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Gold Coast unit erupts into flames for second time in two days

Fire crews have been forced to return to the scene of a unit fire on the Gold Coast after the blaze reignited almost 24 hours later.

An apartment along Poinciana Crescent at Bundall first erupted into flames around 4.00am on Sunday, with the fire taking crews around half an hour to bring under control.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson told myGC the blaze is believed to have started in the roof of the property.

A man in his 40s was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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Just before 12.30am on Monday, firies were again called back to the property after flames erupted once again.

A QFES spokesperson confirmed it took crews around an hour to again dampen down the hotspots before they left the scene around 2.00am.

The blaze is not being treated as suspicious.

No new local cases for Victoria for the first time in weeks

Great news for Victoria as Melbourne begins easing lockdown restrictions, with no new local coronavirus cases diagnosed overnight.

It comes after two weeks of lockdown from the Greater Melbourne area, and harsh restrictions for the whole of the state as well.

This is the first 24 hour period for about three weeks where there’s been a ‘zero’ day, which is affectionately referred to as a ‘doughnut day’ for the state.

Victorian authorities are set to provide more information about the situation in Greater Melbourne today after a whole family tested positive within the last testing period.

While Melbournians are slowly returning to school and work today after their lockdown eased from midnight.

Their 5km travel radius has grown to 25 km now, while the ‘five reasons to leave home’ rule has been taken off.

It’s hoped the city could follow regional Victoria in their further easing of restrictions in a week from now.

Authorities scramble to track movements of lockdown escapees

Authorities across three states are now scrambling to track the movements of a Melbourne couple who fled the city during the latest lockdown, sparking a major COVID-19 scare.

The woman and her husband made it all the way to the Sunshine Coast before the woman became sick and tested positive to COVID-19 yesterday.

During their travels, the pair stopped at a number of regional areas across New South Wales and Queensland, with the list of exposure sites in both states expected to grow today.

Queensland’s top doctor said urgent contact tracing is underway in a bid to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

“We know the woman travelled by car from Melbourne on the 1 June and arrived in the Sunshine Coast on the 5 June,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“We are working diligently to determine where the woman stopped after leaving Melbourne, crossing the border into New South Wales and arriving in Queensland.

“While we are still determining the patient’s serology, we are closely working with her to gather necessary information, including other places she may have visited.”

A Public Health Alert has been issued for parts of the Sunshine Coast, Goondiwindi, and Toowoomba, along with Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree in regional NSW.

Authorities are still working to determine how the couple slipped through.

“I don’t know the details, why they left, what their reason was… At the moment I am absolutely focused on getting the details out there, but of course we will be looking into how this happened,” Dr Young said.

The woman, aged in her 40s, and the woman’s husband are being managed by Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

RELATED: Confirmed COVID-19 case in Qld after couple escape Melbourne’s lockdown.

Anyone with symptoms, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue or loss of smell and/or taste, is being urged to come forward and get tested immediately.

Meantime, Queensland is removing the hotspot declaration for the state of Victoria from 1.00am Friday, but hotspot restrictions will remain in place for Greater Melbourne residents.

“Victoria has done an excellent job returning low case numbers, but they are continuing some local restrictions for Greater Melbourne,” Dr Young said.

“Because of this, Greater Melbourne will remain as a hotspot.

“This means anyone arriving from outside of Greater Melbourne from 1am Friday 11 June will be able to enter Queensland without quarantining.”

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Major websites back online after widespread outage overnight

News sites around the world are now back online this morning after a major outage took down media heavyweights overnight.

Australian sites such as The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Channel 10, 10 Play and Nine experienced issues as a result of the crash.

While international platforms such as Amazon, Reddit, Netflix and Pinterest went down, alongside The New York Times, Financial Times, the BBC and CNN.

When it first happened, no one was sure exactly what had happened, with some guessing it may have been a large coordinated attack.

However, it’s since been confirmed that the outage was caused by ‘Fastly’, an American data centre provider.

Those who were affected are still being warned that customers could still have issues throughout today, as techs work to fully fix the problem.

Other sites that crashed include The Verge, Bloomberg, 7Plus, the White House and the UK government’s website, Twitch PayPal, Spotify and Shopify.


Coronial inquest into Tiahleigh Palmer’s final moments begins today

A coronial inquest will begin today in the hopes of revealing more about the death of 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer.

The Logan schoolgirl’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River back in 2015.

Her foster father Rick Thorburn is currently serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to the murder.

However, to this day he has never revealed exactly how he killed her.

A two-day long coronial inquest will begin from 10.00 am today, where Thornburn will be compelled to give evidence.

Other members of his family and leading detectives will also be interviewed.