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Daniel Andrews has sent a message to Victorians to “keep fighting” as they prepare for another week of the extended lockdown.

In a long message on social media posted late on Wednesday night, the Victorian Premier shared a message of encouragement while also hinting at when his return could be.

“Just because we’ve had to do this before, doesn’t mean it’s easy to do again. Some of us will be tired. Some stressed. Some sick to the back teeth of this pandemic. Maybe a mix of all three,” he wrote.

“But please know that every individual effort you made today, and everything you’ll do tomorrow and every day after will save lives.”

At the end of his message, Andrews said he was meeting with his medical team and having scans next week.“I’ll let you know how that goes and exactly when I’ll be back on deck later this month. See you soon.”

After slipping on wet stairs at a holiday rental in March, causing him to fracture vertebrae in his spine and break several ribs, Andrews was meant to return to work in June.

Since then, Mr Merlino has been the Acting Premier.

On Wednesday, Merlino announced that Stay at Home orders would continue for metropolitan Melbourne as the most recent COVID-19 cluster grew to 60 cases.

Lockdown ended for regional Victoria at 11.59pm on Thursday.