Hospitalisations have risen to 644, with 58 in intensive care and 24 on ventilators.
The state carried out 68,202 tests yesterday, meaning close to one in three people tested positive.
Victoria’s Acting Premier Jacinta Allan has announced an online form has gone live for people to use after they test positive on a rapid antigen test.
“Returning a positive RAT is the same as testing positive on a PCR – you are required to isolate, tell your contacts, and to log your positive result so we can ensure you have the care, information and support you need,” she said.
It has been declared mandatory for anyone in Victoria who tests positive on a rapid antigen test to complete the form.
Ms Allan said people could call the COVID-19 hotline for help filling out the form.
Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said people who test positive on a rapid antigen test will be required to answer nine easy questions on the government’s online form.
The questions include queries about the person’s symptoms, need for support and exposures.
Health Minister Martin Foley yesterday explained that people who tested positive on a rapid antigen test would have the same requirement as support as those diagnosed on a PCR test.
“Essentially they will have precisely the same obligations and the same rights as someone, whether it be for clinical support, financial support, from both the state or the Commonwealth, a whole range of other opportunities to be part of that primary healthcare response to keep them safe as they work through their infectivity,” Mr Foley said.
Restrictions return to Victoria
Following the ongoing escalation of cases yesterday, Mr Foley announced a density limit of one person per two square metres would return to indoor entertainment and hospitality venues in Victoria, as of 11.59pm last night.
Indoor seated cinemas and theatres, where people are seated and masked, will be exempt from the limit.
The renewed restrictions came as Mr Foley revealed that about a third of people getting a PCR test were coming up positive for COVID-19.
“What is clear is that we are in a new phase of this pandemic, and a new phase of how we need to respond.”
Children in Victoria aged 5 to 11 years old will begin being vaccinated against the virus on Monday.
Ms Allan said in the first 24 hours that booking for children’s COVID-19 vaccines had been open more than 25,000 were made.
She said that meant almost five per cent of the eligible population of Victorians aged five to eleven years had been booked in.