Covid Victoria: Cases surge to highest daily total of pandemic

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Victoria has reported 766 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases as its Delta crisis shows no sign of slowing down.

It is not only the highest of the outbreak but the entire pandemic, eclipsing the 725-case peak of Victoria's second wave in 2020.

The state also recorded an outbreak-record four deaths. 

On Wednesday the state reported 628 local cases and three deaths, both at the time new highs of the outbreak.

Thursday's update brings the latest outbreak's death toll to 20 and there are 6666 active infections in the state.

There were 62,408 coronavirus tests processed and 40,957 vaccine doses administered at state hubs on Wednesday, according to the health department.

Daniel Andrews is juggling a surging Delta outbreak with discontent from the construction industry whose protests have been hijacked by anti-lockdown crowds. Source: Getty
Daniel Andrews is juggling a surging Delta outbreak with discontent from the construction industry whose protests have been hijacked by anti-lockdown crowds. Source: Getty

Protests to continue for fourth day

Protests, which initially began over the government's decision to mandate Covid vaccines for the construction sector, are set to continue for a fourth day. 

Premier Daniel Andrews condemned the violent scenes in the previous days, saying the behaviour or some was "an insult" to the hardworking members of the construction industry. 

A mob of 300 to 400 again swarmed the Victorian capital on Wednesday, despite stay-at-home orders and repeated warnings from authorities.

Chanting "every day" from the Shrine of Remembrance, hundreds without masks - some still wearing high-visibility clothing - marched through the city to the war memorial.

There were 215 arrests with Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther calling the scenes as "completely disrespectful".

Police have asked television stations not to broadcast live helicopter vision as its believed protesters were using it to avoid authorities.

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