Coronavirus update 17 January 2022

There are 1,229 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 89 active cases in ICU, including 38 on a ventilator, and 40 cleared cases in ICU.

5,330,063 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 12,336 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 93.2 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

24.4 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Victoria was notified of 22,429 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 10,370 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who reported the result to the Department
  • 12,059 who returned a positive result on a PCR test

Of those who reported a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test yesterday:

  • Approximately 63 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 16 January.
  • Approximately 18 per cent were from tests undertaken 15 January.
  • With the remainder from tests undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of six deaths of people aged in their 60s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,696. Of these, one death was reclassified due to a duplication.

There are 245,040 active cases in Victoria.

49,698 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,432,608.


Community engagement

The Victorian Government is making it easier for Victorians from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds to get vaccinated, with targeted support to help them access vaccinations, get to appointments and combat misinformation.

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