13 who died in UK from coronavirus had no underlying health conditions

They were healthy: 13 of the 260 who died in UK’s blackest day so far in coronavirus crisis had no underlying health conditions as total hits 1,019 dead with more than 17,000 now infected

  • It is the biggest daily increase the UK has seen and a total of 17,089 people have tested positive for disease 
  • Government advisers warn even stricter social distancing measures could be under way if figures don’t stop
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is leading the response to pandemic from Downing Street as he was diagnosed 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Britain’s coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 today as the UK suffered its worst day yet and saw a huge spike in victims, 13 of which were found to have no underlying health conditions. 

Across the country a total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and a whopping 17,089 have come back positive for Covid-19. 

A statement from the NHS said: ‘Patients were aged between 33 and 100 years old and all but 13 (aged between 63 and 99 years old) had underlying health conditions.’

One such ‘fit and healthy’ 28-year-old, Adam Harkins Sullivan, died from the disease last week after contracting pneumonia and being put into an induced coma. 

And Pooja Sharma, 33, also died from coronavirus, just 24 hours after her father, Sudhir, 61, a Heathrow worker.

Panic has gripped the nation as it was revealed that today’s total number of deaths is 34 per cent higher than yesterday’s and today has seen the largest daily increase since March 18, when the total shot up from 71 to 104. 

However, there has been a slight improvement in the daily rate of new cases. A further 2,510 patients were diagnosed with the virus today, a drop of 411 from the 2,921 new patients diagnosed yesterday. 

It is unclear whether this drop in new cases is as a result of social distancing measures or because less people are being tested for the virus. 

The deadly virus is continuing to spread across the country at an exponential rate – it took just 13 days for the number of deaths to go from one to more than 100. 

And it has only taken a further 10 days for the total to go from 100 to more than 1,000. 

Britain’s coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 today as the UK suffers its worst day yet and sees a huge spike in victims. It is the biggest daily increase the UK has seen, the Department of Health and Social Care said today. A total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and 17,089 have come back positive

The news comes as Governmental advisers warn that even stricter social distancing measures could be under way if the staggering increase in figures doesn’t stop

A nurse is seen swabbing the driver of a car at a drive through coronavirus testing station at Chessington World Of Adventures Resort

A medic can be seen attending to the occupants of a car at a coronavirus drive-through testing station in Chessington

In other coronavirus developments: 

  • NHS workers began being tested for coronavirus at a temporary drive through testing station in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures in Chessington
  • Photos revealed the inside of the ExCel centre in London which is being made into a temporary hospital with two wards, each for 2,000 people, to help tackle the coronavirus response
  • The British Red Cross said evictions of asylum seekers from Government accommodation are to be halted amid fears about the disease
  • Police urged motorcyclists to stay out of the countryside and told them they cannot claim it is part of their permitted daily exercise under lockdown rules
  • Police chiefs want Britons to snitch on any neighbours they suspect of breaching the coronavirus lockdown 
  • Humberside, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Avon and Somerset have created a mixture of ‘hotlines’ and ‘online portals’ where people can submit tip-offs if lockdown infractions occur
  • Images from inside ExCeL Centre show construction work to transform the exhibition centre into a  hospital
  • Andy Burnham has said that hundreds of firms in Manchester have remained open ‘without good reason’
  • Workers who have not taken a holiday because of the crisis will be able to carry it over into the next two years
  • NHS staff to be tested for coronavirus from next week at places including Chessington World of Adventures
  • The coronavirus social distancing limit is four times too short, Massachusetts Institute of Technology warned 
  • National director of the NHS, Stephen Powis, today announced at Number 10’s daily briefing that Boris Johnson is continuing to self-isolate as he is still showing symptoms but he was able to hold a meeting earlier today
  • Powis also announced that keeping Covid-19 deaths  in the UK below 20,000 would be a ‘good result’ 
  • He then revealed that 170million masks, 25million gloves and 30million aprons have been delivered to medical staff fighting virus across the country 

Overall, the number of confirmed cases in the UK is 17,089. But just one week ago, the total paled in comparison at 5,018. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already having to lead the response to the pandemic from Downing Street after he was diagnosed with the disease.

He has been accused of failing to follow his own social distancing rules after Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty began self-isolating with symptoms. 

The news comes as Governmental advisers warn that even stricter social distancing measures could be under way if the staggering increase in figures doesn’t stop.  

Early studies from Wuhan, China, where the disease was first identified in December last year, suggested 80 per cent of all deaths were in those over the age of 65, with the worst outcomes for patients in their 80s.

Younger people were much more likely to suffer a ‘mild’ illness, or no symptoms at all. 

And this is part of the reason the virus has spread so fast, say experts. People often don’t know they’ve got it, so go about their normal lives, unknowingly infecting others. 

However, 15 per cent of patients suffer a severe illness – and emerging evidence suggests this is not just a worry for the elderly. So, undoubtedly, there will be more – perhaps many – tragic cases like that of Adam Harkins Sullivan and Pooja Sharma.  

A police officer talks to a cyclist at Regents Park in London, during a lockdown over the spread of coronavirus 

People walk and run to take their daily exercise allowance in Battersea Park in London today, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic

Over the past month, reports have emerged of youngsters in many countries ignoring advice to practise social distancing. Such is the concern, World Health Organisation boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week warned young, healthy people they would not be ‘invincible’ during the pandemic.

‘Although older people are hardest hit, younger people are not spared,’ he said.

The most recent US figures show just that. While fatalities are highest in those over 85, one study found that out of 500 hospitalisations, 18 per cent were aged 45 to 54, and 20 per cent were 20 to 44. 

One in ten ICU admissions – the most perilously ill – were in this youngest age bracket.  

The latest figures come after Scottish Secretary Alister Jack revealed he had developed mild symptoms of coronavirus and was self-isolating. 

Government advisers said stricter social distancing policies may have to be rolled out next month if the grim figures continued to rise. The measures would be introduced in three weeks as the outbreak reached its peak to further reduce ‘person-to-person interaction’.  

This week France announced that individuals could only exercise alone – unless with children – for a maximum of an hour and within 1,000 yards of their homes. Spain and Italy have banned exercise altogether, and there are concerns that Britons are deliberately misinterpreting the guidance by travelling to beauty spots miles from their homes. 

A paramedic sets up medical equipment outside the Excel Centre, London while it is being prepared to become the NHS Nightingale Hospital

People walk to get their daily exercise allowance in Battersea Park in London today

Police are powerless to prevent people leaving home more than once in a day or driving to beauty spots for exercise

Britain’s police chiefs are begging millions of Britons to adhere to Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown as they admit to being powerless to enforce it. 

Forces across the country are understood to be confused and divided over the rules and the sweeping powers afforded by the emergency laws.

Guidance from the National Police Chiefs’ Council states people must stay at home except for medical reasons, essential shopping, or for once-daily exercise.   

Police took full advantage of their new authority, using the new emergency powers within the first 12 hours of them being ratified by MPs.

However, the likes of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire – which have used drones to track and shame dog walkers before posting online – have faced charges of ‘overzealousness’ from ex-MPs, lawyers, and human-rights group.

The Times reports that the NPCC is privately displeased by some of the more excessive measures officers have taken to enforce the lockdown.

But NPCC boss Martin Hewitt is urging Britons to obey the rules as police chiefs admit they are powerless to prevent people from exercising more than once a day.

Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire Sara Glen told the newspaper: ‘There is nothing in the legislation that talks about once-a-day exercise. 

It talks about exercise only with a household member.’  

‘The law doesn’t say once a day. The law doesn’t specify what that type of activity might be. Many people need to be out in the fresh air. 

‘We don’t want everyone driving to the same area to do their exercise. 

‘All we are saying is exercise on your own or with other household members, not where there are other people.’  

A senior government adviser suggested the figures would continue to rise for at least the next three weeks, meaning the peak is likely to hit at Easter. 

The adviser said hospitals ‘should be OK’, but admitted ‘we can’t guarantee it’ and stressed some intensive care units may struggle to cope. 

And should the number of deaths rise significantly, ‘greater enforcement’ of social distancing policies would have to be introduced. This would include ‘anything that can be done to push it (down) further’ and prevent people catching the disease. 

The adviser added: ‘I expect death numbers to increase over two, three or four weeks, and then to gradually decrease.’ 

Officials were generally ‘very happy’ with the levels of compliance with social distancing guidance, despite some Britons travelling some distance to beauty spots in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales to exercise. 

The advice says the public should leave their house only to shop for groceries, provide or receive medical care, travel to work or exercise, which is limited to once a day. The total number of confirmed cases in the UK now stands at 17,089. 

But this is a huge underestimate of the true figure as most patients with the virus are not being tested. 

Professor Jim Naismith, an expert in structural biology at Oxford University, said: ‘Although Covid-19 is a mild disease for over 80 per cent of us, today’s deaths will have come as a terrible blow to families. The increase in the deaths are following the exponential pattern predicted. 

This means we are likely to continue to see further increases in the numbers of daily deaths until social distancing measures have their effect. ‘The deaths tomorrow and in the days ahead will be of people who were infected before the social distancing measures were implemented. 

I understand the temptation to live on each day’s numbers, but what matters is what is ahead of us and what we can do to save lives.’ Dr Mike Tildesley, of the University of Warwick, added: ‘We may expect to see the number of daily confirmed cases continue to climb, before starting to decline once the current social distancing measures start to have an effect.’   

The first NHS workers to be tested at the drive facility in Surrey NHS testing centre being built at Chessington world of adventures in Surrey

Doctors and nurses have begged people to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, pleading with people to stay at home and save lives. 

A father and daughter both died within 24 hours from the deadly disease. Sudhir Sharma, who worked at Heathrow Terminal 3, passed away on Wednesday before pharmacist Pooja suffered the same tragic fate the following day, The Sun reports.

The father, 61, from Hounslow in west London, last worked on January 7, therefore officials don’t believe he contracted Covid-19 on duty and likely picked it up elsewhere.

He is believed to have had underlying health problems, forcing him to be absent at work, but had recently returned to his job on the frontline 

A father and daughter both died within 24 hours from the deadly disease. Sudhir Sharma, who worked at Heathrow Terminal 3, passed away on Wednesday before pharmacist Pooja suffered the same tragic fate the following day

A source told the website: ‘It’s an absolute tragedy. He was a lovely, lovely man. Every immigration officer is talking about it.

‘There are concerns about his widow being unable to attend the funeral because of the isolation issues. It’s just so awful.’ 

Pooja, 33, worked as a pharmacist in East Sussex at Eastbourne District General Hospital and is thought to have received three days of care and treatment for the virus before her death.

Whether the relatives were in close contact with each other before the tragedies is not clear, but friends and colleagues have since rushed to pay tribute. 

The Prime Minister has stressed that unless you are a key worker or helping someone vulnerable, the only reasons to go outside are to go shopping for essentials, exercise once a day or fulfil any medical needs.

Police encouraging Britons to snitch on neighbours suspected of breaching lockdown 

Police chiefs are encouraging Britons to snitch on neighbours suspected of breaching Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown.

Humberside Police have created a ‘hotline’ where people can submit tip-offs if they flout social distancing rules, including gatherings of more than two people.

West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Avon and Somerset have also established online forums for ‘snoopers’ keen to punish rule-breakers.

The portals have been made in response to an increase in the number of calls to the non-emergency 101 number since Monday.

This comes as police up and down the country exercise their new powers to enforce the coronavirus lockdown – stopping people having picnics and dog walkers in the Peak District by chasing them with drones. 

Police chiefs are encouraging Britons to snitch on neighbours suspected of breaching Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown.

Humberside Police have created a ‘hotline’ where people can submit tip-offs if they flout social distancing rules, including gatherings of more than two people.

West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Avon and Somerset have also established online forums for ‘snoopers’ keen to punish rule-breakers.

The portals have been made in response to an increase in the number of calls to the non-emergency 101 number since Monday.   

Despite this, forces yesterday were facing accusations of being overzealous as they use the sweeping new powers to crack down on people flouting the rules, using road blocks, drones and helicopters to enforce it. 

Officers began issuing fines less than 24 hours after new laws were brought into force, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said.  

Those who ignore the tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially – reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days – and another for £120 for a second offence. But fines could reach £1,000-plus for repeat offenders.

Elsewhere, the Met Police fined a bakery boss £80 for criminal damage after she put temporary lines outside her shop to keep her customers safe from coronavirus.

Home Office reveals new powers to tackle people flouting the coronavirus lockdown 

  • Up to two years in prison if you cough deliberately on someone after spate of attacks on police and emergency service workers
  • People who continue to flout coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and can be arrested as part of new enforcement powers announced by the Home Office.
  • Officers can also tell them to go home, leave or disperse an area and ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking the law.
  • Those who refuse to comply could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.
  • Second-time offenders could be issued a fixed penalty notice of £120, doubling on each further repeat offence.
  • Those who do not pay the penalty can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose fines up to £1,000 or more; 

The extraordinary incident took place outside the Grodzinski bakery in Edgware, north-west London, this morning, when police spotted the owner using a can of non-permanent spray chalk to help maintain social distancing of two metres. 

The officer told the flabbergasted woman that she had graffitied the pavement and if police failed to punish crimes like these there would be ‘anarchy’, adding: ‘I can’t help the law. We’re also fining people for congregating – is that wrong too?’.

The woman, who gives her name as Gemma, confronts the officer and says: ‘This is not graffiti, it’s chalk, it washes off. So you would rather all my customers don’t stand two metres apart? I’m doing it for people’s safety – to stop the spread of coronavirus’, to which the officer replies: ‘It doesn’t matter. It’s criminal damage. It’s the law’.

The officer then tells her she needs to wash it off or she ‘will be committing another offence’, and she says to protect her customers she will happily ‘get another ticket, and another ticket and another ticket. I don’t care’. 

A witness who filmed the incident told the policeman: ‘People are dying and this is what you care about, this is ridiculous, this is horrendous’ and the officer replies: ‘The law doesn’t stop unfortunately. It’s still a criminal offence. The law is the law and it doesn’t change because of what is happening. There would be anarchy in the world’.  

And a council is facing a furious backlash today after targeting members of the public with drones, as lawyers warned that police are ‘unlawfully’ trying to restrict people travelling to isolated spots to exercise and walk their dogs. 

Social distancing rules may become even more stringent if staggering coronavirus figures don’t drop 

Government advisers said stricter social distancing policies may have to be rolled out next month if the grim figures continued to rise. 

The measures would be introduced in three weeks as the outbreak reached its peak to further reduce ‘person-to-person interaction’.

This week France announced that individuals could only exercise alone – unless with children – for a maximum of an hour and within 1,000 yards of their homes. Spain and Italy have banned exercise altogether, and there are concerns that Britons are deliberately misinterpreting the guidance by travelling to beauty spots miles from their homes.

And a new report from renowned US university MIT says that the two-metre rule may need to be four times bigger as droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes can travel at speeds of 33ft to 100ft per second.   

Should the number of coronavirus deaths rise significantly, ‘greater enforcement’ of social distancing policies would have to be introduced. 

This would include ‘anything that can be done to push it (down) further’ and prevent people catching the disease.

A senior government adviser added: ‘I expect death numbers to increase over two, three or four weeks, and then to gradually decrease.’ Officials were generally ‘very happy’ with the levels of compliance with social distancing guidance, despite some Britons travelling some distance to beauty spots in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales to exercise. 

Officers have already issued fines to people breaching coronavirus lockdown rules, less than 24 hours after new laws were brought into force, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said.  

Those who ignore the tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially – reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days – and another for £120 for a second offence. But fines could reach £1,000-plus for repeat offenders.

But guidelines issued by the Cabinet Office do not prohibit driving somewhere for exercise or dog walking. 

Derbyshire Police is now embroiled in a heated row after tweeting ‘menacing’ drone footage chasing and ‘shaming’ ramblers and dog walkers in the Peak District. 

Neath Port Talbot council has also begun using drones equipped with speakers to shout at groups of people outside – though some targeted claim they had been ‘waiting hours for prescriptions before they were ordered to go home.’

But members of the public have hit back at the extraordinary move, claiming they are being targeted while queuing outside for hours waiting for groceries and medication. 

Critics say the unprecedented powers handed to officers by ministers will see the country ‘sliding into dystopia.’ 

As the row intensified, Leading QC Matthew Ryder said there was an ‘overwhelming consensus from lawyers that police trying to restrict people to ’emergency travel only’ is unlawful.’ 

Former MPs also claim police are ‘showing an astounding lack of judgement’ and needed to exercise ‘common sense and respect’ and use their powers elsewhere. 

But chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, doubled down on the measures, telling the BBC: ‘This is a national emergency, not a national holiday.’

An NHS worker being tested for coronavirus at a temporary testing station in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures in Chessington, Greater London

Members of the public jogging in Regents Park in London, during a lockdown over the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that people should only leave their homes for essential work, groceries, medical necessity and exercise

People exercise in the early morning sun at Hyde Park in central London, during a lockdown over the spread of COVID-19

Brussels slapdown for UK in ventilators row 

Brussels slapped down Downing Street yesterday for claiming Britain did not join an EU scheme to supply more ventilators because of an email ‘mix-up’. 

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Thursday that the UK had not taken part in the joint project because of an ‘initial communication problem’. 

But yesterday Brussels rubbished that claim, saying British officials had sat in on key meetings to discuss the plans.

 Mr Johnson is under pressure over the UK’s ventilator shortage after it emerged that thousands of machines the Government ordered may not arrive until after the peak of the coronavirus epidemic. 

The Government was criticised when it emerged that the UK was not taking part in the EU scheme to boost the number of ventilators available to doctors. 

It said: ‘Owing to an initial communication problem, the UK did not receive an invitation in time to join in four joint procurements.’ 

But a European Commission spokesman said equipment needs ‘have been discussed several times in the meetings of the Health Security Committee, 

Among those responding to Derbyshire Police’s drone footage was ex-Lord Chancellor, David Gauke. 

The former Work and Pensions Secretary and Justice Secretary said: ‘This is badly misjudged. People should maintain social distancing, which is what these people are doing. We need to maintain public support for fundamental behaviour change which requires the authorities to focus on genuinely bad behaviour.’

Derbyshire Police took the extraordinary step of using one of its drones to film dog walkers, ramblers and a group posing for Instagram pictures on a cliff top at sunset last night – highlighting their movements and accusing them of making an ‘unessential’ trip. 

Using the unmanned aircraft they also gathered number plates from parked cars and traced their owners to their homes in Sheffield saying: ‘Walking your dog in the Peak District: Not essential.’ 

Appearing on BBC Breakfast yeasterday, Superintendent Steve Pont from Derbyshire Police hit back at allegations he was ‘shaming’ dog walkers, claiming people were ‘looking for excuses and loopholes as to why they don’t need to stay at home when everyone else does.’ 

Supt Pont said his force was, ‘here to apply the law the government makes.’  

Shoppers ensure they stand two metres apart while getting their groceries in London this morning

Boris Johnson has stressed that unless you are a key worker or helping someone vulnerable, the only reasons to go outside are to go shopping for essentials, exercise once a day or fulfil any medical needs. 

Those flouting the rules face fines of up to £960, and police can now arrest anyone found outside without good reason. 

Police will now ARREST anyone who flouts the travel ban

People who continue to flout coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and could be arrested by police.

Those who ignore tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence, the Home Office warned.

Officers will have the power to enforce rules on staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel from Thursday.

They can order members of the public to go home, leave an area and have the power to disperse a group.

Police can also take steps to make sure parents are stopping their children from breaking the rules.

According to the guidance, the cost of initial fixed penalty notices will be cut to £30 if paid within 14 days and those who do not pay could be taken to court and risk facing costs for unlimited fines.

The Home Office said: ‘If an individual continues to refuse to comply, they will be acting unlawfully, and the police may arrest them where deemed proportionate and necessary.

‘However, in the first instance, the police will always apply their common sense and discretion.’

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘The Prime Minister has been clear on what we need to do: stay at home to protect our NHS and save lives.

‘All our frontline services really are the best of us and are doing an incredible job to stop this terrible virus from spreading.

‘That’s why I’m giving the police these new enforcement powers, to protect the public and keep people safe.’

 

In addition, the Director of Public Prosecutions warned that anyone deliberately coughing at 999 workers to spread coronavirus faces up to two years in jail. 

But barrister Matthew Ryder argued: ‘Seems to be overwhelming consensus from lawyers that police trying to restrict people to ’emergency travel only’ is unlawful.

‘They have no power to stop someone driving to an isolated scenic spot to exercise away from others (nor is there any logical reason why there should be).

‘If you live in a densely packed city like London, the local park now feels like a crowded gym much of the day: people exercising, walking dogs, letting kids run about. 

‘Stopping people going out to isolated spots for exercise in order to ease that crowding is counterproductive.’

Former West Midlands MEP Roger Helmer tweeted: ‘For heaven’s sake, Derbyshire police, get a sense of proportion. These people were taking exercise (permitted) and maintaining social separation (mandated). There are much more important matters which you should be pursuing.’ 

Supt Pont told the BBC: ‘We’ve received the legislation which is easy for people to understand. If people continue to flout this then we will resort to giving out fines.

‘We wanted to reinforce the message of, ‘stay home’ because a number of people aren’t staying home; they’re finding excuses and loopholes to go out. 

‘We wanted to illustrate that this is the wrong thing to do – last weekend the Peak District was overflowing with tourists.’ 

But presenter Charlie Stayt argued there was little chance of infecting other people if people travel in their own car to a remote location and walk away from other people, exercising their rights in a safe manner. 

He added: ‘It’s not really up to you to stop them.’ 

Supt Pont added: ‘If people drive in their cars and go walking along the clifftops, there’s a potential for accidents. Mountain rescue have said they don’t want people doing it. 

‘If the NHS are responding to a road traffic collisions, that is taking up their time. 

People stand two meters apart as they social distance themselves from one another whilst queing to shop for essentials at a Tesco Supermarket in Stoke-on-Trent, central England today


A man wears a welding suit and mask to do shopping in Tesco Extra this morning in Stockton, Teesside (left and right)

Police Scotland were using their own helicopter to catch people and issue fines in Pollok Park, Glasgow yesterday

‘The point is, government legislation says you should make your time away from home as short as possible. 

‘It is not as short as possible if you feel like going for a drive in the Peak District.’ 

He added: ‘We are hoping to appeal to the better judgement of these people. 

‘The NHS are heroes – they are asking, begging us, to stay at home. And 93-4 per cent of the public are doing that but some people are trying to find excuses not to.’

The apparent need for the new police powers to break up gatherings has been illustrated by reports of officers being called to friends having barbecues, house parties and games of football. 

Neath Port Talbot council and South Wales Police are also using drones equipped with speakers to disperse groups of people congregating outside. 

The council has teamed up with South Wales Police to identify popular hotspots. 

The council says it hopes the use of drones, ‘will help to remind people not following the rules about what their responsibilities are.’

A spokesman from Neath Port Talbot council said: ‘Drones are now being used to distribute public information messages across Neath Port Talbot during the coronavirus outbreak.

‘We have teamed up with South Wales Police to survey hotspots where people are not following government measures on social distancing.’ 

‘You’re killing people!’: Moment police officer shouts at man walking down the street while claiming to have coronavirus 

This is the moment a furious police officer is seen shouting at a man claiming to have the deadly coronavirus to ‘go home’ more than a dozen times as he warns him ‘you are killing people’.

Footage has emerged of the bike-riding officer warning the man, standing in a street in Perth, Scotland, that he will be arrested if he does not self-isolate.

It comes as legislation was approved allowing police to fine those who disobey the UK government’s lockdown rules following the outbreak of the virus, which has killed more than 570 people in the UK so far.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the powers could be introduced in Scotland as early as today.

The footage begins with four police officers on bikes in a seemingly deserted Perth High Street. Shouting can then be heard as one of the officers makes his way over to a lone male in a blue top and grey trousers.

As the man approaches the officer he is warned ‘stay back’. The officer continues to hold his hand out, trying to keep a distance between himself and the man.

A comment is made, prompting the officer to ask: ‘So you’ve got Covid-19?’

The man appears to nod his head, prompting the officer to reply: ‘If that’s the case, you need to go home and self-isolate.’

He adds: ‘If I see you once more, you are going to jail.’

With the man seemingly not listening to the request, the officer becomes increasingly frustrated, shouting ‘go home’ more than a dozen times in less than a minute.

At one point the officer says: ‘Are you telling me you’ve got it? Well go home and self-isolate. You are killing people, go home.’

As the video comes to an end, the man is seen leaving the area.

The council added: ‘The drones are equipped with speakers that will transmit messages directly to the public.

‘We are reminding residents to stay at home except for (reasons outlined by the Government).’

But while some praised the measures, others claimed they were unnecessary.

NEW POLICE POWERS: WHEN DID THEY COME INTO FORCE AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Police officers now have powers to enforce staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel, as of 1pm on Thursday.

As a result, people who continue to flout coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and could be arrested or fined. Officers can use ‘reasonable force, if necessary’.

What is the law called and where is it in force?

Known as the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, they are currently in force in England.

The regulations are expected to be introduced in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales by the end of Thursday.

What are the main points of the rules?

Police can order members of the public to go home, leave an area, have the power to disperse a group, using ‘reasonable force, if necessary’ and can make arrests if someone refuses to comply.

Those who ignore the tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially – reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days – and another for £120 for a second offence.

Those who do not pay could be taken to court and risk facing costs for unlimited fines.

Refusing to provide a name and address to avoid being given a fine is an arrestable offence.

Officers can also take steps to make sure parents are stopping their children from breaking the rules.

Why have the rules been enacted?

The Government says it is to protect the public and keep people safe.

The regulations state they are made ‘in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health’ posed by Covid-19 and the Government considers the ‘restrictions and requirements imposed by these regulations are proportionate to what they seek to achieve’.

But human rights campaigners have raised concerns about the restrictions posed by the powers.

How long will they be in force?

The regulations are classed as emergency laws.

They must be reviewed at least once every 21 days, starting on April 16.

Why can I leave my house and how often?

Reasons for why someone may leave their house as well as to get food and medical supplies for you, your household or vulnerable people, are to get money and to exercise.

A reasonable excuse also includes: to give blood, attend a funeral, meet bail conditions, go to court and take part in legal proceedings, to move house and to ‘avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm’.

The rules do not appear to limit how many times per day someone can leave their house.

What else do the rules say?

The rules define who is considered a vulnerable person under the law as someone who is aged 70 or older, anyone aged under 70 who has an underlying health condition and anyone who is pregnant.

Underlying health conditions include: chronic long-term respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, hepatitis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, a learning disability or cerebral palsy, HIV, Aids, cancer, and obesity.

It also lists in detail the businesses and buildings which can stay open – like supermarkets, hardware stores and post offices – and must close – such as pubs, restaurants and theatres – during the crisis.

 

Writing on Facebook, Carly Murray said: ‘This upset a lot of people today at Neath boots. 

‘People were waiting for prescriptions and people were very orderly and staying two metres apart. This drone turned up and changed the mood.

‘As people were perplexed where it’s had come from and what they could do as they were waiting for Boots. 

‘People were annoyed to be told to go home when they were already stressed and fed up waiting hours for medications.’ 

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service, Max Hill QC, warned that offenders coughing and spitting at key workers would be charged with common assault, punishable by up to two years in prison. 

His intervention came after Darren Rafferty, 45, from Dagenham, east London, admitted three counts of assaulting an emergency worker after claiming to have coronavirus and deliberately coughing at officers arresting him for grievous bodily harm. 

David Mott, 40, from Blackburn, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after threatening to spit at officers when they asked him why he was outdoors with two others on Monday night.  

In response to new police powers being brought into force to make sure coronavirus lockdown restrictions are followed, Clare Collier, advocacy director at Liberty, said: ‘We’re extremely concerned by the extent of these coercive powers.

‘This is a pandemic and so it should be treated as a public health issue. Instead, the Government is treating it as a criminal justice issue, putting resources into detaining and criminalising.

‘What’s concerning is what this heavy-handed approach will do to the public’s relationship with the police in the long-term.

‘While some people will feel reassured by a firmer police response to the pandemic, others will feel fear, especially groups who are already over-policed.

‘We’ve seen an amazing response from communities to the pandemic, with neighourhoods rallying together, but trust and goodwill may break down in the face of authoritarianism and harsh policing.’ 

Police forces this week have reported a surge of mindless violence by bored yobs. 

In Merseyside, a hospital worker was attacked with a bike saddle by a group of teenagers as he went to buy groceries. 

The radiographer at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral needed seven stitches after he was targeted by four youths outside an Asda supermarket in Birkenhead.

Elsewhere in Merseyside, a group of children became involved in a standoff with police after climbing onto a leisure centre roof for an hour and refusing to come down.

Derbyshire Police revealed they were investigating a vicious assault on a farmer who was punched 15 times and kicked in the ribs when he asked a Peak District walker to ‘go home’. 

The victim, from Edale, was ‘left shaken and bruised’ after he was assaulted while disinfecting his gates on Sunday due to hundreds of people walking past.  

New powers were announced on Thursday to allow police to enforce lockdown rules brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Home Office said people who continue to flout tougher restrictions on movement will be breaking the law and could be arrested by police.

Those who ignore the rules could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence, with the penalty doubling for additional breaches.

Officers in England were given the power to enforce rules on staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel as of 1pm on Thursday.

They can order members of the public to go home, leave an area, and have the power to disperse a group, using ‘reasonable force, if necessary’.

Police can also take steps to make sure parents are stopping their children from breaking the rules.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the powers were designed to ‘protect the public and keep people safe’.

According to the guidance, the cost of initial fixed penalty notices will be cut to £30 if paid within 14 days and those who do not pay could be taken to court and risk facing costs for unlimited fines.

Refusing to provide a name and address to avoid being given a fine is an arrestable offence. 

Known as the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, similar rules will be in place across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The regulations state they are made ‘in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health’ posed by Covid-19 and the Government considers the ‘restrictions and requirements imposed by these regulations are proportionate to what they seek to achieve’ 

NHS bosses could have prevented ‘chaos and panic’ in a system left ‘wholly unprepared for this pandemic’, the editor of a British medical journal has said.

Richard Horton wrote in The Lancet that numerous warnings were issued to the NHS but these were not heeded, but his claims were branded inaccurate by the NHS.

He cited an example from his journal on January 20, pointing to a global epidemic: ‘Preparedness plans should be readied for deployment at short notice, including securing supply chains of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, hospital supplies and the necessary human resources to deal with the consequences of a global outbreak of this magnitude.’

Dr Horton said the Government’s Contain-Delay-Mitigate-Research plan had failed.

He said: ‘It failed, in part, because ministers didn’t follow WHO’s advice to ‘test, test, test’ every suspected case. They didn’t isolate and quarantine. They didn’t contact trace.

‘These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that remain opaque.’

He added that ‘The result has been chaos and panic across the NHS’.

Dr Horton also expressed concerns over the Government’s new Suppress-Shield-Treat-Palliate plan.

‘But this plan, agreed far too late in the course of the outbreak, has left the NHS wholly unprepared for the surge of severely and critically ill patients that will soon come,’ he said.

In response, Professor Keith Willett, NHS Strategic Incident Director for Covid-19, said: ‘Actually the NHS declared a Level Four – the highest – National Emergency on January 30, the day before his magazine article that Dr Horton claims should have been the signal, and fully six weeks before the World Health Organisation itself declared coronavirus a pandemic.

‘Since then the NHS has mobilised right across the country at every level – to free up 33,000 beds for coronavirus patients – a third of all hospital capacity. We’ve enabled 18,000 nurses and doctors to return to practice, supported by 730,000 new volunteers. And we’ve struck an unprecedented deal with the independent sector to use en bloc their 8,000 beds, as well as building three new Nightingale hospitals and procuring all available ventilators and clinical equipment.

‘So in respect of our NHS responsibilities and response, the facts clearly speak for themselves.’

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: ‘The UK’s science-led action plan is led by global experts in the principles of infectious disease control. We have followed a clear plan, underpinned by scientific evidence, to contain, delay, research and mitigate the outbreak.

‘We acted swiftly to contain the spread of the virus and our world-class surveillance, including intensive contact tracing and quarantining of early cases, helped to slow it significantly – and targeted contract tracing continues.

‘We have tested well over 100,000 people and have already set out plans to increase testing capacity to 25,000 a day.

‘The NHS has been mobilising for months and we are working around the clock to give the NHS and the wider social care sector the equipment and support they need to tackle this outbreak. On Thursday alone over 21 million facemasks, 9 million aprons, 20 million gloves and 700,000 eye protectors were delivered to frontline workers.’ 

Poll finds 11% of Britons are still going to crowded public spaces and 10% are visiting friends 

A survey for ITV’s Peston programme found millions of people are not complying with the government’s lockdown measures

A shock poll conducted for ITV’s Peston this week found 7 per cent of Britons are still going out to see friends, 8 per cent are doing ‘non-essential shopping’ and 5 percent have not started washing their hands more.

The survey also showed 6 per cent are continuing to hug others and shake hands, despite warnings this will spread the deadly virus which has already claimed 463 lives in Britain with 9,500 people now having tested positive.

Some 11 per cent of people are still going to public places while 33 per cent are stockpiling and ignoring pleas from supermarkets to save goods for the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers.

A further 8 per cent (5.8 million) are continuing to shop for goods when not absolutely necessary and 7 per cent are meeting people outside of the immediate family they are living with, according to the JL Partners survey.

It also revealed that some 5 per cent of people – or 2.6million of the population – are still not washing their hands more than usual, or for longer than usual.

Some 34 per cent of people still going shopping and seeing friends claim they are doing it ‘safely’, while 14 per cent claim the risk of coronavirus is being ‘exaggerated’ and 7 per cent refuse to abandon their daily habits because the Government ‘hasn’t ruled it out’.

Those refusing to comply by the Government advice are generally young males while 15 per cent steadfastly say ‘we can’t let the virus defeat us’. 

Inside UK’s first coronavirus mega-hospital: Hundreds of cubicles erected in ExCeL Centre while equipment is unloaded from ambulances before patients – as death toll jumps by 181 in a day and tougher social distancing rules may be put in place  

Incredible images from inside the ExCeL Centre show construction work to transform the exhibition centre into London’s emergency coronavirus hospital is underway. 

The ExCeL London Centre is being refitted to create thousands of new beds for COVID-19 sufferers, complete with oxygen, ventilators and other key equipment in the battle against the deadly virus. 

The exhibition centre, in East London, will become the NHS Nightingale Hospital, creating an impressive 4,000 beds.

Before the scale of the crisis became clear, the UK was believed to have had one of the lowest proportions of intensive care units in Europe, but NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens says 33,000 beds are now available for COVID-19 patients.

Just under 4,000 people in London have been infected with the virus, according to the latest government figures. At least 180 people in the city have died. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan warned Londoners yesterday: ‘I need to warn people that it is going to a lot worse over the next few weeks.

‘But we are going to do what we can for that eventuality. The number of people we are talking about are large and we need to be ready for that.

‘You will have seen the amount of dead already in London, we are two or three weeks ahead of the rest of the country and we know the peak is coming soon, three to five weeks away.’ 

Incredible images from inside the ExCel Centre show construction work to transform the exhibition centre into London’s emergency coronavirus hospital is underway 

Ambulance staff and health workers outside the ExCel Center in London on Saturday morning 

Ambulances are seen outside the Excel Centre, London, while it is being prepared to become the NHS Nightingale Hospital, as the capital prepares for a ‘tsunami’ of patients 

Sawing and other construction work is underway at the venue, which is being transformed into a new NHS Nightingale Hospital 

Exterior of the Excel Centre, London while it is being prepared to become the NHS Nightingale Hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

Ambulances were seen lining up outside the exhibition centre, soon to become the NHS Nightingale Hospital, on Saturday morning, as workers were busy transforming the building inside.

Military planners are working with Health Service officials to create the new hospital in the capital from scratch to accommodate rising numbers of patients.

Extraordinary pictures show how hundreds of cubicles were being erected inside the vast space to create a layout resembling a hospital ward. 

The completed hospital will comprise of two wards, each able to house 2,000 sick patients. 

Ambulance workers this morning unloaded medical equipment including oxygen tanks, heart monitors and defibrillators outside NHS Nightingale. 

Other medical staff carried out ‘dummy runs’, wheeling a model of a fake patient on a trolley into the ExCel exhibition centre.  

Other medical staff carried out ‘dummy runs’, wheeling a model of a fake patient on a trolley into the ExCel exhibition centre on Saturday morning

Medical staff wheel a model of a fake patient on a trolley into the ExCeL London exhibition centre in London on March 28

A dummy is wheeled into the exhibition centre which is being transformed into a hospital, in a practice run ahead of its opening next week 

The building is expected to open as a fully-functioning hospital by next Saturday, April 4. 

It comes as the UK death toll surged by 181 yesterday as Government advisers warned that even stricter social distancing measures could be on the way. 

It is by far the biggest daily increase and means the disease has claimed 759 lives, including young and previously healthy people.

Government advisers said stricter social distancing policies may have to be rolled out next month if the grim figures continued to rise. 

The measures would be introduced in three weeks as the outbreak reached its peak to further reduce ‘person-to-person interaction’.  

Military and contractors building the Nightingale Hospital for coronavirus patients at the Excel centre in east London, above and below 

The transformed building is expected to open as a fully-functioning hospital by next Saturday, April 4

Extraordinary pictures show how hundreds of cubicles were being erected inside the vast space to create a layout resembling a hospital ward

The NHS Nightingale hospital will comprise of two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus

Military planners are working with Health Service officials to create the new hospital in the capital from scratch to accommodate rising numbers of patients

Family hit by double tragedy as Heathrow immigration officer, 61, dies from coronavirus – followed by his pharmacist daughter, 33, the next day 

Pooja Sharma, pictured left, died of coronavirus just 24 hours after her father Sudhir, pictured right, also lost his life to the disease

The daughter of a Heathrow immigration officer who died from coronavirus was also killed by the disease herself just 24 hours later.

Sudhir Sharma, who worked at Terminal 3, passed away on Wednesday before pharmacist Pooja suffered the same tragic fate the following day, The Sun reports.

The father, 61, from Hounslow in west London, last worked on January 7, therefore officials don’t believe he contracted Covid-19 on duty and likely picked it up elsewhere.

He is believed to have had underlying health problems, forcing him to be absent at work, but had recently returned to his job on the frontline. 

Pooja, 33, worked as a pharmacist in East Sussex at Eastbourne District General Hospital and is thought to have received three days of care and treatment for the virus before her death.  

Police chiefs are also encouraging Britons to snitch on neighbours they suspect of breaching the coronavirus lockdown rules put in place to protect them and the rest of the public. 

Humberside, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Avon and Somerset have created a mixture of ‘hotlines’ and ‘online portals’ where people can submit tip-offs if lockdown infractions occur.

Snoopers who want to punish or threaten alleged rule-breakers into compliance can report cases directly to designated coronavirus police task forces.  

The NHS has warned of a potential ‘tsunami’ of COVID-19 patients in the capital over the coming weeks before London reaches its peak of infections as concerns grow that the crisis in the capital is escalating. 

The number of coronavirus cases in London has almost quadrupled in a week as the UK’s epidemic continues to spread into all corners of the British Isles.

The capital city now has at least 4,637 cases, a jump from the 1,221 reported last Friday, three days before Britons were ordered to stay indoors to try and stop the outbreak.

Some 228 of the 759 deaths recorded in Britain have been in London, including 57 of the 181 announced on Friday. 

Scientists say the official figures represent the fallout of Britons carrying on their lives as normal before lockdown, cramming into pubs and working in offices despite COVID-19 cases emerging. 

Birmingham is the single local authority with the most cases, with 366 confirmed patients, and the West Midlands around it has become the biggest hotspot outside of London, with more than 1,630 cases.

However, nearby Rutland, in the East Midlands, has reported zero cases so far.

Yesterday the bombshell news that The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have both tested positive for coronavirus shook the Government. 

London is at the centre of the UK’s fast expanding coronavirus outbreak and Southwark and Lambeth are the worst hit boroughs, with more than 500 cases between them

London’s coronavirus cases have increased three-fold in a week as the crisis escalates rapidly

Outside of London, the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham will add an initial 500 beds, with the potential to grow to 2,000 if necessary.

Manchester Central Convention Complex will add 500 more, with the capacity to expand to 1,000, and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will provide up to 2,000 more.

Efforts are under way to source the doctors, nurses and non-clinical workers to staff the huge units.

Military planners are working with Health Service officials to create the new hospital in the capital from scratch to accommodate rising numbers of patients

Contractors carry building materials to form the new hospital wards for coronavirus patents in East London 

The NHS has warned of a potential ‘tsunami’ of COVID-19 patients in the capital over the coming weeks before the capital reaches its peak of infections

General view of the Excel Centre, London while it is being prepared to become the NHS Nightingale Hospital

Meanwhile Chessington World of Adventures car park is being turned into drive-thru swab centre for medics. It means thousands of doctors and nurses could be tested at the site in Surrey.

Six lanes have been set up at the children’s entertainment park for health workers to drive in to from the main road.

They stay in their cars as medics in protective clothing take a swab from their nose and throat to be tested for Covid-19.

It is understood Chessington is one of a number of new sites preparing to take samples from NHS workers, allowing those who test negative to return to work.

Deirdre Barr, 62, (pictured) will come out of retirement to work as director of operations at the new Nightingale Hospital in East London

It emerged a retired nurse from Northern Ireland will go back to work on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic to head the new Nightingale hospital.  

Deirdre Barr, 62, from Bogside, has served the NHS for 40 years, after joining as a St John Ambulance cadet. 

She will now leave her home in Kent to work at the new hospital amid the global pandemic. 

Her sister Dolores, 74, said that although the family were concerned for Barr, they were extremely proud of her decision. 

‘This is a massive job, and we’re scared for Deirdre, but we are so very proud that she has taken it on. If anyone can do this, Deirdre can. She’s always been the one person her whole family turns to in times of trouble and sickness.

‘Now the whole of the UK will be turning to her. She’ll handle it well. She has broad shoulders and never shirks from responsibility.

‘This job is going to ask an awful lot of her but we know she’ll face it head on. The pictures we are seeing of the Nightingale Hospital are terrifying but our Deirdre will take it all in her stride,’ she told the Daily Mirror. 

An ambulance worker unloads oxygen tanks, heart monitors and defibrillators outside the ExCel Center in London this morning

Ambulance staff and health workers outside the ExCel Center in London

Equipment being setup at the ExCel centre in London which is being made into a temporary hospital – the NHS Nightingale hospital, comprising of two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus

Equipment being setup at the ExCel centre in London which is being made into a temporary hospital

It comes as NHS nurses from all over the UK are sent to London as the capital is set to be struck by a ‘tsunami’ of cases in the coming weeks.

The ExCel hospital is set to open next week, with 500 beds and plans to expand to 4,000.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has described the plans as an ‘ambitious project’ that ‘is just one example of what can be achieved when they come together to help the nation’. 

It has been reported that as many as 13 makeshift hospitals may be needed in the UK to tackle the health crisis. 

The UK saw coronavirus cases jump by 2,921 on Friday to almost 15,000, the largest increase so far, while the death toll spiked by a third to 759. 

 

 

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Union finds 39 million coronavirus masks in 5 days

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Almost 40 million medical masks are waiting for U.S. hospitals in desperate need.

That’s thanks to the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), which said it located 39 million N95 masks, available for purchase, in the last five days and is now connecting health providers with the respective suppliers.

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The union said it has no financial interest in the transactions.

“SEIU-UHW members and health care workers all over California are desperate for more protection, so we are seeking out supplies wherever we can get them,” SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan said in a statement sent to FOX Business, adding that they will "turn over every rock to find more equipment to make sure health care workers, who are heroically putting their own health on the line to care for patients, can do their jobs.”

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N95s are in high demand among both workers deemed "essential" and worried U.S. residents as people across the country fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

SEIU-UHW said it launched its search in response to pleas from workers on the front lines of the pandemic, including doctors and nurses. The California-based union has 97,000 members who work in hospitals in the state.

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To find the masks and other personal protective equipment, the union called a number of leads within a 48-hour period before finding a distributor that had all 39 million. It said it has since found another that said it can make 20 million more masks in a week.

So far, according to SEIU-UHW, buyers are already purchasing the $5-apiece masks, including the Greater New York Hospital Association and the state of California.

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California and New York are two places hit hardest by the virus. Of the 80,000 nationwide COVID-19 cases, roughly 3,000 are in the Golden State and 37,200 are in the Big Apple.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is burning through 40,000 N95 masks per day, according to one report, and that number could hit 70,000 soon. Meanwhile, officials in Los Angeles County are telling doctors and nurses to reuse face masks and wear expired equipment.

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Kristen Bell Will Host Coronavirus Town Hall to Educate Kids

Getting involved! Kristen Bell is stepping up to help children better understand the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Good Place alum, 39, will host the #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall on Monday, March 30. The hour-long event will address COVID-19 concerns head on, while providing tips and insight on the matter from experts. Bell will speak with medical workers via video chat and families, who will open up about their personal experiences with the outbreak.

Bell won’t be the only major name appearing in the educational special. Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ciara, Russell Wilson, Josh Gad and Charli D’Amelio are scheduled to stop by as well. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys is set to perform.

“It’s so important to remember that we are all in this together, and our kids and loved ones need outlets to help them process and understand what’s going on and, most importantly, to still feel connected,” the Veronica Mars actress told Entertainment Weekly on Friday, March 27. “I hope kids and families come away from this special feeling a little more comfortable and that they enjoy some much-needed moments of humor during this difficult time.”

Bell has been on a giving streak amid the coronavirus outbreak. Following reports that the Frozen II star and her husband, Dax Shepard, were waiving April rent for tenants residing in the building they own, she opened up about why the couple chose to do so.

“It was a no-brainer,” Bell said while calling into the Bobby Bones Show on Friday, March 27. “People over profit, always.”

Bell has been very vocal about raising awareness about the coronavirus outbreak via social media. She has also taken to social media to share cute bonding moments with her and the 45-year-old “Armchair Expert” podcast host’s daughters Lincoln, 6, and Delta, 5. On Tuesday, March 24, she posted a photo of her youngest child’s proposed solution to combating the COVID-19 virus.

“Well folks, she’s done it,” Bell captioned an Instagram photo of Delta holding a tube filled with a green liquid. “Don’t get me wrong, she has more trials to do to assure its efficacy — but my 5 yr old just came into my bedroom with a vial full of colored water and told me ‘I just made the vaccine for coronavirus!’”

Bell’s #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall will air across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET. Thereafter, it will be available to stream on Nick On Demand, the Nick App, Nickelodeon’s official YouTube page and through Nickelodeon’s Pluto TV channel.

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Coronavirus lockdown: Global quarantine reveals weird fact about humanity

On Tuesday, March 24, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown in a bid to battle COVID-19. The shut-in of India’s 1.3 billion population meant the amount of people under lockdown worldwide jumped to 2.6 billion people, which is roughly a third of the human population.

In doing so, it created a strange statistic – more people are now under official lockdown across the planet, through 24 countries, than there were people alive during World War 2.

In 1940, the population of Earth stood at just 2.3 billion, according to the United States Census Bureau, which is 300 million less than those being asked to stay indoors.

The global population began to boom in 1960, when it was three billion and had doubled in 39 years by 1999, according to Our World In Data.

Following 1999, the population exploded once again, jumping by 1.7 billion by 2019 – although it is slowly beginning to plateau now.

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However, with so many people under lockdown and streets being emptied, the world is taking a much-needed breather and allowing the climate to recover, albeit very slightly.

Planes have virtually been brought to a halt due to the pandemic, and the lockdown has seen millions of less cars on the roads throughout the world.

Ultimately, climate change scientists believe this is letting Earth recover for a few weeks or months.

Glen Peters, Research Director at the Center for International Climate and Environment Research – Oslo, wrote in an article for The Conversation: “The International Energy Agency had already predicted oil use would drop in 2020, and this was before an oil price war emerged between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

“The unprecedented coronavirus lockdown in China led to an estimated 25 percent reduction in energy use and emissions over a two-week period compared to previous years (mostly due to a drop in electricity use, industrial production and transport).

“This is enough to shave one percentage point growth off China’s emissions in 2020. Reductions are also being observed in Italy, and are likely to spread across Europe as lockdowns become more widespread.

“The emission-intensive airline industry, covering 2.6 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions (both national and international), is in freefall.

“It may take months, if not years, for people to return to air travel given that coronavirus may linger for several seasons.

“Given these economic upheavals, it is becoming increasingly likely that global carbon dioxide emissions will drop in 2020.”

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