Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 24 February 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 322 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 18 active cases in ICU, including 5 on a ventilator, and an additional 25 cleared cases in ICU.

5,936,794 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 7,024 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 177 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years.

57.1 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. 54.6 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

6,715 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 4,486 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,229 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 16 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Six of these deaths occurred in the past two days and a further five deaths occurred in the past week. One death occurred on 12 February and four of today’s reported deaths occurred in late January and early February.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,426.

There are 41,257 active cases in Victoria.

21,222 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,415,349.


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 tomorrow night, Friday 25 February.

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 Ease.

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 24 February 2022

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