Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 22 March 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 256 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 14 active cases in ICU, including 5 on a ventilator, and an additional 10 cleared cases in ICU.

6,080,247 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 4,837 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

64 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. 57.1 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

9,594 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 7,378 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,216 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of seven deaths yesterday of people aged in their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,682.

There are 52,983 active cases in Victoria.

16,007 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,799,696. The overall number of PCR tests has been revised down to remove 47,695 Rapid Antigen Tests from early January.


Detections of the Omicron BA.2 variant in wastewater

Latest wastewater testing results have shown the BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant continues to increase through March and has now been detected in all Victorian catchments. It is the dominant strain in more than 80 per cent of metropolitan samples and more than 60 per cent of regional samples.

On-going genomic sequencing work is underway to better understand the prevalence of the BA.2 sub-lineage of Omicron in the Victorian community.

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 22 March 2022


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