Health alert – Coronavirus disease update 24 March 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Update
24 March 2020


Status: Active

Date issued: 24 March 2020 – (Update to Alert issued 23 March 2020)

Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public

Key messages

  • Victoria implemented a shutdown of all non-essential activity across the state on 23 March, these restrictions will be expanded from midnight 25 March in line with national recommendations just announced.
  • Essential services include health services, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, petrol stations and convenience stores. Freight, logistics and home delivery are also considered essential and will remain open.
  • New restrictions on hospital visitors and workers have been introduced to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Visitors can expect to be screened on entrance and will not be allowed to visit if they meet risk criteria including having a temperature or symptoms of acute respiratory infection. 
  • Notification is required, by telephone, for all confirmed cases via 1300 651 160, immediately 24 hours per day.
  • From 9pm 20 March 2020, any Australians returning from any country outside Australia should now be considered at risk and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All close contacts of confirmed cases will be contacted by the department and told to home quarantine for 14 days.
  • Any healthcare or residential aged care worker with a fever or respiratory symptoms should be tested. 
  • The government is encouraging the community to limit their day-to-day activities outside their homes. Victoria will be introducing notification of close contacts with confirmed cases via text message in the coming days.
  • Additional PPE and testing equipment is due to arrive in the coming weeks.

Read the full update: Coronavirus-disease (COVID-19) – Update – 24 March 2020


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