South Asia coronavirus cases top 37,000, headache for govts eyeing lockdown end

first_img“We have to remain focused in this fight, the effort is to stop the spread at any cost,” said Satyendra Jain, the health minister of Delhi, one of India’s top three virus hotspots.”If we want end the lockdown, we have to bring down the number of red zones.”Pakistan PM tests negative In neighboring Pakistan, which has roughly half as many cases as India, Prime Minister Imran Khan tested negative for the virus, the information and broadcasting minister said. South Asia’s coronavirus infections have crossed 37,000, with more than half in India, official data showed on Thursday, complicating the task of governments looking to scale back lockdowns that have destroyed the livelihoods of millions.Authorities in India sought this week to ease a stringent 40-day lockdown of the population of 1.3 billion by allowing farm and industrial activity in the least-affected rural areas.But more than 1,400 new cases reported on Wednesday, for one of India’s biggest single-day jumps in recent weeks, carried its tally to 21,392 infections. Topics :center_img Khan was tested after a meeting last week with the head of one of the country’s biggest charity organizations, who later proved to have the virus.”I am happy to report that his test is negative,” said Firdous Ashiq Awan, the minister.But concern is growing over Pakistan’s move, in response to appeals from religious groups, to allow mosque gatherings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite experts’ warnings that they could fuel uncontrollable spread of the virus.The fasting month is expected to begin on Friday.Until now, South Asia, home to a fifth of the world’s population, has suffered fewer infections in the pandemic than rich nations such as Britain, Spain and the United States.But that could be the result of lower rates of testing that health experts believe may allow the virus to lurk undetected.”We have repeatedly said there is no alternative to a testing, trace and quarantine program,” said Sonia Gandhi, the chief of India’s main opposition Congress party.”Unfortunately, testing still remains low and testing kits are still in short supply and of poor quality.”Here are official government figures on the spread of the coronavirus in South Asia:* India has reported 21,392 cases, including 681 deaths * Pakistan has reported 10,513 cases, including 224 deaths * Afghanistan has reported 1,176 cases, including 40 deaths * Sri Lanka has reported 330 cases, including seven deaths * Bangladesh has reported 3,772 cases, including 120 deaths * Maldives has reported 34 cases and no deaths* Nepal has reported 45 cases and no deaths * Bhutan has reported six cases and no deathslast_img read more

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Three-level tree-house comes with a secret passageway to the rooftop

first_img56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoWith the help of architect Brian Kenny, the house was transformed into a tropical paradise. Mr Hicks said he combined his entertainment skills in mood lighting and sound to create an ambient house. “My favourite part about the house is that you can choose which room to be in depending on your mood,” he said. “I designed the house so it would offer an abundance of light, cool vibes, ventilated spaces and lots of unique areas to hang out in. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.“Every day is a holiday with the invigorating elements of the sun, surf and sand.” The design perched on a 405sq m block combines timber and stone and the quirkiest feature is the rooftop which is accessed by a ladder in the main bedroom. “It is engineered over three levels and was built to last,” Ms Canning said. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.“When it is really hot in summer there is still little to no need for airconditioning and the ensuite opens up to a timber deck so it feels like you’re showering outside.” High ceilings, a cellar and a rooftop barbecue are just some of the fancy features. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.WITH a tree-house design that’s a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s hard not to fall in love with the tropical feel of this house. Homeowner Graeme Hicks, who runs an entertainment business from home, bought the quirky property in 2001.“I was attracted to the address of the house,” Mr Hicks said. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.He said he spent $500,000 renovating the house shortly after he moved in.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house is sprawled out over three levels making it the ultimate treetop hideaway. “From the front, the house has a very beach-house style and the backyard looks out on a dense rainforest setting,” Mr Hicks said. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.A wi-fi controlled garden irrigation with rainwater tanks is the standout. Mishy Canning and David Lonie from LJ Hooker said the lucky buyer would feel like they were on holiday everyday. “Leave the towel at home, take a morning surf or walk to Currumbin Alley or walk to the beach and take a dip in the crystal clear ocean,” Ms Canning said. last_img read more

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Car show, test and tune Saturday at Sheridan

first_imgSHERIDAN, Wyo. – Sheridan Speedway’s car show and test and tune are this Saturday, April 28.The car show will be held at Holiday Inn’s north parking lot from 11 a.m.-1p.m. Fans are invited to come visit with their favorite drivers and see how the new rides look for the 2018 racing season.The test and tune will follow from 2 p.m. sharp to 4 p.m. Driver/car fee will be $10 and there is no charge for spectator admission.Sheridan sanctions both the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

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