Victoria has recorded 2,005 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, as the seven-day average for hospitalisations continues rise.
It is the first time Victoria’s daily case count has been above 2,000 since late October.
There are 14,801 active cases in the state, and 655 people have died during the current outbreak based on the latest Department of Health data.
There are 398 COVID-19 patients in Victorian hospitals, including 72 active cases in intensive care and 39 patients on a ventilator.
The state’s seven-day average for hospitalisations is 393, up from about 300 a fortnight ago.
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A further 40 patients are in intensive care but their infections are no longer considered active.
The latest cases were detected from 85,112 results processed on Wednesday.
Experts call for tightening of restrictions
Meanwhile, an epidemiologist has called for some low-level COVID-19 measures, like increased mask rules, to be reintroduced to avoid harsher restrictions down the line.
The federal and Victorian governments have not introduced any new restrictions following yesterday’s national cabinet meeting.
Epidemiologist Nancy Baxter said she was concerned not enough was being done to control the spread of the Omicron variant.
“Because what we do now will determine what happens in the next two months really. Failing to act now will have ramifications.”
In Victoria, masks are required in high-risk settings and on public transport.
Hospitality workers and both customers and workers in retail settings are also required to wear them.