Interactive map: Which Melbourne postcodes have active COVID-19 cases?

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There are currently 34 active COVID-19 cases in Victoria. Of these, 26 are locally acquired cases and the remaining eight are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The map below, made using Health Department data, shows the postcode of residence of the 26 locally acquired cases, but excludes the international arrivals.

Keep in mind that the map just shows area of residence – it does not mean people contracted the virus in these postcodes.

And while the map shows 26 postcodes, there are far more exposure sites throughout the state, many in areas where there currently no active cases:

There is currently one postcode – 3076 – with eight active cases, one postcode with two active cases – 3083 – and a further 16 postcodes with one active case.

Here is that same information as a list:

Eight active cases

  • 3076 – Epping

Two active cases

  • 3083 – Bundoora, Kingsbury

One active case

  • 3000 – Melbourne
  • 3013 – Yarraville and Yarraville West
  • 3037 – Calder Park, Delahey, Hillside, Sydenham and Taylors Hill
  • 3043 – Gladstone Park, Gowanbrae and Tullamarine
  • 3059 – Greenvale
  • 3072 – Gilberton, Preston, Preston Lower, Preston South and Preston West
  • 3074 – Thomastown
  • 3075 – Lalor
  • 3078 – Alphington and Fairfield
  • 3101 – Cotham and Kew
  • 3142 – Hawksburn and Toorak
  • 3146 – Glen Iris and Tooronga
  • 3196 – Bonbeach, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights and Edithvale
  • 3205 – South Melbourne
  • 3806 – Berwick and Harkaway
  • 3977 – Botanic Ridge, Cannons Creek, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Cranbourne South, Cranbourne West, Devon Meadows, Junction Village, Sandhurst and Skye

The 34 known active cases in Victoria as of Thursday is the highest daily active case tally since January 13, when the number of active infections from an outbreak traced to Sydney’s northern beaches were beginning to subside:

A total of 12 new locally acquired cases were confirmed on Thursday morning, the highest single-day tally for locally acquired cases since October 11 last year, back when Melbourne was enduring its second-wave lockdown:

The graph above of new daily local cases starts at the end of September last year, when daily cases from the second wave were being driven down. After that there are mostly zero days for local transmission, aside from a spike in local cases around the start of this year from the northern beaches outbreak, and a second spike in February due to the Holiday Inn outbreak.

Victoria’s vaccination progress

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Victoria has surpassed 1 million, federal Health Department data shows.

A total of 30,246 vaccine doses were administered statewide yesterday, bringing the total number of doses since the start of the rollout to 1,001,455.

It was the second day in a row that more than 30,000 vaccine doses were delivered in Victoria, although Wednesday’s total fell just a bit short of beating Tuesday’s record 30,498 tally:

There tend to be fewer vaccine doses administered on weekends, so I have colour-coded the bars to help explain the slightly wavy nature of the graph. The darker bars are weekdays, while the lighter ones are weekends.

The dose numbers are useful, but the data really begs the question: how many people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

The answer to that is … that the data doesn’t tell us. That’s because the federal government does not provide a breakdown of first and second vaccine doses by state and territory.

As it stands, the daily federal Health Department data shows there have been 527,970 vaccine doses administered in Victoria through the GP rollout and a further 75,476 to aged and disability care residents, but these figures do not distinguish between first and second doses.

The federal Health Department doesn’t provide a breakdown of first and second doses because the current level of detail in the data is what was agreed by national cabinet.

The only figures for second doses administered in Victoria come from the state government, which report the daily dose figures from their own vaccine hubs separately. These hubs have administered 335,637 first doses and 62,372 second doses.

Essentially, due to the patchy second dose data, at least 62,372 people (or about 0.9 per cent of the state’s total population) have so far been fully vaccinated – but the actual number is almost certainly higher. And at most 939,083 people have received their first vaccine dose (about 14 per cent of the state’s total population) – but, again, the actual number is almost certainly lower.

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