There are 524 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 17 active cases in ICU, including 4 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared cases in ICU.
66.8 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.
12,160 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 8,410 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 3,750 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.
Sadly, the Department was notified of 22 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 15 of today’s reported deaths occurred in the past week, including 11 deaths that occurred in the past two days. The brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,123.
There are 76,385 active cases in Victoria.
19,989 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 20,762,596.
Omicron sub-lineage detections in wastewater
There has been a total of 15 wastewater detections of the BA.4 or BA.5 strain in Victoria. There has been a total of 5 wastewater detections of the BA.2.12.1 strain.
Evidence suggests these Omicron sub-lineages are more transmissible than Omicron BA.2 but do not cause more severe disease.
Health authorities continue to sequence PCR samples from a proportion of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and are undertaking wastewater testing to better understand the prevalence and distribution of the Omicron sub-lineages in Victoria.
Staying COVIDSafe as winter approaches
As we come into winter, it is important to keep doing the things that help keep us all safe.
Masks are strongly recommended in shared indoor settings, if you can’t physically distance, have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are with those more vulnerable to COVID-19. More details at When to wear a face mask.
Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms and stay home while you are unwell.