No new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Ballarat on Saturday, however there are concerns about increasing exposure sites in regional cities across the state.
One case in the Corangamite Shire is "directly linked" to the positive case in Ballarat recorded on Friday.
There was an unexpected wastewater detection recorded in Ballarat North on Wednesday, however no new Ballarat exposure sites have been listed.
Surf Coast Shire will come out of its lockdown on Sunday night, but a decision on Greater Geelong and Mitchell Shire will be made later on Sunday.
Health Minister Martin Foley said in Saturday's press conference authorities still held concerns about cases from Melbourne crossing into the regions, with dozens of exposure sites now in Bendigo, Warrnambool, and Wodonga.
"(Authorised workers and people with a permitted reason to leave Melbourne), you take your restrictions with you as you travel from the city into the regions," he told reporters.
"We continue to see, unfortunately, so many of the cases both in metro Melbourne and the regional settings being people, whether it has seeded from a workplace or a particular sector, into social settings."
Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said out of 30 new regional cases, 10 were workplace incursions from regional people working in Melbourne.
"If you're living in regional Victoria and you are a permitted worker, you have to be exceptionally careful around your symptoms and all your COVID-safe protocols - there is a given the high level of infectivity we are seeing in some parts of metropolitan Melbourne," he said.
Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another death from the virus.
The state now has 7611 active coronavirus cases.
Health officials say 37,220 vaccine doses were administered in the 24 hours to Friday evening.
More than 59,000 tests were conducted during the same period.
Reported yesterday: 847 new local cases and 0 cases acquired overseas.— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) September 24, 2021
- 37,220 vaccines administered
- 59,342 test results received
- Sadly, 1 person with COVID-19 has died
More later: https://t.co/OCCFTAtS1P#COVID19Vic#COVID19VicDatapic.twitter.com/iT547ETX86
Meanwhile Melburnians will have to wait a little longer to hit the golf course or tennis court, with Victoria set to miss its first COVID-19 roadmap target this weekend.
The state is 3.7 per cent shy of reaching 80 per cent first dose vaccination coverage for those aged over 16.
With vaccination rates typically lower over the weekend, Health Minister Martin Foley concedes the state is likely to hit 80 per cent first dose mark mid to late next week instead of Sunday as initially forecast.
The delay will delay Melburnians enjoying additional freedoms, including a resumption of contactless sport for up to five fully vaccinated adults and expansion of the city's travel limit from 10km to 15km.
It comes as police and riot squad members descended on Northcote on Friday afternoon, dispersing a crowd of up to 80 protesters and making 31 arrests.
A scuffle took place outside Northcote Plaza and several of those involved were led away by police at nearby All Nations Park.
Others were stopped and questioned about their reasons for leaving home as helicopters flew overhead.
More than 200 protesters were arrested across Melbourne as part of the fifth day of the recurring protests, with police expecting to issue 215 fines for health direction breaches.
Victoria recorded 733 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including a man who attended Wednesday's protest in Melbourne's CBD that centred on the Shrine of Remembrance.
Health chief Brett Sutton says it will take a couple of weeks to learn whether the protest was a super-spreading event.
The protests began on Monday in opposition to mandatory vaccinations for the construction sector and the closure of building site tea rooms but have morphed into a wider anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine movement.
- with AAP
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