Victoria has another 445 local COVID-19 cases and two deaths, bringing its toll from the current outbreak to six.
The state health department has confirmed 129 of Tuesday’s cases are linked to known outbreaks, with the source of the remaining 316 under investigation.
The latest infections bring the total number of active cases in Victoria to 3799.
In the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, 42,694 tests were processed and 36,615 Victorians received a vaccine dose at state-run hubs.
The two people were died were a man in his 20s and a woman in her 80s.
Victorian authorities remain concerned about the spread of the virus through Melbourne’s north and west.
Anyone who lives in 10 postcodes in those areas – 3064, 3047, 3048, 3061, 3059, 3046, 3060, 3029, 3030, 3025 – has been urged to get tested. They include suburbs such as Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn, Broadmeadows, Dallas, Coolaroo, Meadow Heights, Campbellfield, Glenroy, Hadfield, Fawkner, Hoppers Crossing, Truganina, Tarneit, and Altona North.
“Those 10 suburbs are where we’re seeing the vast majority of our cases,” COVID response deputy secretary Kate Matson said on Tuesday.
“If you work or live or have any association with those suburbs, please, come forward and get tested.”
Earlier, Victoria Police chief commissioner Shane Patton said he had created “two permanent COVID-19 commands” dealing with pandemic response and hotel quarantine, to run until the end of next year.
“Now, that doesn’t mean that we’re expecting restrictions until the end of 2022, but that’s when I put it in place to out of an abundance of caution,” he told 3AW.
Deputy Premier James Merlino said 85 per cent of Victoria’s 3799 active cases were people aged under 50. They include 563 children younger than nine, 647 people aged 10-19, 906 in their 20s, and 683 in their 30s.
Almost 67.5 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had one dose of a COVID shot.
There are 158 COVID patients in the state’s hospitals. They include 45 in intensive care, 23 of them on a ventilator.
Mr Merlino said 91 per cent of COVID hospital patients were not vaccinated.
On Monday, COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said an increasing number of cases had been linked to the construction industry, which is subject to a vaccination blitz and compliance crackdown.