Australia on Thursday reported the biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases in more than a week, denting optimism that a stringent lockdown of its second-largest city will soon be lifted.Authorities said 127 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the past 24 hours, up on the 109 cases recorded on Wednesday and the biggest one-day jump since Aug 28.The bulk of the cases were detected in Victoria state which reported 113 new cases in the past 24 hours, despite the state capital, Melbourne, nearing the end of a six-week lockdown. Queensland state accounted for the remaining two cases.Australia has now recorded more than 26,000 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll rose to 678 after a further 15 people in Victoria died.Although strict restrictions have helped to prevent the spread of the virus beyond Victoria, they have wreaked havoc on the economy, with official data on Wednesday showing Australia had entered its first recession in three decades. Topics : As result, state authorities said Australia’s second-largest city – home to 5 million people – may have to continue with restrictions beyond the planned Sept 13 end date.”I can’t rule out that we have to continue [with some] rules. I simply can’t,” state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.Victoria in August imposed a nightly curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s movement and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 12 cases, a day after it posted its biggest one-day spike in new infections for two weeks.
Medium density living is in demand on the Sunshine Coast as Stockland fast-tracks the release of its latest townhomes.BUYER demand has forced the release of designer townhomes ahead of schedule on the Sunshine Coast.Stockland development manager Matt Patullo said Stockland’s first medium-density venture on the Sunshine Coast was shaping up to be an outstanding success with townhomes in the first two releases already sold out.“Due to the strong demand and following the sellout of Lux and Aquiv, we’ve now launched Essen ahead of schedule and 50 per cent of the project has already sold,” Mr Patullo said.“When you consider that this is now one of the last opportunities to buy a brand new home in Brightwater, it’s no wonder we’re seeing so much enthusiasm for the Mainwaring Collection townhomes.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoEssen in BrightwaterEssen’s is the third stage of Stockland’s Mainwaring Collection in its 1500 home masterplanned community at Brightwater.The townhomes start at $415,000 with two, three and four-bedroom homes on offer.Construction on Essen is on track, with the first residents expected to move in early in 2018. Mr Patullo said the project had appealed to first home buyers, as well as families and downsizers looking for an affordable, low-maintenance lifestyle with everything on their doorstep. “We are experiencing strong interest in the Essen release already, so I’d advise anyone looking to purchase a townhome in the Mainwaring Collection to register your interest now,” he said.Designed by nationally renowned architect John Mainwaring, the two-level townhomes have high ceilings, open plan living, quality inclusions and low-maintenance private courtyards.They also include a community swimming pool and alfresco area for residents.
The trainer added: “Provided he shows up well there he will then go for the Secretariat Stakes in Arlington (August 17). That is over a mile and a quarter on the inside turf track and he stays well.” David Marnane has his sights set on a run at Leopardstown with Elleval after his fine effort in defeat at the Curragh on Saturday. The three-year-old, who was runner-up to Lines Of Battle in the UAE Derby, was beaten less than two lengths when fifth in the Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Celebration Stakes on his first outing since that Meydan run in March. Marnane said: “It was his first run back, he ran very well and he should come on for the run. I was particularly pleased with the way he travelled and it was great that he came straight back with a good run after Dubai. He is entered in the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown (July 25) and that’s where he will go next.” Press Association