Cuba declares coronavirus pandemic ‘under control’

first_imgWith 1,862 people having recovered, Cuba has only 244 active cases.However, Diaz-Canel said the country could not become complacent given a spate of new infections since May 28. “This was a week in which the number of active cases and the number of daily cases increased in comparison to the previous weeks in which, as already announced, we were at the tail end of this epidemic,” he said on Saturday.”We need to keep focusing on how we’re going to eliminate the residues that remain, especially those associated with the incompetence or poor functioning of any institution, which give rise to events that can provoke a rebound,” he added. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has declared the coronavirus pandemic “under control” after the island nation registered an eighth straight day without a death from COVID-19.It paves the way for an announcement next week on Cuba’s strategy to gradually lift its lockdown.The country of 11.2 million has recorded just under 2,200 cases and 83 deaths from the virus. In any case, next week “we will be able to inform the people about how we will approach this phase and when we can do so.”Schools and borders remain closed, public transport has been suspended and the wearing of masks in public is mandatory.But with an economy largely dependent on tourism and external trade, and crippled by a six decades-long US embargo, Cuba can ill afford to remain in lockdown for much longer.Lockdown has worsened the social situation for millions of Cubans in a country that was already suffering from food and fuel shortages.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Idalia springs back to life with buyer demand

first_img • Rasmussen ranked cheapest place to buy a home in Townsville Principal at Elite Properties Townsville Glenda Worrall has recently put this block of land under contract at 29 Springside Terrace in Fairfield Waters.REAL estate agents are beginning to see green shoots in Idalia’s property market post-floods with demand ramping up in the area.Principal at Elite Properties Townsville Glenda Worrall, whose target markets are Idalia and Annandale, has put two blocks of land under contract in Idalia in the past three weeks. “I think people are getting in while the market is low and they can see Idalia bouncing back to life with strong business confidence in the area,” Ms Worrall said. “What happened with the floods was a one-in-500-year event and people still want to live on the lake and have that aspect.“It’s similar to what happened in Brisbane with the floods there – it really didn’t end up affecting the values of those areas.” RELATED>>> • Investors buy up with Townsville City apartments the cheapest in over a decade It is understood that one of the lakefront blocks Ms Worrall put under contract is due to settle for over $450,000 and was snapped up after being listed on the market for one day. The other block of land that was put under contract about three weeks ago was listed for $289,000.Ms Worrall said the overall property market in Townsville had been more active over recent weeks. “I’ve sold three properties in the last week and that’s unheard of in this market,” Ms Worrall said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’m also seeing triple the amount of people coming through open homes.“Buyers seem to have a thirst for properties that are well presented.”REIQ regional director and principal at Keyes and Co Property, Damien Keyes, said Idalia offered the same opportunities as always and more with the third stage of Fairfield Central to open this Saturday.“Buyers are definitely still interested in Idalia and they’ve been going out to have a good look at the few properties that are on the market,” Mr Keyes said. “It’s still the great suburb it always was and buyers aren’t ruling it out at all, especially with the next stage opening of Fairfield Central and Otto’s (Fresh Food Market) at the Precinct. “There hasn’t been a huge amount of options for buyers in the area post-floods but more are coming on the market and I think we will definitely continue to see an increase in sales in the suburb leading up to Christmas.”Agent at Ray White Townsville Ray Daniels sold a two-bedroom unit at the Sanctuary Apartments complex in Idalia for $182,000 in July and said demand had been high.“There is definitely no shortage of interest in that complex,” Mr Daniels said.center_img • Cleaning business Easy Vacate embroiled in cash dust-uplast_img read more