Coronavirus update for Victoria 5 December 2021

Yesterday, 2,625 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,866,690.

94.0 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.5 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 299 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 40 active cases in ICU, with 16 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 43 cleared cases in ICU.

Victoria was notified of 980 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, Whittlesea, Glen Eira, Wyndham, Greater Geelong, Moreland, Greater Dandenong, Manningham and Melton.

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

There are 15,433 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 127,789.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths of people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,372.

65,449 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,466,507.

There are currently more than 26,700 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

Vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds

“While we await ATAGI’s advice, the TGA’s provisional approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is very welcome news for Victoria.

This is an effective vaccine that has been safely administered to millions of young children around the world.

Vaccinations are already a part of life for families with young children – and now we’ll have another one to help keep them as safe as possible at school and home.”

International travellers

From 9pm Saturday 4 December, fully vaccinated or medically exempt international travellers who enter Victoria after first landing from overseas in another state or territory must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours and quarantine for 72 hours from their arrival in Australia. Other restrictions apply including testing between days 5 and 7 post-arrival and limits on entering sensitive settings.

In line with NSW, fully vaccinated international travellers who arrive first into Victoria from overseas but are directly transiting to another state or territory can do so without needing to quarantine in Victoria. Entry restrictions may exist in other states and territories.

As previously outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s Directions, fully vaccinated travellers who were in one of eight extreme risk countries must still undertake 14 days’ hotel quarantine. The eight countries are: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi, and Mozambique.

All international travellers over 18 who are not fully vaccinated and arrive directly into Victoria from overseas must also undertake 14 days’ hotel quarantine – whether they visited one of the eight extreme risk countries or any other country.

Aircrew – Extreme Risk Country

All air crew, regardless of vaccination status, who have been in one of the eight extreme risk countries must quarantine for 14 days or until they leave Victoria (whichever is sooner). Australian-based aircrew can quarantine at home or in private accommodation while internationally based aircrew must enter hotel quarantine.

Aircrew – Other countries

All fully vaccinated air crew who arrive in Victoria from overseas must quarantine for 72 hours or until they leave Victoria (whichever is sooner), at home or in private accommodation. All unvaccinated aircrew must undertake 14 days of quarantine, unless they are directly transiting to another state or territory, or otherwise departing Victoria at some time during their quarantine period.

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