Victoria records 13 COVID-19 deaths and 1571 new cases
Victoria has recorded 1571 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours to midnight and 13 deaths.
The 13 lives lost is the highest single daily total of this outbreak for the state.
There are now 19,861 active COVID-19 cases across the state.
One case was recorded overseas during the reporting period.
The cases were found from 79,200 tests, which was one of the highest days of testing seen across the state.
More than 38,000 vaccines were administered yesterday.
Elective surgery is on hold across Victoria as the public health system braces itself for an influx of COVID-19 patients.
Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed public hospitals will from Thursday only be performing urgent category one and two surgeries.
It comes as the state recruits seeks to recruit up to 1000 healthcare workers from outside Australia.
"As COVID cases increase ... we will be progressively seeking to switch off elements of non-urgent care," Mr Foley said.
The numbers of Victorians in hospital with COVID-19 continues to rise. Some 675 people are currently in care, with 144 are in intensive care units and 100 on ventilators.
- with Australian Associated Press