Coronavirus update for Victoria 29 November 2021

Yesterday, 1,813 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,843,962.

93.8 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90.8 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 300 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 45 active cases and 51 cleared cases are in intensive care, with 17 cases on a ventilator.

Victoria was notified of 1,007 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, Wyndham, Melton, Whittlesea, Brimbank. Greater Geelong, Boroondara, Monash and Moreland.

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

There are 11,501 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 120,814.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of three deaths of people aged in their 70s and 80s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,325.

48,397 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,080,046.

There are currently more than 36,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

Omicron variant of concern

Cases who have been in countries of concern and returned to Victoria have been tested, and only negative results have been received to date.

Victorian health authorities last night interviewed a case from New South Wales who had been in a country of concern and who subsequently travelled to Victoria from New South Wales, and back again, while infectious and asymptomatic.

The case is fully vaccinated. They tested positive in NSW and results of genomic sequencing are not yet confirmed.

The Department of Health is taking a conservative approach to the designation of this individual’s close contacts.

A number of close contacts have been identified and instructed to isolate for 14 days. Other people of lower risk have been instructed to get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result. Further contact tracing work is ongoing and is likely to produce more contacts.

Should genomic sequencing results indicate the case does not have the Omicron variant, the Department may retract close contact advice and provide updated advice to contacts. If you are in this situation, please await direct advice from the Department.

As previously announced, the vast majority of people who come into contact with a confirmed case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine, but “the Department of Health will continue to manage emerging outbreaks of concern and ‘superspreader events’ and can impose a quarantine period on contacts on a case-by-case basis, depending on evidence.”

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