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New York chief warns ‘any scenario’ will ‘overwhelm’ health system as US battles COVID-19

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference on Thursday that his administration is scouting sites with the aim of increasing hospital capacity. He stated that any scenario is likely to overwhelm the healthcare system in New York.

Governor Cuomo said: “Any scenario that is realistic will overwhelm the current healthcare system.

“So, keep the curve down as low as you can.

“But you cannot get the curve down low enough that you don’t overwhelm hospital capacity.

“So, any of these scenarios, we have to increase the hospital capacity.

“That is why we are literally adding to the hospital capacity every way we can.

“We are also scouting new sites all across primarily the downstate area of this state.

“Our goal is to have a 1,000 plus overflow facility in each of the boroughs downstate.”

New York is in lockdown to try to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

Eerie pictures have emerged of popular tourist destinations standing empty – as people stay away to try to halt the spread of COVID-19.

At the time of writing the US has the third-highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world. America has more than 75,000 cases of coronavirus.

The nation’s death toll is over 1,000. Just over 1,800 people have recovered from the virus in the US.

At the time of writing, Britain has the ninth highest amount of coronavirus cases in the world.

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The death toll in Britain is currently 477.  A total of 135 people have recovered from the coronavirus within the United Kingdom.

Earlier this week, the UK was placed into an effective lockdown to try to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

There have been over 510,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The death toll has surpassed 23,000 people.

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New York borders to CLOSE: Donald Trump considers state ‘quarantine’ as cases surpass 52k

As the coronavirus crisis in New York worsens, Donald Trump has suggested that the entire state may have to be quarantined soon. The state has the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in the USA. As of Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that over 500 people from the area had died from the disease.

President Trump told the press: “I just spoke with Andrew Cuomo, I just spoke with Rhonda Sanchez, we’re thinking about certain things.

“Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot.

“New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut.

“I’m thinking about that right now.”

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He continued: “We might not have to do it but there’s a possibility that some time today we’ll do a quarantine short-term two weeks.

“On New York, probably New Jersey and certain parts of Connecticut.

“We’ll restrict travel because they’re having problems down in Florida.

“A lot of New Yorkers are going there and we don’t want that.”

The American leader added: “We’re having a really good dialogue with Governor Cuomo.

“We’ve supplied him with a lot of things, we’re giving him an extra four medical centres, tents.

“That’s beyond what we’ve already given him.”

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UK weather forecast: Britons to bask in glorious heat today before bitter snow RETURNS

Toward the end of the week, temperatures will begin to drop, as sleet, hail and even snow will arrive from the Arctic, according to forecaster Net Weather. While the weekend will consist of cold air that will move across the country outwards.

Temperatures will plummet to single digits, as snow begins to fall, it the southern part of the UK, it will drop to -4C.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Cold Arctic air is expected to sweep southwards by the weekend, with a risk of snow in the North even at low levels, and further south over high ground, and widespread frosts.”

The Met Office has predicted that today will consist of dry spells and warm weather over England and Wales.

Toward the coastline, there will be some soggier conditions with rain and clouds predicted.

But on Saturday showers will arrive in the north, before hitting the eastern part of the UK.

The sudden change in weather will be a dampener to those who have enjoyed sitting in their garden during their coronavirus lockdown, and exercising for their one hour a day.

However, today Britons still have the chance to make the most of warm weather as the UK is set to be hotter than Melbourne today

The sizzling temperatures will make it 8C above average spring climates.

Before the weekend will see the more normal spring temperatures of 9C and -2C nights.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It’s mild south-westerly winds the many – but a cold northerly wind to end the week.”

Another forecaster added: “Maximum temperatures are peaking well above average.

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“But after warm days, it will turn [and] colder air will return with much colder air from the north.

“Saturday has sun and wintry showers, with settled conditions through the end of March bringing plenty of sunny spells across the UK.”

Looking ahead to next week, the Met Office said: “Towards the end of March it will be largely dry.

“However, eastern areas will likely see showers of hail and snow at times, which will accumulate on higher ground and could give some snow and ice to lower levels during the night.

“A northeasterly wind will keep it cold.

“High-pressure conditions should dominate through the beginning of April, bringing plenty of dry, fine weather with bright or sunny spells across the UK, particularly in the west.

“Winds will be predominantly light, with any breezier weather bringing a significant wind chill.

“Indeed it looks likely to remain colder than average with a further chance of snow.

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BBC Weather: Freak heatwave to end as temperatures plunge and thunderstorms thrash Europe

BBC meteorologist Chris Fawkes told viewers that an area of low pressure is bringing some wet and windy weather across most areas of Italy. He noted that the low pressure had been forming as it comes across from north Africa. The weather presenter forecast that is would bring some heavy rain and also some snow.

Mr Fawkes said: “We’ve even seen some snow down across the western side of Calabria.

“It’s down to quite low levels just for a time.

“The snowline will be rising though but there could be some further fairly heavy snow for a time at least in the Pennines during Thursday.

“At the same time, the rain is going to, by Thursday, push into parts of Greece.”

He continued: “There’ll be some thunderstorms breaking out here and the weather turning much cooler.

“It’s still very windy in Italy on Thursday, still with extensive rain around.

“We’ve got some showers across the Balearic Islands, but across much of mainland Spain and Portugal, it’s dry with some sunshine.

“It’s rather cloudy for the southeast of France, otherwise brighter with sunshine.”

The BBC presenter added: “Most of northern Europe is actually fine, settled and sunny with not a great deal of cloud around.

“The area of low pressure is weakening by this stage and pushing eastwards.

“So we’ll start to get some rain across the Balkans.”

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Mr Fawkes also told viewers: “Heavier rain will push across Greece and into western areas of Turkey as we end the week.

“Over the next few days, Madrid is looking dry with some sunshine.

“It’s quite mild for a time this weekend but it does turn more unsettled next week.

“There’ll be cloud and rain around with temperatures certainly falling quiet a bit.

“In Kyiv, it is mild over the next few days with some sunshine but turning generally a bit cloudier this weekend.”

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BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns bitter sub-zero front to send mercury plummeting to -1C

BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood warned cloud and patchy rain will hit England by the weekend as a slow-moving weather front in Scotland gradually dawns on the blue skies. Bringing high pressure with it, morning frost is expected as temperatures will drop to -1C in some areas. The Met Office has placed yellow weather warnings across the North-West of Scotland.

Ms Kirkwood said: “Increasingly patchy rain in Scotland and in the Highlands, clear skies once again.

“But where we’ve got the cloud across the rest of Scotland and parts of northern England, the temperatures will hold up.

“We’re looking at some frost while looking at some patchy mist and fog that will lift quite readily tomorrow.

“For the bulk of England and Wales again it’s going to be dry and sunny turning hazy through the day.

“For Scotland and Northern Ireland, we do still have this weather front and it is still going to produce a little bit of rain but not much.

“To the north of that again some dry conditions and sunshine.

“Friday – spot the difference. Our band of cloud will very slowly move southwards although at times we could see a bit of cloud coming in from the breeze.

“By the weekend our weather front eventually makes it to the near continent with high-pressure building in.

“It could produce some rain for Scotland during the course of Sunday.

“But the trend is it’s going to turn colder.”

The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding.

The weather forecaster has warned homes and businesses may be affected with some interruption to power supplies and other services possible causing mayhem for areas where people are likely working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Met Office weather warning is in effect from 6pm on Monday until 12pm on Wednesday.

The warning reads: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.

“Bus services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

“Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.

“Some interruption to power supplies and other services is possible.”

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MP fights back tears as he makes emotional speech about ‘dystopian’ coronavirus society

Mr Baker praised Prime Minister and stated he hoped Boris Johnson had a clear conscience for the drastic measures he has been forced to take following the global pandemic. However, the Conservative MP was visibly emotional as he addressed the House of Commons. Mr Baker admitted that passing the new law was worth doing but emphasised the importance of scrapping the powers granted the moment they are no longer necessary.

Mr Baker said: “We are implementing tonight in this bill at least a dystopian society.

“Some will call it totalitarian.

“I don’t think that is quite fair, but it is at least dystopian.

“It is implementing a command of society under the imperative of saving hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of jobs.

“It is worth doing.

“I do hope the Prime Minister has a clear conscience tonight and sleeps with a good heart because he deserves to do so.

“Because Libertarian may I be, this is the right thing to do.

“But my goodness we ought not to allow this situation to endure one moment longer than is absolutely necessary to save lives and preserve jobs.”

At the time of writing Britain has the 10th highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has over 8,000 cases in total.

The death toll in Britain is currently 422. 

A total of 135 people have recovered from the coronavirus within the United Kingdom.

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There are currently more than 7,500 active COVID-19 cases within Britain. 

Worldwide there have been more than 415,000 COVID-19 cases. 

The death toll has reached more than 18,000 at the time of writing. 

More than 108,000 people have recovered from the virus across the globe.

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Leo Varadkar issues emergency coronavirus crackdown in Ireland as disease grips nation

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced new action and emergency legislation to be enacted by the end of the week to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the Republic of Ireland.

At the time of writing, the country’s total confirmed cases has reached more than 1,000.

He told the country: “We need to do more, we need to flatten the curve and suppress the virus.

“So I’m asking you to stay at home, if at all possible.

“This is the best way to slow the virus, ensure our hospitals are not overwhelmed and buy us time.”

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Europe’s frontline COLLAPSES as 4,800 health workers infected in Italy

One of the victims, Dr Leonardo Marchi, worked as an infectious disease specialist and medical director of the San Camillo Nursing Home in Cremona, a city in the region of Lombardy. Mr Marchi, 64, who headed the nursing home for 11 years, was married and had two daughters. The second tragedy saw Manfredo Squeri, a retired hospital doctor, from Parma, the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagn, die just hours later.

He worked as a doctor in charge of the medicine department at the Piccole Figlie di Parma nursing home, affiliated with the National Health Service.

There is currently no further information surrounding the circumstances of their deaths.

The news pushes the number of fatalities among healthcare workers to 19.

According to Italy’s technical-scientific body of the nation’s health service Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), 4,824 healthcare professionals have been infected with coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic, equal to 9 percent of the total number of people infected, a percentage that doubles that of the Chinese study published in Jama (3.8 perent).

The nationwide tally will be released around 6.00 pm. On Sunday, the national death toll stood at 5,476, the highest in the world.

Spain has nearly 4,000 health workers infected with the coronavirus, more than one in ten of total confirmed cases, officials said today as the toll rose in Europe’s second-worst affected country after Italy.

Like in other countries hit hard by the virus, nurses, doctors and other health workers say they are not getting enough protective kits.

Authorities and companies are scrambling to manufacture, buy and distribute more.

The number of cases registered in Spain rose to 33,089 up from 28,572 cases yesterday. This means health workers account for nearly 12 pecent of the total.

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Healthcare workers and nursing home staff will have priority as Spain rolls out a testing programme.

The coronavirus death toll has reached 2,182, adding 462 fatalities overnight, the Health Ministry said.

Health emergency chief Fernando Simon added 87 percent of those who had died were aged 70 or older.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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UK’s ‘designated survivor’ revealed in event of Boris Johnson coronavirus infection

Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will step in as PM if Boris Johnson, who has not yet tested for the killer disease, falls ill with coronavirus. Mr Raab has tested negative twice for COVD-19 after suffering with a cough.

It comes as Downing Street drew up emergency plans to ensure Number 10 could continue to fight the pandemic if Mr Johnson or one of his top aides becomes sick.

The number of deaths in the UK rose to 281 on Sunday as an 18-year-old was thought to have become the youngest victim of the virus in Britain.

There are growing fears Britain is on a similar trajectory to Italy – scene of the world’s worst outbreak – where the death toll passed 5,000 over the weekend.

The decision to put Mr Raab in place has sparked clashes in the cabinet with Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Health Secretary Matt Hancock reportedly upset they were not considered.

One minister told The Times: “If Boris can’t do his job because he is incapacitated, a lot of people think that Michael should be running the show, not Raab. One of these people is Michael, of course.”

Another said: “Michael thinks the Cabinet should be co-ordinating everything.

“Matt thinks that since he’s running the lead department he should be allowed to get on with it.”

The appointment comes after a source told The Daily Mail: “Both Michael and Matt seem to be listening for the first cough from Boris and wondering which of them will step up when he is self-isolating.”

Mr Johnson is under mounting pressure to order a widespread lockdown after thousands of people ignored calls for “social distancing” to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Prime Minister said he will be thinking “very, very actively” about what steps to take if people continue to gather in large numbers in defiance of calls to stay apart.

There was anger among MPs at scenes over the weekend of crowds flocking to parks, markets, beaches and beauty spots.

Mr Johnson warned the NHS could be “overwhelmed” in the same way as the Italian healthcare system has been, if the spread of the virus in the UK is not curbed.

But at his daily Number 10 press conference on Sunday, Mr Johnson indicated he was reluctant to ban people from going outside for a walk or to exercise because of the physical and mental health benefits, as long as they acted responsibly.

The Government later issued updated guidance making clear that essential travel did not include visits to “second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays”.

Meanwhile letters are going out to 1.5 million people with underlying health conditions who are considered to be the most vulnerable to the coronavirus telling them to stay at home for the next 12 weeks.

The Government said it would ensure those without families and friends to support them would continue to receive food and medicines, with the military helping to organise deliveries.

Schools across the country will be opening their gates only to the children of key workers considered essential to the running of the country, with apparent confusion over how many will be admitted. 

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UK weather forecast: Torrential downpours to lash Britain for DAYS – latest floods

The Met Office has placed yellow flood warnings across the North-West of Scotland. The warnings are in place from Monday to Wednesday, and are concerning the heavy and persistent rainfall expected. The highlands will expect to see 2-4mm of rainfall an hour.

Along with the downpour there’s expected heavy winds from the Arctic Ocean.

Speeds of up to 25mph come from the south to Mallaig and Portree.

Temperatures are expected to drop with the harsh conditions.

Elsewhere in the UK though consistent temperatures and drier days are expected.

Highs of 12C are expected across the country from the south coast to the North-East of Scotland.

Monday is due to be mostly clear with chilly spells early in the morning.

It’s expected to be mostly the same throughout the following days, with some cloud rolling in.

Flood warnings in the south are still in place, according to The Environment Agency.

43 Flood Alerts are in place, stretching along the south coast from Kent to Devon.

And four warnings are in place, with two in the Bourne Valley.

These are existing groundwater issues, and the government body has confirmed that water levels are falling and are being monitored.

Meanwhile, Net Weather forecaster Nick Finnis warned this morning will be frosty.

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He said: “A cold and frosty start for many on Monday – which will turn out into another mostly dry day with plenty of sunshine across England and Wales, though turning hazy across the north and west.

“However, there will be more in the way of thicker cloud for Northern Ireland, northern and western Scotland – with spells of rain affecting the far northwest of Scotland and the Northern Isles.

“A strong wind in the far northwest too, with gales developing.

“Temperatures reaching 9-11C generally.”

He added more rain will fall on Tuesday.

Mr Finnis said: “Tuesday is pretty much a repeat of Monday for England and Wales, another cold and frosty start for many leading into another fine day with plenty of sunshine on offer.

“More in the way of cloud across Scotland and Northern Ireland, thicker cloud bringing persistent and perhaps heavy rain across NW Scotland and the Northern Isles, with some patchy light rain or drizzle possible further south over Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“Windy in the far northwest too, further south the flow switching to come from a southerly direction, so a little bit milder across England and Wales, reaching 11-13C, across Scotland and Northern Ireland 9-11C.”

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