The Brits stranded abroad due to coronavirus

So the group has now been left stranded 7,000 miles away from home with a massive dent in their funds. Image copyright Ellie Hicks Image caption Ellie and her friends are on a three-month backpacking trip “We found a guy who is renting out villas for the price of a hostel – all the hostels have closed down – which is unheard of. “The people of Bali have really been helping us out. We’re in a Facebook group with a lot of other people. “There’s about 1,000 other people trapped in Bali and the hotels have been giving discount prices and grouping together. “From the first day the FCO told us we had to head home we’ve been in touch …

Nurse helps ‘coronavirus’ man who drove into her

Her boss has described her as “a superstar”. Ms Duncan had been returning from her seventh shift in a row at about 19:45 GMT on Thursday when the crash happened in Abram. “He grabbed my arm and kept apologising, and said he thought he had coronavirus,” she said. “He was grey and sweating, and struggling to breathe – he looked really ill.” ‘Shining example’ The man, believed to be in his 70s, told her he had been in isolation for more than a week but had been forced to leave his home to buy food. “So I called an ambulance and followed him in my own car, and stayed with him for five hours wearing full PPE,” she said. “I …

Family ‘devastated’ by mum’s virus death abroad

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKen Finlayson: “You need to be strong for your family” The husband of a British woman who died in Bali after contracting coronavirus has said he has “lost half of himself”. Kimberley Finlayson, 52, had underlying health conditions and had two emergency operations in an Indonesian government hospital before dying on holiday. The couple, from Hertfordshire, was able to say goodbye “for a few minutes” before her death on 11 March. Ken Finlayson said he and his four children were “absolutely devastated” to lose her. Mr Finlayson warned others about travelling abroad and said perhaps the outcome for his wife might have been different if she had been treated in the UK. …

Amy Klobuchar’s husband returns home from hospital to recover from coronavirus

(CNN)Amy Klobuchar‘s husband, John Bessler, is recovering at home after being hospitalized for coronavirus, the Minnesota senator and former Democratic presidential candidate announced on Thursday. Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Ayanna Pressley were the latest on Wednesday to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Utah Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams, one of the first two lawmakers who tested positive, was hospitalized Friday and said Tuesday that doctors had told him he still needs to be in the hospital as they monitor his supplemental oxygen needs. Klobuchar shared news that her husband had tested positive for the virus on Monday, adding that he was admitted to a Virginia hospital “and is on oxygen, but not a ventilator.” Klobuchar said that she and her …

Dollars vs. deaths is the sickening choice created by coronavirus

(CNN)How many lives is the world economy worth? That’s not a trite oversimplification. It is an open question being raised by President Donald Trump. Dollars versus deaths — At the bottom of Trump’s tweet is a terrible calculus: How many lives is the economy worth? One thing we know, thanks to the groundbreaking work of husband-and-wife economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case: economic hopelessness kills people, too. Trump made clear Monday that his preference is to open the country back up regardless of what doctors tell him. He said the shutdown will cause problems like suicides, and complained that the economy had been blazing before the virus hit. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that could …

MPs pass emergency Coronavirus legislation

More coronavirus myths to ignore When will the pandemic end? Five reasons to find hope Workforce Speaking in the Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 7,563 recently retired clinicians had so far “answered the call” to return to work to help with the emergency. He told MPs that the returnees included nurses, midwives, paramedics and social workers – adding that priority would be given to ensure their training was up to date and they were fully insured. Easing pressure There are multiple sections aimed at reducing the pressure on other frontline sectors, for example by relaxing rules around detention under mental health laws and increasing the use of audio and video links in courts. This category of measures shows just …

Fears for asthma backpacker ‘trapped’ in Peru

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTom Brewerton: “It’s really urgent to get back” A backpacker “trapped” in Peru is among more than 250 travellers trying to get back to the UK after flights out of the country were suspended. Tom Brewerton, 27, has asthma and diabetes and has self-isolated in a Lima hotel amid concerns about the effects of Coronavirus on asthmatics. He fears that his supplies of insulin will run out before flights resume. UK charity the Lucie Blackman Trust is working with Mr Brewerton and others to get them back to the UK. Video editor Mr Brewerton, from Sampford Peverell, Devon, has been backpacking since February but said he missed the last flights out Peru …

EasyJet ‘despicable’ over rescue flights chaos

“They could have made a horrible situation easier,” Mrs Gilke said. ‘Blind panic’ A spokeswoman for the company said: “We would like to reassure customers that where we have been required to cancel flights, we are committed to getting customers home as quickly as possible and we have been operating rescue flights. “We have been working hard to provide a programme of repatriation flights which have been published on our latest travel information pages as soon as they are confirmed.” The company said it had carried out over 500 rescue flights since 12 March but no flights to and from Egypt were now possible. Because no travel advice was issued before they set off on their 10-day trip, Mr and …

If coronavirus spreads to this population, it could be catastrophic

(CNN)“I have no idea where my friends are,” the teenage girl told me as we stood under the bright sun of a brisk winter morning. It was last December, and I was visiting Washokani camp, a displaced persons’ camp housing Arab and Kurdish families who lost their homes to the Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria last year. The international community therefore has a responsibility to put a plan into place. This includes, as advocated by Mona Yacoubian, the former deputy assistant administrator in the Middle East bureau of the US Agency for International Development, “dedicated funding for test kits for these populations accompanied by an action plan for their deployment.” In short, displaced people need quick, readily available and affordable …

Last night of the pubs as lockdown begins

Image caption Ryan North has “a lot of beer to use up” Ryan North, manager at city centre bar The Wardrobe, said staff had been “in limbo” since Monday. “It’s slowed right down since then when people came in for their last pint. Image caption Refurbishments and the ban have hit Daniel Force Daniel Force, barkeeper at the Brunswick Arms in Dawlish, said they had been closed for six weeks for a refurbishment. “We tried to open up this week just to get some people through the door, and now we’re being told we’re closing tonight,” he said. “We even had a police officer come in to enforce the closure and make sure we close our doors at midnight.” “It’s …

Distilleries switch production to hand sanitiser

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGin maker switches to hand sanitiser gel Gin distilleries have announced plans to switch to producing hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic. The boss of one distillery in Lincoln said “desperate times call for desperate measures” and it would donate hand sanitiser to vulnerable people. Bristol’s Psychopomp Micro-distillery is supplying the public with 100ml of the product at a time for a donation. 58 Gin, in London, will launch hand atomisers in about three weeks’ time after making a batch for a charity. The firm in Hoxton, east London, said a share of its profits would go to the drinks industry’s charity as members were “on its knees” right now. Image copyright …

Southern California police to patrol with drones during coronavirus lockdown: report

The Chula Vista Police Department plans on using drones to enforce a coronavirus lockdown. (Chula Vista Police Department) SENATE FAILS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH CORONAVIRUS ‘PHASE 3′ BILL AMID DEMS’ OPPOSITION “The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,” he added. One of the reasons for the drones will be to monitor the homeless population in the city, who Sallee believes have a lack of reliable information on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. “We need to tell them we actually have resources for them — they are vulnerable right now,” Sallee said, according to the paper. “It might be impractical or unsafe for our officers to be put into those areas.” The drones …

Andy Cohen tests positive for coronavirus, halts ‘Watch What Happens Live’ production

Andy Cohen attends BravoCon’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ red carpet event on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in New York.  (Jason Mendez/Invision/AP, File) Cohen had said earlier on Friday that he would be taping episodes at his New York City apartment instead of shutting down production completely. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP However, per his latest Instagram post, the production of the show is no longer happening. Cohen is one of several celebrities to contract COVID-19, including Colton Underwood, Daniel Dae Kim, Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Kristofer Hivju. Original Article : HERE ;

Donations of respirator masks and other medical supplies needed at American hospitals coming from unlikely sources

(CNN)Dentists and other businesses are donating equipment and supplies to hospitals that are reporting or suffering shortages while treating coronavirus patients. ‘I started reaching out to friends’ James Pring, a molecular biologist at Columbia University, enjoys woodworking when he’s not in the lab for his day job. Pring listens to a couple of woodworking podcasts weekly, including “Shop Talk Live – Fine Woodworking.” After this week’s episode, he realized other woodworkers and contractors have equipment hospitals need, such as respirator masks. Contractors use them to avoid breathing in dust during construction. Pring contacted the podcast host, Ben Strano. “It’s a running joke in the woodworking community that people over-order,” the masks, Pring said. “I started reaching out to friends and …

NI manufacturers asked to help supply ventilators

The patient was among the 77 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland. On Thursday, the Department of Health said that in the case of an 80% infection rate, the NI death toll could be in the region of 14,000. It was also announced that 40 additional mechanical ventilators (30 adult units and 10 paediatric units) have been ordered bringing the total available in Northern Ireland to 179 by the end of March. However, speaking on BBC NI’s The View on Thursday night, Mr Swann said he and officials had “reached out in the past week, through Invest NI, to those manufacturers who can actually step up, retool and produce ventilators, and help us in that style”. …

Machine ‘may quadruple’ heart and lung transplants

“We think it could at least double and perhaps quadruple the number of [heart and lungs] available for transplant.” He said it was desperately needed, adding: “Patients die on the waiting list every day.” Image caption The team at Royal Papworth Hospital has been keeping check on Aaron Green’s new organs Mr Green, 25, is still currently the only person in the world to have a heart and lungs from a donor whose heart had stopped. He said: “The first thing I remember was I woke up, looked at my hand and went, ‘Oh, it’s not blue’. “I couldn’t believe how quickly the heart and lungs kicked in – it was straight away.” Mr Green left hospital two months after …