Victoria has recorded another day of triple digit coronavirus numbers, with 165 new cases in the past 24 hours.
It comes as residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire enter their first day of a six-week lockdown.
Of the new cases, 30 are linked to known outbreaks, while 135 remain under investigation.
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All residents of Melbourne’s locked-down housing commission towers have now been tested for the virus, with 159 cases identified.
Eight of the nine towers will reopen from a hard-lockdown from 11.59pm tonight, with the residents to abide by stage-three restrictions like the rest of Greater Melbourne.
However, those in the Alfred Street tower in North Melbourne will remain in total lock-down for another nine days after 53 cases were detected in the building.
“The public health advice is that there are such numbers of positive cases, together with known close contacts, that the assumption has got to be that everybody in that tower is a close contact of someone who is positive,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The coronavirus cluster at Victoria’s Al- Taqwa College has now also grown to 113 cases, with a further six infections recorded today.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed 40 people remain in hospital, with nine of those in intensive care.
The total number of people to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the state has now risen to 3098, with more than 900 of those still active.