Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a current health issue affecting many countries across the world, including Australia.
The World Health Organisation has declared the current outbreak of the coronavirus a pandemic. For the most up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Symptoms of novel coronavirus
The virus can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience, fever, flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches and difficulty breathing.
What's new; Delevelopments in the outbreak
- As of 2 August 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 11,557 with 671 new cases diagnosed since yesterday.
- The overall total has increased by 626 with 45 cases being reclassified.
- Of the new cases, 73 are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 598 are under investigation.
- There are 1,962 cases that may indicate community transmission, an increase of 148 since yesterday’s report.
- 385 people are in hospital, including 38 patients in intensive care.
- Sadly, there have been seven new deaths reported since yesterday. To date, 123 people have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.
- There are 6,322 cases currently active in Victoria. 4,915 people have recovered.
- More than 1,633,900 test results have been processed by the department since 1 January 2020.
- Further details can be found in today’s coronavirus (COVID-19) media release.
- Up-to-date epidemiological data is available on our website.
- The Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million masks to eligible Victorians. General practices can place orders for these masks. More information is available on the reusable face masks page.
State of Disaster
- Victoria will enter a State of Disaster from 6pm on 2 August until Sunday 13 September. This will give police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions.
- Melbourne will move to stage 4 restrictions from 6pm on 2 August 2020.
- A curfew will be implemented across Melbourne from 8pm to 5am. The only reason to leave home during these times will be work, medical care and caregiving.
- New duration, distance and gathering limits will apply to shopping and exercise. Exercise will be limited to one hour a day within a five-kilometre radius of your home. Group size will be limited to two, regardless of if you are in the same household or not.
- Shopping for essentials will be limited to one person per household per day. A five-kilometre limit will apply.
- Regional Victoria will move to stage 3 restrictions from 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August 2020. There will only be four reasons to leave home; for food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, exercise and work or study, if you can’t work or study from home.
- Mitchell Shire will remain at stage 3 restrictions.
- All Victorian students will move to remote learning from Wednesday 5 August.
- From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020 all Victorian’s must wear a face covering when leaving home.
Key messages for the community
Everyone should follow good hygiene practices and other measures to protect against infections. These measures include:
- Stay home. Protect the health system. Save lives.
- There are only four reasons to leave home:
- shopping for what you need - food and essential supplies
- medical, care or compassionate needs
- exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
- work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
- We’re asking Victorians to stop looking for loopholes. The advice is clear, by staying at home you’re saving lives.
- New COVID-19 resources have been developed to provide guidance to GPs and health services including chronic disease management, palliative and end of life care, and advice for immunisations services.
- New mental health and wellbeing advice has been updated with a number of electronic resources available.
- A detailed FAQ on the stay at home directions has been developed and published on this site.
For more information
- For more information: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures.
- For daily updates check: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update.
If you develop symptoms:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- If you are in any of the risk categories and begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness call ahead to your GP or emergency department so they can prepare appropriate infection control measures.
- For information on self-isolating: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19#i-have-been-asked-to-self-isolate-what-does-this-mean.
If you are preparing to self-isolate you can find advice on what you should do here: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19#how-should-i-be-prepared-for-the-coronavirus-outbreak.
- If you suspect you may have COVID-19 infection call the dedicated hotline - 1800 675 398.
- Anyone experiencing potentially life threatening symptoms should call Triple Zero (000).
- Visit the DHHS website dedicated to COVID-19 infection: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
- Call the COVID-19 infection hotline if you suspect you have COVID-19 infection on 1800 675 398.
- VicEmergency website and app.
- DHHS Facebook and Twitter.
- VicEmergency Facebook and Twitter.
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
- To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call the COVID-19 infection hotline.
- If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the COVID-19 infection hotline.