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New South Wales enjoys 11th day of NO coronavirus community infections

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New South Wales has reported its 11th day with no new community transmission of COVID-19, bolstering hopes of holidays to Queensland this summer.

The welcome figures come despite fears that thousands flocking to the beach over the long weekend could be a source of coronavirus transmission.  

The state recorded 11 new cases of the deadly respiratory infection on Tuesday, but all new cases were found in returned travellers completing their mandatory hotel quarantine. 

NSW Health conducted 5,385 tests in the 24-hour reporting period to Tuesday. 

There are just 50 active cases in New South Wales, including three in intensive care. None of the patients require ventilation. 

Temperatures in Bondi (pictured on Monday) reached 30C, prompting thousands to flock to the beach - with many fearing a lack of social distancing could lead to new infections

Temperatures in Bondi (pictured on Monday) reached 30C, prompting thousands to flock to the beach - with many fearing a lack of social distancing could lead to new infections

Temperatures in Bondi (pictured on Monday) reached 30C, prompting thousands to flock to the beach – with many fearing a lack of social distancing could lead to new infections

Authorities are calling on people from the Hawkesbury region and south west Sydney to seek testing after fragments of the virus were detected in the region’s sewage system.   

‘Virus fragments in sewage can mean that there are active cases in the catchment area, but people can continue to ‘shed’ virus genetic material for some weeks after recovery,’ NSW Health said in a statement. 

The latest update strengthen’s New South Wales’ case of reopening the Queensland border on November 1 as promised. 

While Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last Friday announced she would reopen her border to all of NSW on November 1, it was later revealed that this still relied on the state completing 28 days without any cases of community transmissions. 

There was hardly room to move on Coogee Beach as thousands flocked to the water on the 31C public holiday

There was hardly room to move on Coogee Beach as thousands flocked to the water on the 31C public holiday

There was hardly room to move on Coogee Beach as thousands flocked to the water on the 31C public holiday

Sun's up, fun's up! Bondi Beach heats up as crowds descend on the famous beach during New South Wales' public holiday Monday

Sun's up, fun's up! Bondi Beach heats up as crowds descend on the famous beach during New South Wales' public holiday Monday

Sun’s up, fun’s up! Bondi Beach heats up as crowds descend on the famous beach during New South Wales’ public holiday Monday

With 11 days already under the state’s belt, there are just 17 more days standing between New South Wales residents and Sunshine State getaways.

If there is just one ‘unlinked’ community transmission case recorded in New South Wales the border reopening could be pushed back.

Across the long weekend, there was concerns packed crowds at the beach could have derailed the state’s success. 

North Cronulla beach was shut off to new visitors on Monday afternoon because the capacity under current COVID-19 restrictions had been reached.

Similar threats were made at Bondi and Coogee beaches in Sydney’s east, were tens of thousands of people lined the sand as the mercury soared to 31C.

Electronic signs at the beach warned visitors that the allowed capacity was close to being reached

Electronic signs at the beach warned visitors that the allowed capacity was close to being reached

Electronic signs at the beach warned visitors that the allowed capacity was close to being reached

One cheeky youngster was eager to have a real life look at the inside of a police car near Bondi Beach

One cheeky youngster was eager to have a real life look at the inside of a police car near Bondi Beach

One cheeky youngster was eager to have a real life look at the inside of a police car near Bondi Beach

Lifesavers at Coogee warned beachgoers of the needed to keep 1.5 metres between them and others, both in the water and on the sand. 

The massive crowds led to NSW Police patrolling the beaches in the early afternoon. 

Queensland has already reopened the border for more than 120,000 residents in New South Wales border towns, including Byron Bay and Ballina. 

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has openly criticised the 28-day policy as a ‘pretty tall order’.

To add insult to injury, the state premier said she only learned of the November reopening date through a press conference. 

Communication between Ms Berejiklian and Ms Palaszczuk has deteriorated as the two premiers clash over the closure of the state border.

Ms Berejiklian has constantly insisted Queensland lift its border closure while Ms Palaszczuk has remained firm on her policy to keep it shut. 

Ms Berejiklian said she held back her excitement when she learned the November reopen date was based on a 28-day-free community transmission policy (pictured, officers patrol the Queensland and New South Wales border on October 1)

Ms Berejiklian said she held back her excitement when she learned the November reopen date was based on a 28-day-free community transmission policy (pictured, officers patrol the Queensland and New South Wales border on October 1)

Ms Berejiklian said she held back her excitement when she learned the November reopen date was based on a 28-day-free community transmission policy (pictured, officers patrol the Queensland and New South Wales border on October 1)

While Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last Friday announced she would reopen her border to all of NSW on November 1, it was later revealed that this still relied on the state completing 28 days without any cases of community transmission

While Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last Friday announced she would reopen her border to all of NSW on November 1, it was later revealed that this still relied on the state completing 28 days without any cases of community transmission

While Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last Friday announced she would reopen her border to all of NSW on November 1, it was later revealed that this still relied on the state completing 28 days without any cases of community transmission

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SHOCKING moment Erin McNaught and Candice Warner are manhandled by directing staff

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SAS Australia got off to a gruelling start on Monday as the celebrities struggled with a ‘life or death’ course aimed at mimicking young soldiers on a battlefield.

In particular, female recruits Erin McNaught, 38, and Candice Warner, 35, broke down after they were manhandled by directing staff, Ant Middleton and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham.

The ex Miss Universe Australia and former Ironwoman were left so shocked after being pushed and dragged through the mud, that they failed to pull the trigger in retaliation after shots were fired at them.

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Intense: Erin McNaught, 38, [pictured] and Candice Warner, 35, broke down after they were manhandled by directing staff, Ant Middleton and Mark 'Billy' Billingham [pictured] during a life or death' course on Monday's episode of SAS Australia

Intense: Erin McNaught, 38, [pictured] and Candice Warner, 35, broke down after they were manhandled by directing staff, Ant Middleton and Mark 'Billy' Billingham [pictured] during a life or death' course on Monday's episode of SAS Australia

Intense: Erin McNaught, 38, [pictured] and Candice Warner, 35, broke down after they were manhandled by directing staff, Ant Middleton and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham [pictured] during a life or death’ course on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia 

Speaking to the camera, Erin explained: ‘My whole life I’ve only ever attempted things when I’ve known I’m going to be good at them. If there’s any chance of failure, then I won’t attempt it, and that’s the worst lesson to be teaching my kids.

‘If there’s one thing I want to be learning from this course, it’s how to fail and get back up and keep going.’

And Erin practised what she preached as she kept getting back up after being dramatically thrown to the floor by Ant, who simultaneously screamed at her in the high-pressure situation.

After cold water was thrown in her face, Erin was then required to shoot at a man who held a machine gun pointed at her.

The ex Miss Universe Australia and former Ironwoman were left so shocked after being pushed and dragged through the mud, that they failed to pull the trigger in retaliation after shots were fired at them

The ex Miss Universe Australia and former Ironwoman were left so shocked after being pushed and dragged through the mud, that they failed to pull the trigger in retaliation after shots were fired at them

The ex Miss Universe Australia and former Ironwoman were left so shocked after being pushed and dragged through the mud, that they failed to pull the trigger in retaliation after shots were fired at them

Speaking to the camera, Erin explained: 'If there's one thing I want to be learning from this course, it's how to fail and get back up and keep going'

Speaking to the camera, Erin explained: 'If there's one thing I want to be learning from this course, it's how to fail and get back up and keep going'

Speaking to the camera, Erin explained: ‘If there’s one thing I want to be learning from this course, it’s how to fail and get back up and keep going’

Stressful: Erin practised what she preached as she kept getting back up after being dramatically thrown to the floor by Ant, who simultaneously screamed at her in the high-pressure situation

Stressful: Erin practised what she preached as she kept getting back up after being dramatically thrown to the floor by Ant, who simultaneously screamed at her in the high-pressure situation

Stressful: Erin practised what she preached as she kept getting back up after being dramatically thrown to the floor by Ant, who simultaneously screamed at her in the high-pressure situation

When she failed to do so, a furious Mark told her: ‘You just got yourself killed. I’m going to go and tell your husband and kids now!’

Things did pan out any better for Candice, who explained that she wanted to succeed at the task so that her three daughters would be ‘proud of her’.

‘They’re super proud of their dad [cricketer David Warner], but they just see mum as mum – the lady who picks them up from school, makes their dinner, gets them breakfast and then puts them to bed.

‘I want to show them there’s a lot more to mum than just that. I think I’m strong, and I’m mentally tough, but am I?’

Failed: After cold water was thrown in her face, Erin was then required to shoot at a man who held at machine gun pointed at her

Failed: After cold water was thrown in her face, Erin was then required to shoot at a man who held at machine gun pointed at her

Failed: After cold water was thrown in her face, Erin was then required to shoot at a man who held at machine gun pointed at her

Brutal words: When she failed to do so, a furious Mark told her: 'You just got yourself killed. I'm going to go and tell your husband and kids now!'

Brutal words: When she failed to do so, a furious Mark told her: 'You just got yourself killed. I'm going to go and tell your husband and kids now!'

Brutal words: When she failed to do so, a furious Mark told her: ‘You just got yourself killed. I’m going to go and tell your husband and kids now!’

On a mission: Things did pan out any better for Candice, who explained that she wanted to succeed at the task so that her three daughters would be 'proud of her'

On a mission: Things did pan out any better for Candice, who explained that she wanted to succeed at the task so that her three daughters would be 'proud of her'

On a mission: Things did pan out any better for Candice, who explained that she wanted to succeed at the task so that her three daughters would be ‘proud of her’

At the end of the tumultuous run on the course, Candice stumbled over her fingers when it came time to pulling the triggers.

Her actions left Mark fuming as he also informed her that if this would have been a real battlefield situation, she, along with the rest of her team, would be instantly killed.

Both Candice and Erin were left on the verge of tears as they waited for the rest of the celebrity recruits to complete the task.

SAS Australia continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Seven 

Pressure: At the end of the tumultuous run on the course, Candice stumbled with her fingers when it came time to pulling the trigger

Pressure: At the end of the tumultuous run on the course, Candice stumbled with her fingers when it came time to pulling the trigger

Pressure: At the end of the tumultuous run on the course, Candice stumbled with her fingers when it came time to pulling the trigger

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Strangers share their biggest regrets and the mistakes they wish they could undo  

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Few of us can say we have absolutely no regrets and now people have revealed some of the actions they desperately wish they could undo in an eye-opening thread.  

People from around the world discussed the mistakes they wish they had never made via the secrets sharing app Whisper

One admitted that if they’d known trying drugs would lead to addiction they would never have touched them in the first place.  

Another one said they regretted not helping their late mother during her illness when they were teenager, as it could have led them to spending more time together. 

One said they wished they had let their crush knew they liked them in the past, while others regretted having left their partners. 

People shared their biggest regret on anonymous US-based app Whisper. One person said they wished they had helped their late mother more when she was sick

People shared their biggest regret on anonymous US-based app Whisper. One person said they wished they had helped their late mother more when she was sick

People shared their biggest regret on anonymous US-based app Whisper. One person said they wished they had helped their late mother more when she was sick 

An anonymous lover said they regretted not expressing the doubts they had about their relationship sooner

An anonymous lover said they regretted not expressing the doubts they had about their relationship sooner

An anonymous lover said they regretted not expressing the doubts they had about their relationship sooner

One person shared how they regretted not being more mindful of their budget in the past now that they faced financial challenges

One person shared how they regretted not being more mindful of their budget in the past now that they faced financial challenges

One person shared how they regretted not being more mindful of their budget in the past now that they faced financial challenges 

A drug addict explained how they regretted ever starting using drugs, which led to their addiction

A drug addict explained how they regretted ever starting using drugs, which led to their addiction

A drug addict explained how they regretted ever starting using drugs, which led to their addiction

A widower candidly revealed how one small decision led to his wife and daughter's death in a car accident

A widower candidly revealed how one small decision led to his wife and daughter's death in a car accident

A widower candidly revealed how one small decision led to his wife and daughter’s death in a car accident 

A divorcee recounted how they got married at a young age because they did not think they deserved better

A divorcee recounted how they got married at a young age because they did not think they deserved better

A divorcee recounted how they got married at a young age because they did not think they deserved better

One tech-savvy participant said they regretted not investing in the crypto currency Bitcoin when it was still cheap

One tech-savvy participant said they regretted not investing in the crypto currency Bitcoin when it was still cheap

One tech-savvy participant said they regretted not investing in the crypto currency Bitcoin when it was still cheap 

Independence comes at a price! This person said they regretted moving out of their parents house aged 19

Independence comes at a price! This person said they regretted moving out of their parents house aged 19

Independence comes at a price! This person said they regretted moving out of their parents house aged 19

One person revealed how they wished they could take back the time they moved states and left a promising job for a partner they were no longer with

One person revealed how they wished they could take back the time they moved states and left a promising job for a partner they were no longer with

One person revealed how they wished they could take back the time they moved states and left a promising job for a partner they were no longer with 

A women revealed how she regretted never having had one night stands when she was younger

A women revealed how she regretted never having had one night stands when she was younger

A women revealed how she regretted never having had one night stands when she was younger

One person reflected on how their suicide attempt affected their parents and wished they could undo them

One person reflected on how their suicide attempt affected their parents and wished they could undo them

One person reflected on how their suicide attempt affected their parents and wished they could undo them 

One person revealed how they regretted declawing their cats for the benefit of their significant other

One person revealed how they regretted declawing their cats for the benefit of their significant other

One person revealed how they regretted declawing their cats for the benefit of their significant other 

A romantic soul shared how they wished they had told their crushes about their feelings when they still could

A romantic soul shared how they wished they had told their crushes about their feelings when they still could

A romantic soul shared how they wished they had told their crushes about their feelings when they still could 

One person regretted not being more invested in their studies as a teenager, which could have let them to a better job

One person regretted not being more invested in their studies as a teenager, which could have let them to a better job

One person regretted not being more invested in their studies as a teenager, which could have let them to a better job

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Good Samaritans rescue a mother and baby from a burning house – only for a thief to steal their car

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A couple injured while saving a mother and her baby from a house fire had their car stolen by a heartless thief from outside the hospital.

Young parents were driving home after walking their dog when they spotted smoke in Flat Bush, Auckland, on Monday about 11am.

With their six-month-old baby daughter Leila and Jess’s sister in the car, the couple pulled over, called emergency, and ran to the burning house on Penion Drive.

Young father Conner Dickson with his partner Jess Nock and their six-month-old baby Leila

Young father Conner Dickson with his partner Jess Nock and their six-month-old baby Leila

Young father Conner Dickson with his partner Jess Nock and their six-month-old baby Leila

The young family (pictured) were returning from walking their dog when they saw smoke in Flat Bush, Auckland, and ran to the burning house on Penion Drive

The young family (pictured) were returning from walking their dog when they saw smoke in Flat Bush, Auckland, and ran to the burning house on Penion Drive

The young family (pictured) were returning from walking their dog when they saw smoke in Flat Bush, Auckland, and ran to the burning house on Penion Drive

The pair were horrified to see a woman banging on the double-glazed window, screaming that she was trapped inside with a three-month-old baby.

Conner immediately tried to break down the door with his hands and then a chair, the New Zealand Herald reported.

When it didn’t work, the quick-thinking young dad grabbed a pole and smashed open the window.

The woman inside handed her baby out the broken window to Jess, and then Conner helped her climb out.

As he helped the woman, he cut his thumb open on the razor-sharp shards of glass around the window frame.

Nursing student Jess said her partner was a ‘true hero’. 

Conner (pictured right) sliced open his thumb helping a woman climb to safety from a burning house through a broken window. Jess (left) gave her all her baby bottles, formula and nappies

Conner (pictured right) sliced open his thumb helping a woman climb to safety from a burning house through a broken window. Jess (left) gave her all her baby bottles, formula and nappies

Conner (pictured right) sliced open his thumb helping a woman climb to safety from a burning house through a broken window. Jess (left) gave her all her baby bottles, formula and nappies 

When Jess took Conner (pictured) to hospital for stitches, a heartless thief stole their car

When Jess took Conner (pictured) to hospital for stitches, a heartless thief stole their car

When Jess took Conner (pictured) to hospital for stitches, a heartless thief stole their car

‘Conner (my partner) had a large laceration on his thumb from the glass and the woman also had some cuts. The baby was unharmed,’ Jess said on her GiveALittle fundraising page. 

After the rescue, Jess ran to the car and got some of her own baby supplies to make up a bottle, and gave the woman all the bottles, formula and nappies she had with her. 

The mother was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cuts before being taken to hospital by paramedics.

The emergency crews offered to take Jess and Conner to hospital also – but they decided to drive themselves to East Care Accident and Medical in Howick. 

At the hospital, Conner received stitches to his thumb.

A cobalt blue Mazda Demio (stock image) similar to the one stolen from the Good Samaritans

A cobalt blue Mazda Demio (stock image) similar to the one stolen from the Good Samaritans

A cobalt blue Mazda Demio (stock image) similar to the one stolen from the Good Samaritans

But when they emerged a few hours later, their cobalt blue Mazda Demio was gone.

‘While we were in the A&E getting Conner stitched up… OUR CAR GOT STOLEN!?’ Ms Nock wrote in shock.

‘All our babies things were inside: pram, car seats, front pack, porta-cot and more.’

The family only had one car, and Mr Dickson now has to take time off from work because of his injured hand.

Ms Nock has set up a fundraising page called ‘Need some good karma’ on GiveALittle to try to replace their car, lost baby goods and also to donate something to the family whose house was damaged.

‘As a nursing student we are a single income family with a man who works 12 hour night shifts. This has really hit us hard as you can imagine,’ she wrote.

 ‘We hate to ask for help but would be forever grateful for it.’ 

Jess Nock with the family dog

Jess Nock with the family dog

Jess Nock with Conner Dickson (right)

Jess Nock with Conner Dickson (right)

Jess Nock with partner Conner Dickson, and their dog. The young parents only had one car now stolen, so they started a fundraising page called Need some good karma on GiveALittle

The page had raised $1,084 towards its $10,000 goal within two hours of being posted.

Many people posted supportive comments to the young family.

‘You guys are amazing! Wish you all the best!’ wrote one.

‘What a plot twist. All the best to your beautiful family,’ wrote another.

‘Sending you all love. An absolutely heroic and selfless act. You saved lives today,’ wrote another.

The house fire is believed to have started on a deck before spreading to the home.

NZ Police confirmed on Monday night that the young family’s car was reported stolen and they were investigating. 

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