Victoria records one COVID-19 death from lingering complications

Victoria has recorded its first death from COVID-19 in a month, a person who died from coronavirus complications, despite having been cleared of the virus.

The state recorded no new cases, for the 31st day in a row, as Melburnians were allowed this morning to begin a gradual return to the office.

Health authorities reported the death on Monday morning but no further information about the case was available.

City workers have begun to return to offices, under density requirements and with cleaning protocols in place.

"We will begin a slow, steady and safe return to work for those who have been working from home," Premier Daniel Andrews announced earlier this month.

"That is to say, 25 per cent of staff will be able to be in the office, and it is mainly offices, 75 per cent will still need to work from home and we will make further announcements over the course of the coming weeks and months," he said.

"I want to be clear though – unless you’re one of those people nominated by your employer – you need to keep working from home."

Public servants will continue to work from home, if possible.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings, including on public transport.

Last month, the National Institute of Economic Research produced modelling that showed the effect of COVID-19 was rewinding the past seven years of growth in work-related trips, cutting commuting into the city for work by 17.5 per cent, and that 100,000 fewer people would likely travel into the city for work.

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