Victoria records 34 COVID-free days in a row

Victoria records 34 COVID-free days in a row

Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases for the 34th day in a row but health authorities continue to call for people who have visited Colac to get tested after "strong" traces of COVID-19 were found in the town's sewage.

On Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews said fragments of the virus found in wastewater in the south-west Victorian town could indicate an active case in the area. However, Victoria's testing commander Jeroen Weimar later said the results were believed to be from "viral shedding".

He said the man believed to be the source was known to the Department of Health and was no longer considered infectious. According to a coronavirus update from the DHHS yesterday, "viral shedding may come from different sources – such as used tissues, off hands and skin, or in stools – and last for several weeks beyond a person’s infectious period".

Nonetheless, health authorities are still urging truck drivers and other recent visitors to Colac who display even the mildest symptoms to get tested.

Testing is available at Colac Neighbourhood House until 12.30pm Thursday and Friday.

The call for testing comes as Victoria recorded 34 days straight without any new coronavirus infections on Thursday.

More than 10,094 tests were conducted on Wednesday in Victoria.

The Department of Health and Human Services initially sent an incorrect tweet about Thursday's case numbers, which listed that there had been one death. It was quickly followed by another tweet with the correct figures of zero new cases and zero deaths.

However, NSW has recorded a new case of COVID-19 after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive, ending the state's almost month-long streak of no locally acquired cases.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the woman from Minto in Sydney's south-west worked at two CBD hotels, one of which is a police quarantine hotel. She worked at the Novotel and the Ibis at Darling Harbour and caught public transport to and from work.

The woman's five family members were tested overnight and all returned a negative result for the virus.

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