Of the new infections, 148 have been linked to known outbreaks while the remaining 366 “mystery” cases are under investigation by health teams.
The results came from their highest testing in weeks with more than 61,000 swabs and takes the state’s number of active cases to 4,370.
More information will be provided on Thursday’s figures during the press conference.
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Premier Daniel Andrews hinted on Wednesday an announcement on what restrictions would be eased could come Thursday but the roadmap would ultimately be unveiled on Sunday.
He flagged certain freedoms will be granted once the state reached 70 per cent of its population with one COVID-19 jab with the 5km radius expanded to 10km and extra exercise time on the cards for Victorians.
There has also been a push for the 9pm to 5am curfew to be lifted and for small social bubbles that will allow groups to meet outdoors.
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“I’m not overselling this. Its modest, the notion of extra and extra distance,” Mr Andrews said.
“If we can go further than that with some social interactions as well, we will get those announcements made as soon as possible.
“It may well be though that if we roll all this together in the road map on Sunday, then we can do more because we’ve settled on the full context.
“That would be the only reason we would wait a little while longer, it would only be a day or so.”
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Shepparton emerged from their stay-at-home health orders overnight and will join the rest of regional Victoria freed but under strict restrictions while Ballarat was plunged into a seven-day lockdown.
Chief Health Officer Professor Sutton has warned the threat of Victoria hitting 1,000 COVID-19 cases a day is “real”.
“We haven’t peaked unfortunately,” he told reporters during Wednesday’s COVID-19 press conference.
“The modelling and everything we know in relation to our current vaccination coverage would suggest that cases will continue to increase.”
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The hard work could come undone in coming days with Victoria Police announcing they will temporarily suspend the public transport system on Saturday in a bid to stop protesters gathering for another anti-lockdown rally.
Between 8am and 2pm, all buses will bypass the CBD, while trams will be returned to their junctions and trains will avoid the city.
The city will also be locked down from those times.
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Police will establish barricades and traffic management points, while roving patrols will circulate the CBD.
Victoria Police Commissioner Shane Patton said and organised rally was an illegal gathering and that officers will do “everything they can to prevent it”.
“We will be doing everything we can to prevent access to the city,” Mr Patton said.
“For those who do get through, we will have significant police numbers in here to make sure that we are dealing with them.”

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