GIPPSLAND COVID-19 case numbers are on the way back up again after easing back to 316 cases at the end of November with the Victorian Health Department notifying that there were 388 cases reported on Sunday, December 5.

The active cases are distributed across the region as follows:

* Bass Coast 43 active cases, 5 new

* Baw Baw 131 active cases, 6 new

* East Gippsland 91 active cases, 3 new

* Latrobe City 69 active cases, 1 new

* South Gippsland 19 active, 1 new

* Wellington 35 active cases, 3 new

It should be noted that people who list their address outside the area but test positive here, will not be listed as active cases in the Gippsland region.

Victoria’s vaccination status on Sunday was 94.0 per cent of aged 12 and over have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.5 per cent have had two doses.

There are 299 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 40 active cases in ICU, with 16 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 43 cleared cases in ICU.

Victoria was notified of 980 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired.

The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Hume, Casey, Whittlesea, Glen Eira, Wyndham, Greater Geelong, Moreland, Greater Dandenong, Manningham and Melton.

There are 15,433 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths of people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1372.

A total of 65,449 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.

There are currently more than 26,700 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds

“While we await ATAGI’s advice, the TGA’s provisional approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is very welcome news for Victoria. This is an effective vaccine that has been safely administered to millions of young children around the world. Vaccinations are already a part of life for families with young children – and now we’ll have another one to help keep them as safe as possible at school and home,” said a spokesperson for the Victorian Department of Health.

International travellers

From 9pm Saturday, December 4, fully vaccinated or medically exempt international travellers who enter Victoria after first landing from overseas in another state or territory must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours and quarantine for 72 hours from their arrival in Australia.

Other restrictions apply including testing between days 5 and 7 post-arrival and limits on entering sensitive settings.

In line with NSW, fully vaccinated international travellers who arrive first into Victoria from overseas but are directly transiting to another state or territory can do so without needing to quarantine in Victoria.

Entry restrictions may exist in other states and territories. As previously outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s Directions, fully vaccinated travellers who were in one of eight extreme risk countries must still undertake 14 days’ hotel quarantine.

The eight countries are: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi, and Mozambique.

All international travellers over 18 who are not fully vaccinated and arrive directly into Victoria from overseas must also undertake 14 days’ hotel quarantine – whether they visited one of the eight extreme risk countries or any other country.