Of the new infection 53 have been linked to known outbreaks with the source of transmission for 26 under investigation.
The results came from more than 50,000 tests, taking the total number of active cases in the state to 660.
Victoria recorded 80 infections on Thursday with 67 linked to known outbreaks.
There were 39 cases in quarantine for their full infectious period but an additional 13 mystery cases.
Concerningly young residents were being affected most during this Delta outbreak with 240 infections detected in people under the age of 28.
Premier Daniel Andrews is pushing for Victorians to come forward for testing after contact tracers discovered a number of new cases had “significant symptoms” whilst in the community for an extended period of time.
“When you register a symptom, you cannot wait seven or eight days, as regrettably some of the positive cases wait before going to get tested which meant they were in a community, out there unknowingly infecting other people,” he said.
“Often the people they love the most, they’re very close family, the immediate family.
“A lot of people get very, very unwell when they are infected with this Delta variant so every day we will stand here and we will talk about the need to get tested and the need to do that promptly.”
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Chief Health Office Brett Sutton echoed the Premier’s remarks highlighting the main concern for health teams and contact tracers were mystery cases.
“Those undetected chains of transmission are our primary challenge,” he said.
“For the cases that we know about, for the exposure sites, for the known chains of transmission we are managing them really well.
“We are identifying those primary and secondary close contacts. They’re quarantining and they’re testing positive in quarantine.”
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 06: Two trams operating on a quiet intersection in the Melbourne Central business district on August 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Retail stores across Melbourne are closed to customers as part of further stage 4 lockdown restrictions implemented in response to Victoria’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The majority of retail businesses like clothing, furniture, electrical and department stores will be closed to the public for the duration of the stage 4 restrictions. Businesses will be able to operate click and collect services with social distancing and contactless payments. Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, news agencies and post offices will remain open during the lockdown. Melbourne residents are subject to a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, must stay within a 5km radius of their homes along with limits on hours of exercise, while all students have returned to home learning and childcare centres have closed. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
Victorians are set to emerge from their sixth lockdown on Thursday September 2.
Residents are under strict stay-at-home health orders and cannot leave unless they claim one of five permitted reasons.
Join Sky News Australia live for the Victorian COVID-19 press conference from 11am.

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