Victoria has recorded 1,638 new Covid cases — a big jump from 1,420 new infections on Wednesday.
Sadly, two more people have died, taking the toll from the current outbreak to 70.
It is the eighth straight day the state has reported more than 1100 cases, with active infections rising past 15,000.
In the past 24 hours, 36,672 vaccines were administered and 77,238 test results were received.
On Wednesday, vulnerable child cancer patients and their carers were forced into two weeks of isolation after a Covid-19 outbreak at a Melbourne children's hospital cancer ward.
Royal Children's Hospital chief executive Bernadette McDonald said the parent of a child being treated for cancer in the Kookaburra ward had tested positive for the virus "a couple of days ago".
Earlier the same day, Victoria recorded 11 deaths — its highest daily death total.
Principal suspended after students breach restrictions
The latest figures come as a Melbourne principal temporarily lost his registration after allowing students to attend his school in breach of Covid-19 restrictions.
More than 30 coronavirus cases were linked to the outbreak last month at Fitzroy Community School, which spread to students, teachers and household contacts.
The independent primary school of 60 students had been inviting all parents to send their kids to class, a move it publicly defended.
Principal Timothy Berryman was handed an interim suspension by the Victorian Institute of Teaching, pending an investigation. The suspension came into effect on Wednesday.
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