Covid Victoria: Cases BALLOON to daunting outbreak record

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Victoria's Covid crisis has again rapidly worsened with new cases ballooning beyond 400.

The state reported 450 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Saturday morning as the majority of regional Victoria wakes to a weekend of freedom after lockdown was scrapped on Friday. 

Just 75 of the new cases are linked to previous cases. The outbreak's previous high was recorded on Friday when the state reported 334 cases.

Melburnians now eagerly await information on their roadmap out of lockdown after the NSW government delivered their residents a clear path out of restrictions.

Experts have expressed their concern over the trajectory of Melbourne's outbreak which has ballooned since the turn of the month.

Renowned UNSW epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws told Nine numbers are heading "skyward" and the state will likely hit 1,000 daily cases by the end of the month.

Premier Daniel Andrews has seen his state's capital edge closer to the title of most locked down city globally during the pandemic. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews has seen his state's capital edge closer to the title of most locked down city globally during the pandemic. Source: Getty

Most of regional Victoria except Greater Shepparton emerged from lockdown on Friday, with retail and hospitality allowed to reopen under strict rules.

Shepparton is expected to be released from its lockdown next week, while people in Melbourne are awaiting the release of the state government's roadmap.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the government is waiting for detailed modelling from the Burnett Institute before releasing its plans.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp has said Melburnians are "in the dark" without a clear route out of lockdown and called on Mr Andrews to give clarity to businesses.

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