Victoria's "roadmap" out of coronavirus lockdown remains a work-in-progress the night before the announcement but state health authorities insist there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Premier Daniel Andrews is on Sunday expected to reveal how and when Melbourne and regional Victoria will come out of respective stage four and three lockdowns.
Eleven more COVID-19 deaths and 76 additional diagnoses were reported on Saturday, as anti-lockdown protesters were arrested in violent clashes with police at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance.
Mr Andrews said meetings would be held well into Saturday evening about the plan for Victoria's recovery.
"Those decisions have not been finalised yet," he said, giving only a framework of what will be included.
Mr Andrews said an outline would be provided for Melbourne and regional Victoria including a series of "triggers" around restriction lifting.
"(These) will be designed not to keep people locked in for a moment longer than they need to be but instead to ease out of these restrictions in a steady and safe way," he said.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said case numbers were slowly heading in the right direction and there was light at the end of the tunnel for the state.
Saturday's numbers include a further 10 fatalities linked to aged care outbreaks and takes Victoria's death toll to 661 and the national count to 748.
There are 1956 active cases in the state, a drop from Friday's figure of 2060.
"We are on the winning stretch now, there's no question," Professor Sutton said.
"This is the last gasp of the virus and we need to work harder than maybe we've ever done before to make sure that that last gasp is, indeed, the last one.
"If we can do everything that's required now, we will drive those numbers down and we will get to a point where we can keep them down."
Mr Andrews said if the state was to open up with current numbers there would be an explosion of cases and hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths.
Police arrested 17 anti-lockdown protesters and fined at least 160 at a rally attended by about 200 people at the Shrine of Remembrance.
One man who was taken away by officers was seen punching police.
"It is absolutely selfish for people to be out there protesting," Mr Andrews said.
" Let's not do anything that might see more coronavirus cases rather than less."
Meanwhile, viral fragments have been detected in wastewater at Apollo Bay, prompting authorities to advise local residents get tested if they have the mildest of symptoms.
The coastal town in the state's southwest is of interest to authorities because no cases have been detected there in recent weeks.
Prof Sutton said via a statement on Saturday the result could indicate an undiagnosed virus case or someone who had previously had it and continued to "shed" it.
The detected viral fragments themselves were not infectious and the local drinking water supply was unaffected and safe to drink, the statement said.