Victoria has announced a record 59 new coronavirus deaths, but only nine occurred in the last 24 hours.
Fifty of the deaths announced on Friday were people who passed away in aged care in July and August, after a federal and state government review of previous deaths in aged care facilities across the state.
Victoria recorded 81 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
The spike in deaths comes as bombshell leaked documents reveal Melbourne's strict Stage Four lockdown could be extended by another two weeks.
A top secret draft for Victoria’s recovery appeared to reveal the government's plan to extend the 8pm-5am curfew and keep restrictions on businesses for an additional two weeks.
The new deaths come as bombshell leaked documents reveal Melbourne's strict stage four lockdown could be extended by another two weeks (pictured, police roam Melbourne on Thursday)
A top secret draft for the city's exit road map has revealed the government's plan to extend the 8pm-5am curfew and keep restrictions on businesses for an additional two weeks
Victoria recorded 81 new cases on Friday. The state's death toll increased by 59, including 50 aged care deaths which occurred in July and August, taking the national toll to 737
While the Victorian government has claimed the leaked map is 'out of date', Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday refused to rule out continuing Stage Four restrictions.
‘Everything is on the table,’ he admitted. ‘It will be driven by the data and the science, how many cases there are, the types of cases there are.’
According to the road map, residents will be given the luxury of two hours of exercise a day, which can be split into two sessions, from September 14 - the official date Stage Four comes to an end.
Single people and single parents would also be given the right to have a nominated visitor at their home.
According to the report, which was obtained by the Herald Sun, there are bigger changes coming from September 28, which includes the curfew being lifted and increased social gatherings.
But the Victorian Chamber of Commerce has denied there is a plan to extend Stage Four lockdown by two weeks - claiming it is out of date.
The Morrison government explained it was widely known there was a ‘discrepancy’ on deaths over the last few months, and officials are now trying to reconcile these unreported coronavirus deaths with official figures.
While these deaths in aged care were registered and families informed, they were not processed into Victoria’s public health information unit.
This is because up until recently, the unit required death certificates to be verified before they could be processed, leading to a delay.
From now on, aged care centres have been asked to immediately notify the unit if any residents die due to COVID-19, meaning numbers are likely to be substantially higher.
The Grattan Institute report said Victoria, NSW, and Queensland should 'go for zero' infections to avoid future outbreaks, reimposed lockdowns, renewed economic disruption and more deaths
If COVID-19 infections were to spread out-of-control, Australia's health system could become overwhelmed and about ten million Australians, who are at a higher risk