Saturday’s figure has broken another pandemic record with the highest daily case load recorded on any one day across any state since the virus hit Australian shores. 
The Victorian Department of Health also reported five additional COVID-related deaths in the past 24-hour reporting period. 
The record results came from 73,443 tests. 
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The state also administered 41,177 COVID vaccines on Friday as it continues to move towards the 70 per cent double dose threshold. 
Just more than 85 per cent of Victoria’s population had received a first dose of a vaccine while 56 per cent were fully vaccinated, health authorities reported on Friday. 
Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton also revealed the state was nearing its peak in cases with Burnett Institute modelling suggesting hospitalisations will reach between 1,400 and 2,900 cases by the end of October. 
He also warned the number of COVID deaths had not yet reached its highest point due to a “lag” of three or four weeks from peak case numbers. 
Victoria cases have skyrocketed overnight – with the state reporting 1,965 new COVID infections in the past 24 hours. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images
The prior pandemic record of highest daily case numbers was set by Victoria on Friday with 1,838 new cases reported, beating the previous high of 1,763 new cases set on Tuesday.
A spike in cases on Friday also prompted authorities to plunge the rural city of Mildura into a seven-day lockdown from 11:59pm last night, with rules to mirror those in Melbourne, excluding the curfew. 
Nine active cases were reported in Mildura yesterday, with three additional infections to be included in Saturday’s case numbers. 
It comes as residents of Shepparton and Moorabool are freed from lockdown, with restrictions relaxed to come into line with the rest of regional Victoria. 
The Victorian government will provide further information at the regular COVID-19 press conference on Saturday morning. 

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