Omicron case numbers continue to increase in Australia. Omicron as COVID variant continues to show greater infectivity than the Delta variant, but with much less severity in terms of hospitalisations, ICU and ventilated patients. That makes testing of cases – with both PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests all the more
Two medi-hotels will be set up to help care for the growing number of COVID-19 patients needing lower-level care, easing pressure on Victoria’s hospital system. Hotel quarantine sites are being transformed into medi-hotels, from Monday providing Hospital in the Home style care for low acuity patients in a highly controlled
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program has been extended to children aged 5 to 11 years. This is because the Australian Government accepted recommendations from Australia’s immunisation experts, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). ATAGI also recommends a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 18 years and over.
All viruses mutate over time. So is the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 as we know it. Ever since the pandemic started, five variants have been recognised as variants of concern: the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Omicron variants. The latest variant – Omicron is proving to be the most contagious
Celebrating Safely This New Year’s Eve Melbournians looking to partake in New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne will find this year’s celebrations slightly different. Victorians are being urged to celebrate the new year responsibly, with the Andrews Labor Government working closely with Victoria Police, emergency services and local councils to
Victoria will operationalise isolation and testing requirements for COVID-19 cases and contacts recommended by National Cabinet yesterday, with new pandemic orders taking effect from 11:59pm last night. That includes testing changes. The orders are an extension of Victoria’s current settings, which reduced the isolation burden for many when they were
World-leading synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks will establish an office in Melbourne, bolstering Victoria’s position as the national leader in mRNA research and manufacturing. A partnership with the Victorian Government has enabled the move, in what is hoped to be the first step in future long-term business expansion within Australia.
The Victorian Government is making schools safer for students and staff and reducing the disruption caused by coronavirus outbreaks, with the roll-out of free, at-home rapid antigen tests for schools. With rapid antigen tests now approved for self-administered use across Australia, the tests will be rolled out to up to