Russia asks citizens to avoid foreign travel over virus fears

first_imgTopics : A senior Russian official on Saturday called on citizens of the country to refrain from non-essential travel abroad over fears about the growing number of coronavirus cases internationally.Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, told local news agencies that Russians should stay put to avoid contracting the virus.”In order to consider yourself protected today, first of all possible future trips outside the native country need to be reduced as much as possible,” Popova said. “Now is a time when it is not worth leaving Russia.”Despite sharing one of the world’s longest borders with China, where the first coronavirus cases were recorded last year, Russia has relatively few confirmed cases of the illness on its territory.Three Russian nationals are receiving treatment in Russia after they contracted the virus on a cruise ship in Japan, the authorities have said. Two Chinese nationals were earlier taken to hospital in Russia with the virus but have since recovered.Russia has quarantined hundreds of people to prevent the spread of the epidemic, and authorities in Moscow are carrying out raids on potential carriers of the virus and using facial recognition technology to enforce quarantine measures.Moscow’s deputy mayor said on Friday that the country will deport 88 foreign nationals for allegedly violating quarantine measures imposed on them as a precaution against the coronavirus. last_img read more

House bought through fate, set to find another family

first_imgKris Thomsen outside her home which is going to auction on March 17. Picture: AAP image, John Gass.It must have been fate that led Kris Thomsen and her husband to their home at 7 Brook St, Kalinga, 21 years ago.The couple was renting in the area and loved living so close to Kalinga Park and Kedron Brook.When they needed to vacate the rental property they were keen to secure something else in the area and were given the keys to look at another rental, which they thought was 7 Brook St, Kalinga.Turned out it wasn’t, but after they couldn’t get into the house they noticed a for sale sign out the front.7 Brook St, Kalinga. Picture:“We saw a sign out the front that it was for sale, and we loved it,’’ Ms Thomsen said. “It must have been fate, because we weren’t looking to buy.’’The house itself started out on Junction Rd, Clayfield, and was moved to the Brook St site in the nineties.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoIt was highset with three bedrooms, but over their years of ownership Ms Thomsen said they had renovated and built in underneath to make it a four-bedroom home. She said the street had had many comings and goings over the years, with other homes delivered there and removed, but now it was very settled and a “calm environment’’.Her favourite part of the home, known as Willow Brook, is the kitchen which was updated three years ago.7 Brook St, Kalinga. Picture:“I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and it really works for me, it has a huge amount of storage,’’ Ms Thomsen said.The 1910 home still retains many of its traditional features including leadlight doors and windows and timber floors.The home has airconditioning throughout and ceiling fans.There is also a claw foot bath tub.Ms Thomsen said she would miss the house and being so close to facilities and the quick access to the city through public transport.It will be auctioned today at noon through Lisa Cowan of Ray White – New Farm.last_img read more