Victoria has recorded 397 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths with possibly harsher lockdowns looming on the horizon.
State premier Daniel Andrews announced the figures on Saturday with 37 linked to outbreaks and 360 currently under investigation.
The figure comes as new modelling shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days in the state with worrying predictions as many as 1,000 daily cases could be recorded by mid-August.
Only on Thursday, Victoria recorded the highest ever daily spike of COVID-19 cases in the country with 723 cases and 13 deaths.
University of NSW's Kirby Institute mathematical biologist Deborah Cromer admitted to The Australian the virus had not been contained.
'I would have to say it is not under control at this point.'
Victoria is tipped to announce nearly 400 new coronavirus cases with harsher lockdowns potentially on the horizon (pictured, a clinical waste removal personnel at St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)
New modelling shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days in the state with worrying predictions as many as 1,000 cases could be recorded by mid-August (pictured, a clinical waste removal personnel at St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)
Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday has said he cannot lift lockdown, which is set to end in mid-August, in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire when COVID-19 cases are so high
According to the projection, 723 new cases could be recorded next Friday, 899 new cases marked on the following Wednesday and 1,118 cases tallied the Monday afterwards.
There are 5743 active cases and Victoria's total deaths now number 113, bringing the national figure to 197.
The postcode with the most active cases is 3029 with 346 cases across Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina in Melbourne's west.
Health officials are also weighing up whether stay-at-home orders in place across Melbourne and the