Victoria Covid cases surge to triple digits ahead of lockdown roadmap

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Victoria's daily Covid-19 cases have surged into triple digits as the state eagerly awaits Premier Daniel Andrews' roadmap out of lockdown. 

A delayed announcement from the Department of Health revealed 120 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases in the previous 24-hour period.

It is the highest daily total of the current outbreak and is the largest spike in over a year.

The department said 56 of the latest cases are at this stage are unlinked, adding to the 31 on Tuesday without a source.

Premier Daniel Andrews will outline Victoria's roadmap out of lockdown on Wednesday. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews will outline Victoria's roadmap out of lockdown on Wednesday. Source: Getty

There were more than 56,000 people tested for Covid on Tuesday.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton had said earlier this week the Delta outbreak appeared to be stabilising after several days hovering around the 70-case mark.

Victoria's first deaths of its outbreak, which were reported late on Tuesday, were officially recorded in Wednesday's update. The two women, aged in their 40s and 60s, both died at their homes.

Mr Andrews warned on Tuesday the announcement of new lockdown restrictions would signify minimal changes and his announcement would not represent a "freedom day".

The roadmap will detail the number of cases the state can "live with" until 80 per cent of the eligible population receives both doses.

The changes announced could include ending the controversial ban on playgrounds, lifting Melbourne's curfew and increasing the 5km limit on personal travel from homes.

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