Covid case numbers for Victoria: Omicron continues to spread

Omicron continues to spread in Victoria as state records another rise in Covid cases and nine deaths

  • Victoria registered 1,232 new Covid cases and nine deaths on Thursday
  • 11,224 active cases in the state, less than 11,331 recorded 24 hours earlier
  • Two probable Omicron infections confirmed bring the state’s number to three


Victoria has reported 1,232 new COVID-19 infections and a further nine deaths as the state investigates two more suspected cases of Omicron variants.

The health department confirmed on Thursday that the state is managing 11,224 active cases, down from 11,331 on Wednesday.

There are 315 patients in hospital, 96 of whom are in intensive care and 27 on ventilators.

The seven-day hospitalization average is 302.

Testers processed 71,178 results on Wednesday, while 3,647 people were vaccinated at state-run hubs.

Victoria reported 1,232 new COVID-19 infections and nine deaths on Thursday. Pictured is Prime Minister Daniel Andrews

More than 91 percent of Victorians over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.

It comes as genomic sequencing is underway on two more likely Omicron cases, after Victoria confirmed her first case of the new variant on Wednesday in a returned international traveler in hotel quarantine.

The two cases were detected in the cities of Casey and Brimbank and yielded results with the deletion of the S gene, a signature of the Omicron variant.

Several contacts of the cases have been identified and told to quarantine for 14 days, while lower-risk contacts have been ordered to be tested and isolated until they get a negative result.

Victoria's active or active cases have fallen from 11,331 to 11,224 in the last 24 hours (photo, shoppers in Melbourne)

Victoria’s active or active cases have fallen from 11,331 to 11,224 in the last 24 hours (photo, shoppers in Melbourne)

Meanwhile, a participant in the Liberal Party’s state council meeting at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email to members on Wednesday evening, Victorian party director Sam McQuestin confirmed the matter.

He wrote that the health department had considered the event a “lower-risk exposure scenario” and therefore attendees should watch for symptoms.

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy were among hundreds of members at the meeting.

It is feared two more Omicron infections will be registered in Victoria after the state registered the first case of the variant on Wednesday (photo, traveler at Melbourne Airport)

It is feared two more Omicron infections will be registered in Victoria after the state registered the first case of the variant on Wednesday (photo, traveler at Melbourne Airport)

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