Victoria has reported a record 766 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and four deaths.
Wednesday’s caseload marks the highest daily increase in cases for the state since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the 725 recorded in August 2020.
Close to 41,000 vaccines were also administered in state-run hubs on Wednesday.
There are now 6,670 active infections in Victoria. The new deaths bring the toll from the state’s latest outbreak to 20.
It comes as authorities brace for a fourth day of anti-vaccination riots in Melbourne, and a day after the state mandated teachers be vaccinated in order to work.
More than 100,000 teachers in the state will be required to have at least one dose before 18 October and need to be fully vaccinated by 29 November.
The mandate has been supported by the main teacher’s unions.
The regional city of Ballarat emerged from a seven-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, though strict rules remain.