Health alert – Coronavirus update 23 March 2020

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


Status: Active

Date issued: 23 March 2020 – (Update to Alert issued 22 March 2020)

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

Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public

Key messages

  • People are prohibited from organising or attending non-essential mass gatherings, or to allow them to occur on premises they own, control or operate. Venues that don’t comply with these new directions on mass gatherings face fines of up to $100,000. People who don’t comply face fines of up to $20,000.
  • The Victorian Government is working with the Australian Government to ensure that all vital personal protective equipment supplies are appropriately distributed to where they are needed across the Victorian health system.
  • The Victorian Government has declared a State of Emergency in Victoria.
  • The State of Emergency provides the Chief Health Officer with powers to enforce 14-day quarantine for all Australians returning to Australia and to do whatever is necessary to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the risk to the health of Victorians.
  • 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.
  • All Australians are now advised not to travel overseas at this time regardless of destination, age or health.
  • Australians who are already overseas and wish to return home are advised to return as soon as possible.
  • Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas, including Australian citizens and permanent residents will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival.


Read the full update: Coronavirus-disease (COVID-19) – Update – 23 March 2020


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