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Victoria has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases overnight with another four people losing their lives.

Victoria has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases overnight with another four people losing their lives.

Metropolitan Melbourne's rolling 14-day average has dropped to 16.4 and regional Victoria's to 0.3.

The state's death toll has risen to 798 lives lost.

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There are 44 Victorians in hospital, including six patients in intensive care.

There are 46 active cases among healthcare workers in the state.

Regional Victoria recorded no new cases today.

Premier Daniel Andrews today said the strategy was "absolutely working".

"It's important to focus on that 14-day trend," he said.

"Whilst 16.4 cases – the trend is with us, it is not still low enough to take those big steps. We are on track and all things being equal, we will be able to take a significant step in just three weeks' time."

Yesterday the state recorded 10 new cases and seven further deaths, with one case linked to Embracia Moonee Valley aged care and two connected to Western Health and Monash Health.

Workers in high-risk industries will be asked to participate in a new Surveillance Testing Program in a bid to stamp out any new coronavirus outbreaks, Mr Andrews announced.

The new program aims to test 25 per cent of staff in a high-risk workplace each week, beginning with the food production sector.

All medium and large employers in the meat poultry, seafood processing and supermarket and refrigerated distribution sectors will be asked to ensure a quarter of their staff are tested every week.

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Wastewater tracing finds coronavirus fragments in Anglesea

Coronavirus fragments have been found in wastewater at Victorian coastal town Anglesea.

An active testing centre has been set up in the area, with anyone feeling unwell urged to come forward and get tested.

"We detected some fragments of coronavirus in Anglesea yesterday," Department of Health and Human Services testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.

"So finding some positive fragments in the wastewater is a cause for concern for us."

The detection means either someone in Anglesea has coronavirus or someone passing through was positive. The coastal town has no known active cases of coronavirus.

It comes after a similar wastewater detection was found in Apollo Bay.

Chadstone Shopping Centre added to high-risk locations

Victoria's four cases linked to known outbreaks today include two connected to aged care and two household contacts linked to The Butcher Club in Chadstone.

A positive staff member who worked at the store attended a number of locations inside Chadstone Shopping Centre.

DHHS has added the shopping centre to its high-risk locations – including the Fresh Food Precinct from September 23-26 6am-6pm, The Butcher Club and Coles Chadstone on September 27.

Source: 9News

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