A trend of rising community transmission cases of coronavirus could delay the timetable for easing COVID-19 restrictions, Victoria's health chief has warned, after the state recorded 21 new cases.
Fifteen of the new cases are returned overseas travellers, while the number of cases of community transmission has risen by six, the state's largest single-day increase in more than a month.
Professor Sutton warned that the state’s plan to ease restrictions was being reviewed on a daily basis to ensure limits were not increased too early.
He said while new cases were expected, the rise in community infections was alarming and there was "still transmission out there that we haven’t gotten on top of yet".
The latest cases also include an elderly resident at an aged care home and a contract worker at a hotel where returned travellers are in quarantine.
Rosstown Community, a 53-bed residential aged-care home in Carnegie in Melbourne's south-east run by Glen Eira City Council, remains in lockdown, with residents confined to their rooms while testing and deep cleaning is undertaken.