IMAGE: Melburnians are moving around the city in greater numbers, with a spike expected as schools return.(ABC News: Peter Drought)
Victoria has recorded eight further COVID-related deaths, as the number of people in hospital after contracting the virus has fallen to 873.
The number of people in hospital is down from the 889 reported on Sunday, which was down from the 953 recorded on Saturday.
Of those patients, 102 are in intensive care units, of whom 33 are on a ventilator.
There were 10,053 new cases officially detected.
That tally was split by 6,485 rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 3,568 PCR test results.
It brings the total number of official active cases to 76,335, down from the 78,294 reported a day earlier.
That number is expected to rise when more than 1 million students return to face-to-face school learning from today.
The government’s return-to-school plan centres around RATs, face masks, mandatory booster shots for teachers, and ventilation in the classroom.
Less than half of the five-to-11-year-old cohort has received a first dose of a paediatric COVID-19 vaccine, after becoming eligible on January 10.
About 38 per cent of adult Victorians have received three doses of a vaccine.