Victoria has recorded single figure coronavirus cases for the second successive day, but regional Victoria remains on edge as the full extent of the Shepparton outbreak is yet to become clear.
Six new cases and no deaths were reported in Victoria in the previous 24 hours, which followed seven cases and five deaths the previous day.
It followed a consistent run of double figure cases in Victoria, initially dampening hopes of a significant easing of restrictions due on Sunday.
Thanks everyone for getting tested. The sites at the Showgrounds and Sports City are at full capacity. A second drive through testing site at the Sports City main pavilion will open at 12pm. Expect long queues at all testing sites. For more info go to https://t.co/DWuyWBdzp3pic.twitter.com/Zgq1dIMv90— Damian Drum MP (@damiandrummp) October 15, 2020
Shepparton residents began lining up before dawn on Thursday at pop-up testing centres set up in the Goulburn Valley capital in a bid to halt the spread which has already seen three people infected.
On Wednesday, hundreds were turned away from testing sites amid fears of COVID-19 spreading even further.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed 1862 people were tested on Wednesday.
"That is an amazing effort and I know it is not a quick process," he said.
"It is a time consuming process because it has to be done safely."
About 400 people who are close contacts of potential cases, or close contacts of possible contacts, who are already isolating.
A total of 315 tests have come back negative.
Shepparton residents are furious the "super spreader" failed to notify contact tracing teams he visited the city on the same day he also travelled through Kilmore and Benalla a fortnight ago.
Australian Defence Force personnel have now been deployed to the region to help with testing sites.
Melbourne's 14-day rolling average of new cases is back under 10 at 8.9 and regional Victoria's rolling 14-day average is 0.6.
The NSW daily case numbers have been updated on Thursday and reveal six new cases of locally acquired COIVD-19, down from 11 the previous day.