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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews Slams Prime Minister Scott Morrison For Sending 'Mixed Messages'

Victoria has recorded another 1273 new COVID-19 infections and eight people have died with the virus, as the state's premier slammed the prime minister for "double speaking to extremists".

On the state's first day living with new freedoms, the health department confirmed there are now 13,813 active cases.

Friday's daily figures jumped by more than 200 infections compared to Thursday's 1007 tally.

There are 330 virus patients in hospital, seven fewer than the previous day, with 57 actively infected with COVID-19 in ICU, 58 have been cleared, and 30 on ventilators.

Health officials say virus testers processed 73,020 results on Thursday and 5842 people were vaccinated at state-run hubs.

Victoria is now 88 per cent double-vaccinated in those aged over 12.

Almost all the state's remaining coronavirus restrictions lifted just before midnight on Friday, as it inches closer to 90 per cent full vaccination in those aged over 12.

Double-dosed Victorians are now able to dance in clubs, and home visitor limits as well as cafe, bar and restaurant density caps have been dumped.

Freedom day comes as the state government is battling to get its pandemic legislation through the upper house after days of protests on parliament's front steps.

Right-wing extremists have joined protesters, who chanted that they wanted to "hang" and "kill" Mr Andrews earlier this week.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that while he had no tolerance for violent protesters, it was time for state governments to step back and for "Australians to take their lives back".

He then attacked state-imposed vaccine mandates, drawing criticism from leaders in Queensland and Western Australia.

Mr Andrews said the prime minister was sending mixed messages to protesters, and was annoyed focus had been taken away from Victoria's new freedoms.

"It's taken too long for people just to be straight. They're sending mixed messages and that is dangerous," he said.

"I don't want anyone, whether it's people who are weak leaders or extremists, to take away from what Victorians have built and sacrificed."

Asked about his relationship with Mr Morrison, the premier said: "It will be a lot better when he stops double speaking to extremists."

Non-essential retail has joined the state's vaccinated economy, banning unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people from visiting those shops, unless they are aged under 12 years and two months or have a valid exemption.

The Australian Retailers Association said retailers had been caught on the hop in the lead-up to a busy sales period and called for leniency in enforcing vaccine checks for customers.

While masks will no longer be required for customers visiting hospitality venues, workers must continue wearing them.

There are also major changes to isolation rules, including reducing the number of days positive cases must quarantine from 14 to 10.