Australia’s Victoria state introduces suburban lockdowns to curb new outbreaks

By Byron Kaye

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian state of Victoria introduced the country’s first lockdown measures specifically targeted at local suburban areas after a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne, the nation’s second largest city.

The new curbs come even as two other Australian states looked to ease domestic border restrictions with other parts of the country where the virus has largely been contained.

From midnight the following day, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said people in 10 affected postcodes around Melbourne must stay home unless they are travelling for work, school, exercise or food for a period of four weeks.

Cafes and restaurants would need to revert to takeaway only, just weeks after they returned to seated diners.

“If we don’t take these steps now we will finish up in a situation (where rather) than locking down 10 postcodes, we will be locking down every postcode,” Andrews told reporters.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Continues At Nashua’s Greenbriar Healthcare

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire health officials announced 51 new cases of COVID-19 in the state but nearly half were due to an outbreak at a Nashua nursing home.

The state reported that Greenbriar Healthcare in Nashua had 21 positive cases as part of an “ongoing outbreak” at the nursing home out of the 51 new cases. According to state data released 48 hours ago, 23 people have died due to COVID-19 at Greenbriar with 35 staff infections and 82 residents contracting the virus.

Of the new cases in New Hampshire, one was a child, 58 percent were women and 42 percent men. Of the cases not connected to Greenbriar, 11 reside in Rockingham County, six live in Manchester, four live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, three live in Merrimack County, and two live in Nashua.

The new cases bring the state to 5,717 accumulative patients

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HGTV’s The Property Brothers To Talk TV And Design With Paley Center For Media

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HGTV’s popular Property Brothers, aka twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, will kick off a new series on the center’s Facebook page.

The series, HGTV’s Property Brothers: A Conversation with Drew and Jonathan Scott, will begin airing on Friday, July 10 at noon ET/9 AM PT.

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“Drew and Jonathan Scott have changed the lives of families across the country with their stunning home makeovers, and captured the hearts of a global audience along the way,” said Paley Center President and CEO Maureen J. Reidy. “We’re thrilled that fans from all corners of the world will be able to enjoy this program courtesy of our Paley Center Facebook page.”

Drew and Jonathan Scott have been omnipresent on HGTV for nearly a decade. They kindly help families and couples renovate, remodel, and find their dream homes. The brothers have expanded

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Where 23 states stand on NFL, coronavirus measures

It’s that time of year when NFL teams should be heading into their final month of operations before wrapping the offseason with a full squad veteran minicamp in mid-June. Instead, the league’s power brokers are still trying to figure out when franchises across the country will be allowed to resume their operations — and if there is any hope of training camps or the regular season starting on time.

Murphy said on Tuesday that professional sports may resume practices and actual games in the state as soon as leagues allow teams to do so. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his state will allow practices and games without spectators as long as the leagues have a safety plan approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health once the state enters the “yellow” and “green” phases.

Newsom took a strong lockdown approach in early March to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. … Read More