Covid case numbers in Victoria continue to rise with another huge daily figure while the number of people in hospital has also climbed.
Victoria has recorded 8577 new cases of Covid-19 and three deaths overnight.
Monday’s figures were up from 7172 on Sunday while hospitalisations have risen from 472 to 491.
There are 46 active cases in intensive care, 24 of which are on ventilators – two more than yesterday.
The update follows admissions by the state government that the Omicron variant is fuelling the growing tally, with the more infectious strain spreading rapidly since arriving in December.
Though experts suggest early indications show it is not as severe as the Delta strain.
Meanwhile NSW recorded 20,794 new infections on Monday as the state grapples with escalating case numbers.
More to come