Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 26 November 2021

Yesterday, 4,815 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,833,836.


COVID-19 Data

Yesterday, 4,815 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,833,836.

93.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90.2 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 308 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria - 46 active cases and 53 cleared cases are in intensive care, with 26 cases on a ventilator. Of those in hospital 63 per cent were not fully vaccinated and of those in ICU 87 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 1,362 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, Casey, Kingston, Wyndham, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Darebin, Glen Eira, Melbourne and Melton.

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

There are 10,887 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 117,544.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths of people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,313.

73,419 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 14,921,427.

There are currently more than 43,900 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.


Domestic border permits ceased

The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared that from 6pm last night, the domestic travel permit system has ended.

This new direction has abolished the traffic light border scheme and has come into effect as Victoria hit its 90 per cent double dose vaccination target.

More information can be found at Domestic border permits to end.


From today, Friday 26 November, the following workers (and volunteers and students on placement) who are leaving home for work are required to show evidence to their employer that they are fully vaccinated:

  • Accommodation workers
  • Agriculture and forestry workers
  • Airport workers
  • Ancillary, support and welfare workers
  • Authorised officers
  • Care workers
  • Community workers
  • Creative arts workers
  • Custodial workers
  • Emergency service workers
  • Entertainment and function workers
  • Funeral workers
  • Higher education workers
  • Justice service centre workers
  • Marriage celebrants
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Meat and seafood processing workers
  • Media and film production workers
  • Mining workers
  • Physical recreation workers
  • Ports and freight workers
  • Professional sports, high-performance sports or racing person
  • Professional services workers
  • Public sector employees
  • Real estate workers
  • Religious workers
  • Repair and maintenance workers
  • Retail workers (including workers at food & drink facilities; licenced premises)
  • Science and technology workers
  • Social and community service workers
  • Transport workers
  • Utilities and urban workers
  • Veterinary and pet/animal care workers

These requirements already apply to the following workers:

  • Workers in residential aged care facilities
  • Workers at construction sites

The requirements will apply to the following workers from November 29:

  • Workers at school, childcare and early education services (plus outside school hours care services)

The requirements will apply to the following workers from 15 December:

  • Workers in healthcare settings

For more information, including a description of workers in each category, visit Information for Industry and Workers required to be vaccinated.


Restrictions were eased at 11.59 pm on Thursday 18 November. For more information visit the COVIDSafe settings page.

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 26 November 2021


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