Victoria has reported a further 81 cases of COVID-19 and 59 deaths, including more than 50 aged care people who have died in recent months.
Daniel Andrews said the deaths involved “53 tragedies” who had “passed away prior to yesterday”.
Three elderly care residents died earlier this month, 50 elderly residents died in July and August and six people died Thursday.
The delay was due to a recent shift in reporting requirements for the elderly carers.
It brings the death toll of the State to 650 and is the largest number of deaths added to the count of Australia in a single day since the pandemic started.
Currently the national death toll is 737.
Most of the 41 deaths recorded on Monday, the previous highest daily death toll, were typical aged care cases.
Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer of Victoria, said earlier this week that he “not expect a number anywhere near close to 41 to occur again”.
He said that the delay in reporting some deaths was behind complicated reporting requirements and testing procedures.