Victoria chases 14th day of no new cases; NSW, Qld seeks border opening; USA, Europe continue to face growing wave


Bars and restaurants must close to on-premises patrons at 10pm.

The move outraged some critics, including one New York City councilman who defiantly declared that he would not follow the governor’s rules.

“I’ll be having more than 10 ppl at my house on Thanksgiving,” Joe Borelli, a Staten Island Republican who is the council’s minority whip, said in a tweet Wednesday.

“Some family will come from (gasp!) New Jersey. Kids will see their grandparents, cousins will play in the yard, sis in law will bring strawberry rhubarb pie, & a turkey will be overcooked.”

New York’s seven-day average rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive has hit 2.52 per cent.

If that figure reaches 3 per cent, schools are expected to close again.

Texas has become the first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, although California is closing in on that mark.

Texas, the second-most populous state, has recorded 1.02 million coronavirus cases more than 19,000 deaths since the outbreak began in early March, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

California, the most populous state, has logged more than 995,000 cases.

The US has recorded over 240,000 deaths and more than 10.3 million confirmed infections, with new cases soaring to all-time highs of well over 120,000 per day over the past week.

Health experts have blamed the increase in part on the onset of cold weather and growing frustration with mask-wearing and other precautions.

A month ago, the US was seeing about 730 COVID-19 deaths per day on average; that has now surpassed 970.

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Two people climb over balcony of Gold Coast high-rise to sit down and chat on a 14th storey ledge 


Nerve-jangling moment two people climb over the balcony of their Gold Coast high-rise to sit on a 14th storey ledge and chat

  • Couple climbed over 14th floor balcony at Wyndham Hotel in Surfers Paradise
  • A picture shows them sitting on a ledge of the hotel and having a chat
  • Terrified onlookers called police but by the time officers arrived they had gone 
  • Queensland had recorded just four new coronavirus cases on Sunday 

A couple have bizarrely climbed over a 14th floor balcony on the Gold Coast to sit on the ledge of the building and have a chat.

The pair made the dangerous move on Sunday morning at the Wyndham Hotel in Surfers Paradise.

Terrified onlookers saw the pair climb the balcony and sit themselves up on the ledge.

A couple have bizarrely climbed over a 14th floor balcony on the Gold Coast to sit on the ledge of the building and have a chat

They then remained on the ledge where it looked like they were having a chat, 7NEWS reported. 

Thinking the worst, witnesses called police but by the time they arrived the two people had disappeared.

It is not yet known whether the pair were paid guests of the hotel or if it is being used as a mandatory hotel quarantine location. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Queensland Police and the Wyndham Hotel for comment.  

Queensland recorded four coronavirus cases on Sunday and health officials are desperately warning three million people to be on high alert.

Three of the new cases are from a Forest Lake home in south-west Brisbane and the other is from Ipswich.  

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young urged residents with symptoms to get tested, especially those in South East Queensland. 

The pair made the dangerous move on Sunday morning at the Wyndham Hotel in Surfers Paradise

The pair made the dangerous move on Sunday morning at the Wyndham Hotel in Surfers Paradise

More than 3.5 million people live in the region, which stretches across the east coast and covers Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

‘They might have been where one of our cases has been,’ she said.

‘Anyone who lives in that southeast corner should think of themselves as a casual contact.’

A casual contact is someone who has had brief face-to-face contact or been in the same closed space for less than two hours with a person who has coronavirus.

Queensland has extended its health restrictions, limiting the number of people who can gather at the Gold Coast and Darling Downs regions.

No more than ten people can gather in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan without a COVID-19 safety plan, following an initial outbreak at a youth detention centre.

It was extended south to the Gold Coast from 8am Saturday after two Pimpama residents linked to the cluster were diagnosed with the virus. 

The new rules will also come in to effect in the Darling Downs from 8am on Monday, after health alerts were issues for The Southern Hotel and Queens’ Park Markets in Toowoomba. 

Queensland has recorded four new coronavirus cases overnight with top health officials urging more than three million people to get tested immediately (pictured, nurses at a drive-through COVID-19 pop-up clinic)

Queensland has recorded four new coronavirus cases overnight with top health officials urging more than three million people to get tested immediately (pictured, nurses at a drive-through COVID-19 pop-up clinic)

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Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend eyes 14th season


“I definitely want to play on, obviously with everything going on we don’t even know what the deal is for next year, so my main priority at the moment is to get some games under my belt,” he said.

Friend played at least 22 games for eight straight seasons before bicep and arm issues limited him to just six matches in 2019 and robbed him of an expected State of Origin debut for Queensland.

Jake Friend hasn't been sighted on the field much in recent NRL seasons and is itching to go when the competition resumes.

Jake Friend hasn’t been sighted on the field much in recent NRL seasons and is itching to go when the competition resumes.Credit:Getty

He isn’t fazed by the new draw, which has clubs playing for 18 straight weeks.

“I haven’t played much footy in the last couple of years, so I’m pretty excited to get out there and string some games together. I want to play all 18,” Friend said.

‘He’s made the most of the enforced lay-off caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve been able to get some strength-work stuff that whilst injured you can’t do so it’s been really good,” Friend said.

“I think a lot of our team has made the most of the time away.

“Some boys have put on some kilos, some boys are looking in the best shape that they have.’

Beaten in their first two games before the hiatus, the Roosters resume their quest for a third straight title by playing old rivals South Sydney at Bankwest Stadium on Friday.

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With all the recent publicity surrounding former Roosters player Latrell Mitchell plus Souths teammates Cody Walker and James Roberts, Friend conceded there would be no shortage of motivational fodder for Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett.

“I guess there’s plenty of stuff to get them fired up. I think Roosters- Rabbitohs is always a pretty heated game,” Friend said.

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