Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 31 December 2021

31/12/21

COVID-19 Data

There are 428 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 54 active cases in ICU, with 21 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 43 cleared cases in ICU. Of those in hospital, 52 per cent were not fully vaccinated and of those in ICU, 100 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

5,032,861 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 3,798 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

Vaccinations are still available over the festive season, although many state-run vaccination centres will not be operating over the period through to 2 January 2022.

Some centres will be open over the festive period, so please check the list of vaccination centres for opening days and hours for individual sites. Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the Vaccine Clinic Finder at to find a participating GP or pharmacy.

94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.8 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

Victoria was notified of 5,919 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 LGAs with the highest number of new cases are Melbourne, Wyndham, Casey, Hume, Port Phillip, Glen Eira, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Stonnington and Melton.

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

There are 28,044 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 176,534.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths of people aged in their 40s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,525.

66,774 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,357,466.

There are currently more than 20,300 active close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

New testing and isolation requirements

Following yesterday’s National Cabinet meeting, new arrangements for the testing and isolation of close contacts came into effect in Victoria from 11.59pm last night Thursday 30 December 2021.

The new test, trace, isolate and quarantine arrangements have been established on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee in the context of high case numbers and the Omicron variant.

More information about the new arrangements can be found at Testing changes to focus on highest-risk Victorians.

Expected heatwave impact on some outdoor testing centres

Extreme heat today and tomorrow may cause some outdoor testing sites to be suspended.

See where to get tested before you leave to make sure your preferred testing centre is open.

If you have symptoms and you cannot get to a testing centre, or if you are at any risk of becoming heat-affected, then you should isolate until you are able to access a testing centre.

In addition, new requirements in effect from 11:59pm last night mean that if you are a contact and you don’t have symptoms, you should use a Rapid Antigen Test instead of a PCR test. A PCR test is appropriate if you are a close contact and you cannot access a rapid antigen test.

You can see more information about testing requirements and recommendations for contacts by viewing your updated checklist.

See who should use a Rapid Antigen Test.

We ask for your patience as we work to protect our staff and the community and continue to provide testing as safely as possible. 

For more information about what to do in an emergency and how to stay COVIDSafe, visit What to do in an emergency

Celebrating New Year safely

Victorians are encouraged to celebrate New Year in a COVIDSafe manner.

If you are feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and get tested.

If you don’t have symptoms and you want to rapidly check if you may have COVID-19, you can use a Rapid Antigen Test.

Celebrate outdoors if you can. If you are hosting indoors, ensure your areas have as much ventilation as possible. Limiting guest numbers limits the risk of transmission.

If you can’t remain 1.5 metres from people, wear a mask. Wearing a mask is required for everyone aged eight years and above in all indoor settings in Victoria unless an exception applies, such in the home or when consuming food or drink.

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 31 December 2021

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