Victoria Covid cases grow as state enters second day of lockdown

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Victoria has recorded five new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, as the state enters its second day of lockdown.

On Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported five cases of community transmission and a further two cases which were acquired overseas. 

Those two cases are currently in hotel quarantine.

Victoria has recorded five new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Saturday.
Victoria has recorded five new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Saturday. Source: AAP

DHHS also said a massive 56,624 test results were received in the last 24 hours and 21,626 vaccine doses were administered.

The total number of active cases in the state now sits at 45.

An update is expected later in the day.

On Saturday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton praised the testing numbers, which is a record for the state.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you all testing sites, path labs and everyone who stepped up to test," Mr Sutton tweeted on Saturday morning. 

"Remember, you can still test during this lockdown. Mildest of symptoms? Just test."

All of Victoria is currently subject to a seven-day lockdown, which started at 11.59pm on Thursday, as authorities try to contain an extra-infectious strain of the virus.

Victorian residents must observe a five-kilometre travel limit for exercise and shopping, and wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

These rules will remain in place in Victoria until at least next Friday.

Most infections are linked to the City of Whittlesea cluster in Melbourne, with cases testing positive for the B1617 strain first identified in India.

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