Key messages

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern due to an emerging pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by a newly identified virus, SARS-CoV-2.  
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is working around the clock with health services, the Commonwealth and international agencies to respond to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to keep the Victorian community safe.
Victoria’s health system is prepared for an emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a new plan to manage more cases and the growing risk of an outbreak in Victoria. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector sets out a four-stage response to COVID-19. The plan is flexible and proportionate to the current risk and will be updated as we learn more about the virus.