COVID-19 Update: Another 24 deaths recorded in Victoria and NSW as hospitalisations rise

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for January 11, 2022.

Paramedics are seen tending to their ambulance outside St. Vincent hospital in Melbourne, Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Paramedics are seen tending to their ambulance outside St. Vincent hospital in Melbourne, Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Source: AAP

  • Victoria has recorded 37,994 new COVID-19 cases while NSW has reported 25,870.
  • In Victoria, there are 861 patients in hospital, 43 more than the previous day, including 117 in ICU and 27 on ventilation.
  • Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says around 34,000 free rapid antigen tests were handed out at 56 state testing clinics on Monday.
  • Mr Andrews says there are 3,992 hospital workers and 422 Ambulance Victoria staff who are unavailable due to being either positive with the virus or a close contact of a case.
  • He also announced a $4 million program to help GPs and community pharmacies go into schools after hours to deliver vaccines.
  • In NSW, there are 2,186 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 170 in ICU.
  • High levels of T-cells from common cold coronaviruses can provide protection against the virus, an Imperial College London study published has found.
  • A new survey of 1000 aged care workers conducted by the Health Services Union found staff were dealing with severe understaffing and excessive workloads during the new phase of the pandemic.
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison overnight with a list of demands warning an "unofficial lockdown" was hurting affected workers.
  • The NSW government wants to make residents report positive rapid antigen test results, saying a mandate will give authorities a clear picture of the spread.
  • There are fears an outbreak at Sydney's Villawood detention centre could intensify as refugee advocates question why detainees remain in such a high-risk environment.
A number of states have set up RAT registration forms. 

COVID-19 Stats:

New South Wales has found 25,870 cases via PCR tests and 11 deaths. NSW is yet to start publishing data from rapid antigen tests. 

Victoria has recorded 37,994 new cases and 13 deaths. Of these cases, 18,503 were recorded from RAT tests. 

Queensland has recorded 20,566 new cases and one death, with authorities counting PCR tests and positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results submitted by residents.

Tasmania has reported 1,379 cases.

For measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit .

Quarantine and restrictions state by state


 and Covid-19 and travel information 

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  

Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

Testing clinics in each state and territory


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Published 11 January 2022 at 1:08pm