Australia records first coronavirus death in over a month

·Associate News Editor
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Australia has recorded its first coronavirus death in over a month with the passing of a woman in Victoria, while the state’s streak of no new cases continued on Monday.

The state’s death toll has risen to 820 after the death of a woman in her 70s who contracted the virus in late July.

While she was cleared of having the virus in September, her death is deemed Covid-related as no recovery occurred from when she became infected, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Australia’s death toll now stands at 908.

Victoria's streak of no new coronavirus deaths has come to an end. Source: Getty
Victoria's run of no new coronavirus deaths has come to an end. Source: Getty

The death is the first the state has announced since October 28.

The state has now gone 31 consecutive days without recording a new coronavirus case.

The state processed 5,030 tests in the previous 24 hours, the lowest daily total since June 16.

Health authorities continue to urge Victorians to get tested if the slightest of symptoms emerge as they strive to have the biggest picture of whether there is virus lurking in the community.

It comes as the DHHS detected coronavirus fragments in sewage at a treatment plant in Corio.

Those who live in or visited Geelong's northern suburbs and Lara between November 21 and 23 should seek testing if they experience any respiratory symptoms.

Return to work for Victorians

It comes as thousands of Victorian workers are returning to the office for the first time in nine months.

Since the first wave of COVID-19 hit in March, Victorians able to carry out their duties from home were told to steer clear of offices including Melbourne's CBD.

That will change from Monday, with workplaces welcoming 25 per cent of their staff back on site.

It means businesses with fewer than 40 staff can have 10 on-site, as long as they comply with prescribed density limits.

Office workers are required to wear masks indoors.

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