Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 23 April 2022

23/04/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 449 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 27 active cases in ICU, including 8 on a ventilator, and an additional 8 cleared cases in ICU.

6,186,478 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 3,059 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

67.3 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

8,120 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 5,451 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 2,669 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 13 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 20s, 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Ten of today’s reported deaths occurred in the past week including 5 deaths that occurred in the past two days. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,898. Two historic death reports were reclassified yesterday.

There are 54,266 active cases in Victoria.

14,642 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 20,407,438.

Updates

New COVID-19 settings for Victoria

There are new statewide COVID-19 settings that came into effect from 11.59pm, last night (Friday 22 April). 

Under these settings, you are not required to check in to any venue or show your vaccination status. You must wear a face mask on public transport and in taxis/rideshare, and in limited high-risk settings. Masks are strongly recommended when you can’t physically distance.

Household contacts are not required to quarantine provided they wear a mask indoors if aged 8 and above, avoid hospitals and care facilities, and are negative on a rapid antigen test on five of the seven days after their exposure. Household contacts are strongly recommended to work from home if possible and avoid elderly or medically vulnerable people. 

Retained settings also include all existing two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for workers. If you test positive for COVID-19, you are still required to isolate for seven days from the day you took your test.  

For more information about the new settings visit How we live: Information for Victorians.

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 23 April 2022

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