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VIC Records One Death, 567 COVID-19 Cases

Victoria has recorded 567 new coronavirus cases and one death, after the state's "cautious" roadmap out of lockdown was criticised for being too conservative.

Victoria has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in the current outbreak and one death, as businesses groups brand the state's roadmap out of lockdown a "roadblock".

The health department on Monday confirmed 567 new local cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 5675.

The death brings the toll from the current outbreak to 12.

In the 24 hours to Monday, 50,915 tests were processed and a record 39,939 Victorians received a vaccine dose at state-run hubs.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday unveiled the state's roadmap out of lockdown, detailing small changes to Melbourne's restrictions when 80 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have received a single vaccine dose.

But lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians are double-vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.

At that stage, the city's curfew will be lifted, the travel limit will increase to 25km and hospitality can open outdoors for 50 fully vaccinated people.

Once the 80 per cent double-dose target is met, forecast for November 5, the travel limit is scrapped, retail, gyms and beauty services will reopen for the fully vaccinated and hospitality resumes indoors.

The opposition and business groups have described it as "a roadmap with roadblocks", saying the plan is too conservative when compared with NSW's plan.

"It is extremely tough to look over the border and see our NSW neighbours get back to relatively normal life while we continue to be locked down in a holding pattern," Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra said.

The Australian Hotels Association Victorian president David Canny said he was "gutted" and called for consistency between states, while the Australian Retailers Association said the roadmap was "disappointing" and would cost the industry $6 billion.

Events Minister Martin Pakula said trials on double-vaccinated entry into businesses and events will begin from October, with the Commonwealth and Services Victoria working on technology for vaccine status proof.

Mr Pakula also said he is working with the Victoria Racing Club on a draft plan for the Melbourne Cup, which will be submitted to the public health team for approval.

"I would tell them to prepare for a draft plan for a 10,000 crowd, 15,000 crowd, I don't think it's going to be massive," he told 3AW.

Under the plan, interstate and international travel can resume once 80 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

Melbourne Airport, which recorded its lowest passenger figure of the year with just 73,805 travellers in August, wants other states and territories to make similar plans for certainty.

"It is unbelievable that it could soon be easier to fly from Melbourne to LA than to WA," Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi said.

The roadmap is based on Burnet Institute modelling, which shows that Victoria's COVID-19 cases will peak at between 1400 and 2900 per day between October 19 and 31.

This could lead to between 1200 and 2500 people being hospitalised with the virus, with up to 550 people in ICU.

Once Victoria passes 80 per cent full vaccine coverage there could be "a second epidemic peak in mid-December" and demand for hospital beds may exceed availability, the report said.

However, high rates of symptomatic testing among people who are vaccinated could reduce the impact on the health system.

AAP Emily Woods with The Project