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 for opening days and hours for individual sites. Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the 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.
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.
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.
Expected heatwave impact on some outdoor testing centres
Extreme heat today and tomorrow may cause some outdoor testing sites to be suspended.
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.
We ask for your patience as we work to protect our staff and the community and continue to provide testing as safely as possible.
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.
Links and contacts
- Current COVIDSafe settings for living and working in
- Your – what to do if you test positive or if you have been told you are a contact
- , including how to book and where to go
- Find your nearest
- Information on
- Financial is available if you have to isolate after a test, including a $450 payment
- The Commonwealth’s
- How to get your
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