Premier Daniel Andrews has called on Melburnians not to lose hope as several COVID-19 clusters draw out the state's second wave.
Hopes have been high that the two-week rolling average of five cases and less than five mystery infections would be achieved, triggering a significant easing of restrictions by October 19 in line with regional Victoria.
This would mean removing restrictions on people leaving their homes, allow for public gatherings of up to 10 and hospitality and retail stores to increase trading.
Given the persistent "tail" of infections from the second wave, the premier tempered expectations, saying that would not happen.
He called on people not to lose hope or to pretend that the fight was over, and offered the assurance that some restrictions may lift, even if less significantly than hoped.
"We always want these numbers lower, faster," he said.
"We've just got to be as stubborn as this virus. We will beat this second wave, but we've got to do it properly."
Asked about the seeming impossibility of eradicating community transmission in a city of five million, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he was optimistic.
"It's all of the immediate responses to clusters, and if you can get on top of each of those and wrap the public health response around each and every one of those, then you end those chains of transmission and they're gone forever," he told reporters.
Victoria reported 14 new cases on Saturday, slightly up from 11 cases the day before.
It was the third consecutive day with no deaths, meaning the state toll stands at 809, and the national figure at 897.
The state's latest 14-day rolling case average across Melbourne is 9.5 and 0.4 in regional Victoria.
The number of active infections is now 192 with 21 one of those in hospital and only one in intensive care.
Saturday's media briefing was the premier's 100th consecutive daily update on the pandemic.
Prof Sutton said the Box Hill cluster had grown to 10 with five new cases from one family.
The Kilmore cafe cluster has now grown to six but the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak, to which it is linked, has no new cases.
Victoria is adding 10 new regional wastewater testing sites for COVID-19 including at Kilmore, making a total of 40 sites.
The premier was again peppered with questions during the Saturday press conference about releasing his phone records relating to March 27, to potentially clear up who made the decision to hire private security guards for hotel quarantine.
He brushed off questions as usual, saying it was job of the hotel quarantine inquiry to make findings on the matter.
Opposition leader Michael O'Brien said on Saturday there was no reason why the state couldn't open safely and sooner if it copied New South Wales' strategy. He said the five-case average required was an "arbitrary" number.
Meanwhile, police continue to enforce health directions on wayward partygoers.
Officers were called to a birthday party of 20 people on Friday night in an apartment in the southeastern suburb of Bentleigh.
The South Road home was playing loud music when police arrived and found no one was wearing a mask or social distancing.
Several guests climbed onto the rooves of neighbouring buildings and fled, police said.
But they caught four people hiding on a roof and fined them when they came down. Thirteen partygoers were fined $1652 each.