VE Day parties 'caused coronavirus cases spike'

VE Day parties ‘made people drop their guard and caused coronavirus cases spike’ that led to Weston Super Mare hospital turning patients away three weeks later, says expert

  • Weston General Hospital has stopped taking patients yesterday morning 
  • It said the move was ‘precautionary’ but did not reveal any more details
  • Experts said socialising on VE Day was responsible for an influx of Covid cases
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

An NHS hospital in a Somerset seaside hotspot was forced to stop taking new patients due to ‘a high number’ of coronavirus cases following VE Day, a doctor has claimed.

Weston General Hospital, Weston-super-Mare, dramatically announced that it could not take any more admissions, including into A&E, yesterday morning.  

Experts have said socialising on the anniversary of VE Day was responsible for an influx of Covid cases – and warned that more hospitals could follow if the country does not heed official instructions to stay indoors.  

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a lecturer in public health medicine at the University of Exeter, told The Sun: ‘They have got too many cases and it is unfortunate as it reflects what was going on two or three weeks ago.

‘It is activities like VE Day where people drop their guard that have led to new infections.

‘If people start to drop their guard they will get infected and it will lead to a rise in the transmission of new infections.’

It is also thought that Britons enjoying the beaches amid hot weather was a factor in the spike in admissions. 

Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, has stopped taking new patients due to ‘a high number’ already there with coronavirus

Social media users were quick to speculate the South West will see a surge in cases as a result of the Government loosening lockdown. Pictured: Weston-super-Mare promenade on May 20

Day-trippers headed to Somerset beaches after Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed the public to travel to other parts of the country for unlimited exercise and sunbathing. Pictured: Sunbathers on Weston-super-Mare beach

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a lecturer in public health medicine at the University of Exeter, said: ‘It is activities like VE Day where people drop their guard that have led to new infections’

Health chiefs have warned that all hospitals have ‘frequent’ changes in admissions. But questions were asked over whether the blame may lie on crowds who have flocked to the town to enjoy the sun since lockdown was slightly eased. 

Thousands of people travelled to the South West and other coastal areas as soon as the government allowed nationwide travel again on May 13.

Weston-super-Mare’s mayor even admitted ‘you can’t rule it out’, when questioned if scores of Britons on the beach were to blame for the surge in cases. Furious Brits warned VE day celebrations on the beach on May 8 were ‘coming home to roost’, and one warned a second wave ‘rolling’ into the South West. 

It is not the first time hospitals have been overwhelmed amid the coronavirus crisis, which began to spiral out of control in mid-March.

One NHS hospital in London was forced to declare a ‘critical incident’ early on in the crisis, after running out of intensive care beds. Other hospitals in the capital have allegedly had to turn away coronavirus patients because they were running out of beds, according to staff.

A family are pictured walking down Marine Parade together in Weston-super-Mare on May 9, the day after VE day

Weston General Hospital said today it could not take any more admission including into A&E

The trust said patients will not be accepted from 8am today (Twitter)

Sun-worshippers carried on descending on parks and beaches today, amid an expected 79F heatwave, in rebellion against the Government defending the actions of a senior aide breaking lockdown rules.

The Prime Minister has said Dominic Cummings would not be sacked over 260-mile trip he took from London to his parents’ home in Durham while he and his wife were self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms, prompting a furious reaction from Britons who have been making huge sacrifices to abide by the restrictions.  

NHS figures show the number of patients in hospitals with Covid-19 has reduced as a result of Britain’s lockdown – admissions have dropped 11 per cent in a week. 

WHY DOES THE SOUTH WEST HAVE SO FEW DEATHS? 

The South West, which includes Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, has had the fewest COVID-19 deaths in England (1,157).  

This will be for a number of reasons including those based on the region’s geographical demographics, such as the fact it is largely rural – with the  second-highest proportion of rural population in the UK – and less densely populated than other parts of England.

Population density plays a significant role in infection rate, and therefore deaths. London has had 26,780 confirmed COVID-19 cases compared to the South West’s 7,524.  

Data released by the Office for National Statistics on 1 May found the fatality rate of COVID-19 is six times higher among those living in major cities than in rural areas. No rural area of England and Wales had a death rate higher than 21.9 at the time of the study.

The ethnicity, and income of wealthy and predominantly white South West citizens may partially explain the lower infections and deaths. The region has some of the lowest unemployment rates and highest rates of house ownership without debt, 2011 figures show.

The ONS study shows that once you take the age of population into account, the rate of deaths involving COVID-19 is roughly twice as high in the most deprived areas of England and Wales as in the least deprived. 

London – the epicentre of Britain’s outbreak – had the highest mortality rate, with 85.7 deaths per 100,000 people. In comparison, Weston-super-Mare has 11 deaths per 100,000 people.  

Those living in poverty smoke and drink alcohol more and are more likely to be obese – all of which increase the likelihood of chronic health conditions.

They are more likely to have key worker jobs such as in a supermarket, public transport, or in hospitals, which means they are more at risk of exposure to the virus than someone who is able to work from home.

A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) released in May found black and Asian Britons are two-and-a-half times more likely to die from COVID-19 than whites, while an ONS report said black people were four times more likely to die when taking only age into account. 

This affects how different locations are impacted by COVID-19. For example, in Newham and Brent, London boroughs with high mortality rates, ethnic minority groups make up the majority of residents in – 71 per cent 64 per cent respectively. 

Members of ethnic minority communities are twice as likely to be affected by poverty, and are often hit the hardest by chronic diseases. 

At the 2011 ONS census, the proportion of white people in the South West region was 95.4 per cent, meaning less than five per cent of people there are from an ethnic background.  

The South West – which also covers the tourist-hotspots of Devon and Cornwall – has suffered the fewest deaths (1,157) and cases (7,524) during the pandemic. 

There have been 114 deaths at University Hospitals Bristol and three at Weston NHS Foundation Trust – which run Weston General Hospital.

The trust said patients will not be accepted from 8am today.

It said there are arrangements in place for new patients to access treatment and care ‘in other appropriate healthcare settings in the area should they need it’.

Dr William Oldfield, medical director at the trust, said: ‘As with any hospital, the number of patients with Covid-19 will frequently change as people are admitted and discharged.

‘We currently have a high number of patients with Covid-19 in Weston General Hospital.

‘Whilst the vast majority will have come into the hospital with Covid-19, as an extra precaution we have taken the proactive step to temporarily stop accepting new patients to maintain patient and staff safety.’

Weston General Hospital is in North Somerset, which has so far had 406 positive COVID-19 test results, according to Public Health England.

It’s fewer than next door Bristol City, with 694 cases, Wiltshire with 523 and the rest of Somerset with 669. 

Suspicion of a surge of coronavirus patients in the South West region due to the recent easing in lockdown measures was rife on social media today.

The public are skeptical that VE day street parties three weeks ago may have driven cases up. Typically it would take around 20 days between a person being infected and them needing hospital care.

Others speculate Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent loosening of the lockdown, allowing unlimited exercise and sunbathing from May 11, may have led to a wave of new infections in the South West – or could do in the future. 

Thousands of people in England flocked to the South West and other coastal areas as soon as they were told they could travel to other parts of the country.

Day-trippers headed to Somerset beaches, including Weston-super-Mare. There was no evidence anyone broke lockdown rules.

But numerous local authorities across the South West urged people not to drive to beaches and beauty spots in fear that large crowds would increase the risk of spreading coronavirus. 

Mark Canniford, Lib Dem mayor of Weston and member of North Somerset Council, criticised the ‘total disregard’ for the town’s residents from day-trippers.

Speaking to The Independent, Mr Canniford said he did not think there was a link between the crowds on the beach and the closure of Weston General Hospital today.

He said it was ‘unlikely’ and ‘too soon’ for any cases to have shown up. But he admitted ‘you can’t rule it out’. 

‘We have been behind the curve on the virus so we could just be catching up,’ he said.  


Numerous local authorities across the South West urged people not to drive to beaches and beauty spots after the lockdown was eased by the PM

Suspicion of a surge of coronavirus patients in Somerset due to the recent easing in lockdown measures was rife on social media today

‘The people you see roaming about don’t tend to live here. People should not be roaming around. It’s not fair to the communities they are roaming to. People seem to think they don’t have symptoms so they’re ok but it’s not.’ 

There are currently 8,951 people in hospital with COVID-19 across UK hospitals, with admissions slowing in the past few weeks after the peak of the crisis in mid-April.

Some areas have recovered quicker than others, graphs show. London has seen a more drastic decline in hospital patients than the South West and East of England.  

Dr Oldfield suggested it was normal for hospitals to see changes in the number of COVID-19 admissions.

But only one other hospital has had to respond to the crisis with drastic measures – and that was in London back in March.

Sunbathers enjoy the hot weather at Weston-super-Mare and groups gather for fish and chips, May 20

Weston General Hospital is in North Somerset, which has so far had 406 positive COVID-19 test results. Pictured: People on Weston-super-Mare beach on May 20 

Mark Canniford, Lib Dem mayor of Weston and member of North Somerset Council, said he thought it was ‘too soon’ for the loosening of lockdown to be showing new cases of coronavirus, but admitted it couldn’t be ruled out

Sun-worshippers carried on descending on parks and beaches today, amid an expected 79F heatwave, in rebellion against the Government defending the actions of a senior aide breaking lockdown rules. Pictured: Thousands of people rushed to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today 

Sunbathers enjoy the hot weather today on the beach by Boscombe Pier in Dorset, following the Government defending senior aide Dominic Cummings over breaking lockdown rules

Northwick Park Hospital, in Harrow, north-west London, declared a ‘Critical Incident status’ because there was not enough space for patients requiring critical care. 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham, which are run by the same trust on the south-east side of the city, were also unable to admit all critically ill patients to intensive care at the time, the HSJ journal reported. 

Dr Oldfield said the situation at Weston General Hospital was ‘under constant review’.

He said: ‘This is a clinically led decision and we are being supported by our system partners to ensure that new patients receive the care and treatment they need in the appropriate setting, and we are continuing to provide high-quality care to existing patients who are being treated in the hospital.

‘We have a robust coronavirus testing programme in place for patients and staff to identify cases quickly, with appropriate measures taken by clinical teams as required.’ 

The number of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 has been steadily dropping, reducing by 11 per cent in the past week

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Allison Janney Keen to Work With Hugh Jackman Again After Coronavirus Lockdown Is Lifted

Dubbing herself as ‘The Greatest Showman’ star’s fan, the ‘Bad Education’ actress recalls having so much fun being able to shove a sandwich into his mouth when filming their first scene together.

AceShowbizAllison Janney can’t wait for the Hollywood lockdown to end so she can fish for other projects with her new crush Hugh Jackman.

The two stars teamed up for HBO movie “Bad Education” and Oscar winner Janney admits Jackman shot to the top of her list of castmates she would like to work with again.

“I’ve been a fan of his forever and to finally get to work with Hugh in this way was a pretty exciting moment in my career,” the actress explains. “I think Pam (her character) had a little crush on Frank (Hugh’s character) and Allison had a little crush on Hugh Jackman!”

“He’s fun to flirt with. I had so much fun working with Hugh. He was incredibly playful and let me shove the sandwich into his mouth in our first scene together, which was an improv moment. I just knew just from him being from the theater that he would be great to work with.”

“I hope I get to work with him many more times. I just hope Broadway re-opens, because I want to see him in ‘The Music Man’ so badly!”

Meanwhile, Janney revealed in a recent SAG Foundation Conversations interview she had to buy her parents HBO, so they could watch their daughter in “Bad Education”, which is based on a New York magazine article about a Long Island public school embezzlement scandal.

“We had to get my parents HBO because they didn’t have it… and we watched it (film) together and it was amazing to get to watch it with them,” Janney explained. “We were really thrilled that it went with HBO and had no idea how much we would, in this time, be glad that it would be streamed because of course no one can go to movie theaters during this COVID crisis that we are all going through with and living through together.”

“I’m actually wearing my mother’s pyjamas. I’m wearing my mom’s lipstick from Maybelline 1970-something, because I didn’t bring any make-up with me. I thought I was going to be here for five days and I’m here for eight weeks now.”

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Cutting class sizes in half could slash the effect on R-rate, SAGE documents find – The Sun

CUTTING class sizes could slash the effect on the R number, SAGE documents revealed today.

A graph by the Government's top scientists shows exactly how different ways of getting kids back in classrooms will increase the rate of transmission of the virus.

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Government scientists said last week they estimate the rate of transmission of the virus is somewhere between 0.7 and 1 – if the number goes above 1 the UK risks becoming overwhelmed by a deadly second peak of the virus.

But if kids returned to classrooms with only half the normal number of students, alternating week by week between home learning and at school, the R number will only move up by 0.1.

Another similar option was to bring back kids half time with full classes, alternating in and out of classrooms every fortnight.

That pattern would send the R number ratcheting up 0.3.

That's compared to the number skyrocketing back to 1 if schools fully reopen.

The document did warn that modelling on option 7 was the "least robust".

Notes from a behavioural insight meeting in May said: "Although not initially one of the options proposed by DfE, options 7b (classes split in two, with children attending on alternate weeks) emerged from the joint discussions as having particular potential merit for further consideration."

Boris Johnson has said children in reception, year one and year six should be ready to get back to school by June 1 – to ensure kids in these crucial year groups get atleast a month of learning before the summer break.

Guidance from the Department of Education has told schools they should cut class sizes to 15 pupils.

But plans to do so have been hampered by militant unions demanding teachers don't engage with plans to reopen schools.

The documents from SAGE revealed today that the chances of kids catching the deadly virus was "much lower" than adults. 

The Government's top experts also warned that lockdown has caused “shock” to kids and will affect work opportunities for the rest of their lives.

The Joint Secretary of the National Education Union Dr Mary Bousted claimed the findings showed the planned return was “too soon”.

She said: “We think it’s just descending into chaos now and it’s not funny.

“The evidence is still not there, we now have the Independent Sage Committee saying give it two weeks then we’ll have half as much chance of catching the virus.

“This is just really confusing for parents, it’s very difficult for school leavers having to make decisions on inadequate scientific evidence.”


 

 

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RAF Typhoon pilots simulate combat in the Baltic Sea

RAF Top Gun pilots swoop past NATO warships as they simulate combat off of Lithuania to test the vessels’ defences days after Putin ordered six new battleships for Russia’s Baltic fleet

  • RAF typhoons are currently based in Lithuania to defend local NATO airspace   
  • They also conduct training activities and exercises with other NATO allies 
  • Pilots can be seen twisting their aircraft upside down and rushing past warships 
  • Days ago, Russia ordered six new battleships for its Baltic fleet amid rising tensions in the Baltic Sea   

The Royal Air Force has released a video of pilots in simulated combat with NATO warships in the sea off Lithuania a day after Russia announced they would be ordering six new warships to bolster their Baltic fleet. 

Russian Naval command announced yesterday that Moscow would be ordering six new battleships for the country’s Baltic fleet.  

The mock air attacks were carried out by RAF typhoons from six squadron, which are currently based at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania. 

They are stationed in Lithuania as part of the NATO Air Policing mission to protect their airspace, as well as those of Estonia and Latvia. 

The RAF are also conducting training activities and exercises with other NATO Allies and regional partners.

Footage from the mission shows RAF pilots in a series of death-defying aerobatic manoeuvres. 

The training exercise comes days after Russian Naval command announced it would be adding another six cutting-edge warships to its Baltic fleet amid rising tensions in the Baltic sea.  

Pictured: The first pilot can be seen leaving the NATO warships behind him after rushing towards at them simulate an attack in the Baltic Sea

Pictured: The pilot can be seen driving his aircraft up towards the sky in a loop-the-loop aerobatic manoeuvre over the Baltic Sea 

The first pilot can be seen rushing past a group of NATO warships in the water before twisting the plane so its wings are cast downwards towards the sea. 

A second pilot repeats the stomach-churning move and both can be seen twisting over themselves in loop-the-loops. 

The second pilot soars up in the sky, above the dark grey clouds where the sun is blazing, before diving through them to the overcast airspace.  

The exercise was designed to test the air defences of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One Task Force, which is commanded by Commodore Yngve Skoglund of the Royal Norwegian Navy. 

The breathtaking aerobatics were designed to simulate real-life air attacks from advanced aircraft. 

The display comes just after Navy commander-in-chief Nikolai Yevmenov announced Moscow would be bolstering its Baltic fleet with six cutting-edge warships. 

Pictured: The second pilot leaves the Baltic Sea behind him as he drives the plane up through the clouds 

Flying through heavy cloud, the pilot prepares to ascend. The lead officer for the training exercise said that when flying at low-level over the sea ‘if you lose concentration […] the results can be catastrophic’

The pilot again reemerges under the cloud into the overcast airspace over the Baltic Sea 

This summer the Russian Navy is likely to hold its third ‘Ocean Shield’ exercise in the Baltic Sea. Last year’s involved 10,500 troops and dozens of warships.    

The RAF pilot leading this week’s exercise said: ‘Flying at low-level over the sea is a complex and dangerous environment. 

‘If you lose concentration, even for a moment, the results can be catastrophic, let alone when you’re performing aggressive and dynamic manoeuvres.’

He added: ‘Having experienced this from the other side I can appreciate the workload the ship’s company were under. 

‘Watching them manoeuvre on the attack runs was an incredible sight and certainly isn’t something you get to see every day.’ 

The Typhoon FGR.Mk4 is a fourth-generation combat aircraft used for air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict, according to the RAF. 

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The untold truth of Kaitlan Collins

When it comes to his relationship with the press, President Donald Trump hasn’t exactly been the best example of communicative decorum, to say the least. What’s worse? His high-profile feuds (some of which his family members are apt to spur on) with more than a few journalists — Chris Cuomo, Jim Acosta, and Yamiche Alcindor, to name a few — seem to have no end in sight.

Now, it looks like another reporter has been added to the roster: CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins. According to accounts of those present at a press briefing on May 15, 2020, regarding the coronavirus pandemic, Trump publicly (and deliberately) slighted Collins by abruptly ending the event after the reporter asked him a question regarding the mounting COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S.

“Second time this week Trump ended a WH news conference after engaging with @kaitlancollins,” tweeted Washington Post reporter David Nakamura before referring to a previous altercation between the two earlier in the week.

“On Tuesday he cut her off from a question after she deferred to another reporter first; today she pressed him hard on whether he believes the official count of 86,000 deaths from COVID,” he added.

The latest incidents are only a few of many that have occurred between the two in 2020. So why has Collins become Trump’s latest target?

Kaitlan Collins refuses to back down

According to Ms. Magazine, the beef between Donald Trump and reporter Kaitlan Collins began on April 28, 2020, when the CNN correspondent was ordered to move from her seat at the day’s briefing — a seat that had been assigned to Collins hours in advance — and to move to the back of the room. Collins refused to budge, as well as Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, who was reportedly ordered to swap with her but refused out of solidarity. However, her actions were not without consequence.

The briefing proved to be one of the shortest since the coronavirus hit American shores at the beginning of 2020, only lasting 22 minutes, after which Trump refused to answer any questions by reporters. Afterward, Collins was quick to give her account of the interaction on social media, tweeting about what had occurred.

Despite the incident going public, the White House refused to comment on why they reportedly attempted to oust Collins from her seat. This is especially confounding because, due to social distancing guidelines, seat assignments are in place to protect members of the press, as The Hill noted.

As it appears, there’s enough evidence to warrant speculation that the media network Collins represents might have something to do with the drama.

Donald Trump's feud against Kaitlan Collins is much bigger than it seems

Like her colleague Jim Acosta, White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins works for CNN, a news network Donald Trump has made a point of continuously assailing since the beginning of his presidency. According to The New York Times, it’s the network Trump loves to hate-watch the most — the second of three media outlets he makes a deliberate habit of watching before noon (the others being Fox News, which Trump has supposedly turned against after years of right-wing allyship, and MSNBC, which he reportedly only watches in “dollop[s]”).

Trump’s hatred towards CNN is well-documented — and as the Independent reported in 2018, it reached a boiling point when the outlet ran a story on the Trump-Russia dossier, which evolved into the administration “[using] CNN as a foil in the mainstream media.” 

As a longtime CNN reporter, it looks like Collins, who has worked for the media company since 2017, is no exception to Trump’s continued hostility. Adding fuel to the fire? Collins might also be seen as a defector in the eyes of the GOP: she left her previous employer, right-wing publication The Daily Caller, for the network Trump has more or less declared his sworn enemy.

Kaitlan Collins and Weijia Jiang are the latest Trump targets

Along with Trump’s hatred for CNN, the president has a reputation for openly attacking female reporters in particular.

As The Daily Beast pointed out, Trump’s ramped-up hostility toward Kaitlin Collins intensified on May 11, 2020, after Collins attempted to support a fellow reporter — a reporter who also happened to be a woman of color, CBS correspondent Weijia Jiang.

Jiang’s question regarding Trump’s insistence that the U.S. is leading the world in testing for the discovery of a COVID-19 vaccine — an assertion he had printed on a banner — was met with a xenophobic rejoinder. Trump snapped back at Jiang, who is Asian-American, by telling her to “ask China,” The Washington Post reported.

After Collins backed up Jiang (who, even without Collins’ aid, was able to stand her ground), both became two examples of, as The Daily Beast called it, members of Trump’s “pantheon of ‘nasty’ female journalists.” For those who aren’t already aware, “nasty” is an adjective Trump has historically used when describing women he doesn’t like, as CNN noted.

Although it’s highly doubtful Trump’s vendetta against Collins will abate anytime soon, we’re glad she has remained strong — or, as Ms. Magazine stated in their recent coverage of the feud, showed that “intimidation and humiliation did not, and will not, work in a country where our press is free, and news is real.”

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World baffled at how UK got coronavirus so wrong as global headlines blast Government’s ‘biggest failure in generation’ – The Sun

HEADLINES around the world are asking what went so wrong in Britain's coronavirus response after its death toll surpassed 30,000 – higher than any other country in Europe. 

The strategy pursued by Boris Johnson's government has been blamed for making the UK the "problem child of Europe" and described as the "biggest failure in a generation".

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Britain's death toll this week surpassed that of Italy, once the global epicentre of the virus, and now stands at 30,076.

The only country in the world to have lost more people is the United States, whose population is five times the size.

Among the reasons cited for the failure are the late decision by the government to put the country in lockdown, a lack of people being tested for the virus, and a shortage of PPE among medical staff as well as the wider public.

In Germany, where the death toll stands at just 7,275, a headline published by popular magazine Focus read: "How Britain became Europe's problem child in the corona crisis."

Accusing the government of "underestimating" the pandemic, the article read: "A few weeks ago, Great Britain was considered to be a country in which the coronavirus only appeared to be spreading tentatively.

"Politicians already patted each other on the shoulder. But that quickly prove to be a mistake."

In Australia, which has seen only 97 deaths so far, the government closed the country's borders before significant numbers of cases were seen, and critics are now saying Britain should have done the same.

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Martin McKee, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as saying: "The countries that moved fast have curtailed the epidemic. The countries that delayed have not. It's as simple as that."

It added that inadequate testing in the UK had meant the extent of the virus's spread did "not become obvious until hospitals started to fill with seriously ill patients".




The criticism has come not just from the countries that have had more success containing the virus, but even from those with higher tolls of their own.

An article in US magazine the New Yorker read: "Even as the virus tore through Northern Italy, and the British authorities had a chance to see, at relatively close quarters, what covid-19 could do to a prosperous European society, they dithered."

It also criticised the government for its initial strategy of pursuing "herd immunity" among the population, as well as mixed messaging on the concept.

In Italy, a headline in daily newspaper La Repubblica read: "From herd immunity to mask delays: All the errors of the Johnson government".

The paper also published a letter from an Italian living in London that read: "I begin to think that the British government is trying to make me feel at home, giving me the familiar show of incompetence to which we Italians have been used to for so long.

"In theory we had a few weeks ahead of Italy, but instead of gearing up, perhaps copying from the Germans, the government first did nothing, then tried to run for cover."

Today also saw the death toll for the whole of Europe pass 150,000, while the toll for the world now stands at at least 266,000.





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Bond Over Baking with these Cookbooks for Kids

Most kids are naturally a little bit intrigued by baking. They want to know how a bunch of boring-looking ingredients mix together to make such delicious chocolate chip cookies. You know if they had a choice, they’d eat your homemade cookies all day long if you let them. Maybe they want to learn how to bake so they accomplish this goal? 

In all seriousness, some of the fondest memories can be created over a mixing bowl. Passing down recipes or teaching your child how to do something as complicated as bake feels special. It’s an opportunity to bond. Not only that, baking takes a lot of skill—even some grown adults don’t know how to do it. Showing them how to follow a recipe and help them learn the valuable lesson that if they put their mind to it, they can bake anything (with a little patience and practice). The sooner they learn this lesson, the better, so they won’t be calling you up at midnight on a Tuesday when they’re 18 asking you how long they should microwave those pizza rolls for. 

We rounded up the best baking cookbooks for kids. These cookbooks are written for kids, so they show clear photos and steps to help them master basic skills before they start attempting that apple pie recipe. All of these books have a nice variety of recipes, so won’t only be making chocolate chip cookies and brownies all of the time.

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1. The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

These recipes are straight out of America’s Test Kitchen. If that might even sound a little intimidating for you as a parent, don’t worry. These recipes were tested by more than 5,000 kids and were made to be easy to understand. This book, which is a New York Times best-seller, includes step-by-step instructions, tips and photo examples. Your kids can learn how to make brownies, cupcakes and cookies, but recipes for pizza, breakfast foods and empanadas are also in here.

2. Super Simple Baking for Kids

Instead of diving straight into the recipes, Super Simple Baking for Kids makes kids master basic skills before running off to the races. This book is for kids ages six to eight. Some of these skills include kneading dough, separate eggs and how to prepare a baking mat. Recipes are rated based on difficulty levels, which will make it easy for parents to decide which recipes to start with. There are 55 recipes in this book, including Soft Pretzels and Rainbow Sprinkle Whoopie Pies.

3. Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

A sequel to Cooking Class, this book will teach kids, ages 8 to 12, all they need to know about baking. With 50 recipes to try, your child can learn to bake a pie and make biscuits. The book emphasizes following directions and teaches kids how to measure their own ingredients. Some of the recipes, which are both savory and sweet, include Zombie Zucchini Bread and Peachy Keen Crumble. This book also comes with bonus stickers, gift tags and the tools to make your own “Bake Sale” sign.


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Spoilers: Geoff wakes up in Corrie and accuses Yasmeen of trying to kill him

Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) has put Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) through hell in Coronation Street, but his reign of terror is far from over, as he somehow managed to survive the horrific attack, and he wakes up in the coming episodes — and accuses Yasmeen of trying to kill him.

Yasmeen evidently felt like a cornered animal after Geoff bullied and berated her during Friday’s groundbreaking instalment, and — with the evil man talking about killing her as he waved a sharp knife around in his hand — her survival instinct kicked in, and thus she grabbed a nearby bottle and smashed it across his head.

Geoff was taken aback, but — fearing what he might do — Yasmeen then stabbed him in the neck.

Geoff took hold of his neck wound but — as blood trickled through his fingers — he collapsed to the floor.

Yasmeen was numb as she watched the whole thing unfold, but then the realisation of what she’d done set in, and — during last night’s episode — she was arrested and questioned over the attack.

Geoff’s life hung in the balance, but it was revealed that he managed to survive the attack, and, a new trailer has revealed that — in the coming episodes — the abuser wakes up and accuses Yasmeen of trying to murder him.

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With the evidence against Yasmeen pretty damaging — and Geoff’s abhorrent claim — will Yasmeen go to prison?

The trailer also featured her upcoming bail hearing — but will she be refused bail?

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Virus Vigilantes: Championing causes with toys and T-shirts

SINGAPORE – From selling soft toys and designing T-shirts to raise funds for migrant workers to an app and free online art therapy to promote mental health, here are 10 ways Singapore’s virus vigilantes are looking out for those around them.

1. FREE ONLINE ART THERAPY

Non-profit organisation The Red Pencil (Singapore) has been hosting free online art therapy sessions for about 40 people. The sessions started on April 23 and runs till tomorrow (May 2).

During the 90-minute sessions, participants are guided through activities like coffee painting and creating imaginative self-portraits by art therapist and programme coordinator Yoko Choi.

When the organisation announced the first batch of classes via its social media pages and mailing list on April 21, slots filled up so quickly it had to close registration within 30 minutes.

It is planning a second batch of 11 sessions, which will be unveiled in the first week of this month.

2. SOFT TOYS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MIGRANT WORKERS


PHOTO: JELLYCAT SG

Soft toy company Jellycat SG has set up an online store to sell items from its A Blast From The Past range, which includes llamas, cats and even alien birds called Pom Poms.

The e-shop was launched on May 1 and will run till July 30, or until stocks are sold out.

All sales proceeds go to non-profit organisation Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), which advocates equitable treatment of migrant workers.

Ms Vanessa Martin, managing director of Jellycat SG, says: “This feels like the right thing to do. While our products cannot be used to pay for public transport or a meal, we can use them to drive donations for a cause.”

3. APP TO FIGHT SOCIAL ISOLATION


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The circuit breaker can impact mental health, especially for those who live alone.

On Wednesday (April 27), mobile micro-learning platform Gnowbe launched an app called Daily Pulse, with the objective of combating social isolation and improving mental health.

It aims to connect people through daily 10-minute interactive sessions, which are curated by celebrities and influencers such as actor Nat Ho and Ms Violet Lim, chief executive of dating agency Lunch Actually.

The curators encourage participants to take part in activities such as sharing a picture of a favourite memory or creating a dance challenge.

Ms So-Young Kang, founder and CEO of Gnowbe, says: “We are doing this to make people laugh and smile, to combat social isolation and (facilitate) authentic connection with others.”

4. THANK DELIVERY WORKERS CONTACTLESSLY


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Just because delivery is contactless these days does not mean you cannot show appreciation for the workers.

On April 17, advertising agency Kinetic Singapore started a #ThankYouDeliveryHeroes poster campaign, where people can print out posters and stick it at their doors to thank delivery workers.

Co-founder and creative director Pann Lim says: “While we’re staying in and staying safe, our delivery heroes are out and about. And now with contactless delivery, we sometimes don’t even get to say ‘thank you’.

“We want to show our appreciation for delivery workers and hopefully get as many people as we can to do so too.”

The posters can be downloaded at the website.

5. MINDFULNESS DURING CIRCUIT BREAKER


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It is a stressful period, but there are groups with initiatives to help people stay anchored during the circuit breaker.

For instance, youth magazine Zyrup launched Mindful Minutes on April 19 – a series on Instagram Live that aims to raise awareness of mental wellness and encourage self-care among young Singaporeans.

Each episode features self-care tips, a conversation with personalities such as actress Joanna Theng and even self-care package giveaways. More than 2,000 people have viewed the series.

Zyrup founder Joel Lim says it is rewarding to “be a source of positivity during this period”.

6. CARE PACKS FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES


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For $25, you can do your part to support fellow Singaporeans through Covid-19. Ground-up initiative #SGPaysItForward encourages Singaporeans to purchase care packs which are distributed to vulnerable communities.

Launched on April 22, the initiative is led by logistics provider Ninja Van and production company Night Owl Cinematics. They aim to send 100,000 care packs to groups including migrant workers, low-income families and senior citizens.

The packs, available at the website, include surgical masks, hand sanitisers and disinfectant.

Ms Wu Ying Ying, regional head of communications at Ninja Van, says: “This collective effort allows us to contribute on a scale that none of us could have done individually. (We hope to enforce the message that) Singaporeans care and that we are all in this together.”

7. T-SHIRTS TO SUPPORT MIGRANT WORKERS


PHOTO: PROJECT KEEN

Four 19-year-old students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Design & Environment put their skills to good use, designing T-shirts to raise funds for migrant workers.

Clarice Chua, Lam Xin Yi, Basil Wee and Cynthia Yap started Project Keen on April 18 and have sold more than 300 T-shirts since.

The proceeds, along with donations from the public, will go to the Migrant Workers’ Centre, a non-governmental organisation championing fair employment practices and the well-being of migrant workers.

To pre-order the T-shirts, go to the online form. 

8. SPREAD CHEER WITH BEER


PHOTO: TIGER BEER

Toast to #SupportOurStreets, a fund-raising campaign for local food and beverage businesses by home-grown beer brand Tiger Beer.

It launched the campaign on April 17, with a contribution of $100,000, and will give away digital drink vouchers – redeemable for two Tiger beers – for every $10 donation made by members of the public.

So far, it has raised more than $118,000, which will go to participating businesses including Jack’s Place and London Fat Duck.

You can contribute at the Tiger Beer website.

9. MEALS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

DBS Bank announced on April 16 that it is partnering non-profit organisations The Food Bank Singapore and ItsRainingRaincoats to sponsor meals for vulnerable communities.

All donations to Feed The City – DBS Edition will go to low-income households and the elderly, while donations to Project Belanja will help migrant workers.

The bank kicked off the campaign by contributing 300,000 meals to the campaigns. It is also matching public donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 across both campaigns.

To support the local food-and-beverage sector, all meals for Feed The City will be purchased from 15 local businesses, such as the Koufu Group and the Wee Nam Kee chicken rice chain.

10. RAISE FUNDS FOR INDONESIAN HEALTHCARE WORKS


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Twelve local sustainable businesses like Wellness Within and Style Cat have teamed up to crowdfund for healthcare workers in Indonesia.

The Brave The Front campaign was initiated by Ms Stephanie Pandji, 33, management consultant and the founder of The Handmade Romantics, a slow-fashion brand that works with traditional craftsmen and women in rural Indonesia.

Since April 12, the campaign has raised more than $4,000, which will be donated to non-profit organisation doctorShare for the purchase of medical personal protective equipment.

To thank the public for their support, every $5 donated will give donors a chance to win one of 10 hampers each worth more than $100. They come with item such as organic cotton T-shirts and blooming tea sets contributed by the 12 Singapore businesses.

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Kristin Cavallari Files New Court Docs Claiming Jay Cutler Won't Let Her Buy a Home

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler’s divorce is getting messier by the minute. According to Entertainment Tonight, Kristin filed new court documents yesterday (April 30, 2020), claiming that Jay is preventing her from buying a home.

In the documents, Kristin says that in fall 2019 “Things were so bad in the marriage that [she] started looking for another home.” She even “put a contract on the property” (which she claims Jay “never objected” to), but ended up backing out because the couple “attempted to salvage the marriage.”

Flash forward to their split, and Kristin claims Jay told her he was going to have his attorney tell their business manager not to release money for her to buy a new house. And get this: apparently (according to Kristin!), Jay said he’d only release the money if she agreed to his custody plan.

The docs state that Kristin “did not learn that [Cutler] had filed the divorce complaint until April 24, 2020, after she informed him that she was planning on signing a contract to purchase the house,” and that Jay “hurried to file his complaint as a way of punishing her.”

At this point, Kristin is asking the court to “make a partial distribution to her so that she may purchase another residence,” so guess we’ll see how that goes. Because yeah, as of now these two are still living under the same roof. Yikes.


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