Of the new infections 149 have been linked to known outbreaks with the remaining 274 “mystery” cases under investigation by health teams.
The results came from an improved testing rate of more than 54,000 swabs and takes the total number of active cases in the state to 4,038.
More information will be provided on the cases and the two additional deaths at Wednesday morning’s press conference.
Victoria recorded 445 infections on Tuesday and two deaths – a man in his 20s from Craigieburn who died at home and a St Albans woman in hers 80s who died at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
A post-mortem discovered the man had COVID-19, Deputy Secretary Kate Mason told reporters during Tuesday’s press conference.
However his family have refuted the autopsy, calling out health authorities for “backflipping”, telling the Herald Sun he had previously suffered from a heart attack and had severe lung issues leading up to his death.
Victoria: 158 people currently hospitalised with COVID-19
The publication claim they were told the family was informed the man died of cardiac arrest but later received “revised reports” that attributed Covid-19 as the official cause of death.
“He was a heavy smoker,” a cousin, who did not want to be named, said.
“Everyone knew that he had lung issues. They’re reporting it as a COVID case, when it was because of lung issues.”
Funeral plans have been put on hold with family members forced into isolation.
Infection numbers continued to grow in the city’s north and west.
Ms Mason listed several suburbs and postcodes where residents or people who work there need to be “extra vigilant” and stressed they should come forward to be tested if they experience the most minimal COVID-19 symptoms.
The suburbs include:
3048 – Coolaroo and Meadow Heights
3047 – Broadmeadows, Dallas, and Jacana
3046 – Glenroy, Hadfield and Oak Park
3064 – Craigieburn Roxburgh Park
3061 – Campbellfield
3060 – Fawkner
3059 – Greenvale
3029 – Hoppers Crossing, Truganina and Tarneit
3025 – Altona East, Altona Gate, and Altona North
Victorian Mental Health Minister James Merlino announced an additional $22.1 million in support for residents across the state suffering impacts from the pandemic and lockdowns. 
There will be 20 pop-up community health clinics, eight in regional Victoria and 12 in metropolitan Melbourne that will be up and running from the end of September, at a cost of $13 million.
The services will provide 90 mental health practitioners and provide an estimated 93,000 hours of care.

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