Coronavirus update for Victoria 8 August

There are 657 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 31 active cases in ICU, including 8 on a ventilator, and an additional 6 cleared cases in ICU.

6,329,661 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

69.4 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had 2 doses.

4,911 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 3,822 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 1,089 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 1 death yesterday in a person aged in their 90s. The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 4,751. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 3,140.

The Victorian Department of Health regularly undertakes reviews and audits of the state’s reported deaths to ensure the accuracy of our COVID-19 mortality figures.

The Victorian Department of Health is formally notified of deaths of people known to have COVID-19 via a number of different sources, including the Victorian Death Index, Victorian Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and local public health units. The department updates its confirmed death statistics daily.

There are 43,110 active cases in Victoria. The number of active cases in Victoria continues to decline from a peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.

8,509 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,946,041.


ATAGI recommendation on COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5

Approximately 10,000 young Victorian children at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from 5 September 2022.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) last week recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be made available to the most medically vulnerable children, aged 6 months to 5 years, in certain at-risk populations.

At this stage, COVID-19 vaccination is only recommended for children aged 6 months to 5 years who are severely immunocompromised, have a disability or have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

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