Coronavirus update for Victoria 7 December 2021

Yesterday, 3,769 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,872,006.

94.1 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.6 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 297 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 47 active cases in ICU, with 25 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 55 cleared cases in ICU. Of those in hospital, 61 per cent were not fully vaccinated and of those in ICU 86 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 1,185 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, Melton, Brimbank, Moreland, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Greater Geelong, Monash and Yarra Ranges.

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

There are 13,050 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 130,029.

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 1,385.

52,257 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,575,101.

There are currently more than 26,600 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

Case under investigation in Victorian Hotel Quarantine

Genomic sequencing is underway into the test results of an overseas arrival into Victoria who has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hotel Quarantine.

The fully-vaccinated traveller arrived from the Netherlands via Abu Dhabi on 3 December and opted to transfer directly to Hotel Quarantine. The individual has not been in the community while infectious.

They returned an initial negative PCR test on 4 December, and subsequently became symptomatic on 6 December – returning a positive test with the finding of S gene dropout. Whole genome sequencing will commence today.

The source of acquisition remains under investigation. All other passengers on the inbound flight will be assessed to ensure they have undergone a test.

All arrivals from overseas are reminded of the requirement to quarantine for 72 hours upon arrival, to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and again between 5 and 7 days following arrival.

Aboriginal Community members

Sadly, Victoria can confirm the passing of two Aboriginal community members who had COVID-19.

A 68-year-old woman with COVID-19 has passed away from an underlying condition.

A 73-year-old man who had other health conditions has also passed away from COVID-19. These are the first passings of Aboriginal people in Victoria with COVID-19.

The Victorian Government extends its sincere condolences to their families, loved ones and broader Aboriginal community at this difficult time. The Victorian Government will continue to work in close partnership with the Aboriginal community-controlled sector to support Aboriginal communities during the pandemic.

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