After Melburnians were delivered the news of their fourth lockdown being extended, the state has recorded another day of multiple COVID-19 cases.
On Thursday, the health department confirmed there had been three new local cases in the 24 hours until midnight.
This brings the total of the cluster to 63 and as of Thursday morning there were 370 exposure sites across the state.
Wednesday was a record day of testing with 57,519 completed.
The Acting Premier is expected to hold a press conference on Thursday to confirm if regional Victoria will have its restrictions eased while Melbourne endures another seven days of Stay at Home orders.
Fragments of the virus have been detected in wastewater at Bendigo and Axedale and there are also COVID exposure sites at Anglesea, Axedale, Glenrowan, Kalkallo, Wallan and Rye.
If there is still no transmission on Thursday, regional Victoria will ease out of their lockdown at 11.59pm and there will be roving police patrols to keep metropolitan Melbourne out.
While Melbourne residents have an extra seven days of lockdown, there are some slight changes to the restrictions that come into effect on Friday.
The five-kilometre radius for food shopping and exercise will be extended to ten and Year 11 and 12 students can return to face-to-face learning.
“If we let this thing run its course, it will explode,” Acting Premier James Merlino said.
“We’ve got to run this to ground because if we don’t, people will die.”
Professor Sutton said about 10 per cent of current cases caught the virus through “fleeting exchanges” with infected people.
Sutton has “great confidence” restrictions will be eased at the end of next week but travel will still not be allowed from Melbourne to regional areas over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
‘We’ve got to run this to ground because if we don’t, people will die.’
The new cases are expected to include a second resident at aged care facility Arcare Maidstone who was taken to hospital after testing positive.
Arcare chief executive Colin Singh said the 89-year-old man was a cousin of the first COVID-infected resident and lived in an adjacent room.
It takes the Arcare Maidstone outbreak to four cases, including two residents and two workers.
– with AAP