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“We are going to be OK”: Doctor pulled over for speeding amazed by policeman’s actions

<p>A US doctor received a meaningful present after she was pulled over by a police officer for speeding.</p> <p>Dr Sarosh Ashraf Janjua, a cardiologist at a coronavirus quarantine unit in Duluth, was pulled over by State Trooper Brian Schwartz for speeding on her way to work on March 21.</p> <p>But instead of a fine, the strooper gave her a firm warning along with five N95 filtering face masks that were allocated for him by the state of Minnesota.</p> <p>“He … firmly told me it was very irresponsible of me to be speeding, especially since I would not only take up resources if I got into an accident, but would also not be in a position to help patients,” Janjua wrote on a Facebook post.</p> <p>“I waited for him to write me a ticket. Instead, he told me he was going to let me off with a warning.</p> <p>“He reached in to hand me what I assumed was my license back … Five N95 masks, from the supply the state had given him for his protection.”</p> <p>Janjua said she has been having fears that supplies of adequate protective equipment would dwindle, putting emergency responders and healthcare workers like her at greater risk.</p> <p>“This complete stranger, who owed me nothing and is more on the front lines than I am, shared his precious masks with me, without my even asking,” Janjua wrote.</p> <p>“We are going to be OK.”</p> <p>Schwartz gave Janjua his masks after noticing “what appeared to be two used N95 masks in Ashraf’s purse that he assumed she was reusing”, the Minnesota State Patrol told <em><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/minnesota-trooper-n95-masks-doctor-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2pmshjw-aJEXrUvO_HehR7fnP3pejsu3L3rB9tOSX4Q8NCzvO3wFliWZU">CNN</a></em>.</p> <p>In early March, officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services said the country had only about <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/3m-scrambles-to-meet-coronavirus-demand-for-face-masks.html">35 million of the 3.5 billion N95 masks needed in the event of a full-blown pandemic.</a></p> <p>The White House is forecasting that <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-update-spain-uk-death-tolls-putin-doc/12108700">between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the US will die</a> from the coronavirus.</p> <p>“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Anthony Fauci<span>, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.</span></p>

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April Fools pranks amid COVID crisis could face hefty penalties

<p>America is in serious trouble as coronavirus continues to ravage the country. The death toll for the country has skyrocketed past China’s official count with 3,500 deaths and counting.</p> <p>US President Donald Trump has urged people to continue to follow social-distancing measures through April to prevent the virus from spreading.</p> <p>"Every one of us has a role to play in winning this war. Every citizen, family and business can make the difference in stopping the virus," the president said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/death-toll-york-state-passes-1000-live-updates-200329234257896.html" target="_blank">Al Jazeera</a></em>.</p> <p>"This is our shared patriotic duty. Challenging times are ahead for the next 30 days and this is a very vital 30 days," Trump told reporters at the White House.</p> <p>The US currently has over 159,000 confirmed infections, which is more than any country in the world.</p> <p>Around the world, Italy has reported that the infection rate appears to have levelled off and new cases could start to decline, as 11,591 people have died from the virus already. The total number of infections has surged past 100,000 with a shocking 4,050 new cases reported.</p> <p>Spain is also on lockdown after surpassing China in the number of cases and quickly approaching Italy when it comes to the number of deaths. A record number of 849 people died on Tuesday, which brings the death toll to 8,189 while 85,000 people haves tested positive for the virus.</p> <p>"We say to our community not to keep looking at the figures and what's going on," said Australian expat Mandy Keillor to the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/spains-coronavirus-reality-is-grim-how-did-it-start-there/12103590" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>"But you can't help it, because you have to be aware of what's happening."</p> <p>Spain have introduced tough new lockdown rules in the country as all non-essential workers are banned from travelling to work. People are only allowed to go outside to get food, visit a chemist or walk a pet as well as carry documentation explaining the outing.</p> <p>Worldwide, the total number of infections since the beginning of the outbreak have reached more than 775,000. Roughly, 160,000 people have recovered globally while nearly 37,000 have died.</p> <p>Worldwide from Thailand to India, countries have told people not to make April Fools’ Day pranks related to coronavirus, with some countries threatening jail time for spreading misinformation.<br />Tech giant Google, which is famous for its annual spoofs, has cancelled the tradition because of the pandemic which has killed about 40,000 people worldwide.<br />Thailand said on Tuesday that April Fools’ Day jokes about the virus could be punished under a law carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison.<br />“It’s against the law to fake having COVID-19 this April Fools’ Day,” the government said on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">People around the world are suffering from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid19</a> outbreak, and that's reason enough why people should be more considerate and not use this as a prank or a joke. <a href="https://t.co/DvF5A1WOv6">pic.twitter.com/DvF5A1WOv6</a></p> — PR Thai Government (@prdthailand) <a href="https://twitter.com/prdthailand/status/1244917499361034240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen took to Facebook to tell people not to prank about the virus. </p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/tsaiingwen/photos/a.390960786064/10156580820386065/?type=3&amp;theater" data-width="auto"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>大家都說4/1是愚人節,我想提前介紹 #愚人節好運貓貓,歡迎一起分享喔!    更重要的是,愚人節這天,忍不住的人可以發揮幽默,但切記...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tsaiingwen/">蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tsaiingwen/photos/a.390960786064/10156580820386065/?type=3">Tuesday, March 31, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p>She introduced her followers to Good Luck Cat, but quickly explained that article 63 of the prevention of infectious diseases act, saying that spreading rumours or false information about epidemics could result in up to three years in jail and/or a fine of up to NT$3 million ($NZD 167,400).</p>

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Outrage as millennials have shocking new term for coronavirus

<p>Millennials have created a new hashtag for coronavirus that has caused a lot of anger with the older generation.</p> <p>The younger generation has attached the hashtag “boomer remover” to coronavirus posts on Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>As the pandemic has killed more than 30,000 people worldwide so far, these posts have been met with outrage.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So young kids are hoping their parents and grandparents die? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoomerRemover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoomerRemover</a> <br />Is that so they can finally move out of the basement and upstairs?</p> — That Girl (@whoulooknat) <a href="https://twitter.com/whoulooknat/status/1238433449364594694?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">God Answers Many with Coronavirus <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronapartys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#coronapartys</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoomerRemover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoomerRemover</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#coronavirus</a> <a href="https://t.co/g6D3zyGdNN">pic.twitter.com/g6D3zyGdNN</a></p> — cdnpolitoon (@cdnpolitoon) <a href="https://twitter.com/cdnpolitoon/status/1242455970241851393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Again, it really is the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoomerRemover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoomerRemover</a> <a href="https://t.co/lZcDB4Dm8M">https://t.co/lZcDB4Dm8M</a></p> — Matt Maggio (@MaggioMatt) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaggioMatt/status/1241879743898750976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Many people have been prompted to say it was a joke after being met with anger.</p> <p>However, others have said it’s not the time for black humour.</p> <p>“Your sense of humour is considerably in question. The mother of a friend of mine (she is 79) died last week. Screw your joke,” <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://twitter.com/StewartCBryson2" target="_blank">Stewart C Bryson replied on Twitter</a>.</p> <p>“Genuine question ... would you still think it was funny though if it was actually your parents or grandparents who died in this way?”, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://twitter.com/rebecca_voices" target="_blank">Rebecca Courtney wrote on Twitter</a>.</p> <p>Experts have said that the popularity of the meme is only going to “further divide us”.</p> <p>“It’s only going to further divide us,” said Cort Rudolph, 35, who submitted a paper this week on how the virus could shape today’s young people as they come of age.</p> <p>“I think what you need to refocus the attention on is that this is not an older versus a younger thing, but this is an issue for everyone. We all have a certain responsibility to each other and not just to our generational group,” he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-21/covid-19-divides-u-s-society-by-race-class-and-age" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>.</em></p>

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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus and may be a super spreader

<p>Prince Charles is believed to have met the Queen just a day before he became infectious with coronavirus.</p> <p>Medical experts believe the earliest Charles would have been contagious was March 13, however, new research has found symptoms can take up to 11 days to appear, meaning he could have been infectious when he met the Queen “briefly” a day earlier.</p> <p>But that is the worst case scenario given the average incubation period is 5.1 days.</p> <p>The 71-year-old is said to have met with other members of the royal family on March 9, before he became infectious.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Clarence House revealed Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus.</p> <p>They said the heir to the throne was displaying mild symptoms but is otherwise in “good health”.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.</p> <p>"In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,” a statement said, referring to the royal family’s Balmoral estate.</p> <p>"The tests were carried out by the NHS (National Health Service) in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing.</p> <p>"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."</p> <p>The Prince’s last public engagement was on March 12, when he attended a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief efforts at Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and the High Commissioner for Australia, George Brandis.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw Charles two weeks ago.</p> <p>“Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health,” it said.</p> <p>“The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly on 12 March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further.”</p> <p>An insider said the Duke and Duchess were in good spirits and Charles was active rather than bedridden.</p> <p>Sky News contributor Caleb Bond said if there’s “anyone who can get good treatment” it’s the Prince, which is why it’s unlikely he’ll “drop off the perch because of coronavirus”.</p> <p>Speaking to Sky News host Peter Gleeson, Bond said people like Prince Charles, Tom Hanks and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton – who have all contracted the virus – are “by necessity going to be far more likely to contract coronavirus” because their job requires them to constantly meet people.</p> <p>“They can become super spreaders,” he said.</p>

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Incredibly generous gesture from megastar Ed Sheeran

<p>Singer Ed Sheeran is reportedly set to close his London-based restaurant amidst the coronavirus pandemic - but not without taking care of his employees.<br /><br />The star’s Notting Hill restaurant Bertie Blossoms has been forced to shut down temporarily due to the UK’s strict government measures that states no eateries are allowed to stay open as the country battles COVID-19.<br /><br />It’s claimed the pub, which was only open for four months before being forced to close, will still be paying its employees in full.<br /><br />The chart-topping British singer is worth an estimated $160 million and is said to have encouraged all of his staff to take on extra work elsewhere if they wanted extra cash on top of their salaries during the temporary shutdown.<br /><br />It is reported Sheeran also suggested some of his employees would be able to use their time to volunteer if they chose to do so before they're able to return to work at his restaurant.<br /><br />“Ed's told everyone not to worry and that he's picking up the tab and he'll see them all again for a massive p***-up once the world gets back to normal,” an insider told The Sun.<br /><br />“Ed even told staff they could go out and seek other employment if they wanted or go help the nation by doing voluntary work.”<br /><br />The UK government has not clarified how long restaurants, pubs and gyms will have to remain closed.<br /><br />Ed Sheeran has appeared to be happily settling into married life with his wife Cherry Seaborn, whom he married in 2018.<br /><br />The star is currently on a hiatus from releasing any new music as he said he wants to explore reading, writing and travelling.</p>

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A prominent royal has tested positive for coronavirus

<p>The royal palace has confirmed on Friday morning that Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus, after undergoing a test earlier this week for the worrying pathogen.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831993/prince-albert-of-monaco.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b9b15ac7f8e84dd08b1434c5492b4fe2" /></p> <p>He is the first royal member and known head of state to have been diagnosed with COVID-19, however he is not the first member of the Mediterranean paradise to have been hit with the virus as it was announced on Thursday there had been nine new cases.</p> <p>The first case of coronavirus in Monaco was recorded on February 28.</p> <p>Prince Albert had only just sat opposite of Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, at a WaterAid charity event in London just a mere nine days before he was ruled positive.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7830238/prince-charles-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1f96c31452db445a94ba31c58a9c237b" /></p> <p>The palace said Albert's health “does not inspire any concern”, adding he was continuing to work from his private apartments. </p> <p>However the palace confirmed the royal is being closely monitored by his person doctor and by more specialists at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre.</p> <p>Albert has also begged the 39,000 inhabitants of Monaco in a to listen to quarantine rules to stop the spread of the virus.  </p> <p>Schools and nurseries in Monaco have been told to close along with non-essential businesses including restaurants, casinos, cafes, concert halls, cinemas and nightclubs.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7832649/monaco-royals-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f02c96bdd3614ff5b02908a746b6aede" /></p> <p>Banks, supermarkets and pharmacies continue to stay open.</p> <p>Information remains unclear in regard to the condition of the royal’s wife, Princess Charlene and whether she has been tested or not.</p> <p>Other high-profile patients include Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish leader Pedro Sanchez.  </p> <p>Highly televised events including the Monaco Grand Prix has been called off with several other events on the Formula One calendar because of virus fears. </p>

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The Queen delivers heartfelt message amid coronavirus pandemic

<p>Queen Elizabeth II has urged the UK to “work as one” in tackling the coronavirus pandemic as she left for Windsor Castle a week earlier than planned.</p> <p>In a message to the nation, the 93-year-old thanked scientists, medics and emergency staff for their work, but emphasised that everyone has an important role to play as individuals.</p> <p>“As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty,” she said.</p> <p>“We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.</p> <p>“We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A message from Her Majesty The Queen.<a href="https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40">https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40</a> <a href="https://t.co/HLHqRnZGIP">pic.twitter.com/HLHqRnZGIP</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1240677957657677824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The monarch said she and her family “stand ready to play our part”.</p> <p>The message came after the Queen was leaving Buckingham Palace with a dog on Thursday morning local time. She is now at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, with the couple being expected to stay there beyond the Easter period.</p> <p>Royal schedules have also been adjusted in an effort to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The Queen’s annual Buckingham Palace garden parties will be postponed until next year and upcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden were deferred.</p> <p>The country’s coronavirus-related death toll reached 137 as of Wednesday afternoon. The UK government has advised the public to avoid unnecessary contact and travel.</p>

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WHO sounds new warning against use of ibuprofen for coronavirus symptoms

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The World Health Organisation has recommended that people suffering from COVID-19 symptoms to avoid taking ibuprofen after French officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the effects of the virus.</p> <p>The warning came after French Health Minister Olivier Veran followed a recent study in The Lancet medical journal that hypothesised that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could worsen COVID-19 infections.</p> <p>When asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva that the UN health agency’s experts were “looking into this to give further guidance”.</p> <p>"In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That's important," he said.</p> <p>He added that if ibuprofen had been "prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that's up to them."</p> <p>Mr Lindmeier’s comments came after Veran made a tweet cautioning the use of ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs.</p> <p>"In the case of fever, take paracetamol," he wrote.</p> <p>A spokesperson for British pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Nurofen, said in an email statement that the company is aware of concerns about the use of steroids for the alleviation of COVID-19 symptoms.</p> <p>“Consumer safety is our number one priority," the spokesperson said, stressing that "Ibuprofen is a well-established medicine that has been used safely as a self-care fever and pain reducer, including in viral illnesses, for more than 30 years."</p> <p>"We do not currently believe there is any proven scientific evidence linking over-the-counter use of ibuprofen to the aggravation of COVID-19," the statement said.</p> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has currently infected 190,000 people worldwide and killed more than 7,800. It causes mild symptoms in most people, but can result in pneumonia and in some cases, severe illness that can lead to multiple organ failure.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“You have no idea what’s coming”: Italian warns of six ‘stages’ of a global pandemic

<p>An Italian social media user has warned citizens of other countries about the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic as the country remains under lockdown.</p> <p>The user took to Reddit to share <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/JasonYanowitz/status/1238977743653687296" target="_blank">what it’s like living in the country</a>, where the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 1,800 people.</p> <p>“To the rest of the world, you have no idea what’s coming,” the person wrote.</p> <p>“This situation is bad, but what’s worse is seeing the rest of the world behaving as if it isn’t going to happen to them. We know what you’re thinking because we were in your place too.”</p> <p>The person went on to outline the six stages they experienced, which are different from the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.int/influenza/resources/documents/pandemic_phase_descriptions_and_actions.pdf" target="_blank">pandemic influenza phases as defined by the World Health Organisation</a>.</p> <p>The user said ‘Stage 1’ began when the first cases were reported in the country. “I’m not 75+yo so what could possibly happen to me?” the Italian wrote.</p> <p>“I’m going to live my life as usual, there’s no need to freak out.”</p> <p>The number of cases started increasing in ‘Stage 2’, when the government would declare “red zone” and quarantine small cities. “Well that’s sad and somewhat worrisome but they’re taking care of it so nothing to panic about.”</p> <p>‘Stage 3’ would see the number of reported cases doubling up in a day, along with rising death toll. In Italy’s case, a quarter of the country was under quarantine while the rest carried on as usual.</p> <p>National health emergency could be observed in ‘Stage 4’, with the health system struggling to keep up with the increasing cases.</p> <p>“Hospitals are at capacity, entire units are cleared to make space for coronavirus patients,” the post read.</p> <p>“There aren’t enough doctors and nurses … There’s no shifts any more, just work as much as you can.</p> <p>“Of course doctors and nurses are getting infected, spreading it to their families.”</p> <p>Because there were not enough places for every patient in health facilities, medical professionals would have to distribute resources as best as they could.</p> <p>“At this point is like being at war: doctors have to choose who to treat based on their survival chance,” the person wrote.</p> <p>“That means that the elderly and trauma/stroke patients can’t get treated because corona cases have priority.”</p> <p>In ‘Stage 5’, the entire country would be declared under quarantine. People could go to work and shop, but would not be allowed to move from their commune except for special reasons.</p> <p>“Now there’s fear, you see a lot of people with masks and gloves around but there are still are people who think that they’re invincible, who go to restaurants in large groups, hang out with friends to drink and so on.”</p> <p>The person said in Italy’s ‘Stage 6’, most businesses except supermarkets and pharmacies are closed. People were only allowed to move around if they had certification, and those found outside with no valid reason could risk fines.</p> <p>“That’s what the situation is like now today as of the March 12th. Keep in mind that it all happened in around 2 weeks... 5 DAYS FROM STAGE 3 TO TODAY.”</p> <p>The person warned that countries outside of Italy, China and Korea should be wary of the “consequences” that the virus brings.</p> <p>“You have no idea what’s coming to get you. I know because 2 weeks ago I was the one who had no idea and though it wasn’t bad,” the user wrote.</p> <p>“It’s hard to see all these countries act like it’s not coming and not taking the precautions that are necessary for the well-being of its citizens while they still can.”</p> <p>As of Sunday, there were 153,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, with 249 being in Australia and 6 in New Zealand.</p>

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Tom Hanks tests positive for coronavirus while in Australia

<p>Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia, the actor announced in an Instagram post.</p> <p>“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia,” he wrote.</p> <p>“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”</p> <p>Hanks continued, “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”</p> <p>Hanks is currently on the Gold Coast filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic.</p> <p>Production on the film, based at Oxenford Studio on the northern Gold Coast, has been shut down. In a letter to crew and actors this morning, Luhrmann revealed a crew member had tested positive for coronavirus and advised them to stay at home.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9nVasnBNF5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9nVasnBNF5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tomhanks/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Tom Hanks</a> (@tomhanks) on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:08pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“We request all cast and crew stay at home today and not come to work,” he said in a letter seen by the<span> </span><em>Gold Coast Bulletin</em>.</p> <p>“All work activity on the production is cancelled and will not resume until further notice. We appreciate everyone’s co-operation and we will be following up with more details over the next several hours.”</p> <p>In the film, Hanks is playing Presley’s long-time manager Colonel Tom Parker.</p> <p>Warner Bros. also issued a statement, saying:</p> <p>“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).</p> <p>We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.</p> <p>The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres takes drastic step amid coronavirus threat

<p><span>Some of the most well known talk shows in the US have reacted to the coronavirus by cancelling their live audiences.</span><br /><br /><span>The decision follows as the United States is gearing up to deal with the COVID-19 threat.</span><br /><br /><span>The<em> Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon </em>and <em>Late Night with Seth Meyers</em> have all released press statements saying they will no longer allow a studio audience to look on while they film, in a bid to help spread the disease.</span><br /><br /><span>“To everyone who was looking forward to coming, I’m so sorry. But I’m doing this for the health of my fans, my staff and my crew,” Degeneres tweeted on Thursday.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I have some news. For now, I’ll be shooting my show with no studio audience. To everyone who was looking forward to coming, I'm so sorry. But I’m doing this for the health of my fans, my staff &amp; my crew. (It has nothing to do with a warrant for my arrest in the state of Florida.)</p> — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/1237907446133174272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span><span>On Thursday night, Seth Meyers issued a similar statement on Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority … Per guidance from New York City officials, we hope to do our part to help to decrease the rate of transmission in our communities,” it announced.</span><br /><br /><span>“We will continue filming on our regular schedule, and currently, there will be no impact on air dates.”</span><br /><br /></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9m-WYepxz2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9m-WYepxz2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Late Night with Seth Meyers (@latenightseth)</a> on Mar 11, 2020 at 2:47pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“This is unprecedented,” Whoopi Goldberg said, as she sat facing rows of empty seats on Wednesday’s episode of <em>The View.</em></span><br /><br /><span>More than 1,300 cases of the COVID-19 disease have been confirmed across the United States and 38 people have died since it was first detected in China in December.</span><br /><br /><span>However President Donald Trump has downplayed the threat, going as far to tell reporters that the risk of an outbreak remains low.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mr President, the CDC said yesterday that they believe it’s inevitable that the virus will spread in the United States, and it’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Do you agree with that assessment?” one reporter asked.</span><br /><br /><span>“Well, I don’t think it’s inevitable,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Then on Monday he tweeted: “Last year 37,000 Americans died from the common flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life and the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”</span><br /><br /><span>The rhetoric abruptly changed on Wednesday when Mr Trump announced a sweeping ban on all travel from Europe to the United States.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people,” he said in an Oval Office address.</span><br /><br /><span>“To keep new cases from entering our shores we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.”</span><br /><br /></p>

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"Alarming levels of inaction": WHO declares coronavirus crisis a pandemic

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The World Health Organisation has declared that coronavirus is now a pandemic and stated that the organisation is alarmed about the rising amount of infections as well as being shocked at slow government responses.</p> <p>"We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva overnight, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-outbreak-a-pandemic-who/fa0e9b86-03a0-4930-ad23-1c2fc0e2e792" target="_blank"><em>9News</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>"All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilise their people in the response.</p> <p>"We are deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction."</p> <p>However, WHO has stressed that it’s not too late for countries such as Iran and Italy to act and become the new frontlines for battle.</p> <p>"They're suffering but I guarantee you other countries will be in that situation soon," WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan said.</p> <p>Italy has put the country on lockdown and Iran has reported a jump in deaths from coronavirus, going from 62 to 354.</p> <p>More than 121,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 4,300 people have died.</p> <p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that she believed up to 70 per cent of Germans are likely to be infected with the virus.</p> <p>"When the virus is out there, the population has no immunity and no therapy exists, then 60 to 70 per cent of the population will be infected," she told a news conference in Berlin.</p> <p>"The process has to be focused on not overburdening the health system by slowing the virus's spread…It's about winning time."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Breakthrough drug touted as new hope against coronavirus

<p>A US biotech firm has increased production of an experimental drug that has been touted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the most promising treatment for the coronavirus.</p> <p>Gilead Sciences said it had also ramped up manufacturing of its antiviral medicine remdesivir to increase its supplies “as rapidly as possible”, as the first clinical trial of the drug in COVID-19 patients is due to report its findings next month.</p> <p>In February, Gilead announced human clinical trials across multiple countries for the treatment, which has been cited by public health officials as the most promising therapy to date to fight the new coronavirus strain.</p> <p>“There is only one drug right now that we think may have real efficacy and that’s remdesivir,” said WHO assistant director-general Bruce Aylward during a press conference in Beijing late February.</p> <p>Timothy Sheahan, virologist at the University of North Carolina told <em><a href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/hopes-rise-over-experimental-drugs-effectiveness-against-coronavirus/ar-BB10ZO4S?li=AAgfYrC">The Guardian</a> </em>the drug could “help make people’s disease less severe, save lives for those hospitalised, and be used prophylactically for hospital workers and perhaps even in the community to limit spread out there”.</p> <p>At the time of writing, a total of 113,702 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, with the death toll reaching 4,012. The WHO said Monday that of over 80,0000 people who have been infected by the coronavirus in China, more than 70 per cent have recovered and been released from hospitals.</p> <p>“We need to remember that with decisive early action we can slow down the virus and prevent infections,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Among those who are infected, most will recover.”</p>

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Quaden Bayles puts vicious rumours of fake age to rest

<p><span>Quaden Bayles, the bullied schoolboy who went viral across the world last month, has posted proof of his age to silence the vicious trolls who accused him of being an 18-year-old man. </span><br /><br /><span>The nine-year-old Indigenous Australian made international headlines last month, when he was filmed saying he wanted to die because he was bullied for his dwarfism. </span><br /><br /><span>However just days after the video became an internet sensation, rumours began to circulate accusing Quaden of being a grown adult trying to gain internet fame with a “fake” bullying story. </span><br /><br /><span>On Monday, Quaden’s mother Yarraka officially put the rumours to rest once and for all. </span><br /><br /><span>The Queensland-based mum uploaded a video of Quaden holding up his passport, which displayed his date of birth as December 13, 2010 - making him nine-years-old.</span><br /><br /><span>“I can understand why people think my son is not really 9,” Ms Bayles captioned the video. </span><br /><br /><span>“He’s an old soul, wise beyond his years and definitely the smartest, strongest kid I will ever know. </span><br /><br /><span>“He has so much swag and attitude, unlike any other 9-year-old you’ll ever meet. He is obviously not your average kid but like any other person, he just wants to be happy and healthy and I will do all I can to ensure that.</span><br /><br /><span>“So just to set the record straight... Quaden was born at 12:15 pm on Monday December 13, 2010! </span><br /><br /><span>“As you can clearly see here on his passport that was issued 22nd September 2017 before our first trip to Fiji.”</span><br /><br /><span>Quaden gained the support of millions last month when his mother shared a distressing video of her son. </span><br /><br /><span>The nine-year-old could be heard telling his mother: “give me a rope, I want to kill myself.”</span><br /><br /><span>Quaden, who has achondroplasia, which is the most common type of dwarfism also went on to heartbreakingly say: “I just want to stab myself in the heart... I want someone to kill me.”</span><br /><br /></p>

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One doctor's frank COVID-19 post that's gone viral

<p><span>A passionate doctor has made headlines around the globe after an emotional post regarding the mass panic of the coronavirus could create more damage than the disease itself.</span></p> <p><span>Doctor Abdu Sharkawy of the University of Toronto’s Division of Infectious Disease took to Facebook on March 6 to tell people he is not frightened of the virus, but rather the implications of mass panic.</span></p> <p><span>As a specialist in his field for more than 20 years, the medical expert explained that his profession has taken him across city hospitals in Toronto to the poorest towns of Africa where people are diagnosed with HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis, TB and SARS.</span></p> <p><span>He admitted there is not much he hasn’t been exposed to in his years of work.</span></p> <p><span>“And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared,” he said in his post which has been shared nearly one million times.</span></p> <p><span>Dr Sharkawy also went on to admit that while he does worry about the “implications of a novel infectious agent” that continues to find new footholds in different soil — it’s more the world’s reaction that has got him worried</span></p> <p><span>The medical expert said what scares him the most about the disease is the “loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic” where people have begun to stockpile “obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world”.</span></p> <p><span>“I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others.</span></p> <p><span>“I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ‘probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know …’”</span></p> <p><span>Dr Sharkawy's comments were referring to countries including the US, UK and Australia where stores have been left high and dry of the bare essential items such as toilet paper and hand sanitiser.</span></p> <p><span>He warned people to expect the virus to continue to spread, but that it would “not likely do much harm” and advised against panic.</span></p> <p><span>“I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be cancelled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialise. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games … that could be kyboshed too. Can you even imagine?” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>The Toronto doctor also went to express his worry over the “epidemic fears” which might limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business “and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession”.</span><br /><br /><span>However, his biggest fear is the message we are telling our children when faced with a threat.</span></p> <p><span>“Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.”</span></p> <p><span>Dr Sharkawy said Covid-19 is nowhere near over, adding that it will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point.</span></p> <p><span>“Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviours and ‘fight for yourself above all else’ attitude could prove disastrous,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education.”</span></p> <p><span>The medical expert explained our society has an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases.</span></p> <p><span>“Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophising.”</span></p> <p><span>“Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. Our children will thank us for it.”</span></p>

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Billy Connolly quits stand-up comedy amid Parkinson’s diagnosis

<p>Sir Billy Connolly has confirmed his career as a stand-up comedian has ended due to his Parkinson’s diagnosis.</p> <p>The 77-year-old made his diagnosis public in 2013 and retired five years later, but said last year he had hoped to continue performing in some way.</p> <p>“I’m finished with stand-up – it was lovely, and it was lovely being good at it,” he told <em><a href="https://news.sky.com/story/sir-billy-connolly-comedian-says-im-finished-with-stand-up-as-he-talks-about-his-new-career-as-an-artist-11950537">Sky News</a></em>.</p> <p>Connolly, who now works as an artist, said he does not want Parkinson’s to define him.</p> <p>“I’m always being asked to go to Parkinson’s things and spend time with Parkinson’s people, having lunch or something like that. And I don’t approve of it,” he said.</p> <p>“I don’t think you should let Parkinson’s define you and all your pals be Parkinson’s people. I don’t think it’s particularly good for you. So I don’t do it.”</p> <p>He said living with the condition was difficult at times.</p> <p>“Certain things go wrong, your brain goes adrift and affects your body, and so you walk differently, you walk like a drunk man sometimes. And you’re frightened you’ll be judged on it. And you shake sometimes.”</p> <p>However, he said he had “no regrets at all” and urged more people to “listen to comedians and poets”.</p> <p>“More people should listen to comedians, and fewer people should listen to politicians,” he said.</p> <p>“People should listen to comedians and poets, they’re telling the truth.”</p>

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“It’s very nice to be back”: Meghan Markle makes first public appearance in UK

<p>The Sussexes braved the rain as they made their first joint public appearance together in the UK after announcing they were stepping down from being senior working royals.</p> <p>The pair attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at London’s Mansion House, of which Harry is a patron.</p> <p>The Duke wore a dark blue suit, white shirt and a blue tie whereas the Duchess wore a turquoise Victoria Beckham pencil midi dress.</p> <p>A crowd of about 50 eagerly braved the rain to catch a glimpse of the couple, where Meghan said it was "very nice to be back" in the UK.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were there to honour the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year.</p> <p>Duchess Meghan presented the Celebrating Excellence Award and Duke Harry presented the Henry Worsley Award.</p> <p>Harry has been made to give up his official patronages after deciding to step down as a working royal, but is able to retain his private links to organisations, including the Endeavour Fund.</p> <p>At a reception, Harry and Meghan chatted to Claire Spencer, 52, whose husband Lee ‘Frank’ Spencer was nominated for an award.</p> <p>When asked what she thought about their decision to step back, she explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8079797/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markle-arrive-joint-engagement-Megxit.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>:</p> <p>“I think he does an amazing job, as does she, and we should just let them lives the life they want to live. I know what a difference Endeavour has made to my husband's life since he lost a leg and I hold Harry personally responsible for that. Life is too short.”</p> <p>Harry was thrilled to be attending the event and made his thoughts known to a nominee before posing with them for a picture alongside Meghan.</p> <p>“We create this opportunity for you guys. You are the ones that pick it up. Respect,” Harry said.</p> <p>The event is just one of many engagements that the couple are undertaking this weekend before returning to Canada ahead of their official departure on March 31.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked on the night.</p>

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How the Queen is protecting herself in style from coronavirus

<p>The Queen is taking stylish measures to protect herself from coronavirus after she was seen wearing white gloves during an investiture ceremony for the first time in decades.</p> <p>The appearance of the gloves was just hours after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the country’s new action plan to fend off the outbreak of the virus.</p> <p>While the Queen usually wears gloves while out on public engagements, her decision to break the habit of greeting guests and collecting honours is a stylish choice to protect herself from germs.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834948/queen-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8622fd5f1fe843cc987451e39e619c02" /></p> <p>The Queen can be seen presenting Harry Billinge with an MBE as the D-Day veteran raised <span>£1 for every British soldier who died at Normandy to help fund a memorial.</span></p> <p>She hasn’t been seen wearing gloves during an investiture ceremony for years, as the last time she was seen wearing white gloves was back in 1954 at a ceremony in Yemen.</p> <p>When asked earlier whether Buckingham Palace is doing anything to protect members of the Royal Family from coronavirus, a spokeswoman told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1250296/queen-health-latest-queen-coronavirus-uk-outbreak-royal-family-latest-royal-investitures" target="_blank">Express.co.uk</a></em>:<span> </span>"We are following the Government's advice."</p> <p>As many as 51 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past few weeks in Britain, but health officials have warned it can be expected that the number of cases will grow in the next few weeks.</p> <p>Boris Johnson spoke about the plan of action for the UK from Downing Street.</p> <p>“The plan does not set out what the government will do; it sets out the things we could do at the right time and on the basis of scientific advice.</p> <p>“I do think this is a national challenge. The potential is there for this to be something that our country has to get through but I’ve got absolutely no doubt we’ve got the resources, health service, we’ve got the expertise to do it.</p> <p>“I’m very confident the British public understands and the British public can see exactly what the balance of risk is.</p> <p>"They are getting very clear advice, a very clear picture of how we all need to behave.”</p>

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Grandfather changes to guilty plea in cruise ship toddler death

<p>A grandfather who allegedly dropped his 18-month-old granddaughter from the 11th floor of a cruise ship will change his plea to guilty, according to his lawyer.</p> <p>Salvatore “Sam” Anello, was charged with negligent homicide after Chloe Weigand fell from an open glass window on-board the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas ship in July while it was docked at Puerto Rico.</p> <p>He and his family maintain that he is innocent, saying it was an accident as he wasn’t aware the window was open when he lifted the toddler up to bang on the glass – a game she enjoyed playing at home.</p> <p>But the family’s lawyer revealed on Wednesday that Mr Annello will now plead guilty to the charge so he can avoid spending time in prison.</p> <p>“This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the plea deal is in the best interest of the family,” said Michael Winkleman in a statement.</p> <p>Speaking to the US<span> </span><em>TODAY<span> </span></em>show last year, Chloe’s parents, Kimberley and Alan Wiegand, said Mr Anello had been “very, very distraught” ever since her tragic passing.</p> <p>“You can barely look at him without crying, she was his best friend,” said Mr Wiegand.</p> <p>The family is now suing the cruise ship company, accusing them of negligence by allowing the window in the ship’s children’s play area to be open.</p> <p>“We still maintain this was a tragic, preventable accident that never would have occurred if Royal Caribbean followed the industry-standard window fall prevention codes that are designed for the singular purpose of preventing children from falling out of windows,” said Mr Winkleman.</p> <p>“I just remember screaming, ‘I thought there was glass, I thought there was glass’,” Mr Anello told CBS in November.</p> <p>“I still say it to myself. It’s just, I kind of relive it all the time and I just thought there was glass there. I don’t know what else to tell you.</p> <p>“It seems like it’s all not real. She’s such a beautiful little girl. Perfect little girl.”</p>

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"Stoic and strong": Weinstein's legal team responds to guilty verdict

<p>For decades, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein got whatever he wanted, when he wanted it.</p> <p>That included sex with Hollywood’s biggest names and those who aren’t as well known – even if that meant by force.</p> <p>But now, the tide has turned as the disgraced Oscar-winning producer was convicted today on two of five sexual assault charges, ending a high profile rape trial in New York.</p> <p>After five days of deliberation, a jury unanimously agreed that Weinstein was guilty of raping an aspiring actress in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman, TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi, in 2006.</p> <p>The 67-year-old was convicted of first degree sexual assault and third degree rape. He is facing up to 29 years in prison and will be sentenced on March 11.</p> <p>The first charge carries a sentence of 5-25 years behind bars with the second carrying a minimum probationary period and a maximum four year jail term.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>news.com.au</em>, Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala said that his team will appeal the convictions which he said is “disappointing”.</p> <p>“Harvey was unbelievably stoic and strong and powerful,” said Mr Aidala.</p> <p>“The words he said over and over again to me is: ‘I’m innocent, I’m innocent, I’m innocent. How could this happen in America?”</p> <p>Donna Rutonna, lead defence lawyer told reporters outside court that “the fight is not over”.</p> <p>“Harvey is very strong. Harvey is unbelievably strong. He took it like a man,” she said.</p> <p><span>Meanwhile, a slew of global celebrities took to social media to express their heartfelt reactions to the verdict:</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Gratitude to the brave women who’ve testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defense .we will change the laws in the future so that rape victims are heard and not discredited and so that it’s easier for people to report their rapes</p> — Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoArquette/status/1231991023384973313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">off he goes to prison - where he belongs - over 80 women accused him of rape - imagine the total number? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HarveyWeinsteinGUILTY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HarveyWeinsteinGUILTY</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RAPIST?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RAPIST</a> and lets not forget <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/trumpSEXcrimes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#trumpSEXcrimes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/guilty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#guilty</a></p> — ROSIE (@Rosie) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rosie/status/1231995057483452426?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConvictWeinstein?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ConvictWeinstein</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Guilty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Guilty</a></p> — ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/1231995493888266242?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The beginning of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/justice?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#justice</a>. More to come, my sisters. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/weinsteinguilty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#weinsteinguilty</a></p> — Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiraSorvino/status/1232000389664235525?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote>

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