Victorians are urged not to become complacent even after successive days of lower case numbers. Since the start of the pandemic nearly two million tests have been processed, with daily numbers reaching as high as 34,000 on some days.

But while it is encouraging that daily case numbers are beginning to stabilise, we have also seen a concerning drop off in testing rates in recent days. The seven days from 11 to 17 August saw 154,432 tests processed, a drop of almost 30,000 or around 17 per cent from the previous seven-day period.

While it is good news that people are staying home and following the restrictions, you are allowed to leave your home to get tested. Even if you’re not going to work, even if you live by yourself or with only one other person – you should still get tested if you have any symptoms at all of coronavirus.

Victorians have worked incredibly hard to follow the rules and drive community transmission numbers down – we can’t let all that effort go to waste by letting our guard down now.

Read the full media release by the Premier of Victoria here

18 August 2020