The state has recorded four Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a man in his 80s from Whittlesea, a woman in her 70s from Hume, a man in his 60s from Whitehorse, and a woman in her 60s from Banyule.
State-wide 83.2 per cent of those over the age of 16 have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine while 53 per cent have now received a second dose.
More than 62,189 Victorians were tested for the virus in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, while 35,253 vaccinations were administered at state-run sites.
Mr Andrews on Tuesday said he believed the state was on track to reopen on the earmarked date despite the worrying surge in new cases (pictured, people exercise in Melbourne)
Busy St Kilda Beach on the weekend, with lockdown fatigue setting in across the city a possible contributor to skyrocketing infections
The week-long lockdown in LaTrobe City is due to be lifted from midnight on Tuesday, despite the detection of nine new cases, bringing the total to 67.
Mr Andrews said high vaccination rates would deliver the state to the 70 per cent double-dose rate and urged residents to book an appointment.
‘We know it’ll be a tough time for our health workers and our health system, but there’s no alternative,’ he said of the reopening.
‘It’ll be easier, it will be less traumatic in our health system, the more and more people get vaccinated.’
The state-wide lockdown is due to end on October 26 when 70 per cent of Victoria is vaccinated, but there are fears the outbreak won’t have peaked by then.
Tuesday’s 1, 763 cases mark the sixth straight day of four-figure infections (pictured, a woman exercising in Albert Park Lake in Melbourne)
Melbourne has been locked down longer than any city on Earth through the whole pandemic and will not taste freedom until October 26 (pictured, Melburnians enjoy a picnic)
Mr Andrews on Tuesday said he believed the state was on track to reopen on the earmarked date despite the worrying surge in new cases.
‘We’re not chasing zero. That’s really clear. We have more cases than we would like. But without a lockdown on at the moment, then we would have many, many more cases and many more people in hospital,’ he said.
As of 8pm on Sunday Melburnians will have spent 245 cumulative days in lockdown, the most out of any city in the world.
The beats Argentinian capital Buenos Aires which spent 234 days in lockdown in 2020 plus a 10-day circuit breaker lockdown in May this year.
Melbourne will end up far exceeding this record with the current roadmap indicating lockdowns will not be lifted until 70 per cent vaccination around October 26.