The new daily case count comes after over 59,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Friday and breaks Thursday’s record of 766 cases.
Authorities warned the massive rallies seen on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday could become super spreader events after at least one positive case attended a protest.
Victorian health authorities confirmed a person who attended a protest in Melbourne on Wednesday had been admitted to hospital after becoming ill with the virus.
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Last week, Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton mandated vaccinations for the construction industry and banned break and tea rooms across workplaces following COVID transmission.
All construction workers are required to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 11.59pm on September 23.
Monday’s protest saw mask-less tradies storm the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne, throwing bottles and reportedly smashing loudspeakers.
The front door of the union office was smashed in and the violence only ended after riot police were sent in de-escalate the situation.
On Tuesday, after the construction ban came into effect, over 1,000 people marched through the city chanting “f*** Dan Andrews” and hurling projectiles at police.
Crowds descended on Victoria’s Parliament House which led to a standoff between riot police and protesters before the group of tradies blocked 10 lanes of traffic on West Gate Freeway.  
Wednesday’s protest saw hundreds descend on Victoria’s shrine of remembrance with the rally ending after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowds.
A heavy police presence on Thursday and Friday kept protest activity to a minimum and stopped the large crowds seen earlier in the week from forming.
Majority of new cases in Melbourne’s north
Thursday marked the 235th day Melbourne has spent under lockdown restrictions since the start of the pandemic last year. The city has officially endured the world’s longest lockdown.
If the city re-opens on October 26 when the 70 per cent vaccine target is expected to be reached, it will mean Melbourne’s lockdown has been 267 days total.
This will see the city’s lockdown exceed Buenos Aires by 22 days, Dublin by 40 days and London by 60 days.
Tensions boiled over during the seventh week of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March last year. 
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Lockdown restrictions could ease on October 26 when the state is expected to reach the 70 per cent double dose vaccine rate.
Premier Daniel Andrews previously said the state would hit the 80 per cent vaccine around September 26 which will trigger a series of new freedoms for Victorians.

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