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 10 May 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1,487, an increase of 10 since yesterday.
- The new confirmed cases include 1 new case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at a Melbourne meat processing facility, taking the total number of cases in this cluster to 76.
- 157 cases have an unknown source of infection, a decrease of 1 since yesterday.
- 7 people are in hospital, including 5 people in intensive care. 18 people have died.
- There are currently 118 active cases in Victoria, and 1,346 people have recovered
- To date, over 226,889 tests have been performed in Victoria, with many more samples still being processed as part of the state’s testing blitz.
- Of the total 1,487 cases, there have been 1,224 in metropolitan Melbourne and 224 in regional Victoria. A number of cases remain under investigation.
- There have been 176 confirmed cases in healthcare workers, an increase of 3 since yesterday’s report.
- Up-to-date epidemiological data is available on our website.
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.
Current directions arising from the declared state of emergency
A range of restrictions are in place and include, staying at home, restrictions on particular activities, detention, restrictions on airports and cruise ships, aged care, hospitals and isolation.
These are defined in a list of Directions from the Chief Health Officer that are in effect and can be viewed on this site.
- All Victorians are encouraged to get their Flu Vaccination, now available from Pharmacies and GPs. The vaccination cannot protect you from COVID-19 but will ensure your immunity isn’t compromised further by contracting Influenza.
- From 1 April, Victorian pharmacists can administer approved vaccinations outside of their normal location – through the mobile and outreach services of a hospital, pharmacy or pharmacy depot, increasing access to immunisations for all Victorians.
- It is also easier for younger Victorians to get these immunisations from their local pharmacy. Appropriately trained pharmacists can now administer the flu shot to children 10 years of age and older.
- Pharmacists will also be able to administer the measles-mumps-rubella, meningococcal ACWY and whooping cough-containing vaccines to people 15 years of age and older – protecting young people from deadly diseases that, combined with the threat of coronavirus, could overwhelm the state’s hospitals
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.