Victoria has posted a new record daily increase in COVID-19 cases with 2297 new infections overnight.
The state also recorded a further 11 deaths.
The spike in new cases comes after more than 82,000 tests were carried out yesterday.
The state is now dealing with 20,505 active cases of COVID.
It was hoped Victoria had turned the corner after several consecutive days where case numbers fell.
But the surge appears unlikely to stop Melbourne from coming out of lockdown within a couple of weeks.
Victoria is forecast to reach its 70 per cent vaccination target before the expected date of October 26 which will see the end of the state’s sixth lockdown.