Victoria has recorded another day of double-digit growth in new coronavirus cases, with 17 people diagnosed overnight.
The state has now recorded 123 new cases in the last week with the number of active cases now above 140.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned they expect there to be a significant amount of community transmission within those cases, with fears increasing that the state is in the grips of a second wave.
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One of the new cases is from hotel quarantine, two are associated with a known outbreak, three came from routine testing while 11 are still under investigation.
Two schools have also been forced to close after students at each of those schools tested positive to the virus.
Mr Andrews says it’s further proof the battle against the virus is far from over.
“We simply can’t pretend that the virus is gone, that the virus is somehow not in our state. It is here, it travels so fast, it is so infectious,” Mr Andrews said.
“If people do the wrong thing, if people, for instance, have a positive test or are asked to quarantine because they’re a close contact and don’t do that, and then go and spend even a modest amount of time with others, it is almost certain that they will give the virus to other people.”