No new cases locally

No new cases locally

No new cases locally

Victoria recorded 270 new coronavirus cases yesterday, its worst rate of positive tests ever at 1.23% of 21,995 tests processed on Monday.

Twenty-seven people are in intensive care, with 16 of those aged over 60.

Of the 238 new cases, 29 are linked to outbreaks and 209 are under investigation.

On Wednesday, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said while there was no guarantee of a drop-off in cases, "we should see it by the end of this week".

"I'm not going to be complacent about today's number, it is great that it is lower than our peak, but we may not have reached our peak yet", he told reporters.

She called for more testing to be made available to asymptomatic people who could be considered "potential accelerators" or "incubators" due to their links with existing cases.

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"It won't be as easy to drive numbers down with the community transmission out there", he said, noting mandatory mask-wearing "shouldn't be off the table".

"Sometimes the safest place for them is to remain in that facility, but we'll always make a consideration and it will be a clinical judgement of the treating doctor for those patients", he said.

"The reasons for leaving your premises are well known".

"Well my understanding is premier Andrews hasn't ruled that out, I mean he hasn't ruled anything out which is understandable in the circumstances, we are very much still in the throes of it in Victoria".

A group of 10 friends were busted by police for sitting together around a heater consuming alcohol last night, Deputy Commissioner Nugent said.

A man was also fined for refusing to leave a KFC restaurant, just days after 16 people were fined $26,000 when caught eating KFC at a party in Dandenong.

Mr Morrison says the strategy relies on the strength of state and territory health systems, and their ability to track and trace coronavirus cases, along with adherence to social distancing rules.

More than 150 fines have also been handed out at vehicle checkpoints across Melbourne, with 85,000 cars checked.

He said further restrictions would come into effect "if required".

"Our goal as a country, and whether it's as a Victorian or a Melburnian, is to avoid having to go to higher levels of lockdown", Mr Hunt said.

Prof Sutton quashed rumours the state will imminently be heading into a stage four lockdown.

Prof Sutton said the nature of the state's latest outbreaks were "trickier" than those in the past, which were predominantly returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

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