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UK reports record 381 coronavirus deaths, including 13-year-old boy

first_imgTopics : Some 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.As of 5:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on March 30, 1,789 people have died, the health ministry said on its Twitter page.But data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales on Tuesday revealed that the true toll could be 24 percent higher.The government figures cover those who have been taken to hospital and tested for the virus whereas the ONS data is for deaths in the community where COVID-19 is suspected. Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, including a 13-year-old boy, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.The boy, who died Monday at King’s College Hospital in London, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death in the coronavirus pandemic, with relatives saying he had no underlying illnesses.The country’s previous highest daily toll was 260, recorded on Saturday, with the number dropping to 180 on Monday. ‘Green shoots’The government last Monday ordered a three-week lockdown, shutting non-essential shops and services to help reduce contacts and relieve the burden on the National Health Service.Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England, said that despite the latest fatality figures, overall there were “green shoots” because the rate of infections was slowing.But he added: “It’s really important not to read too much into this. It’s early days. We’re not out of the woods,” he told a daily briefing on the government response to the outbreak.”And it’s really important that we keep complying with those [social distancing] instructions.”Cambridge University professor David Spiegelhalter agreed that “great caution” was needed in interpreting daily figures.”The extreme day-to-day variation in reported COVID-19 deaths is far more than we would expect from chance variability and must be due to reporting practices,” he said.”Some deaths occurred many days ago, and there seems to be fewer reported over the weekend.”Scientists say the full effects of the lockdown are expected to be seen in two to three weeks, with predictions that life may not return to normal for at least six months.Britain has braced for an expected surge in coronavirus cases, including setting up a 4,000-bed field hospital at a giant London exhibition center — one of four across the country.But senior minister Michael Gove said there was “not a fixed date like Easter when you know that the peak will come”. The boy’s family said Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab “started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing” before he was admitted to hospital.”He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning,” they said through a family friend, Mark Stephenson, adding: “We are beyond devastated.”Johnson told the cabinet via video link that the rising toll “showed the vital importance of the public continuing to stick to the social distancing guidance which has been put in place by the government.””The situation is going to get worse before it gets better — but it will get better,” he added.last_img read more


BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 26, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Just like the National Guard and so many others, the Pennsylvania State Police went above and beyond to keep fellow Pennsylvanians and people from across the country safe during one of Pennsylvania’s worst winter storms in years, especially between Somerset and Bedford on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Nearly 600 troopers worked statewide during the worst of the storm to keep Pennsylvanians, our communities and our roads safe.PA State Police helping get people unstuck on I-81 N at the Enola exit. @abc27News #27WinterAlert— Justin Raub (@Justin_Raub) January 23, 2016At a backlog on the Turnpike, more than 40 state troopers helped and assisted at the interchanges and throughout the Somerset and Everett station’s patrol area.There, Pennsylvania’s finest took charge of the scene, pushed vehicles, assisted checking on stranded motorists, passed out food and water, and stayed vigilant for any medical emergencies.Our rescue. Many thanks to @PennDOTNews @PAStatePolice @PANationalGuard and local Fire & Rescue #jonasblizzard— Franciscan U (@FranciscanU) January 24, 2016State Police leaders at the scene relayed some incredible stories of individual and collective bravery and service. From their perspective and mine, those troopers on the scene went above and beyond the call of duty – just like they have time and again.Some troopers were outside of their vehicles for over 17 hours – even as the temperature dropped to well-below zero at times. One trooper took it upon himself to commandeer a front end loader and directed the operator to make a path through the backlog so they could get to passenger vehicles, work with the National Guard to dig them out and push them out and onto the road to exit.@KnOwensboro @PA_Turnpike @PAStatePolice @PennDOTNews @PANationalGuard Thank you from a NE Mom for helping our kids on MM 127 #MFL2016— SteveLisaMiller (@slkmbhusker) January 24, 2016Along the backlog, troopers carried pets and even a baby out of cars, through snow and over barriers, to get them into warm buses and to a shelter. Another trooper heard there was a driver with a diabetic condition in the backlog. The trooper gave them his lunch he packed earlier in the day before work. He then put a flare out and marked the driver’s location so they could be checked on throughout the incident.Shoutout to Trooper Hophey of @PAStatePolice for going out of his way to help us out of the snow near New Baltimore on the PA turnpike— Joshua Herman (@TheHermanator91) January 23, 2016The Captain of the local troop said that in his more than 26 years with the department, these were the worst conditions he ever witnessed his members having to work in, especially for so long. He said he never heard one complaint about the cold or long hours, and his troopers never slowed down.I know he is proud of his troopers and I could not be more proud myself. The State Police’s Call to Honor, includes the promise:“It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.”In situations like we saw on the Turnpike and across Pennsylvania during this blizzard, this call was tested and our troopers passed that test with the highest marks and I thank them for their selflessness and commitment to service.last_img read more


End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Nuk Korako (National)

first_imgTēnā koe e Te Mana Whakawā. It was the late Ngati Porou kaumātua Amster Reedy who stated, “We bring people into this world. We care for them right from the time they are conceived, born, bred, in health, sickness, and death. The rituals still exist for every part of their lives.” Those rituals still will exist and we need to have faith in our ancestors. Euthanasia is foreign to Māori and has no place in our society.In all my life, raised as a Ngāi Tahu Māori, I have never heard or known of a Māori concept that validates assisting dying. Witnessing the death of a whānau member is as intimate as it gets. To watch a painful death can be shattering; the indignities we may have to see our loved one suffer—unable to undertake the most basic human functions without support, watching their agony, feeling their helplessness and, often, their feeling that they are being a burden on their whānau—yet this is only part of the process. There is another side to death; that is the whānau side.But death has never been a final ending for our people. It merely signifies the beginning of the journey to Te Rerenga Wairua and then onto the ancestral home of Hawaiki nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki pāmamao. It is a life in the afterlife, where we gather once more with our tīpuna and our departed whānau, members, and friends.The process of dying, for us, is a process of whānau. We hear of terminal illness inside the whānau. We know the time has come to mobilise and gather. We give the immediate whānau our physical, spiritual, and, if needed, financial support. The process of death is not just about a loved one, it’s also about our whānau. This process is an essential component of binding our whānau together. The act of caring for a whānau member is a process of learning, of grieving, of laughing, of despairing, of reminiscing, and of coming to that moment of peace when we can finally let them go. This process of death is as much for the living as it is for the dead. Many Māori see this as an essential expression of taha wairua [the spiritual side], or being a part of something that is greater than ourselves. The final act of dying is the point where the ancestors come to take that loved one home. It is a moment of extraordinary sadness but also joy, as we become aware that an ancestor is now in the room with us to accompany the loved one on their final journey.In the debates throughout the country that have preceded this tonight, Māori voices have been few and far between because some Māori choose not to discuss such things and fear that their fundamental beliefs are treated as native superstition. To me, assisted dying is to fast-forward a process that ultimately denies our loved one the chance to be taken to their ancestral home and is, instead, left in limbo, on their own, in a transitional afterlife until their time finally arrives.The real challenge is to ensure all whānau across Aotearoa have access to the full range of palliative care available to ensure that we can ease the passing of our loved ones and the burden of care that falls upon whānau, without resorting to artificially ending their life. Then, we will truly, here, have succeeded. On that basis, I cannot support this bill.Āpiti hōno, tātai hōno, rātou ki te hunga mate, ki te hunga mate ki a rātou; āpiti hōno, tātai hōno, tātou ki te hunga ora, ki te hunga ora ki a tātou.[The lines are joined and linked, they to the dead and the dead to them; the lines are joined and linked, we to the living and the living to us.]Let the dead be the dead and the living be the living. Kia ora tātou.last_img read more


There are pluses in recent play

first_img“It’s all for a good cause,” said Adduono. “Hopefully, we can get a win with (the pink jerseys).” But how about a pink suit for the coach? “I had some sort of pink suit years ago, but I have no idea where it is now,” he said. “Maybe I can go find a pink tie.” As part of Saturday’s promotion, American Idol reject William Hung will return. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – The Ice Dogs are playing much better in their attempt to rally from last place and gain a berth in the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs. While the improvement doesn’t show up nightly in the standings, it is showing up in the players’ plus-minus ratings. Blue-collar forward Eric Neilson is the only Ice Dog in the plus, with a plus-3, followed by defenseman Gabriel Proulx, who is even. The rest of the team is in the minus, but the numbers are getting better week by week. “The guys are playing better defensively, focusing more on defense,” coach Rick Adduono said. “We know we have to do that to make the playoffs. … It’s coming down at the right time, that’s for sure.” center_img The Ice Dogs (20-30-3), who open a two-game set against visiting Idaho tonight, are six points behind Victoria for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Conference, and are two points behind ninth-place Utah. The Ice Dogs hold games in hand on both teams. Pink at the rink Tonight, the Ice Dogs are holding their first Pink in the Rink promotion to help fight breast cancer. As part of the effort, the Ice Dogs will wear pink jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen foundation. Also, the first 2,000 fans will receive a pink Ice Dogs awareness bracelet. last_img read more