Victoria could be in store for another grim COVID-19 milestone on Thursday, with the state’s number of deaths set to hit 800.

As daily case rates creep lower, fatalities in the state have remained relatively steady with 27 reported during the past seven days compared with 35 in the previous week.

It has taken Victoria’s coronavirus death toll to 798, with more than 770 stemming from the state’s devastating second wave.

The national figure sits at 886.

There were four further deaths and 13 new cases recorded on Wednesday, dropping Melbourne’s 14-day new case average to 16.4.

Two of the new infections are household contacts of aged care staff from Estia Keilor and Edenvale Manor in Keilor East.

Another two cases are linked to a worker from the Butcher Club at Chadstone shopping centre.


The worker was contagious between September 23 and 26, when they worked 6am to 6pm shifts at the butcher and used public toilets in the vicinity.

The Butcher Club, Coles Chadstone, Chadstone shopping centre fresh food precinct and Woolworths Ashwood have been added to the high-risk coronavirus hot spots.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the worker’s close contacts are self-isolating.

All nine other cases reported on Wednesday remain under investigation.

It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews announced a quarter of workers in high-risk industries will be randomly tested for coronavirus each week as part of Melbourne’s plan to emerge from lockdown.

All medium and large businesses in meat, poultry and seafood processing, and in the supermarket and distribution sectors, will be asked to test 25 per cent of their workforce weekly.


Workers are encouraged to head to one of the state’s 200 testing sites from Thursday.

Those without symptoms won’t be required to self-isolate while they wait for their result.

Regular testing will also occur in aged care after an agreement was struck with the federal government.

Meanwhile, a testing site has been opened at Anglesea Town Hall after a COVID-positive sewerage sample was identified despite the area having no known active cases.