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India virus deaths pass Italy’s as floods hamper battle

first_imgMany experts have cast doubt on India’s official numbers saying that authorities are not testing enough people and that many coronavirus-linked deaths are not properly recorded.A study this week that tested for coronavirus antibodies reported some 57 percent of people in Mumbai’s teeming slums have had the infection — far more than official data suggests.Last week a similar study indicated that almost a quarter of people in the capital, New Delhi, have had the virus — almost 40 times the official total.Annual monsoon floods in eastern and north-eastern India that have displaced tens of thousands in the region were meanwhile hampering efforts to stop the deadly virus spreading. In India’s poorest state Bihar, home to 125 million people and one of several states to impose restrictions on activities, 11 people have died and more than 25,000 are crammed into relief camps.”Reaching out to flood victims and providing them help is not easy due to fear of the pandemic,” relief worker Mahendar Yadav said.Topics : India’s coronavirus death toll passed 35,000 on Friday, overtaking that of Italy, as floods affecting millions and killing almost 350 hampered the battle against the pandemic.With 779 new deaths in 24 hours, the health ministry put total fatalities at 35,747, giving India the world’s fifth-highest death toll behind the United States, Brazil, Britain and Mexico, according to an AFP tally.Total infections in the world’s second-most populous country are now 1.63 million, surpassed only by the US and Brazil, both of which have much smaller populations.last_img read more

Redlynch manor designed for maximum comfort

first_img35 Chirio Dr, Redlynch“The layout of my new home is going to be quite similar. It will be so sad to go but people’s plans change in life,” he said. “The thing I will probably miss the most is the Redlynch area. “I’m a keen runner and the suburb is made for recreation, with all its walking tracks and similar things.”The property at 35 Chirio Dr, Redlynch is listed for $1.39 million and open for inspection by appointment. The median sale price for Redlynch houses, according to CoreLogic, was just under $470,000 as of December. Selling agent Sue Clyde-Smith of Elite Real Estate Services said the home was of outstanding quality. “It’s just built to perfection and there is nothing left to do to it. My mind is blown whenever I walk inside,” she said. “The garden is just wonderful … there is plenty of room for children to run around and play.” Mrs Clyde-Smith described the property as an “executive family home”. The home is listed for $1.39 million.IF it wasn’t for the irresistible tropical setting, this grand Redlynch manor could be mistaken for a Beverly Hills palace. Set on about 4370sq m, the majestic five-bedroom house has been the pride and joy of Dr Derrick Coetzee since it was built in 2005. Giant timber doors open on to a living space adorned with dazzling Egyptian artefacts and a chandelier-clad towering ceiling.The kitchen is best described as gargantuan. “I’m quite a perfectionist and wanted to make sure I had everything covered,” said Dr Coetzee, who spent several years designing his “dream home” while living at Brinsmead in the early 2000s. “When drawing up the plans I was focusing on maximising views and keeping the house cool with shading.“From about 3.30pm there’s no more sun on the block, and it’s just a lovely place to stay cool while looking across the valley to the mountain.”Dr Coetzee has tweaked the property’s gardens to perfection over time.“There was nothing on the block, just grass, but I carved out pathways and created a kind of botanical garden,” he said. The neat pool adjoins a timber deck from where the view can be soaked up in tranquillity.“Every Saturday and Sunday, I sit on the deck with a coffee and spend hours looking at the beautiful garden and listening to the waterfall,” Dr Coetzee said.“The home is great for entertaining but is also absolutely ideal for families.”Other features include built-in speakers, built-in wardrobes, a fireplace, comprehensive “man shed”, alarm system and spa.Comfort is further maintained in the 580sq m house by 10 airconditioning units. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoNow building a new home at City View, closer to his work, Dr Coetzee said he would dearly miss the Redlynch property. last_img read more