been told you are a contact.

Cases and contacts who already had quarantine and/or testing requirements in place before 11:59pm on 18 November will be able to follow the new rules that apply to their situation.

More information about these changes can be found at More freedoms to come as Victoria hits 90 per cent vax rate.External Link

Wastewater detections

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Apollo Bay - unexpected detection for the period from 14 November – 17 November
  • Hamilton - repeated unexpected detections for the period from 7 November – 18 November
  • Lorne – repeated unexpected detections for the period from 31 October – 19 November

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit the Wastewater testingExternal Link page.

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria websiteExternal Link 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 20 November 2021

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