Cubans celebrate no local transmission of COVID-19 for first time in four months

first_imgOnly a handful of COVID-19 cases were reported in Cuba over the last week, all in Havana. Most of the Caribbean island, home to 11.2 million inhabitants, has been free of the disease for more than a month.“I always tell you to stay safe at home, but I know many will go to the beach today,” Duran said, smiling, before reminding his television audience about social distancing.The capital’s 2.2 million residents remain at the first phase of three stages of reopening where they can once more move around on public and private transport, go to the beach and other recreation centers, and enjoy a seaside drive just in time for the summer break. They can also dine and have a drink.Each phase allows capacity at venues to increase from an initial 60%. Interprovincial transportation begins during phase two, while phase three includes schools reopening. Cuba for the first time in 130 days on Sunday said there were no new domestic cases of COVID-19 as most of the country moved into the final phase of resuming normal activities with masks and social distancing.Francisco Duran, head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, and who has updated the country daily on the pandemic, took off his mask during the national broadcast for only the second time deliver the good news.Duran, on Saturday did the same, reporting just a single domestic case in Havana. Social distancing and wearing masks remain mandatory in most circumstances.The country has opened a group of isolated resort keys to international tourism. Phase three broadens international travel depending on risk.The Communist-run country has been given high marks for its textbook handling of the pandemic.Cuba’s robust and free community-based health system, door-to-door search for carriers, isolation of the sick, suspected cases and contacts has allowed it to keep the number of infections under 2,500 with 87 deaths.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Two Sovereign stunners going under the hammer this weekend

first_img13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands.TWO spectacular Gold Coast mansions on the same street will go under the hammer this weekend.Both houses on the Sovereign Islands are among the standout properties being offered to the market.13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer at 2.30pm.CoreLogic data revealed 47 homes went to auction on the Gold Coast last weekend with a clearance rate of 54.6 per cent, 14.1 per cent higher than the Sunshine Coast.Auctioneer Colin Banks said there was a new interest in the Sovereign Islands.“The Soveriegn Islands has always been a sought after place but with new builds in the area interest is picking up again,” he said.“Christmas was a very slow season for auctions, and January was a blitz so now the market is gradually picking up again very slowly.”Want to see more dream homes?  Here are a few we found earlier. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSummer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachMr Banks said a Clear Island Waters property he was set to auction tomorrow had already sold.“There is usually a 30 per cent chance of this happening on the Gold Coast but only for lower end homes.“The home I was going to call at Clear Island Waters was well in the $2 million price range.”Meanwhile, Ray White agent Edin Kara is taking 13 Royal Albert Cres to auction at 2.30pm13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer at 2.30pmMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoStone feature walls a floating wooden staircase, curved walls and chandeliers are just some of the features in the five-bedroom house.13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands.Mr Kara said the home has views down the canal and a nature strip at the front for a sense of privacy.“It is located in one of the best streets the Sovereign Islands has to offer,” he said.Further up the street, perched between the newest homes on Sovereign Islands, is a five bedroom, five bathroom house at 76 Royal Albert Cres.With a 20m waterfront the contemporary home has striking tropical gardens.Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Chris Moyer said the house featured imported clay roof tiles from Italy, designed to give a rustic style.At Helensvale, 8 Edgewater place is being taken offered to the market at 2pm8 Edgewater Place HelensvaleDescribed by the owner Josephine Sverdioff as a home with royal history, the six-bedroom house is poised on a 804sq m block.“The story in the street is that 8 Edgewater was one of three homes owned by a Malaysian prince,” Mrs Sverdioff said.“The prince apparently stayed in house number 10 on holidays and the two houses either side of the mansion were for his staff, which were number 8 and number 14.”8 Edgewater Place Helensvalelast_img read more