Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 5 July 2022

05/07/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 543 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 23 active cases in ICU, including 5 on a ventilator, and an additional 5 cleared cases in ICU.

6,281,113 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services with 315 doses administered yesterday at state-run centres.

68.4 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had 2 doses.

8,740 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 6,929 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 1,811 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 16 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 4,009.

There are 49,253 active cases in Victoria. 

9,000 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,470,894.

Updates

Omicron BA.4/BA.5 now dominant in Victoria

The prevalence of Omicron strains BA.4/BA.5 in Victorian clinical genomic surveillance and metropolitan and regional wastewater catchments continues to rise significantly, which is indicating that this is now the dominant circulating strain in the community, with BA.5 greater than BA.4.

The BA.4/BA.5 sub-lineages were first identified in catchments in April and have since risen from under 5 per cent in late May to an average of 43.5 per cent across all Victorian wastewater catchments by 27 June.

BA.4/BA.5 has now become the dominant strain in wastewater detections in major population centres including Greater Geelong and Melbourne.

BA.4/BA.5 has become the dominant strain in clinical genomic samples, rising to 50.3 per cent in the 2 weeks prior to 20 June.

Case and hospitalisation trends are now increasing in Victoria. This is in line with similar patterns globally and in NSW and Queensland where both states have seen a significant rise in the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in recent weeks.

The Department of Health anticipates a further increase in cases - including reinfections - and hospital admissions and deaths in the coming weeks due to BA.4/BA.5. This is because the strain has a greater ability than BA.2 to evade immunity provided by vaccination and earlier COVID-19 infection.

There is no evidence at this stage that the BA.4/BA.5 sub-lineages causes more severe disease, but the Department is closely monitoring the situation.

The Department strongly encourages Victorians to remain up to date with their vaccines, in particular people eligible for third and fourth doses, and to stay home if unwell and test for COVID-19.

The wearing of masks and measures to make indoor air safer will have a significant impact in reducing transmission of the BA.4/5 sub-variants. Masks continue to be strongly recommended in shared indoor settings, if you can’t physically distance or you are with those more vulnerable to COVID-19. Improve ventilation by opening doors and windows, using fans or purifiers and gathering outside where possible.

Face masks are still required for everyone aged 8 and above in some locations, including on public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities. They are also required by household contacts in quarantine who meet the criteria for leaving home.

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, report your result to ensure you have access to the right level of care if you need it. Report your positive RAT

COVID-19 medicines are available for eligible Victorians at increased risk of severe illness if they are infected with COVID-19. If you are eligible for early treatment and you develop symptoms, get tested as soon as you can and consult your GP or GP respiratory clinic so you can get access to medicines, which are available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

These antiviral medications if taken early (within 5 days of symptoms), reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, make the need for hospitalisation less likely, and reduce the risk of loss of life from COVID-19. See more information at COVID-19 Medicines

Data resources available online

Comprehensive Victorian COVID-19 data, including graphs showing case numbers, location and age group remains available online

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 05 July 2022

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