Saudi ends virus lockdown despite spike in infections

first_imgOn Sunday, the total number of infections rose to 157,612, while the death toll climbed to 1,267, according to data from the health ministry.Intensive care units in the capital Riyadh and the Red Sea city of Jeddah are crowded with coronavirus patients, putting pressure on the health care system, medical sources told AFP.But the decision to lift restrictions comes amid the kingdom’s worst economic crisis in decades as it grapples with the twin blow of low oil prices and the impact of the virus.Mosques outside of Mecca reopened at the end of May, but with strict rules imposing social distancing and other measures. But the kingdom has said the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina will remain suspended over fears of the coronavirus pandemic spreading in Islam’s holiest cities.Authorities are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year’s hajj, scheduled for the end of July, but have urged Muslims to defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.Last year, some 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the hajj, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able. But Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media announced the reopening of cinemas across the kingdom with strict guidelines on social distancing.”We are happy and cautious at the same time… I have been without a haircut for five months,” said Bashayer, a Saudi customer at a Riyadh hair salon.”But we are… scared. I sanitize my hands whenever I touch anything,” she said, while a hairdresser clad in a mask and face shield cut her hair.The kingdom, which has the highest reported coronavirus infections in the Gulf, has seen a spike in cases after it began a phased easing of stringent lockdown measures in late May. Saudi Arabia on Sunday ended a nationwide coronavirus curfew and lifted restrictions on businesses, including hair salons and cinemas, after three months of stringent curbs, despite a spike in infections.Prayers were also allowed to resume in mosques in the holy city of Mecca, state media reported, just weeks before the annual hajj pilgrimage is due to start.International flights and religious pilgrimages, however, remain suspended and social gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, according to the interior ministry.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Would you buy a house next to a cemetery?

first_imgThe home has character features including timber floors and VJ walls.“They treat the cemetery like a park and it is very well looked after these days. “For buyers, this is an opportunity to buy in to inner-city living on a big block of land at an affordable price.” The home at 63 Frederick St was built in 1935 and has timber floors, VJ walls and high ceilings. There is a separate living area, a dining room opening to the back patio, and a kitchen with walk-in pantry and gas cooking. The kitchen at 63 Frederick St, Toowong.There is a covered veranda at the front of the home and plenty of entertaining space at the back.Ms Healy said she was only selling because she was moving away from Brisbane.“I’ve really loved living in Toowong,” she said. “It is a great location 15 minutes’ walk to the Regatta, close to buses and the city.” The home at 63 Frederick St, Toowong, is across the road from Toowong Cemetery. Photo: SUPPLIEDIF ghost stories and gravestones don’t deter you, this 1930s Queenslander in Toowong could be an affordable entry in to the inner city market. The renovated three-bedroom home is on a double block across the road from Toowong Cemetery. Owner Maria Healy has lived in the house at 63 Frederick St since 2003 and in that time she hasn’t experienced a single spine tingle, undead visitor or unexplained event. Even on Halloween, she isn’t the slightest bit concerned about her silent neighbours. The home at 63 Frederick St, Toowong, is on a double block.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“There is always a lot of people in there, either tending the graves or walking their dogs. There are even a couple of water stations for the dogs to have a drink.” Marketing agent Byrony O’Neill said most buyers weren’t put off by the heritage-listed cemetery. “A lot of people make jokes about quiet neighbours or it being the dead centre of town but they don’t seem to mind it,” she said. The view of Brisbane city from the top of Toowong Cemetery.“I actually love that I live across the road from so much history,” she said. Ms Healy said Frederick St residents saw the well-maintained cemetery as a bonus. It is a large green space with city views, lots of trees and plenty of walking paths. It is also next to Anzac Park and the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. “I’ve got a two-year-old dog and we go for a walk through the cemetery several times a week, as do my neighbours,” Ms Healy said.last_img read more

West Indies 2020 schedule

first_imgJuly 18: 2nd T20I – Guyana National Stadium, GuyanaJuly 19: 3rd T20I – Guyana National Stadium (West Indies in England)June 4-8: 1st Test – The OvalJune 12-16: 2nd Test – EdgbastonJune 25-29: 3rd Test – Lord’s(New Zealand in West Indies)July 8: 1st Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, AntiguaJuly 10: 2nd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket GroundJuly 13: 3rd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Windsor Park, DominicaJuly 15: 1st T20I – Windsor Park ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Following is the West Indies 2020 itinerary announced by Cricket West Indies on Friday:MATCH SCHEDULE (West Indies men)(Ireland in West Indies)January 4: 50-over warm-up match – Three Ws Oval, BarbadosJanuary 7: 1st Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Kensington Oval, BarbadosJanuary 9: 2nd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Kensington OvalJanuary 12: 3rd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Grenada National Stadium, GrenadaJanuary 15: 1st T20I – Grenada National StadiumJanuary 18: 2nd T20I – Warner Park, St KittsJanuary 19: 3rd T20I – Warner Park, St Kittscenter_img  (South Africa in West Indies)July 15-19: warm-up match – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, TrinidadJuly 23-27: 1st Test – Queen’s Park Oval, TrinidadJuly 31 to August 4: 2nd Test – Daren Sammy Stadium, Saint LuciaAugust 8: 1st T20I – Broward County Stadium, USAAugust 9: 2nd T20I – Broward County Stadium, USAAugust 12: 3rd T20I – Sabina Park, JamaicaAugust 15: 4th T20I – Sabina ParkAugust 16: 5th T20I – Sabina Park(West Indies ICC T20 World Cup)October 25: vs New Zealand – Melbourne Cricket GroundOctober 28: vs Australia – Perth StadiumOctober 30: vs Qualifier B2 – Perth StadiumNovember 3: vs Pakistan – Adelaide OvalNovember 7: vs Qualifier A1 – Melbourne Cricket GroundNovember 11: Semifinal 1 – Sydney Cricket GroundNovember 12: Semifinal 2 – Adelaide OvalNovember 15: FINAL – Melbourne Cricket Groundlast_img read more