Golf games of up to four people and tennis doubles matches to be allowed – The Sun

GOLF games of up to four people and doubles tennis matches will be allowed to restart from Monday, Boris Johnson announced this evening.

People are now allowed to meet up to six different people from different households and small team sports will be allowed to restart as lockdown restrictions are slowly eased.

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The move to allow multiple people from different households to meet up again – as long as they are socially distancing – comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said eight people can meet up if they are only from two households.

England has previously only allowed two people from different households to see one another.

Mr Johnson announced the five crucial tests for lifting lockdown had now been met and the UK would move to alert level 3.

The nation has been at level 4 for the past two months.

Mr Johnson said this evening: "These changes mean that friends and family can start to meet their loved ones perhaps seeing both parents at once or both grandparents at once."

"For many people I know this will be a long awaited and joyful moment." 

"We know the transmission of the virus is far lower outdoors so we can confidently allow more interaction outside."

Boris Johnson revealed this evening:

  • People living in England will be able to hang out in groups of six others from other households – but they must remain outside and stay 2m apart
  • People will be able to play golf in groups of four, and tennis doubles from Monday
  • Schools will open next week as planned – but for a small number of pupils only
  • Businesses are set to return from June 1 and June 15 as the PM revealed last week

People in England will also be allowed to see one another in private gardens.

The relaxations are part of the Prime Minister's three-phase plan to ease lockdown.

The Prime Minister warned that there could be further local lockdowns even after restrictions have been eased.

He said: "All the steps we have taken are conditional on the data and on the scientific advice"

"In all frankness there will be further local outbreaks so we will monitor what is going on very carefully.

"We will put on the brakes where is required and where necessary we will reimpose measures

"Its very important to be clear about that upfront – we will see how these new changes are working."


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Woman, 111, becomes one of the oldest to recover from coronavirus

111-year-old woman becomes one of the oldest people in the world to recover from coronavirus after surviving an outbreak in her care home in Chile

  • Juana Zúñiga, 111, was oldest resident at the facility when she caught the virus
  • Care home director said Zúñiga wasn’t badly affected despite her age 
  • She has lived at the home near Santiago for 6 years following death of her sister 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A 111-year-old woman has become one of the oldest people in the world and the oldest in Chile to recover from the coronavirus after surviving an outbreak in her care home. 

Juana Zúñiga, who lives in a care home in capital Santiago, was the oldest resident at the facility when she caught the virus alongside 25 others. 

She had already been suffering from respiratory issues when she caught Covid-19, yet care home employees said she was not badly affected by the illness and ‘didn’t show symptoms’.

Juana Zúñiga, 111, (pictured) has become one of the oldest people in the world and the oldest in Chile to recover from the coronavirus after surviving an outbreak in her care home

‘She did not have any symptoms and very few bouts of fever, which was good,’ the director of the care home, María Paz Sordo said. 

Zúñiga was separated from the other residents and placed in an isolation ward for 28 days. According to Sordo, ‘taking her out of her habitat was the most difficult thing.’

She officially recovered from the virus on May 10, making her the oldest person in Chile to do so.  

Zúñiga has lived in the care home since 2014, following the death of her sister with whom she had lived. 

She never married or had children, according to reports. 

It comes after a 113-year-old woman, the oldest person living in Spain, become the oldest reported survivor of the coronavirus earlier this month.

Maria Branyas, 113, is likely to be the world’s oldest person to have survived the coronavirus after catching it in April and later testing negative

Maria Branyas, a mother-of-three, survived COVID-19 whilst in the Santa Maria del Tura care home where she lives in the city of Olot, eastern Spain.

Branyas was originally born in San Fransisco in the United States on March 4, 1907 and lived through the Spanish flu pandemic that swept the world in 1918 and 1919, killing an estimated 50 million people. 

Maria is considered the oldest person in Spain by the Gerontology Research Group, a global group of researchers in various fields which verifies and tracks supercentenarians – people who have reached the age of 110.

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Seven-month-old girl in a serious condition and woman, 37, injured after pair ‘stabbed with kitchen knife’ at home – The Sun

A SEVEN-month-old girl is in a serious condition and woman injured after being stabbed with a kitchen knife in a gruesome bloodbath, horrified neighbours say.

A man was reportedly seen outside the home in Tipton at around 12.30am with a baby "in a headlock" while the woman, 37, lay in a pool of blood at the door.

Both have now been taken to hospital where the baby is in a serious condition after suffering multiple injuries", police have confirmed.

The woman remains in a stable condition in hospital with a stab wound to her hand.

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Baby girl left 'seriously injured' and woman is fighting for her life

Baby girl is left ‘seriously injured’ and woman is fighting for her life in hospital after late night ‘attack’ at home near Dudley

  • Emergency crews and police were called to the property in Tipton, near Dudley 
  • Woman treated at scene before she was rushed to hospital in critical condition
  • Baby girl was also treated before being taken to hospital for further treatment

A baby girl has suffered ‘serious injuries’ and a woman is fighting for her life following an ‘assault’ at a house near Dudley.

Ambulance crews and police officers rushed to the  property in The Leasowes, Tipton, at around 12.30am today following an emergency call.

The infant, who had suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital for further treatment.  

Ambulance crews and West Midlands Police were called to the property in Tipton, Dudley, at around 12.30am today

The woman, who was in a critical condition, was also treated at the scene before being rushed to hospital. 

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called by the police at 00:29am to an assault at a property in The Leasowes in Tipton.

‘We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene. We treated a woman, who was in a critical condition, at the scene before taking her on blue lights to hospital.

‘Crews also treated a baby girl for potentially life threatening injuries before taking her on blue lights to hospital for further treatment.’

A part of the residential road now remains closed as police carry out investigations, witnesses told BlackCountryLive.

MailOnline has contacted West Midlands Police for comment. 

Police vans and emergency crews arrive to the scene following reports of an ‘assault’ at the Tipton house

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Trump says he’ll be back for delayed SpaceX rocket launch

President Trump has confirmed he will be back in Florida on Saturday after Wednesday’s highly anticipated SpaceX rocket launch was canceled due to bad weather.

“Thank you to @NASA and @SpaceX for their hard work and leadership. Look forward to being back with you on Saturday!” Trump wrote.

The president and first lady traveled to Cape Canaveral on Wednesday with a large crew for the launch, including Vice President Mike Pence as well as Trump’s children, who brought their spouses and kids.

The trip to the Kennedy Space Center was Trump’s first non-coronavirus-related travel after two months of confinement at the White House during the pandemic which has killed 100,000 people in the US.

NASA scrubbed the historic rocket launch with less than 16 minutes to lift-off, blaming thunderstorms.

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will try again on Saturday afternoon, with a second launch scheduled for 3.22 p.m. ET.

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Cuomo says Post trying to ‘kill all Democrats’ with reporting on nursing homes

First he blamed nursing homes, then he blamed President Trump, now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attacking The Post for shining light on his widely-panned state policy barring nursing homes from turning away coronavirus-positive patients, which may have fueled more than 5,000 deaths in the facilities.

“There are columnists who made this point at The Post who are 100 percent supportive of Donald Trump and that’s fine — but then believe, you know, we have to kill all Democrats,” Cuomo told reporters in Washington, DC when asked whether the mandate came up during his meeting with the president about an hour earlier.

“I get it, I understand it,” Cuomo said from the National Press Club. “They’re open in their support of the Trump administration, and I guess their attitude is to be pro-Donald Trump, you have to be anti-Democrat, which I don’t really understand.”

Cuomo has been under bipartisan fire for his Health Department’s March 25 mandate prohibiting nursing homes from turning away those who have tested positive for the bug, despite repeatedly acknowledging that the facilities’ elderly populations are among the most vulnerable.

In announcing a probe by the state attorney general’s office not of his policy but of nursing homes — Cuomo has maintained that the facilities always had not just a right but a responsibility to seek alternate arrangements for patients they’re unable to care for.

And earlier this month, Cuomo said critics could “ask President Trump” about the policy enacted by his Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, arguing that it was originally crafted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that the state was simply following their lead.

He did not mention that the CDC guidance was just that while the state order bound the nursing homes under law.

All the while, Cuomo has publicly clung to the policy, despite well over 5,000 confirmed or suspected coronavirus deaths in state nursing homes though he curbed it earlier this month, under withering criticism, by mandating that hospital patients must be coronavirus-free before they can be discharged to nursing homes.

He denied Wednesday that he was trying to pin the blame on the president.

“I never did that,” he told reporters Wednesday, despite previously having said, “Anyone who wants to ask, ‘Why did the state do that with COVID patients in nursing homes,’ it’s because the state followed President Trump’s CDC guidance.”

“I said, ‘They want to play politics with this.’ There are Republicans who are trying to make political hay out of this, in my opinion,” Cuomo maintained.

“What I said to the Republicans who are making this accusation [is] you have to find an accusation, for it to work politically, that you can make against the Democrat that is not a boomerang and comes back and affects the Republicans.”

Criticism from lawmakers in Cuomo’s home state, however, has been firmly bipartisan, with Democratic and Republican pols alike calling for probes of what role the March 25 mandate had in the staggering death toll.

“I never blamed him for anything,” he continued about the president, adding, “The context to what I said was, I said it to a Post reporter.”

Cuomo said that the issue did not come up during his White House meeting with Trump, instead insisting that it was a “good conversation” largely focused on infrastructure projects in New York.

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New Zealand now has zero coronavirus hospitalizations

New Zealand’s last hospitalized coronavirus patient was discharged Wednesday as the country’s infection rate dipped to below two dozen people, health officials said in reports.

The unnamed patient left an Auckland area hospital as the Pacific island nation reported only 21 infected people remaining — and no new cases of the deadly illness in at least five days, and according to CBS News.

The low infection numbers will likely lead to lifted lockdown measures within weeks, according to officials, who are already allowing gatherings of up to 100 people.

“The increase in gathering size means we now have some of the most permissive settings of any of the countries we compare ourselves to, including Australia,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference earlier this week.

“Going hard and early [with lockdown measures] has paid off for the economy, and now we need to just continue the level of vigilance that has got us here,” she said, according to SBS News.

She added, “We are still in a global pandemic. Cases continue to grow overseas, and we do still have people coming home, but for the most part, many aspects of life can and should feel much more normal.”

New Zealand — which has been praised for its quick and decisive response to the pandemic — closed its borders on March 19 and implemented a strict stay-at-home order the same week.

Overall, the number of new infections reported in the country has remained steady in recent weeks, with no new cases in the last five days and only three since May 11.

The nation has also carried out 267,435 tests and has nearly another 200,000 more testing kits available, officials said.

In total, the country has reported 1,504 infections and a death toll of 21, which has not increased since May 6.

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Coronavirus contact tracing scheme to launch TOMORROW without NHS app

Boris Johnson reveals coronavirus tracing scheme will launch TOMORROW: Thousands of people who have been near someone with coronavirus could be ordered to isolate for 14 DAYS – even if they have no symptoms

  • NHS Test and Trace programme will launch tomorrow morning without app 
  • Roll out of app has been delayed after problems during Isle of Wight pilot
  • Means system will initially be reliant on human testimony to slow spread of virus
  • Anyone with coronavirus symptoms will be told to self-isolate for seven days
  • They will be urged to get tested with positive tests prompting contact tracing
  • They will have to provide details of people they have been close to recently
  • Those people will then be contacted and told they must self-isolate for 14 days 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The UK’s coronavirus contact tracing programme will launch tomorrow without its centrepiece NHS app as experts warned it will not be a ‘silver bullet’ which kills off the disease.  

The NHS Test and Trace system for England will see anyone who develops symptoms urged to self-isolate for seven days and told to order a test online or by phone. 

Anyone who then tests positive will be asked to provide phone numbers and email addresses to the NHS for people they have recently come into close contact with. 

Those contacts will then be tracked down and told to self-isolate for 14 days – even if they do not have symptoms.  

Boris Johnson announced the launch of the scheme during an appearance in front of the Liaison Committee this afternoon. 

He said self-isolation resulting from the programme would be an imposition for a ‘tiny minority’ but that the benefits would be worth it.

The PM said: ‘I would just say to everybody that it’s worth it because that is the tool that other countries have used to unlock the prison. 

‘That captivity for a tiny minority for a short time will allow us gradually to release 66 million people from the current situation.’  

The Government is pinning its hopes of ending the nationwide lockdown on the success of the scheme. 

But it will go live tomorrow, earlier than the June 1 launch date which had been anticipated, without the NHSX coronavirus app which digitally records close contacts and will massively speed up the contact tracing process. 

The Government originally wanted the app, which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight, to roll out nationwide in the middle of this month. 

But problems with its development have seen it delayed which means the new scheme will initially be entirely reliant on an army of 25,000 contact tracers to track people down and prevent a second wave of infections. 

However, there remain major question marks over how the system will work in practice with ministers not intending to fine people who refuse to self-isolate. 

Meanwhile, councils and public health officials will be tasked with containing any localised outbreaks of the disease in the future, with local authorities warning they must be given the required powers to act. 

Boris Johnson today announced that the NHS Test and Trace programme will formally launch in England tomorrow


 The NHS Test and Trace programme will be split into two parts. They are: 

Part One

Step One: Isolate. When someone gets symptoms they should self-isolate for seven days. Anyone in the same household should do the same.

Step Two: Test. They should order a coronavirus test online or by calling 119.

Step Three: Results. If a test is positive they must complete seven days in isolation. Anyone in the same household should complete 14 days. If it is negative no one needs to isolate.

Step Four: Contacts. People with a positive test will be contacted via text or email or by phone and told to answer questions and share phone numbers and email addresses for close contacts.

Part Two – For People Flagged As Contacts

Step One: Alert. People flagged will get a text or email. They will then be told what they need to do.

Step Two: Isolate. They will be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days based on when they last came into contact with the person. Other household members do not need to self-isolate unless symptoms are present.

Step Three: Test. If they develop symptoms all other household members should self-isolate. They should then order a test. If it is positive self-isolation must continue for seven days. If negative you must still complete 14 days unless virus not yet showing. 

The NHS Test and Trace scheme has an overall staff of approximately 50,000 people, comprising of 25,000 contact tracers, 20,000 people administering tests and between 4-7,000 clinicians who will provide expert advice.

The Government hopes that it will soon have the capacity to test 200,000 people for coronavirus every day, using 50 drive-through sites, more than 100 mobile testing units and three so-called ‘mega labs’. 

The aim is for test results to be ready within 24 hours although officials have admitted it will take some time to hit that goal. 

Speed will be of the essence in avoiding a second wave of the disease with contact tracing working best when people who may have been exposed to infection are swiftly removed from society.  

As of tomorrow anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to share information about their recent interactions.

Close contact will be defined as anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than two metres with someone who has subsequently tested positive.

People identified as having been in close contact will then be told to stay at home for 14 days even if they do not have symptoms to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 

If those in isolation do then develop symptoms they will be able to book a test online or by calling 119. 

if they test positive they must continue to self-isolate for seven days or until symptoms have passed. If they test negative they must complete 14 days in isolation just in case the virus could not be detected yet. 

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the contacted person becomes symptomatic. Then all household members must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Everyone who has to isolate will be entitled to statutory sick pay or if they are self-employed they will get access to a Government grant. 

Every local area will have a coronavirus action plan setting out what will happen if there is a localised spike in infections. 

The focus will be on containing the outbreak. 

If testing data shows there has been a localised spike in cases a public health investigation will be triggered to examine the circumstances and to immediately crackdown on it.

Local testing efforts will be stepped up to determine the extent of the spread and to make sure everyone who is infected is put into self-isolation. 

If the data suggests the outbreak is linked to a certain service or premises it will be shut and subject to deep cleaning before being allowed to reopen. 

The scheme will have the capacity to trace the contacts of 10,000 people who test positive for coronavirus per day. That capacity could be scaled up if it is deemed necessary. 

Royal Society scientists today suggested the contact tracing programme may only bring down infections by as little as five per cent. 

World-leading experts from the prestigious scientific academy warned the scheme was ‘not a silver bullet’ and will only have a ‘modest’ effect on the UK’s crisis.

The scientists said that testing times were still too slow and there is a good chance many Britons do not adhere to self-isolation rules. 

They modelled what effect contact tracing would have on Britain’s epidemic and found that, even if compliance is 80 per cent and the Government speeds up its testing, the number of new cases will only drop by up to 15 per cent.

The report, by the Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) group, has been handed to SAGE scientists ahead of the rollout of the contact tracing programme tomorrow. 

Nobel Prize laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, chair of the DELVE committee, said the UK’s scheme should by no means ‘be considered as a silver bullet’. 

Despite the high stakes nature of the coronavirus outbreak and the damage a second wave would do, the Government does not intend to fine people for failing to comply with self-isolation – at least initially. 

Mr Johnson told MPs that ministers could move to impose penalties if people flout the rules.   

‘If they do not follow the advice we will consider what sanctions will be necessary,’ he said.  

The fact that the system without the app is entirely reliant on human testimony has raised concerns, with people needing to remember who they have seen, where and when in order for it to work effectively. 

Concerns have also been expressed that the data revealed during the contact tracing process could be passed onto the police to crackdown on non-compliance with lockdown rules. 

For example, if someone has visited a friend’s house during lockdown but is then flagged as a contact for a positive test and they then have to reveal their rule breaking. 

However, the data obtained by the NHS during the contact trading programme will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with other organisations.

The new contact tracing system does raise the prospect of some people facing more than one spell in self-isolation if they are flagged by more than one person who tests positive.  

However, if that does happen under the new scheme it will likely trigger a local investigation by public health officials and council staff. 

They will be responsible for stopping localised outbreaks by increasing tests, getting more people into quarantine, identifying sources of the infection and then conducting deep cleaning.

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UConn fugitive was neighbors with Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza

The University of Connecticut student being hunted for a killing spree grew up on the same street as Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza — and claimed he “snapped” in the same way, according to reports.

Peter Manfredonia — who is accused of killing two men and injuring another — left the chilling message amid a series of scrawls on his dorm walls, the South Passaic Daily Voice said.

“We saw what happened when Adam snapped,” one message said, as first reported by student reporters at

“Now they see what happens when I snap.”

Records show that Manfredonia grew up in Newtown just a few houses away from Lanza, the deranged 20-year-old who slaughtered 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

His family moved to 16 Yogananda Street in 1997, the year he was born — and just a year after Lanza’s family moved a short stroll away, at number 36 on the same street, the records show.

Manfredonia’s family appeared to still be at the house in 2012, when Lanza started his massacre by shooting dead his mother in their house.

It suggests the pair grew up as children on the same street, with Lanza just five years older — and on a street named after a Hindu spiritual leader who introduced Westerners to yoga and wrote a series of essays on inner peace, the Connecticut Post has noted.

Manfredonia had previously written about school shootings, calling them “an epidemic plaguing this great country we live in” in a 2018 post.

In another post from last September, he announced that by completing a triathlon he raised funds for Sandy Hook Promise — an advocacy group founded by several people whose children died in the massacre.

He was still being hunted Wednesday, accused of killing Ted DeMers, 62, last Friday as well as his former classmate, 23-year-old Nicholas Eisele, who was found dead inside his Derby home Sunday morning.

Peter Manfredonia’s family, through their attorney Michael Dolan, and authorities, have urged him to surrender.

Dolan told the Connecticut Post that the young man had “mental health issues” but “no history of violence.”

“This really came out of nowhere,” he insisted.

UConn declined to comment to tell the Connecticut Post if Manfredonia had a disciplinary record at the school.

“The horrific and incomprehensible loss of life is reminiscent of so many other tragedies at so many other places around the country and the world,” UConn President Tom Katsouleas said in a statement.

“Though rare, we have been sadly reminded that none are immune from such random acts, and that they don’t always happen somewhere else.”

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Halfords will fully reopen 53 UK stores by Friday

Halfords will fully reopen 53 UK stores by Friday with customers allowed back inside to browse shelves while being guided by marshals and protected by new ‘sneeze screens’

  • Halfords expect sales surge from customers waiting to get back behind wheel  
  • Comes as John Lewis has also announced that it will be reopening stores 
  • Thousands of shops, department stores and malls can open from June 15 

Halfords will fully reopen 53 UK stores by Friday with customers allowed back inside to browse shelves.

The car parts retailer will deploy marshals to guide people throughout the shops and use ‘sneeze screens’ to keep people safe. 

Bosses expect a surge in customers wanting to get behind the wheel of cars that have been unused for several weeks.

The company has been allowed to remain open throughout lockdown but instead shut stores and operated online and from store car parks instead.

A date has not been set but screens and markings will be in place along with other safeguarding measures, Halfords said.

Graham Stapleton, CEO of Halfords, said: ‘We are pleased to be in a position to start letting our customers back into our stores. ‘However, we are going to be reopening them to our customers gradually and cautiously in order to be absolutely certain that our colleagues and customers have a safe environment in which to work and shop.

‘There has been a big surge in demand for our bike products and services as people have taken to cycling during the lockdown, both for commuting and for fun. 

‘We are also anticipating a similar level of demand for our motoring products and services in the coming days, as people begin to use vehicles again that in some cases will have been off the road for many weeks.

‘The launch of our new Retail Lite model will assist us in meeting this increased demand, which in turn will allow us to continue helping to keep the UK moving.’ 

Halfords are opening up 53 stores by Friday as lockdown eases across the UK but have introduced protective measures for customers (file photo)

Thousands of shops, department stores and shopping centres can open from June 15, while outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to open from next Monday as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

But things will look very different in the revamped stores, with checkouts behind screens, toilets and changing rooms closed, a limit on the number of customers allowed inside the store at any time and no seating available. 

Stores will also feature markings outside to assist with socially-distanced queuing and encourage customers to shop alone where possible, according to union-backed guidance issued by the British Retail Consortium.

John Lewis yesterday announced plans to reopen some of its department stores next month, but would not confirm an exact date for when all stores would open across the UK. Bosses said social distancing measures used in its Waitrose stores have ‘informed’ its preparations for the department stores. 

John Lewis has also announced that it will be reopening stores (file photo of one of the department stores)

Similarly, Marks & Spencer bosses have been guided by the safety measures employed in their own cafés when reopening stores. Dozens of the retailer’s food outlets reopened for takeaway only on May 15.

Retailers are gearing up for what has been dubbed the ‘sale of the century’ with about £15billion worth of stock available after clothing stores shut their doors just days after filling their rails with spring and summer fashion.

Next and M&S are among the retailers expected to promote huge discounts, with warehouse storage space 90 per cent full for some outlets who have resorted to putting products in containers on railway sidings. 

Where are Halfords reopening? 












Cribbs Causeway 




Edinburgh – Straiton 







Hemel Hempstead 


High Wycombe 



Ipswich Euro 

Leamington Spa

Leicester, St Margarets

Lincoln, Tritton 

Liverpool, Edge Lane


Milton Keynes 

New Malden


North Shields






Sheffield, Queens 












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