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French ski resort a slippery slope to virus for Ukraine MPs: Report

first_imgSeveral Ukrainian political figures who holidayed at a French ski resort have caught the coronavirus, and passed it on to others, a magazine reported Friday.At least five deputies in the Ukrainian parliament, plus a judge, have caught the “Courchevel virus” according to the Novole Vremia weekly. One of the MPs who caught the disease, Serghi Shakhov, and judge Viktoria Djarty confirmed that they had visited the Courchevel resort in the French Alps, which is very popular with Ukrainians and Russians, around March 18 which is a holiday in Ukraine.Some fellow deputies caught the virus from Shakhov upon his return from France and had to be hospitalised and quarantined, according to the magazine.Andriy Bohdan, a former head of Ukraine’s  presidential administration, also took a holiday at Courchevel in March.He posted a photo of his COVID-19 test on Facebook, saying it was “negative”.Businessman Valery Khoroshkovsky, former head of the Ukraine secret service, was one of those hospitalised Ukraine authorities have cordoned off a wealthy Kiev suburb where 30 of the country’s 942 coronavirus cases have been recorded.In Russia, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has pointed to the Courchevel resort as a source of the virus.”Many” Muscovites have come back from the French ski resort, bringing the virus back in their suitcases,” he said in late March.Ski stations in Austria and the United States have also been hit by the virus, according to media reports. Topics :last_img read more

Chinese buyers looking property during New Year celebrations

first_imgHarcourts Coastal director of international marketing, Ray Wei, said he handled about up to 20 new Chinese buyers a week on the Gold Coast. Picture: Jerad WilliamsGOLD Coast real estate agents are gearing up for an influx of wealthy Chinese property buyers this weekend flying in to celebrate Chinese New Year.With many Chinese tourist staying on the Glitter Strip, property experts say up to half will inspect a property during their stay. Hope Island is the number one suburb on the Coast among Chinese property seekers over the past six months with more than 550 searches, according to realestate.com.au.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt ranked seventh in Queensland with the Brisbane suburb of Carindale leading the search charge.Harcourts Coastal agent Sally O’Neill said half of her property inquiry in Hope Island came from potential Chinese buyers.“They’re especially interested in the high-end properties,” she said.“They like the fact that they’re in gated enclaves as they can then go back to China and know their house is safe and secure.”Harcourts Coastal director of international marketing, Ray Wei, said he handled about up to 20 new Chinese buyers a week on the Gold Coast.He said the golfing, fishing and boating lifestyle at Hope Island as well as the security and its proximity to Brisbane made the suburb attractive to Chinese buyers.last_img read more