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Coronavirus probe as radio host pictured ‘licking bins’ to catch killer virus

A radio presenter has been slammed for licking bins in a bid to catch the deadly coronavirus.

The Swiss radio show presenter has attracted a storm of criticism after announcing she wants to catch the epidemic causing virus.

Punk, hardcore and metal music DJ Lea Inderbitz, launched a bizarre infection campaign when she was spotted licking the hand of a Swiss comedian, Hazel Brugger, at this year’s Swiss Music Award.

Despite being challenged about her unhygienic behaviour, the presenter of the show "3Fach" which means "triple" announced that she actually wanted to catch the bug.

She then went onto the streets, where she was spotted licking a ticketing machine, various buttons and handles on a public bus and even a litter bin.

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However, people were unable to see the funny side of the stunt.

One person said whatever she was up to it was not funny, and another commented under her YouTube post: "You really disgust me! I hope you and your radio are severely sanctioned.

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"Apart from this virus, what you did is absolutely disgusting and also repulsive for other people have to touch those surfaces."

The radio star was defended by the programme controller, David Largier, who said: "I guess the sort of humour that we have is not something that would be appreciated by everyone."

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He said that the aim of the video was to get people to relax a little in the current climate but added: "People should under no circumstances imitate this."

She later claimed that the video was a fake saying that she had actually secretly disinfected everything that she licked before touching it with her tongue in order to make it sterile.

She said: "It was all sanitary and safe."

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The move has resulted in complaints to the Swiss radio ombudsman especially in the wake of the government campaign for social distancing in which people should try and limit personal contact in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

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The ombudsman confirmed that although many of the complaints regarding the video, which is not in his remit, one did refer to the promotion of the stunt on the radio programme and this would be investigated.

Politicians also angered by the stunt, noting that the government subsidises the youth radio channel yearly with a £461, 500 sponsorship.

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UK moving on stage 2 of Covid-19 containment plan as many to quarantine

Anyone suffering even a minor fever or respiratory illness will need to self-isolate within around two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Chief Medical officer has warned.

Professor Chris Whitty, who is the most senior government advisor on health matters, has said you may need to quarantine for around a week even if you have minor symptoms of the disease.

Five people have so far died in the UK from Covid-19, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson holding an emergency cobra meeting on Monday to discuss coronavirus.

Following that meeting, the Prime Minister told a press conference the UK is now gearing up to move from the first step of containing the virus to delaying its spread.

Boris Johnson added: "I want to stress the following things. First, we are doing everything we can to combat this outbreak based on the latest scientific and medical advice.

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"Second, we have a truly brilliant NHS where staff have responded with all the determination, compassion and skill that makes their service so revered across the world and they will continue to have this Government's full support, my support, in tackling this virus on the front line.

"Third, we will set out further steps in the days and weeks ahead to help people protect themselves, their family and in particularly the elderly and vulnerable.

"Finally, while it is absolutely critical in managing the spread of this virus that we take the right decisions at the right time based on the latest and the best evidence, so we mustn't do things which have no or limited medical benefit, nor things which could turn out actually to be counterproductive, there is no hiding from the fact that the coronavirus outbreak will present significant challenges for the UK just as it does in other countries.

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"But if we continue to look out for one another, to pull together in a united and national effort, I have no doubt that we can and will rise to that challenge."

Professor Whitty explained why the public will soon have to take the more drastic step of self-isolating if they have a fever or respiratory problem.

He said: “At the moment, the ratio between people who’ve got coronavirus in the UK and other significant respiratory tract infections is very very low.

“That is going to shift over time for two reasons… the actual amount of coronavirus is steadily going to increase, and we’re expecting the numbers to increase initially slowly but really quite fast after a while.

“And we have to catch it before the upswing begins.

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“And secondly the other causes of coughs and colds that are seasonal at this time of year are at their tail end of maximum activity in the UK.

“So the ratios are going to shift very significantly.

“So we are now very close to the time, probably within the next 10-14 days, when the modelling would imply we should move to a situation where we say everybody who has even minor respiratory tract infections, or a fever, should be self-isolating for seven days afterwards.

“And this is going to be the next step – we have not yet reached that step, but we are going to be reaching that step in the really quite near future.”

He also revealed how hospitals are increasing their handling of patients with pneumonia.

Professor Chris Whitty said: "We're going to make one additional change on the health side tomorrow.

“At the moment we are screening everybody who’s in intensive care for coronavirus if they have symptoms that are compatible with coronavirus – so if they have a very bad pneumonia.

“We’ll be extending that out now, as from tomorrow, to everybody who has a significant enough pneumonia or other respiratory tract infection to get into hospital at all.

“So that's a medical advance."+

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Professor Whitty also acknowledged that the public is likely to have to change their lives.

He said: "I think what we’re moving now to is a phase when we will be having to ask members of the general public to do different things than they would normally do.”

But he stressed the importance of timing because "anything we do, we have got to be able to sustain" throughout the peak of the outbreak.

"There is a risk if we go too early people will understandably get fatigued and it will be difficult to sustain this over time," he said.

"So getting the timing right is absolutely critical to making this work."

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Coronavirus row: Commuter loses it at ‘disgusting’ woman who coughs at him on busy train

A heated row broke out on a packed train in Australia over the continued spread of coronavirus across the world. A Sydney man and woman clashed as he accused her of being “disgusting” for not covering her mouth when she coughed. At the time of writing there are 85 confirmed cases of coronavirus Covid-19 in Australia.

The footage was captured by an ABC journalist called Andy Park in a quiet carriage on Sydney’s intercity V-set train.

It shows a man and woman arguing after he asked her to cover her mouth when she coughed.

She angrily told him: “I did not open my mouth when I coughed. I coughed inside my mouth.”

The man told her: “That’s disgusting.”

The woman shot back: “Yes well you’re disgusting too.”

She then deliberately coughs in his direction.

The man appears shocked and immediately takes off his headphones.

He furiously says: “Are you serious? Did you just cough at me?”

The woman quickly replied: “Yes. I don’t have a pandemic.”

There have been a total of four deaths from the virus so far in Australia.

Three of these were in New South Wales and one in Western Australia.

21 people have recovered in the regions of Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

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In Mainland China, where the virus originated, there have been over 80,000 confirmed cases.

Just over 3,000 people have died in the country.

In the UK there have only been 319 confirmed cases in comparison. Of these, five people have died. 

Italy is the biggest-hit country in Europe, with over 7,000 confirmed cases in the country and over 450 deaths.

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Threat of coronavirus pandemic ‘very real’: WHO director

The threat of the novel coronavirus becoming a pandemic is very real, the World Health Organization said, though it’s still shying away from making a declaration.

“Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real,” said WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference Monday.

According to the WHO, cases of COVID-19 have been found in more than 100 countries. Many countries have reported only travel-related cases or have a handful of cases, however in a few — notably Iran, Italy and South Korea — the virus appears to be spreading throughout the community.

In total, there are more than 111,000 cases worldwide, according to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. There are currently 71 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, officials said Monday.

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South Okanagan communities receive grant funding for wildfire mitigation work

With another wildfire season on the horizon, B.C. government officials travelled to the South Okanagan on Monday morning to make a grant funding announcement for wildfire mitigation.

Ravi Kahlon, parliamentary secretary for forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, announced $9 million in funding to help 89 local governments and First Nations across B.C., including the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Penticton Indian Band.

Overall, the B.C. government has committed $60 million to help local governments and First Nations reduce the risk of wildfire through the promotion and use of FireSmart principles.

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Girl, 3, killed after inflatable trampoline explosion launched tot 20ft into air

A funfair worker tried desperately to save a young girl after the tot was thrown higher than a house when the inflatable trampoline that she played on exploded, an inquest has heard.

Tragic Ava-May Littleboy had been on the attraction when it burst on the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, on July 1, 2018.

The three-year-old from Lower Somersham, Suffolk, landed on her face in the sand, the hearing in Norwich heard.

Little Ava suffered a traumatic head injury before she died in hospital.

She had been with her parts and other family members when her aunt Abbie Littleboy and Ms Littleboy's best friend Beth Jones took her to the inflatables.

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Nurse Ms Jones said that while Ava-May was on the inflatable trampoline, she heard a loud bang then saw her flipping through the air.
"She went up so high, it was higher than my house, about 20ft," said Ms Jones.

"There was a massive thud and Ava came down on her face and tummy.

"I wasn't close enough to catch her."

She said that she remembered "screaming 'catch her"' and a funfair worker "had her arms fully out to try to catch her, but she couldn't as it was so quick".

Abbie Littleboy said that the sides of the inflatable trampoline seemed "stiff", but added: "I didn't take much notice of it – I thought it needed to be like it and that it needed more pressure.

"I just assumed it was how it was meant to be."

She said she heard a loud bang "like someone had set off a cannon", then saw Ava-May in the air.

"She was just flipping," she said.

"I just remember my little niece flipping.

"Her eyes were closed and she didn't scream.

"I remember looking at her little face and I think the force that sent her up had already done something to her.

"It was like she was asleep."

Ms Jones tried to resuscitate Ava-May with the help of others on the beach before paramedics arrived.

Ms Littleboy said that another girl of a similar age to Ava-May was on the inflatable trampoline when it exploded.

She said she was told that the other child "skimmed across the sand but was okay".

Ava-May's mother Chloe Littleboy and father Nathan Rowe were on the beach some distance from the inflatables and Abbie Littleboy ran over to them.

Chloe Littleboy said, in a statement read by the coroner: "Although I was screaming I couldn't actually cry.

"I just stood there shaking and screaming."

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She said she felt "out of control" and "unable to do anything".

The family were staying at a nearby holiday park and had bought Ava-May a kite and a bucket and spade that morning before heading to the beach, Ms Littleboy said.

Ava-May's father Nathan Rowe said, in a statement read by the coroner: "My heart is scattered all over that beach.
"I will never go back there as long as I live."

Jacqueline Lake, Norfolk's senior coroner, said evidence will be heard about the "acquisition of the inflatable trampoline, risk assessments carried out, working practices at Johnson Funfairs Limited and the responsibilities and roles within that business".

She said: "The evidence will not include the reason why the inflatable trampoline exploded."

The nine-day inquest, which is sitting with a jury, continues.

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Chicago man shot in the head drives himself to hospital

A 28-year-old man who took a bullet to the head somehow managed to drive himself to the hospital early Sunday, according to police in Chicago.

The man couldn’t remember where he’d been shot in the head, but he did remember how to drive to Chicago’s Stoger Hospital authorities said in a news brief.

The victim was admitted in serious condition, but police did not describe the extent of those injuries or what happened to the bullet.

The man was shot while driving through the North Lawndale area of Chicago, police say. However, they were unable to find out exactly where the incident happened, as the victim could not remember.

No arrests have been made and the police investigation is ongoing.

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Dow Jones CRASH: Trading halted as stock market crashes in coronavirus panic

The Dow Jones opened on Monday and was quickly closed for 15 minutes after a “circuit breaker” was triggered due to the plunge. Markets across the globe dropped on Monday amid growing fears surrounding the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

US stocks and bond yield tumbled prompting huge fears of a global recession.

The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 1,800 points while the Standard & Poor’s 500 fell by seven percent.

The huge tumble, which hit the seven percent daily down limit shortly after the markets opened, triggered a pause in trading for 15 minutes.

A second circuit breaker could be triggered if the market falls by 13 percent. 

If the stock market continued to drop past 20 percent, trading would be postponed for the day. 

At the time of writing, the Dow Jones is hovering at a 5.8 percent drop in shares. 

The S&P 500, which is the broadest measure of the stock market is currently down 5.7 percent. 

As it stands, the Dow Jones and S&P index are at their lowest rate since December 2008. 

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It comes after the coronavirus panic also caused a collapse in the global oil prices.

More than £140 billion was wiped off the value of UK companies in early trading as an all-out oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia broke out.

The FTSE 100 leading index of shares has plunged more than 8.5 percent in early trading, earlier on Monday.

The drop on the FTSE 100 represents the biggest fall on the UK stock market since the Brexit referendum was announced. 

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Commenting on the current state of the FTSE, Michael Baker from ETX Capital labelled the situation as a “meltdown”. 

He added: “This is a meltdown, this is an absolute meltdown.” 

Due to the crisis, Boris Johnson will hold a COBRA meeting today to discuss emergency measures. 

Cases in the UK currently stand at 280, with three mortalities. 

Health officials in the UK still maintain the country is in the “containment” stage of the response protocol. 

Despite that, No 10 said it accepted the virus “is going to spread in a significant way”. 


Downing Street also claimed the Prime Minister “will be guided by the best scientific advice”. 

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New Brunswick set for snow, freezing rain on Tuesday

New Brunswick is set for a mixture of snow and freezing rain on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most of the province, except for the coast along the Bay of Fundy, forecasting prolonged periods of snow and freezing rain.

New Brunswick is already seeing snow over central and northern New Brunswick but it is expected to taper off this afternoon before intensifying early Tuesday morning.

Between 10 and 20 centimetres are forecast for the central and northern areas of the province, shrinking to five centimetres in the south.

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Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – The number of people infected with coronavirus topped 110,000 across the world as the outbreak reached more countries and caused more economic damage.

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– More than 110,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and over 3,800 have died, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.

– Mainland China, where the outbreak began, had 40 new cases as of Sunday, down from 44 cases a day earlier. Total confirmed cases rose to 80,735, while the death toll touched 3,119.


– Italy has reached 7,375 cases with 366 deaths. The prime minister promised “massive shock therapy” to overcome the impact of the outbreak, after his government shut off much of the country’s industrial and business heartland to combat the crisis.

– Germany on Monday reported 210 new cases, taking its total to 1,112.

– Britain said on Monday anyone returning from areas in northern Italy which have been placed under a lockdown must self-isolate for 14 days.

– Total cases in the United Kingdom rose by 30% to 273 and a third person has died.

– Nineteen people in France have died, authorities said on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases increased by around 500 over the weekend.

– Albania and Bulgaria reported their first cases.

– Germany, France and Switzerland closed their missions in North Korea and withdrew their staff on Monday amid growing coronavirus concern.


– Colombia reported its first case.

– Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a 60-day state of emergency on Sunday as cases in the state doubled to 14.

– U.S. passengers on the cruise ship Grand Princess, which had been barred from docking in California because of suspected cases of coronavirus on board, will be sent for testing to at least four quarantine centers.

– Americans, especially those who are vulnerable, may need to stop attending big gatherings as the coronavirus spreads through U.S. communities, a top health official said on Sunday, not ruling out large-scale quarantines.

– Costa Rica raised to nine the tally of people infected with the virus in its territory, up from five a day earlier.

– A patient diagnosed with coronavirus died in Argentina on Saturday, marking the first death related to the virus in Latin America.


– Mainland China, outside Hubei province, reported no new locally transmitted cases for the second day on Monday, while the total number of cases imported from abroad hit 67.

– Foreigners in Chinese capital Beijing should refrain from unnecessary travel during the outbreak, a local government official said on Monday.

– South Korea reported 165 new cases on Monday, taking its total tally to 7,478.

– Japan is set to revise a law allowing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a formal state of emergency , if needed, as the number of infections in the country reached 1,190.

– Bangladesh on Sunday confirmed its first three cases.

– The Maldives has curbed movement on several resort islands, authorities said on Sunday, after the country reported its first two cases.

– Singapore will allow cruise ship Costa Fortuna to dock in the city-state on Tuesday, after it was turned away from ports in Malaysia and Thailand.

-Vietnam on Monday decided to temporarily suspend visa-free travel from eight European countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain.


– Iran said on Sunday 194 people had died and 6,566 were now infected. On Monday it released around 70,000 prisoners because of the outbreak.

– Qatar said on Monday it was suspending schools and universities to control the outbreak.

– Nigeria has a second confirmed case, its health minister said on Twitter on Monday.

– A 60-year-old German tourist has died in Egypt, becoming its first fatality from the new coronavirus.

– Saudi Arabia reported four new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 15. On Sunday, it imposed a temporary lockdown on its eastern Qatif province, home to a large Shi’ite Muslim population.

– Thirteen Americans quarantined in a West Bank hotel tested negative and will leave soon, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.


– Australia reported its third death on Sunday.


– China announced more measures to support airlines during the outbreak, reducing airport and air control fees, as well as postponing the upcoming summer season flight plan.

– Europe needs to come up with a “massive” economic stimulus plan to cope with the impact of the outbreak, France’s finance minister said on Monday.

– The epidemic will cause global FDI to shrink by 5%-15% from previous forecasts, resulting in only marginal growth in 2020-21, with automotive, airlines and energy industries hit hardest, a UN report indicated.

– China’s exports contracted sharply in the first two months of the year, and imports slowed, as the health crisis caused massive disruptions to business operations, global supply chains and economic activity.

– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will create a special loan program to offer zero-interest loans to companies hit by the coronavirus epidemic.

– British finance minister Rishi Sunak, under pressure to fund the fight against the virus and meet election promises in this week’s budget, has said he is looking at possible changes to rules which could allow him to spend more.


– Global stocks plunged on Monday and prices for crude oil tumbled as much as 33% after Saudi Arabia launched a price war with Russia, sending investors already panicked by the coronavirus fleeing for the safety of bonds and the yen. [MKTS/GLOB]


– The European Parliament considers calling off this week’s plenary session, two officials said.

– Japan’s travel restrictions on South Koreans have spurred cancellations of a string of K-pop concerts scheduled in Japan.

– The Indian Wells tennis tournament, the most prestigious event outside the Grand Slams and tour finals, was canceled.

– Saudi Arabia has postponed the Saudi Games, the kingdom’s largest sporting event, until further notice over virus fears.

– The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will go ahead this month without spectators.

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