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Yob dragged from car and strapped to stretcher after spitting on police – video

The incident in Tenerife prompted a full-scale alert, not just once but twice within 48 hours. The 41-year-old man, understood to be Spanish, had only just been released by the courts for screaming at passers-by that he had the coronavirus and would infect them all. He then did exactly the same thing a day later, again spitting at the Civil Guard and local residents.

The man is now facing prison for aggressive behaviour, disturbing public order,  assaulting the police, causing damage and injuries and flouting Spain’s State of Emergency laws.

The police had to call in the special biological and chemical defence team, with full protection gear and masks as a result of the incidents in the town of Buenavista del Norte in the north of Tenerife.

The video shows how the man was pulled from a police car and pinned to the ground whilst medical staff fitted him with a mask. He was then strapped to a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.

“In both the first and second arrests, this 41-year-old man spat and attacked the civil guards who had to intervene,” said a police spokesman. “The detainee screamed that he had the virus and threatened agents and residents with infecting them. “

After the first arrest, the man underwent a coronavirus test which proved negative.

He has now appeared before the courts for the second time and has been remanded in custody.

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EU weakness EXPOSED: Orban’s coronavirus power-grab shows how toothless Brussels really is

The notoriously authoritarian leader has given himself infinite power to lock down all aspects of daily life and borders in the country – without any specified end date. His ruling Fidesz party, which holds a two-thirds majority in the Hungarian parliament, won a crucial vote on Monday, that essentially handed Mr Orban opportunities to bypass their assembly on any law, putting the country under his sole control for as long as he sees fit. Mr Orban’s new powers include imposing prison sentences of up to eight years for anyone spreading misinformation or flouting the coronavirus quarantine rules.

The indefinite state of emergency hands him the right to rule-by-decree, with any planned national elections cancelled until further notice, effectively enabling him to remain in power.

After the Bill was passed in the Hungarian parliament, Mr Orban insisted the emergency measure “poses no threat to democracy”.

In an astonishing repose to the move, the European Commission claimed it would not stand in the way of any capital’s restrictive measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak in Hungary, which has seen 525 infections and 20 deaths so far.

The Commission’s chief spokesman said: “We are blocking no one from doing what it takes.

“We will, however, remain vigilant across the board in all member states on the fact we do this based on the standards that we have in the European Union in all policy areas.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned emergency pandemic measures enforced by EU governments should be “strictly proportionate”, but stopped short of naming Hungary.

The EU figurehead said only that it would “analyse” the new Hungarian law and “closely monitor” its application

Brussels has now come under attack for this response from furious critics, accusing the EU of being powerless.

R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science and Law, and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, lashed out at several of the bloc’s leaders, including Ms von der Leyen, Donald Tusk and Manfred Weber.

He tweeted: “Well @EPP @EPPGroup @vonderleyen @donaldtuskEPP @ManfredWeber @CDU @CSU @cdavandaag @lesRepublicains – what do you have to say for yourselves now?

“Proud of giving the EU its first dictatorship?”

He also told the Los Angeles Times newspaper: “It’s a dangerous signal to aspiring autocrats as to what they can get away with during the crisis.”

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Norbert Röttgen, head of the German parliament’s influential foreign affairs committee, tweeted: “The EU Commission has to act immediately.

“The EU26, including Germany, have to demonstrate that they will not tolerate this abuse of the corona-crisis.”

Kenneth Roth, executive director at the Human Right Watch campaign group, raged: “Hungarian PM Viktor Orban’s planned emergency rule would let him “govern without meaningful control,” giving him “a free hand to do away with even what’s left of the free press.”

“Wake up, European Union!”

A furious Twitter user said: “European Union is useless. Why pretend to care about human rights and European values if you let Orban and the Polish right to do what ever they want?”

Several other leaders have demanded Hungary be stripped of EU membership.

Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch liberal MEP who chairs the European Parliament’s rule of law group, said: “Viktor Orbán has completed his project of killing democracy and the rule of law in Hungary. Clearly, the actions of the Hungarian government are incompatible with EU membership.”

Mr Röttgen also tweeted the move from Mr Orban “effectively eliminates opposition” and was a breach of basic principles the EU “cannot accept”.

Alexander Stubb, a leading figure in the European People’s Party, the EU’s main centre-right grouping, said that if ever the time had come to expel Mr Orban’s Fidesz party from the EPP, “that moment is now”.

The former Prime Minister of Finland said: “When you start encroaching on the basic principles of what we stand for the punishment needs to be as severe as possible.

“This is in many ways a test of leadership for the whole EU and the EPP as well.”

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Italian doctor rages at ‘unprepared’ coronavirus workers sent in ‘like soldiers to war’

Although the coronavirus infection in Italy is slowing, yesterday another 837 people were recorded as having died in a single day.

This takes the total to almost 12,500, among which 66 doctors have now died.

Giovanni Leoni from the National Federation of Doctors furiously told the BBC’s Today show that health workers lacked the necessary equipment to fight the outbreak.

He said to Radio 4: “They worked without the right equipment like proper masks and they weren’t given them.

“Not enough have been tested, we were completely unprepared.

“China showed us what we needed to do and we didn’t follow it.

“It’s like sending soldiers to war empty-handed, unable to defend themselves.”

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Coronavirus map LIVE: ‘Prepare for 240,000 to die’ Dire warning as COVID-19 peak looms

The White House has issued a stark warning to Americans as officials projected the coronavirus pandemic could claim 100,000 to 240,000 lives, even if people adhere to the social distancing guidelines of six feet of separation. Officials also warned the worst case scenario predicted between 1.5million and 2.2million deaths. President Donald Trump said the latest prediction was “sobering” as he urged Americans to brace for a “very, very painful two weeks”.

The President’s coronavirus task force presented the findings at a two-hour press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Trump said: “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead.

“We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks.”

Dr Anthony Fauci, the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who serves on the task force, said people should be prepared for such high fatalities.

When discussing the new projections, Dr Fauci said: “The answer is yes – as sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it.

“Is it going to be that much? I hope not and I think the more we push on the mitigation the less likely to be that number but, being realistic, we need to prepare ourselves that is a possibility that that’s what we’ll see.”

The figures are calculated from models using data on how the virus has spread overseas and in hotspots such as New York.

The US has the most coronavirus cases in the world, with the latest figures exceeding 188,000.

The vast majority of cases, over 75,000 originate in the state of New York.

America’s death toll of 4,055 remains far behind Italy and Spain, who are on 12,428 and 8,464 respectively.


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Yesterday marked the UK’s biggest rise in coronavirus related deaths, up 393 to 1,808.

According to date by Sky News, England accounts for 91 percent of all UK deaths, with a total of 1,651.

A third of England’s deaths are located in the capital, with 568.

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California’s COVID-19 hospitalisations double in four days – shock figures

The governor said on Monday that hospitals are struggling with the virus, with ICU patients tripled as well as regular hospitalisation. The demand on beds has skyrocketed, with more cases being undetected.

Monday saw California’s total number of cases leap up to 1,421.

The number was at 746 cases on Friday, showing the highly infectious nature of the disease.

Newsom has said the number of patients requiring intensive care beds rose to 597.

Overall, California has 5,763 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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Governor Newsom has reached out to retired nurses and doctors, as well as medical students, for their assistance.

The state has set up a website to connect retirees to hospitals and clinics that need their services.

California will also help retirees renew their licences, as well as students obtain theirs.

Newsom said: If you’re a nursing school student, a medical school student, we need you, if you’ve just retired in the last couple of years, we need you.”

The state is hoping it’s California Health Corps initiative will bring in more staff.

Their aim is to handle an additional 50,000 hospital beds to aid in the battle against coronavirus.

An executive order signed on Monday also allows physician assistants and nurse practitioners to perform duties usually performed by physicians and registered nurses, waiving state rules during the crisis.

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Newsom has also thanked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his aid in funding the operation.

Him and Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the health corps.

The donation was previously unannounced and done to supports the health care workers in the state.

A Facebook spokeswoman said the donation was coming from the company and would help cover costs like temporary housing near health care sites, child care costs and licensing fees.

The news follows President Donald Trump’s decision to extend social distancing rules through to the end of April.

On Monday, Trump announced he believed America to be in “good shape” to handle the pandemic in regards to it’s supply of ventilators and other hospital equipment.

The president said: “We have now 10 companies at least making the ventilators, and we say go ahead because, honestly, other countries – they’ll never be able to do it.”

He continued: “We do have a problem with hoarding (…) including ventilators. Hospitals need to release them – in some cases they have too many, they have to release medical supplies and equipment.”

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Pope Benedict ‘plotting downfall of Pope Francis’ in bombshell Vatican coup

Many cite Benedict as one of the key traditionalists within the Catholic church is pushing against Francis’ wish to allow sweeping changes at the Vatican in order to appeal to today’s worshippers. Expert Lynda Telford, author of ‘Women in the Vatican: Female Power in a Male World’, argues that Francis has wanted to continue the late Pope John Paul II’s work in ensuring acts such as contraception can be used within the church without prejudice. However, she fears that Benedict – who stood down as pope in a historic move in 2013 – is leading a charge of angry traditionalists within the Vatican who do not want to see such modern ideals as part of a new Catholicism mandate.

She explained that John Paul II had been determined to instigate change, especially on the topic of contraception, after he saw firsthand the issues surrounding sex and poverty.

John Paul II’s brother, Ms Telford said, had 12 children – but he and the infants’ mother struggled to feed them, such was the condition of their life.

Had contraception been allowed, John Paul II’s brother may not have lived through such abject poverty, she claimed.

But when asked whether Francis would be able to bring about those liberal alterations to secure his legacy as head of the Vatican, Ms Telford told she felt that as long as Benedict was alive and in the church, no such moves would ever be made.

She said: ”I’m afraid that Pope Benedict is rather an opponent of any change. 

“He is a very strong traditionalist and in the Vatican there are far too many of them, these backward-looking traditionalists who don’t want any kind of change.

“I think of course it is all leading to the fact that if you free women of contraception, with a marriage to a priest even, you’re leading inevitably to the female priesthood or at least a part-female priesthood, which is a terrifying thought for most people who are in the higher echelons of the church right now.”

She added: “At a time when I think the church needs to change, it is losing the faithful in many countries now, it needs desperately to change and accept the differences in the change of position of women throughout the world.

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“I’m sure Pope Francis is aware of this and he’s also extremely popular with the people.”

Benedict and Francis’ relationship has been difficult over the course of his tenure at the Catholic church’s helm.

Benedict resigned seven years ago, claiming poor health and growing mental pressures within the chief position.

It was the first time such a move was made since the 1400s, and has seen Benedict continue to exert his authority and influence over some of the church’s most staunch traditionalists.

Some argued that Francis’ decision to not allow a move that would have seen married men allowed to become priests in the Amazon regions, in a bid to combat a worrying decline of clergymen in the most remote areas, was due to Benedict.

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It even led one Brazilian priest to claim the church was “not mature enough” to make such a bold statement.

And for Ms Telford, it is just another example of Benedict’s attempts at derailing Francis’ time as Pope.

Ms Telford added: “It does seem a pity that Pope Benedict is still living in the church and being able to influence people against the present Pope like this.

“I think it is very worrying and the fact they might bring down Pope Francis at some point is already in the back of my mind.

“He is a man who is working for change.”

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Macron shamed for threat to Boris that could have ‘collapsed’ Britain’s food security

Former Labour MP George Galloway furiously hit out at Emmanuel Macron over a threat that could have led to British food security “collapsing”. It was reported the French President told Boris Johnson he would close the border if the UK did not take more restrictive measures to contain the coronavirus. Mr Galloway revealed to viewers that this could have been disastrous because of Britain’s dependency on imported food.

The commentator said: “It’s day whatever-it-is in the time of corona.

“Some things have become more clear, some things have become more muddy.

“It’s clear that international borders exist after all.

“The French President Emmanuel Macron was going to close his with Britain unless Boris Johnson shifted his policy orientation.”

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Mr Galloway continued: “Well he might have been right or he might have been wrong about that.

“But bear this in mind, 50 percent nearly of all British foodstuffs comes from abroad.

“And a lot of it through the Channel ports from France.

“So if Macron had shut his border to us, we would now be starving.”

He added: “It’s clear also in this green and pleasant land where it scarcely stops raining that 80 to 90 percent of all our fruit and vegetables are imported from abroad.

“I have no idea how that happened.

“But it goes without saying that without those imports and without the 50 percent of all foodstuffs that comes in from abroad Britain would not now just be suffering under the coronavirus but food security would have collapsed.”

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Mr Galloway also launched an attack against the UK Government’s lack of testing.

He noted that many famous figures like Prince Charles and the Prime Minister had been tested quickly whereas the option was not available for frontline NHS staff.

The ex-MP said: “You don’t get tested in Britain until you show up at the hospital with the sickness.

“If we had, like the South Koreans have and as the Chinese have in abundance, tested our population, randomly but on a big scale, we’d already know how many people have been affected by COVID-19 here in Britain.

“Well enough for now one thing is for sure when all this is over nothing, not in politics, nor in health, nor in economics, is ever going to be the same again.”

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Melania Trump: FLOTUS slammed for giving “tone death” advice to working from home parents

Many people are currently extremely concerned about the covid-19 pandemic that has claimed many lives in the US. However, Melania Trump has been updating Twitter on her mission to help children use social media in a responsible manner.

While a record 3.3 million have signed up for unemployment provisions and New York hospitals treating patients in parking lots, Melania continues to discuss her “Be Best” campaign.

The FLOTUS tweeted: “While most children are at home during this challenging time, they tend to be on social media throughout the day.

“Parents, please be sure to check on them regularly to be sure they’re practising online safety.”

Some of Melania’s Twitter followers replied with their opinions on the subject.

One said: ”I’d check on @realDonaldTrump then, Mel. He’s making everyone less safe by being online.”

Another replied: “I’m sure everyone is grateful to be receiving parenting advice from you.”

A third commented: “Kids here are currently home until at least May 15th and yet your husband wants to send everyone back to work in 2 weeks. What are parents supposed to do then? How can that #BeBest for children? I don’t expect an answer.“

Children are currently at home as schools are shut, as the nation is told to keep indoors.

Many parents have had to work from home and teach their children after their offices shut.

Meanwhile, Trump has activated emergency powers under the Defence Protection Act to make the companies produce essential equipment, in this case ventilators.

The president invoked the Korean War era act which allows a president to force companies into making ventilators for national defence.

At least 104,000 coronavirus cases have been discovered in the US which is the most in the world.

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However, Italy and China have the most reported deaths.

On Friday Trump said in a statement: “The virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course.”

He also raged on Twitter that General Motors “must’ open their “stupidly” abandoned plant and begin making ventilators.

GM has now said they will build at least 10,000 ventilators by April.

It is not clear when the first announcement will be given however based on a news release sent out last week from the White House.

The PSAs will address the “important ways Americans can protect themselves and those most at risk” from contracting and spreading the coronavirus, according to the release.

Melania’s Be Best platform will celebrate its third anniversary in May, which is centred around children’s health and wellbeing.

“I think this would be a great time to remind Americans about the ‘Be Best’ campaign,” said Katherine Jellison, a professor of history at Ohio University.

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World leaders and coronavirus: Which world leaders have had coronavirus?

World leaders are currently directing the global response to COVID-19, which has clawed its way through nearly every country and shows no sign of abating in the near future. Several politicians have announced they contracted the virus, some of whom recently came into contact with other politicians. 

Which world leaders have had coronavirus? 

Michel Barnier

The EU’s chief negotiator was one of the first politicians to catch COVID-19. 

He announced his diagnosis via a video earlier this month from his home in France. 

The negotiator had recently met with David Frost, the British Brexit negotiator.


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Jair Bolsonaro

According to Rio De Janeiro daily newspaper O Dia, the Brazilian President tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13. 

His son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, later took to Twitter to deny the claims, however. 

The President has since dismissed the threat of the disease as media hype, and claimed his “athletic history” would protect him from the worst symptoms. 

Justin Trudeau

According to the office of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau remains in good health. 

However, earlier this month he was forced to self-isolate as his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19. 

Much like other world leaders, Mrs Trudeu experienced only mild symptoms, and Mr Trudeau’s family has since emerged from their two-week isolation.

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Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the latest world leader to contract COVID-19. 

He announced the news in a video posted to his Twitter account, stating he has “mild symptoms” and tested positive for the virus. 

Mr Johnson added he will “continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”.

He said: “Hi folks, I want to bring you up to speed with something happening today.

“I have developed mild symptoms of coronavirus, that is to say a temperature and a persistent cough and on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer I have taken a test and that has come out positive so I am working from home, I’m self-isolating.

“And that is entirely the right thing to do – but be in no doubt that I can continue, and thanks to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team and lead the national fightback against coronavirus and I want to thank everyone who is involved and above all our amazing NHS.

“It was very moving last night to join in that national clap for the NHS but it’s not just the NHS It’s our police, our social care workers, teachers, everybody who works in schools, DWP staff, it’s been an amazing national effort by the public services but also by every member of the British public who’s volunteering it’s been an incredible response, 600,000 people have volunteered to take part in a great national effort to protect people from the consequences of coronavirus.

“I want to thank everybody who is working to keep our country going through this epidemic – and we will get through it and the way we are going to get through it is, of course, by applying the measures that you have heard so much about.

“The more effectively we all comply with those measures the faster our country will come through this epidemic and the faster we will bounce back so thank you to everybody who is doing what I am doing, working from home, to stop the spread of the virus from household to household.

“That is the way we are going to win. We are going to beat it and we are going to beat it together.

“Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.”

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World War 3 fears: ‘Domino effect’ error could spark major US-Iran conflict in Middle East

Tensions between the US and Iran remain high following the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani earlier this year. Iranian expert of Iran International TV Dr Pupak Mohebali warned one wrong move from Iran on its adherence to current nuclear treaties could spark a major conflict with the US. During an interview with, Dr Mohebali warned attitudes in Iran were changing towards the nuclear treaties the country had previously agreed to.

She noted, disobeying or withdrawing from these treaties could result in stronger sanctions or military intervention from the US.

She said: “I would not say there is one worst-case scenario but more like a domino effect.

“One problematic decision leads to another and another.

“If Iran was to withdraw from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) it could bring further diplomatic isolation or it might lead to more international sanctions on the country.

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“It may even cause the US military to start on Iran.

“We could see a heightening of tension between Tehran and Washington, the same as we have the past few years.”

Dr Mohebali explained how attitudes were shifting in the Iranian Parliament on procuring nuclear material.

She said: “This prospect of Iran withdrawing from the NPT is not just discussed among the hardliners in Iran.

“We can see it is being discussed widely among moderates like the Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“Mohammad Javad Zarif and the Iranian Prime Minister said if security council sanctions are reimposed Iran may exit not only the current nuclear deal but the NPT.

“That has been said and that is not a good scenario at all.

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“Although we do see Iran still saying that they do not seek to develop nuclear bombs the problem is the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report show that Iran has nearly tripled its stockpile of Uranium.”

IAEA director Rafael Grossi has also demanded Tehran cooperate with the body to allow them to inspect suspected nuclear sites.

In early March he argued Iran should cooperate immediately and fully with the agency but so far Iran has refused to give definitive answers on three locations nuclear material may have been used or stored.

The IAEA has insisted without cooperation with Tehran it will be difficult for the agency to declare whether Iran has all of its nuclear material.

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