English councils told to set up hundreds of Covid-dedicated care homes

Hundreds of dedicated Covid-positive care homes are to be set up in an effort to keep patients discharged from hospitals from spreading the virus more widely, as happened in the first wave of the pandemic.

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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has instructed councils to identify homes in their areas that could be used and to have them checked by inspectors to assure infection prevention controls are in place. As many as 500 facilities – sometimes known as “hot homes” – could be designated by the end of November, the equivalent of one or two in each council area.

But one leading care home boss said many in the sector had been “blindsided” by the demand and Care England, which represents the largest chains, said participation depended on the government providing more detail about funding, the safety of

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Las Vegas home prices set record in September

Las Vegas home prices set another all-time high last month, continuing a “remarkable” streak amid an otherwise badly battered economy, a new report says.

The median sales price of previously owned single-family homes – the bulk of the market – was $337,250 in September, up 0.7 percent from the previous record, set in August, and 8.8 percent from a year ago, according to trade association Las Vegas Realtors.

Sales volume accelerated even faster, with buyers grabbing 3,270 houses last month, up 12.4 percent from August and 18.9 percent year-over-year.

Las Vegas’ tight inventory eased a bit, as 4,798 houses were on the market without offers at the end of September, up 3.4 percent from the end of August. But the tally of available listings was down 34.6 percent from September of 2019, LVR reported.

The association pulls data from its resale-heavy listing service.

“Local home prices keep setting records, which

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Capitol Hill rowhouse, former home of Canadian ambassador, set for auction Oct. 24

The four-level house, formerly the residence of the Canadian ambassador to the United States, has an elevator to all four levels and a gated two-car garage. Located adjacent to Stanton Park and within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the Mall, the house has panoramic views of the city and its monuments from the rooftop deck, reached from a spiral staircase.

The 5,600-square-foot rowhouse has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, hardwood floors and custom millwork. The main level includes a formal living room and a formal dining room, each with a 12-foot-high ceiling. The living room has a fireplace and a box bay window. At the back of this level is a large kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, a center island and a glass door to a deck. A closet and powder room are also on the main level.

The first of two upper

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Buyers Set To Show Their ‘in-tent’ As Classic Kiwi Campground Is Placed On The Market For Sale

A classic ‘Kiwiana’ campground with its own swimming
river and native bush surrounds has been placed on the
market for sale.

1.17-hectare property on the North Island’s Coromandel
Peninsula houses the Whitianga Campground which has been a
destination for campers and holiday-makers since the

The campground – a short walk from
Whitianga’s famed Buffalo Beach – is reflective of New
Zealand’s rustic camping psyche where guests are
encouraged to ‘make their own fun’ through everything
from outdoor sports activities to sharing a glass of beer or
wine with the neighbours at the end of the

Camping accommodation options at the Whitianga
Campground include:

  • 59 powered non-powered tent
    and motorhome sites available for $17 per night
  • Six
    budget cabins capable of sleeping up to five guests
    available from $71 per night


  • Four
    self-contained ‘tourist flats’ capable of sleeping
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Existing home sales jump to 14-year high, as prices set another record

After a record-setting July, the housing market still shows no sign of cooling off.

Sales of existing homes rose 2.4% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were 10.5% higher compared with August 2019. This is the highest sales pace since December 2006, before the Great Recession.

Sales were hampered only by lack of supply. There were 1.49 million homes for sale at the end of August, down 18.6% annually to a 3.0-month supply. The number of homes for sale when sales were last this robust, in 2006, was more than double the current supply.

That tight supply pushed the median price of an existing home sold in August to a record high of $310,600. That is up 11.4% annually. In the third quarter of this year the housing wealth will have increased by $1.5 trillion from the second

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