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The Sydney hotspots where residents should get coronavirus tests immediately

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Sydney’s coronavirus hotspots have been revealed as health authorities urge residents to get tested as soon as possible, even for mild symptoms.

New South Wales recorded 12 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with just one infection in hotel quarantine. 

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said people living in Sydney’s west and south-west need to come forward for testing due to the proliferation of cases in those districts.

‘The areas I am particularly urging the community to come forward is in south-western Sydney and western Sydney, the local government areas of Cumberland, Parramatta, Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool and Campbelltown,’ Ms Chant told reporters.

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Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says people in Sydney’s west and south-west need to come forward for coronavirus testing as soon as possible

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant say the local government areas of Cumberland, Parramatta, Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool and Campbelltown need to be tested

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant say the local government areas of Cumberland, Parramatta, Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool and Campbelltown need to be tested

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant say the local government areas of Cumberland, Parramatta, Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool and Campbelltown need to be tested

‘I would urge the community with the most mild of symptoms to come forward for testing.’ 

Of the 12 new cases lodged on Wednesday, just one was locally acquired from an unknown source, one from overseas quarantine and ten were linked to known clusters.

‘We are very concerned about the unlinked cases,’ Ms Chant said. 

‘We are concerned there may be chains of transmission we are yet to detect.’

Ms Chant told NSW residents to avoid or reduce social gatherings over the next few weeks, to reduce the chances of coming near infected people.

‘Just some small changes to their life which really means the number of interactions people are having is decreased,’ she said.

‘It means their likelihood of transmitting it to someone else is reduced.’

Of the ten new infections linked to known clusters, two were from the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park in Sydney’s west, and six infections are associated with the funeral gatherings cluster. 

A Sydneysider wears a face mask while walking through Darling Harbour on Tuesday

A Sydneysider wears a face mask while walking through Darling Harbour on Tuesday

A Sydneysider wears a face mask while walking through Darling Harbour on Tuesday

The other two positive tests are linked to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point, causing fears the inner-city outbreak will continue to grow.

There are now 105 cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster and 30 connected to the Potts Point outbreak, including 24 cases linked the Apollo restaurant and six linked to Thai Rock restaurant at Potts Point.

NSW Health said there are 113 active coronavirus cases across the state and nine patients are receiving treatment in intensive care, with six on ventilators.

There were 22,087 tests conducted over 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, compared to 12,876 the previous day.

Two new coronavirus infections reported on Wednesday are linked to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point (pictured)

Two new coronavirus infections reported on Wednesday are linked to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point (pictured)

Two new coronavirus infections reported on Wednesday are linked to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point (pictured) 

An alert has been issued for Kids Learning Academy in Busby, in Sydney’s south-west, after a confirmed coronavirus case visited the venue on July 29 while infectious.

The case is a child of a previously reported infection, linked to Mounties in Mount Pritchard.

Kids Learning Academy has been closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing is underway.

Two students from Greenway Park Public School and one pupil from Bonnyrigg High School, which were reported as cases on Tuesday, were confirmed in Wednesday’s case numbers.

The three students are linked to the growing Mounties Club cluster in Mount Pritchard.

Kids Learning Academy in Busby (pictured) has been closed for deep cleaning after a confirmed COVID-19 case visited the centre on July 29 while infectious

Kids Learning Academy in Busby (pictured) has been closed for deep cleaning after a confirmed COVID-19 case visited the centre on July 29 while infectious

Kids Learning Academy in Busby (pictured) has been closed for deep cleaning after a confirmed COVID-19 case visited the centre on July 29 while infectious 

New South Wales has recorded 12 new coronavirus cases, with just one infection in hotel quarantine. Pictured: Sydneysiders wear face masks as they walk in front of Town Hall

New South Wales has recorded 12 new coronavirus cases, with just one infection in hotel quarantine. Pictured: Sydneysiders wear face masks as they walk in front of Town Hall

New South Wales has recorded 12 new coronavirus cases, with just one infection in hotel quarantine. Pictured: Sydneysiders wear face masks as they walk in front of Town Hall 

Both schools in Sydney’s south-west reopened on Wednesday after closing on Tuesday for deep cleaning.

The 12 new cases in NSW came as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared the whole state and the ACT to be a COVID-19 hotspot and closed the border to NSW residents from 1am on Saturday.

‘In NSW we are continuing to see cases hatch each day and this is of great concern to Queensland,’ she told reporters.

‘We have seen that Victoria is not getting better and we’re not going to wait for NSW to get worse. We need to act.’ 

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Melbourne brothers awarded payout after dad Fernando Paulino stabbed mother to death 

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An evil father who stabbed his wife to death in a frenzied knife attack in a garage has been ordered to pay their sons nearly $300,000 in damages.

Fernando Paulino murdered his ex-wife Teresa Mancuso, 46, by stabbing her at least 16 times at her elderly parents’ Reservoir home in Melbourne‘s north in July 2013.

Her sons Daniel and Luke, 27 and 30, were on Thursday awarded a combined $280,000 after suing their father in Victoria’s Supreme Court.

‘Fernando has shattered the bounds of trust that are inherent in a parent-child relationship, and this is further compounded by Fernando’s apparent lack of remorse,’ Justice James Elliott said.

Teresa Mancuso (centre) was fatally stabbed by her ex-husband, Fernando Paulino – the father of Daniel and Luke. The pair have been awarded nearly $300,000 in damages against their father following the brutal attack in 2013

Teresa Mancuso (centre) was fatally stabbed by her ex-husband, Fernando Paulino – the father of Daniel and Luke. The pair have been awarded nearly $300,000 in damages against their father following the brutal attack in 2013

Teresa Mancuso (centre) was fatally stabbed by her ex-husband, Fernando Paulino – the father of Daniel and Luke. The pair have been awarded nearly $300,000 in damages against their father following the brutal attack in 2013

Daniel and Luke have become known as the YiaYia Next Door brothers after they formed a special bond with their Greek next-door neighbour Nina – who would give them meals over the fence following their mother’s death. 

Paulino is serving a 30-year jail sentence after being convicted of murder – but is seeking for an appeal against the ruling in the High Court.

An inmate who was housed in the same wing as Paulino told Daily Mail Australia in 2018 he wanted his children to know their father was a ‘gutless coward’ who plans to ‘kill himself’ if he is not released and forced to rot in jail. 

Paulino killed out of jealousy, hatred and a determination to punish Ms Mancuso for moving on with life without him.

On December 20, 2017, Paulino (pictured) was sentenced to spend at least 25-years in jail for Ms Mancuso's murder

On December 20, 2017, Paulino (pictured) was sentenced to spend at least 25-years in jail for Ms Mancuso's murder

On December 20, 2017, Paulino (pictured) was sentenced to spend at least 25-years in jail for Ms Mancuso’s murder 

A loving mother: Teresa Mancuso and a young Daniel. Ms Mancuso, 46, was stabbed by her ex-husband at least 16 times in the garage of her elderly parents' Reservoir home

A loving mother: Teresa Mancuso and a young Daniel. Ms Mancuso, 46, was stabbed by her ex-husband at least 16 times in the garage of her elderly parents' Reservoir home

A loving mother: Teresa Mancuso and a young Daniel. Ms Mancuso, 46, was stabbed by her ex-husband at least 16 times in the garage of her elderly parents’ Reservoir home

‘From that moment, Fernando has deprived his sons, Daniel and Luke, of a life with their mother, of the ability to share her 50th birthday with them, and of the chance for her to be there as they celebrate their respective milestones,’ Justice Elliott said.

With their father jailed, the young men took him to court. Each sought $350,000 for loss and suffering, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Justice Elliott said the figure was significantly more than compensation granted in similar cases. He ordered Daniel, now 30, receive $137,500 and 27-year-old Luke $142,500.

Ms Mancuso’s brother, Patrick, sought $100,000 but received $42,500. He was angry and frustrated because he believed the murder could have been prevented.

Happier times: Ms Mancuso enjoys a special moment with her young sons during their childhood

Happier times: Ms Mancuso enjoys a special moment with her young sons during their childhood

Happier times: Ms Mancuso enjoys a special moment with her young sons during their childhood

Teresa Mancuso clowns about with her son Daniel (left). She was killed by her ex-husband out of jealousy and to punish her for moving on with life without him

Teresa Mancuso clowns about with her son Daniel (left). She was killed by her ex-husband out of jealousy and to punish her for moving on with life without him

Teresa Mancuso clowns about with her son Daniel (left). She was killed by her ex-husband out of jealousy and to punish her for moving on with life without him

Before she died, Ms Mancuso expressed fears Fernando would ‘kill her one day’.

‘It is clear that Teresa was a much loved person, and that she had close and loving relationships with Daniel, Luke and Patrick, and with the rest of her immediate and extended family, and friends,’ Justice Elliott said.

‘No award of compensation will ever fill the deep sadness, hurt and trauma that will remain with not only Daniel, Luke and Patrick, but the rest of Ms Mancuso’s family and friends as well, for the rest of their lives.’ 

The bond between the brothers and their ‘Yiayia’ was forged after the murder.  

No one had lived in the property for years until the brothers decided to move into the house to honour their mum.

Pictured are Daniel (left) and Luke Mancuso (right). They have formed a close bond with their neighbour Nina - a relationship popularised by an Instagram account they manage - who gives them cooked meals across the fence

Pictured are Daniel (left) and Luke Mancuso (right). They have formed a close bond with their neighbour Nina - a relationship popularised by an Instagram account they manage - who gives them cooked meals across the fence

Pictured are Daniel (left) and Luke Mancuso (right). They have formed a close bond with their neighbour Nina – a relationship popularised by an Instagram account they manage – who gives them cooked meals across the fence

The garage has since been turned into a games room filled with their childhood toys.

Nina has since cooked meals for the brothers, including traditional Greek food, homemade bread, chicken and their favourite spinach pie, Spanakopita. 

Last year, the grandmother and her husband Petros discovered they would fly home to visit her family in Greece after Daniel and Luke surprised her with a travel voucher.

‘To see my sister and my brother. That’s a big, big deal for me,’ Nina told the men, who she refers to as ‘my grandkids’.

Nina’s sister had suffered a stroke and Flight Centre donated a $4,000 travel voucher for the grandmother to be reunited with her and her brother.

Daniel and Luke surprised Nina with the voucher and celebrated by popping open a bottle of champagne. 

Daniel and Luke last year surprised their neighbour with a travel voucher so she could visit her family and celebrated by popping open a bottle of champagne

Daniel and Luke last year surprised their neighbour with a travel voucher so she could visit her family and celebrated by popping open a bottle of champagne

Daniel and Luke last year surprised their neighbour with a travel voucher so she could visit her family and celebrated by popping open a bottle of champagne

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Prince William and Kate Middleton gush over ‘sweet’ Grace the koala in a video call with Australia

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to an adorable koala during a video call to learn about the lasting impact of the Australian wildfires. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton last week spoke to local business owners and first responders from Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to hear about how residents, wildlife and the local economy were affected when the island was ravaged by bushfires in January. 

Kate, 38, radiant in a favourite yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress, beamed as wildlife park owner Dana Mitchell held a koala named Grace close to the camera for the royal couple to see.

‘Oh look!,’ she said, as Grace was brought out of her enclosure. ‘So sweet.’

Smiling Prince William, 38, leaned in towards the screen to get a better look of their furry special guest and said: ‘She looks like she’s being very well looked after. Grace looks like she has a very nice life there.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to an adorable koala during a video call to learn about the lasting impact of the Australian wildfires. Kate, 38, beamed as wildlife park owner Dana Mitchell cradled a koala joey close to the camera for the royal couple to see

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to an adorable koala during a video call to learn about the lasting impact of the Australian wildfires. Kate, 38, beamed as wildlife park owner Dana Mitchell cradled a koala joey close to the camera for the royal couple to see

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to an adorable koala during a video call to learn about the lasting impact of the Australian wildfires. Kate, 38, beamed as wildlife park owner Dana Mitchell cradled a koala joey close to the camera for the royal couple to see

Dana provided vital care to hundreds of animals harmed during the fires and spoke about how the Island's wildlife was affected. Pictured, introducing a koala to the couple on the call

Dana provided vital care to hundreds of animals harmed during the fires and spoke about how the Island's wildlife was affected. Pictured, introducing a koala to the couple on the call

Dana provided vital care to hundreds of animals harmed during the fires and spoke about how the Island’s wildlife was affected. Pictured, introducing a koala to the couple on the call

Introducing the animal, Dana said: ‘So this is Grace. She came in about a month ago now. She’s gaining weight pretty well and loves her bottle and pretty much sleeps all the time.’

Dana provided vital care to hundreds of animals harmed during the fires and spoke about how the Island’s wildlife was affected, including the devastating impact on its koala population, and the work that is being done to reintroduce rescued animals back into the wild and restore their natural habitats. 

Approximately 48 per cent of Kangaroo Island was affected by bushfires over the course of several weeks, leading to the loss of two lives and significant damage to residents’ homes and livelihoods. 

During the call, The Duke of Cambridge said: ‘It’s fantastic to hear about the community spirit in Australia as always, which is what Catherine and I see when we come down there. Aussies are very good at looking out for each other and it’s fantastic to see that you’re all pulling together.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to business owners and local residents on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, about the lasting impact of January's wildfires

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to business owners and local residents on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, about the lasting impact of January's wildfires

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to business owners and local residents on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, about the lasting impact of January’s wildfires

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Captain Mike Swayne, who spent five weeks fighting the fires as a volunteer for the South Australian Country Fire Service, outlined during the call the difficulties faced by first responders on the ground, including the weather conditions and the speed at which the fires spread. 

Prince William and Kate also heard about the work of a taskforce set up by the Australian Defence Force as part of the national response, providing support to local emergency services and affected communities in South Australia. 

The Duke and Duchess praised the efforts of all those who had worked to tackle the spread of the fire and protect the island’s residents in the most challenging of circumstances.

January’s bushfires also resulted in the loss of thousands of animals and widespread damage to their habitats on Kangaroo Island, which is one of Australia’s most important wildlife sanctuaries. 

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The Reject Shop launches a new GROCERY line in competition against Woolworths, Coles and Aldi

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The Reject Shop has vowed to beat Woolworths, Coles and Aldi on the price of groceries as it ramps up its war on the supermarket giants.   

The Australian discount store has started stocking grocery items in a major overhaul of the brand after securing a deal with the UK’s largest supermarket, Tesco.

The retailer is rolling out designated grocery aisles, selling Tesco-branded pantry items including tea, biscuits, soup, rice, pasta, baby care and a huge range of other grocery staples. 

Andre Reich, CEO The Reject Shop, announced on Thursday the store will beat its competitors’ price on identical items in what will be Australia’s first ever low-price guarantee on groceries. 

The discount store started stocking grocery items after securing a deal with the UK's largest supermarket Tesco - and it means huge savings for shoppers

The discount store started stocking grocery items after securing a deal with the UK's largest supermarket Tesco - and it means huge savings for shoppers

The discount store started stocking grocery items after securing a deal with the UK’s largest supermarket Tesco – and it means huge savings for shoppers 

Customers could soon be seeing cheaper items from big brand names such as Coca-Cola, Colgate, Mars, Morning Fresh, Uncle Toby's, Cadbury and Rexona

Customers could soon be seeing cheaper items from big brand names such as Coca-Cola, Colgate, Mars, Morning Fresh, Uncle Toby's, Cadbury and Rexona

Customers could soon be seeing cheaper items from big brand names such as Coca-Cola, Colgate, Mars, Morning Fresh, Uncle Toby’s, Cadbury and Rexona 

‘No one wants to be ripped off, especially for the things we must use every day. It’s our job to buy bulk and pass the savings we make onto our customers,’ Mr Reich told the Herald Sun

‘With this commitment to delivering products at the lowest price, we’re proud to offer a 10 per cent discount on an item if by chance they find it at a cheaper price.’ 

Reich The Reject Shop will be expanding its products to ensure shoppers have more variety. 

‘We’ve reviewed all our product to make sure only the best quality items are available and we’ve expanded our product offering significantly so Australians can buy high quality essentials for less,’ he said.    

The Reject Shop CEO Andre Reich, said this exciting expansion of products will see shoppers having more variety

The Reject Shop CEO Andre Reich, said this exciting expansion of products will see shoppers having more variety

The Reject Shop CEO Andre Reich, said this exciting expansion of products will see shoppers having more variety 

Mr Reich previously told Daily Mail Australia that shoppers are now more than ever seeking cheaper items due to the coronavirus

Mr Reich previously told Daily Mail Australia that shoppers are now more than ever seeking cheaper items due to the coronavirus

Mr Reich previously told Daily Mail Australia that shoppers are now more than ever seeking cheaper items due to the coronavirus

Mr Reich previously told Daily Mail Australia shoppers are now more than ever seeking cheaper items due to the coronavirus. 

‘We are very excited to utilise our 354 store buying power to bring quality and innovative Tesco products to Australia, the first of which will hit all stores in early September 2020,’ he said.

‘We absolutely connect with what Tesco stands for as ‘a champion for customers – helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living,’ a similar mission to ours in that we are helping Australians save more money every day. 

The discount chain, which first launched four decades ago, is eyeing up the likes of Aldi and Kmart and already employs over 5,300 workers across Australia, generating more than $800million in sales each year. 

With 300 new grocery products being delivered in bulk, Chief Operations Officer Dani Aquilina says huge savings are here to stay. 

The products are currently available at all stores in New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland, meanwhile Victoria will have the range by mid September

The products are currently available at all stores in New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland, meanwhile Victoria will have the range by mid September

The products are currently available at all stores in New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland, meanwhile Victoria will have the range by mid September

Packets of rice cakes will hit the shelves for $2 and Tesco biscuits are on offer and will range from $2 to $2.50

Packets of rice cakes will hit the shelves for $2 and Tesco biscuits are on offer and will range from $2 to $2.50

Packets of rice cakes will hit the shelves for $2 and Tesco biscuits are on offer and will range from $2 to $2.50

‘What we do specifically that’s different is we make sure we find the best-selling products, we buy them in big volumes so we can get the best prices and then we pass those savings on to our customers,’ Ms Aquilina told A Current Affair.

‘It’s everything from pantry staples – oil, vinegar, we’ve got things like rice pouches, snacks and treats – then we’ve also brought in a great baby range, so everything from formula to baby wipes and nappies.’ 

Because of Tesco’s buying power, The Reject Shop has assured customers it will always be fully stocked with cheap items.

For example, Tesco’s Gold Instant Coffee costs just $6 compared to Nescafe at Coles or Woolies for $9.

Australian bargain hunters are flocking to discount chain The Reject Shop as the first Tesco-branded grocery items finally hit the shelves (pictured: Tesco rice)

Australian bargain hunters are flocking to discount chain The Reject Shop as the first Tesco-branded grocery items finally hit the shelves (pictured: Tesco rice)

The microwavable rice will be $1.90 (pictured)

The microwavable rice will be $1.90 (pictured)

Australian bargain hunters are flocking to discount chain The Reject Shop as the first Tesco-branded grocery items finally hit the shelves (pictured: Tesco rice)

Tesco’s microwave rice is $1.90 compared to $2.50 at Woolworths and an 88-pack of baby wipes is the same at both The Reject Shop and Coles, but the latter gives a smaller packet.

Tick Yes Marketing expert Peter Applebaum said customers should be excited. 

‘At the moment the Reject Shop in the Australian retail market is like a tinny up against a range of battleships,’ Mr Applebaum said. 

Mr Applebaum said The Reject Shop’s move was ‘smart’ and that it is being ‘nimble’ by increasing market share.

‘We consumers are aching for people to give us a reason why we should buy from them now,’ he said.

‘In the absence of that we will go for the cheapest option so if you have great prices… I’m probably more likely to shop with you than I am with someone else.’  

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