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Covid Victoria: Daily cases surge beyond 600

Victoria has recorded a new high in the most recent outbreak with 603 new Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday and one death.

The new cases take the number of active cases in the state to 6000 according to the state's health department.

Daily cases in Victoria have not been above 600 since last year's second wave.

Yesterday, the state administered 40,811 vaccine doses at state-run hubs.

Melbourne's lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians are double-vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews. Source: AAP
Victoria recorded 603 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. Source: AAP

Victoria recorded its previous highest number of locally-acquired Covid cases on Monday, with 567 cases and one death, a woman aged in her 70s from Moreland.

As of yesterday, there were over 200 people in hospital with Covid-19.

The numbers come after it was announced the construction industry in locked down areas would shut down, following Monday's violent protests.

Construction sites across Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, Mitchell Shire and the Surf Coast will be shut for two weeks following protests outside the CFMEU's head office in Melbourne's CBD over a vaccine mandate for the industry.

"We put the industry on notice just a week ago, we have seen appalling behaviour on-site and on our streets, and now we're acting decisively and without hesitation," Industrial Relations Minister Tim Pallas said in a statement.

An amnesty will be in place on Tuesday so that a limited number of workers can attend construction sites to shut them down safely.

With AAP

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