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From the latest World Health Organization epidemiological update; “For the second successive week, the number of Covid-19 cases globally is at the highest levels since the start of the pandemic, with over 5.7 million new weekly cases, following 9 consecutive weeks of increases”.

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Just because we’re slowly coming back to the office, doesn’t mean those home renovations have stopped.

Building approval figures out today show approvals across Australia surged 17.4% in March thanks to ultra-low interest rates and the impending end of the government’s homebuilder grant scheme.

The total number of dwellings approved in March was the second highest recorded, only exceeded by the November 2017 result.

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