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Gulf Today Report
On Sunday Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months.
Health officials said paving the way for further easing of social distancing restrictions.
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In the capital of Victoria state, Melbourne, residents were enjoying the first weekend of cafés and restaurants after weeks of restrictions.
The state of Victoria, a coronavirus hot spot which accounts for more than 90% of Australia's 907 coronavirus-related deaths, saw zero new daily infections and no deaths for the second consecutive day.
The Melbourne residents enjoy the first weekend of cafés and restaurants to walk-in customers after five months.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton urged Victorians to enjoy the Cup but to continue obeying guidance on mask-wearing and social distancing.
"The great majority of Melburnians know what do to,” Sutton said. "There will be a few who may be a bit liberal in their behavior.”
With no fresh cases of COVID-19 recorded in the rest of the country, Australia saw its first day of no transmissions since June 9, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
"Thank you to all of our amazing health & public health workers & above all else the Australian people," Hunt said on his Twitter account.Swift and stringent measures combined with community compliance have been credited for reigning in the pandemic before it strained the public health system in Australia.
New South Wales (NSW) said that from Oct. 16 venues that offer outdoor dining will be allowed to have double the number of patrons outside. NSW previously required such venues to ensure four square metres (13 square feet) for each patron.
The state of Victoria reported 322 new infections and 19 new deaths on Monday, with 14 of the deaths connected to outbreaks at aged-care facilities.
Led by cases in Victoria state — the epicentre of Australia's latest COVID-19 outbreak — Australia said it has detected 226 new infections in the past 24 hours, the lowest since July 18 when 212 cases were recorded.
The Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, derailed and fell on the opposite track, with many people still trapped, the reports said.
Sheikh Mohammed added in a tweet on Twitter: "We found its executive director at the service counters, receiving customers, speeding up procedures, and contributing to clearing transactions. The secret shopper assured us that providing the service did not exceed five minutes."
The first lady arrived in Cairo from Amman, where she attended the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein. She is travelling to Morocco on Saturday before heading to Portugal, the final stop of her tour, on Monday.