Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says there is reason for hope after Australia recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic with 25 deaths in his state in the hours to yesterday.
Victoria had reported 21 deaths on Wednesday, the previous highest until today in the country.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 772,751 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Sunday.
The state's death toll now stands at 334.
Of the new cases, Victoria confirmed 282 and New South Wales confirmed another seven.
The state has recorded 17 further deaths from COVID-19.
The department also said that there are 1,999 active cases relating to aged care facilities and 1,064 active cases among healthcare workers in the state.
The number of fatalities is the heaviest recorded in a single day for the pandemic.
"There s so little flu in the Victorian community this year because of a range of things, not least of which distance, hand hygiene, all of those restrictions and measures we ve put in place", he said.
"We are now working through a plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and patients, including closing a number of wards to admissions and undertaking thorough contact tracing with patients, family members and staff to alert anyone who has potentially been exposed to the virus", said Felicity Topp, Peninsula Health chief executive.
The state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the news on Monday.