Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 23 February 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 319 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 22 active cases in ICU, including 8 on a ventilator, and an additional 24 cleared cases in ICU.

5,929,716 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 7,356 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 145 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years.

56.5 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.9 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 54.5 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

6,926 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 4,504 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,422 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 17 deaths of people aged in their 30s, 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The majority of deaths occurred in the past week. One death was a historic case that occurred in January.

A recent duplicated death report was reclassified yesterday following a review as a re-infected case and has been added to the overall death total. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,410.

There are 42,016 active cases in Victoria.

22,896 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,394,127.


Easing of mask rules

As hospitalisation rates decline and third dose vaccination rates increase, several sensible changes to pandemic orders and public health recommendations in Victoria will come into effect at 11:59pm on Friday 25 February 2022.

Public health recommendations for Victorians to work and study from home will be removed, while masks will no longer be required in most indoor settings.

Masks will only be required indoors in particular circumstances unless an exemption applies.

For more information visit A Safe And Sensible Return To The Office As Mask Rules EaseExternal Link .

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 23 February 2022

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