The results came from a record testing rate of 82,762 swabs and takes the number of active cases in the state to 20,505.
More information on the cases and deaths will be provided at Thursday morning’s daily press conference.
It is a significant jump from Wednesday’s 1,571 infections. The previous record was set on Saturday where 1,965 cases were reported.
Cases in the state started to trend down following the weekend and the sudden spike would come as a surprise to residents.
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Freedoms could be one week away
Melbourne’s lockdown could end as early as next Thursday if vaccination rates continue to trend upwards.
Home visits could potentially be given the green light ahead of the early scheduled reopening plan of October 26.
Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said there was “every chance” restrictions will be eased earlier than expected.
“We’re on track to reach that 70 per cent mark earlier and that’s a great thing,” he said.
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He said AFL Grand Final public holiday gatherings, that saw hundreds of illegal meet ups and lead to an explosion of cases, would be different to visiting families.
“We’re acutely aware of home gatherings leading to spikes … that was lots of people gathering in homes, and strangers to those homes.
“It’s different for families – if we think the epidemiology looks okay, we’re absolutely open to that as well.”
Victoria is sitting at 86.2 per cent of its population vaccinated and 60.4 per cent are double dosed wit a COVID-19 vaccine.
VAX POP-UP CLINICS COMING
Health Minister Martin Foley announced the government will roll out neighbourhood pop-up vaccination clinics to boost jab rates across the state.
Victorians will be able to get a dose of a coronavirus vaccine from places such as local clubs, shopping strips, gyms, “culturally safe locations” as well as homes.
There will be a particular focus on the areas of Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Glenroy and South Morang and suburbs that continue to see an increase in cases.
Mr Foley said more locations will be added in the coming weeks as Victoria chases the 70 and 80 per cent double dosed vaccination targets.
mRNA made available for people of all ages
“These neighbourhood pop-up models are designed to support Victorians to get access to vaccine, Pfizer in particular, in the most convenient, familiar and easy to deal with locations,” he told his press conference on Wednesday.
“The pop-ups will vaccinated dozens of people over two, three, four-hour periods of blitzes in those local communities and they’ll be delivered in partnership between the government, local GPs, local community health organisations, St John’s Ambulance and a range of other discreet local providers.”
The state recorded its deadliest day this year on Wednesday with 1,571 new local COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths. One case was detected in overseas hotel quarantine.
There are 705 Victorians in hospital with 146 in intensive care and 92 of those are on a ventilator. Of the hospitalisations, 91 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

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