Victoria has recorded four more COVID-19 deaths and 303 new cases.
The figures were released on Saturday morning and reflect the past 24 hours in Australia’s worst coronavirus-hit state.
Victoria’s daily coronavirus case numbers appear to be gradually decreasing, but authorities warn there is more progress needed before lockdown restrictions can be eased.
“We could not conceive of opening up with 200 cases a day,” Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Friday.
“We couldn’t do it with 100 cases a day.
“We have to head for the lowest possible number.”
Over the past four days Victoria recorded 372, 278, 410 and 331 cases respectively.
“The seven-day trend indicates the peak was probably four or five days ago and we will continue to see lower numbers overall from here on in,” Prof Sutton said.
To date, 289 Victorians have died from the virus, while the national toll stands at 375.
A man in his 20s became Australia’s youngest COVID-19 fatality on Friday as the state recorded 14 more deaths – 12 of whom were aged care residents.
Aged care deaths make up 70 per cent of coronavirus deaths across the country and remain of great concern to Prof Sutton and Premier Daniel Andrews.
There are now 2034 active cases across 119 aged care facilities.
Melburnians remain subject to strict night time curfews, time-limits on outdoor exercise, distance allowed from home, mandatory public mask wearing and shut downs of non-essential industries.
Regional Victorians are living under stage three restrictions.