Today’s case numbers are staggering. In the past 24 hours to midnight, Victoria has recorded 2297 new locally acquired coronavirus cases – that’s a record high.

“This is a significant jump in numbers, which we know will come as a surprise to many Victorians,” deputy premier James Merlino said in a press conference today.

“We had hoped to see a plateau in numbers, but today’s jump does still land within the projected range.”

Despite the spike, speaking to media, Premier Daniel Andrews said we’re on track to reopen ahead of October 26, as was forecasted in the state government’s road map.

“We are so, so close to being 70 per cent double-dose vaccinated, then 80 per cent. And that means the Victorian community would’ve done their job,” Andrew said.

“Once we’re open … which is sometime next week, because we’re going to hit 70 per cent next week, then the case numbers do become less relevant. Save and except for the number of people who are unvaccinated will be directly linked to the number of people who end up in hospital.”

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