Australia has recorded 502 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, the single largest daily number of cases since the pandemic began.

The previous highest number reported in a single day was 469 cases, which was recorded in late March and mostly fuelled by returning international travellers.

The outbreak of the virus in Victoria reached a new peak today, with 484 cases recorded there in 24 hours.

New figures reveal almost 90 per cent of people in the state are failing to self-isolate when they become unwell.

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