Victoria's lockdown has been extended to midnight July 27, Premier Daniel Andrews announced in a press conference this morning. 

The news comes after the state recorded 13 cases of COVID - four of which were reported yesterday after the reporting period ended - from over 320 exposure sites. 

The new cases bring the state's total active cases to 85, with 18,000 close contacts identified.

The extended restrictions will mean non-essential retailers will have to keep their digital settings in place, fulfilling orders through eCommerce channels including home delivery and click-and-collect. 

During the announcement, Premier Andrews said that the extension had to be enacted to avoid a longer lockdown. 

"We need to avoid what's going on in Sydney at the moment," he said. 

The Premier added that 90,000 businesses had already received financial support without having to apply again - being paid through an auto-payment system - and that further information on business support would be available tomorrow.  

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