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VR video reveals how coronavirus destroys the lungs just days after having NO symptoms – The Sun

THIS chilling virtual reality video shows how deadly coronavirus rapidly spreads through the lungs of a healthy individual – who had no symptoms days earlier. 

Doctors at George Washington University in the US used 360-degree virtual reality technology to reveal the shocking reality of Covid-19 – and the widespread and potentially long-term it can cause.

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It comes as 183 countries have been affected by the pandemic – with over 530,000 cases worldwide and the death toll reaching over 24,000.

The medics captured the video while treating a man in his late fifties who was transferred to their hospital.

Just days before he arrived at the hospital, the patient, who has not been named, reportedly had no symptoms of coronavirus whatsoever.

However, according to CNN, by the time he was in the care of Dr Keith Mortman, chief of thoracic surgery at the hospital, the disease had wreaked havoc in his lungs.

The damage caused is clearly visible in the VR video as swaths of cloudy, green swaths of damaged tissue fill the man's lungs.

The man had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and put into isolation at another hospital, where he had nothing more than cold-like symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Despite this, days later his condition began to deteriorate rapidly and doctors at the original hospital were forced to put the man on a ventilator.

But when that wasn't enough to stabilise him, he was taken to George Washington University (GWU) for urgent treatment.

Dr Mortman and his team converted scans of the man's lungs in to a virtual reality video that recreated the man's chest cavity in three-dimensions in 360 degrees.


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In a GWU podcast interview, Dr Mortman explains: "It becomes obvious very quickly that there's such a stark contrast between virus-infected, abnormal lung tissue and the more healthy adjacent lung tissue."

In the video, the bronchial tree – the system of airways that runs into and throughout the lung – is a more solid, strong blue, in most places.

However, green coloured inflamed tissue is clearly visible in many places throughout both lungs.

"It's such a contrast that you don't need an MD after your name to understand these images," said Dr Mortman.

"It's not isolated to any one part of the lung, there is damage to both lungs, diffusely.

"You can see the destruction that is being caused in the lungs and why these patients' lungs are failing to the point of needing a mechanical ventilator."

Around one out of every six who gets Covid-19 become seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Patients can develop pneumonia and swelling in the lungs, which can make it hard for the lungs to pass oxygen into the bloodstream – leading to organ failure and death.

Severe pneumonia can kill people by causing them to "drown" in the fluid flooding their lungs.

Dr Mortman explains: "It starts off as this viral infection then it becomes severe inflammation in the lungs and when that inflammation does not subside with time, it becomes, essentially, scarring…creating long-term damage and it could really impact somebody's ability to breathe in the long-term."

Severe cases will require a ventilator to be able to deliver enough oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Without one, the patient could die.

Currently, the NHS has just over 8,000 ventilators, the Government thinks it can procure a further 8,000 from existing domestic and international suppliers.

However, it estimates that the NHS will need at least 30,000 to deal with the potential flood of virus victims.

The Government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS.

Dyson said the entirely new ventilator was called the "CoVent".

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are at most risk developing serious illness.

However, the disease is affecting younger patients too – like the one Dr Mortman treated in the VR footage.

He added: "Young people are becoming infected with the virus and we're seeing more and more reports every day of younger patients being admitted to hospitals."

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Is Tesco open today? Coronavirus opening hours, delivery and Click+Collect options – The Sun

TESCO has announced new opening hours across its stores nationwide as the Government cracks down on social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The supermarket has amended its opening times to cope with the demand from shoppers. Here are Tesco’s new opening times.

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When are Tesco branches opening and closing?

Tesco has more than 3,400 stores across the UK and you can find your nearest – including store opening times – using the supermarket's store locator tool.

The supermarket has implemented special opening times for the elderly and vulnerable and early closures to help restock shelves.

A spokesman for the store said it has temporarily stopped its 24 hour opening times to help with restocking.

Many stores are opening at 6am or 7am in the morning and closing at 10pm.

Tesco has also announced that the hours of 9am-10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be reserved for the most vulnerable customers.

On Sundays, there is an hour of browsing before checkouts open dedicated to NHS workers.

Neither of these special hours will apply to Express stores.

A statement from Tesco also said it was closing its deli counters and cafes for the foreseeable future to help in other parts of the stores.

We suggest you call your nearest store before heading out to shop as they may alter their timings over the next few weeks.


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When is the best time to shop there?

Google has a tracker that allows you to see when the peak times are.

If you search for “Tesco” and then click on your nearest store, it will show a bar chart of when the store’s busiest times are.

What should I buy when I’m there?

The Government and supermarkets have urged shoppers not to panic buy or stockpile and have repeatedly said there is “enough food for everyone”.
We have compiled a list of what you need for two weeks now that Boris Johnson has told Brits to shop as infrequently as possible.

Is there a limit on items?

Yes. Tesco has said it has placed a three item limit per customer on each product line and has temporarily removed its multi-buy promotions.

Asda also announced it was following Tesco's lead and changing the opening times for its 24 hour stores so it can restock overnight.

Can I order online?

Tesco's online service is open as normal and anyone is currently able to create an account.

However, shoppers have discovered that Tesco has sold out of delivery slots amid the coronavirus outbreak.

As of March 26, Click+Collect slots also appear to be unavailable.

There are alternative food delivery options including Eversfield Organic, Mindful Chef, AmazonFresh, Abel & Cole and Hello Fresh.

Supermarkets have asked for customers to tell them if they are self isolating to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.

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In These Quarantined Times, I, an Adult, Have Succumbed to TikTok

After I had spent two hours mindlessly scrolling on TikTok, a college-age looking man with Chalamet waves and a seasonally inappropriate tan told me to go to bed. “I understand it’s easy to keep watching videos, and trust me, I’ve been there,” he said through an unnervingly likeable smile. “Those videos will still be there tomorrow,” he continued. “So go get some extra sleep, turn your phone off, and do yourself that favor.” It was as though he could see the dark circles under my eyes through my screen — the result of staring at blue light for hours on end — and the greasy hair half falling out of my scrunchie. For the first two of many days in self-quarantine as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, I had been unable to put down my phone. The video cut to the man (boy?) in PJs, curled up in bed like a swaddled babe. I was horrified.

For those who are behind the times (like I was just six weeks ago), TikTok is a social media app where users can share videos synced with their favorite pop songs or their own original sounds. The videos are then sorted by an algorithm, which is tailored based on your personal “likes,” and the best or most relevant to your interests are added to a main feed, called the For You Page. I downloaded the app in mid-February “for research” — I just wanted to be in-the-know about the latest in pop culture for my job, I told myself. I never followed any users or created any content myself. I simply watched my FYP for a few minutes at a time. Mostly, I “didn’t get it.” A tiny baby that can’t pronounce the word “popsicle”? Sure, OK.

But those minutes slowly turned into hours, of which I began to lose track. By the time the boy-man told me to put down my phone, I had apparently reached the critical mass of TikTok consumption, and worse, TikTok was the one to tell me. When I looked at the profile associated with that video, I saw that this was an official Tik Tok Tips account, and the sole purpose of the video was to encourage users like me to step away from TikTok. I realized with shame that I had been hit with the equivalent of the dreaded Netflix query, “Are you still watching?”

Unlike most of the users I had been watching on my FYP, I am not in high school. Or college. I don’t live with my parents. I am 12 years older than Charli D’amelio, who, with over 40 million followers, is one of the most popular users on the app, and was born in 2004. I am a 27-year-old woman who cannot relate to woes about prom being canceled because of the coronavirus, or my parents using my phone to track my location. And yet, somehow I have become addicted to watching real life teens doing things (in some cases, really stupid things!).

There are outliers, of course. Boomers crawl out of the woodwork every now and again, often going viral for imitating the latest TikTok trends (isn’t it hilarious when a dad does the Renegade?), or for dunking on their kids. People my age, however, were noticeably fewer and farther between, to the point that it became something of a running joke between the teens on TikTok, as well as us 20-somethings ourselves (though we share the sentiment on Twitter, obviously). And yet, while I had seemingly endless quarantine entertainment at my fingertips — shelves of unread books, passwords to nearly every streaming service — it was TikTok that I couldn’t. Stop. Watching.

And I don’t just flit through the feed glancing at one TikTok and then the next, I really consume the content. I watch each and every video to the end (the maximum length is 60 seconds), especially if the caption contains any version of “wait for it.” Will that baby make a hilarious face? Will that ping pong ball-thrower make the impossible trick shot on the final try? Will the fast-talking storyteller holding 10 digits in the air put a finger down at the end of the story? Will the girl plotting to kiss her “best guy friend” be rejected when she plants that kiss?

I’m not the only one who's failed to escape this platform's irresistible allure. The app is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company that was founded in 2012. They are notoriously secretive about their data, however several marketing firms estimate that TikTok has between 800 million and 1 billion users worldwide. And it's doing some social good, beyond providing and uplifting distraction. Last week, TikTok partnered with the World Health Organization to present a livestream with tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19, and just today, it was announced that company is donating $10 million to WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund, which helps distribute medical supplies, keep communities informed, and also fund research for new vaccines and treatments.

A source who works for the company and asked to remain anonymous tells InStyle that daily active users increased 13% week over week in the two weeks since Mar. 9. I have witnessed a kind of transformation on the app as others in self-isolation begin to turn to TikTok as their social media platform of choice to beat the quarantine blues. Since the beginning of March, the videos have taken on a lighter, more accessible quality.

College-aged kids “get the band back together” after returning from school and reuniting with their siblings; self-isolated celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Hailey Bieber both recently made their TikTok debuts performing silly dance videos; adult men have taken to perfecting ‘80s-inspired choreographed routines; several women in my own life (who have asked to remain anonymous) have downloaded the app to learn and share TikTok dances. Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown of the Bachelorette have created light-hearted prank videos that are far more interesting than anything that ever happened when they were both on TV.

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Of course, none of us can escape the talk of COVID-19. But as the news grows increasingly dire, the people on TikTok have found humor, and even a means of sharing information. I’ve watched multiple young women film themselves as they are swabbed at a drive-thru coronavirus testing station. “Dad” did the math about “how many shits” you would need to take per day in a family of four to justify buying four cases of toilet paper at Costco. (The answer is 182 times per day for a 14-day quarantine.)

TikTok has been able to foster a sense of community and of understanding that other social platforms, like Instagram, have not. A clip of an elderly man visiting his wife with Alzheimer’s in her nursing home, explaining to her again and again that he can’t see her because of the pandemic, brought tears to my eyes. I caught myself smiling stupidly at a father dressed in all black, asking for his son’s ID as he stood outside of the front door of their house — his re-creation of a “club” entrance for his son’s 21st birthday. And I’ve seen more videos than I can count of professors video chatting with their students, showing off their dogs on request or kindly alerting one woman to the fact that she was not on mute, and the entire class could hear her breaking up with her boyfriend. (Sometimes TikTok offers schadenfreude, too.)

In a world where we’ve suddenly found common ground with indoor cats — seeking little else besides food, entertainment, and some mischief — TikTok took me by surprise, becoming a place to feel connected, understood, and, above all else, distracted from worry.

Getting called out for spending too much time watching dumb content for hours on my phone at first felt shameful. But sometimes, dumb things are not actually so dumb after all.

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Elon Musk buys 1,255 coronavirus ventilators to help US response as Ford and Tesla ramp up production – The Sun

ELON Musk is helping America battle coronavirus by buying 1,255 much needed ventilators for stricken patients struggling to breathe for themselves.

The SpaceX and Tesla founder, 48, said he had snapped up the machines from China and had them shipped to the United States.

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Yesterday coronavirus deaths topped more than 100 in just one day for the first time and total deaths exceeded 500.

About 200 million Americans were under lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as total cases in the US climbed to more than 43,000 with at least 533 deaths in 34 states.

Hospitals are already reporting they are overstretched, but wards are bracing themselves for a huge influx of coronavirus patients with severe breathing problems which has prompted the urgent call for more ventilators. 

But in a tweet Musk revealed he has come to the rescue, explaining how China "had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA".

He added: "If you want a free ventilator installed, please let us know!" 

The tech wizard also thanked his Tesla team in China as well as customs for "acting so swiftly" in importing the life-saving medical equipment.


His tweets came after California Gov Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference that Musk had made good a promise and praised it as "an heroic effort".

He said: "Elon Musk: how about this? I told you a few days ago he was likely to have 1,000 ventilators this week.

 "They arrived in Los Angeles and Elon Musk is already working with the hospital association and others to get those ventilators out in real time."

Authorities are hoping large-scale manufacturers can use their low-cost supply chains and digital design expertise.

This includes 3D printing, and repurpose some factories in order to make up the expected shortfall in vital medical hardware.

Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly

Donald Trump said on Sunday that US automakers GM, Ford Motor Co, and Tesla Inc had been given the green light to produce ventilators and other items needed during the coronavirus outbreak. 

When a Twitter user asked how many ventilators Musk’s Telsa planned on making, the tech mogul replied: "Tesla makes cars with sophisticated hvac systems. SpaceX makes spacecraft with life support systems. 

"Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly. Which hospitals have these shortages you speak of right now?"

General Motors is exploring the production of ventilators at a facility in Kokomo, Indiana. 

The automaker said it's working around the clock with Ventec Life Systems of Washington State to build more of the critical medical devices. 

GM spokesman Dan Flores said he can't comment on how many more ventilators Ventec will make or how soon they will come. 

But American carmakers have cautioned that assembling delicate medical equipment to standards adequate for use in hospital intensive care units remains a challenge.

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More than 100 die of coronavirus in one day in US for the first time

More than 100 people die of coronavirus in one day in America for the first time – as the nation records the highest number of new cases per day in the WORLD and 187 million across 16 states are told to stay at home

  • Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oregon and West Virginia all issued stay-at-home orders on Monday 
  • There are now 15 states in the US that have issued stay-at-home orders to battle the spread of coronavirus
  • There are more than 43,000 people in the US with coronavirus and more than 550 have died from the disease
  • Experts say the peak will come in April and that the crisis could last ‘several’ months yet
  • Hospitals are scrambling to get ventilators and medical supplies before the wave of cases crests
  • President Trump has not issued a national stay-at-home order and he has not enacted the Defense Production Act yet to order businesses to produce the needed supplies
  • Instead, he is trying to make deals with the private sector to allow them to volunteer services and goods without restricting them  
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The US coronavirus toll surpassed 500 on Monday as the total number of cases went past 41,000 and fifteen states went into various forms of lock-down. 

The death toll from the virus in America is now 554, a sharp rise of more than 100 people in one day. Experts say the spike is yet to come and that the current state of crisis will last for another several months, at least. 

Over the past week, there have been a surge of new cases as testing across the country increases. On Monday alone, more than 11,000 new positive cases were confirmed. 

President Trump is yet to mandate a national lock-down because the problem is worse in some states than in others.

Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oregon and West Virginia were the latest states to tell residents to stay at home and the city of Denver is urging its resident to. 

Now, 16 are under stay-at-home rules. New York and California were the first, along with Washington state.

New York is by far the worst affected state in the country, with more than 20,000 of the cases in the US occurring there. An astonishing 12,000 are in New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the worst was yet to come and that we were currently in the ‘calm before the storm’. 

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As of Wednesday, the number of new deaths per day was more than 100

This graph shows how the number of new cases in the United States per day compares with Italy over the past five days  

The states are now urging President Trump to enact the Defense Production Act to instruct private companies to manufacture the medical supplies and equipment that the country desperately needs. 

He is resisting and is instead trying to make deals with the private sector which involves them putting together their own set of plans and commitments to address the crisis while still being able to thrive as independent enterprises. 

The president has also suggested that he will re-assess the national rules – to stay inside as much as possible and wash your hands – in 15 days. 

The Surgeon General has said already he does not believe it will ‘likely’ be enough. 

In New York, Gov. Cuomo said the crisis could last another ‘several’ months. He is urging Americans to ‘settle in’ to the current state of quarantine and to  get used to it.  

On Monday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, closed all businesses that are ‘not necessary to sustain or protect life.’ 

‘This disease can’t spread from person to person if we’re not out there. 

‘Right now, too many people are still out and about unnecessarily, so we must do more. 

‘If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives,’ she said. 

Massachusetts also issued a stay-at-home order to its 7million residents. 

‘These aggressive social distancing measures put in place today are designed to give public experts the time they need to ramp up additional steps that must be taken to effectively push back the virus,’ Gov. Charles Baker said. 

West Virginia has also issued a stay-at-home order. It was the last state to report a coronavirus case. Governor Jim Justice however is implementing the  order starting Tuesday night. 

‘From the standpoint of cases, as of last night we had 16 positive cases in our state,” Gov. Justice said. “One of those cases is a lady in a nursing home. 

‘This is the first case we’ve had of community transmission and so this is really significant,’ he said. 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb told his constituents: ‘I’m telling you, the next two weeks are critical — that’s March 24 through April 7 — if we’re going to slow the spread, and we must slow the spread.’

‘It’s going to get bad’: Surgeon General urges Americans to ‘come together as a nation’ to fight coronavirus as former national security adviser says NY’s numbers will continue to grow for 6 WEEKS – and the next 2 weeks will be the worst spike

Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned on Monday ‘things will get bad’ this week 

The Surgeon General has urged the nation to ‘come together’ to fight coronavirus and warned: ‘This week, it’s going to get bad’ in a plea to the public to stay indoors and stop spreading the deadly disease.

Dr. Jerome Adams appeared on Today on Monday morning to tell young Americans who are still going out and socializing despite being warned to stay indoors and distance themselves by 6ft.

He fumed over the number of people still going out in large groups and referred to the shocking number of crowds he saw in Washington DC via a webcam set up for people to virtually enjoy the famous cherry blossom blooms.

‘I want America to understand. This week, it’s going to get bad. We really need to come together as a nation. You’re seeing young people out in beaches – here in DC.

‘The district set up a cam to watch the cherry blossoms. You look on the cam and you see more people than cherry blossoms. This is how the spread is occurring.

‘We really, really need everyone to stay at home. I think there are a lot of people who are doing the right thing. But unfortunately we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them.’

Dr. Adams said the US demography is younger than other countries. Nearly 30 percent of the cases were among people under the age of 45.

‘The demography seems to be very different in the US versus in other countries. There are theories that it could be because we know we have a higher proportion of people in the US and also in Italy who vape – we don’t know if that’s the only cause.

‘It’s important for people to know: You can get this disease, you can be hospitalized from this disease, you can die from this disease.

‘Most importantly, you can spread it to your loved ones.

‘We need you to really lean in. That’s why I reached out and I want to give a shoutout to Kylie Jenner who really stepped up last week and sent out a message,’ he said.

Dr. Adams also said the figures in New York – where there are more than 12,000 cases of the virus, more than five percent of the total cases in the world – reflect ‘what happens two weeks ago’.

‘We don’t want Dallas or New Orleans or Chicago to turn into the next New York and it means everyone needs to be taking the right steps right now and it means stay at home.’ 

Governors complain of ‘disgusting’ bidding war between states and the federal government for medical supplies as it’s revealed surgical masks that cost 85 cents before the coronavirus pandemic are now being sold for $7 EACH 

State and city leaders have revealed that they are having to bid against each other for crucial medical supplies like ventilators and surgical masks because Trump won’t put into action the Defense Production Act which would steady prices.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a chorus of leaders asking Trump to start nationalizing the system to allow the federal government to buy the supplies then distribute them fairly to where they needed to be.

In order to do that, Trump must tell the manufacturers behind the supplies to make what the country needs, then buy them from them and divvy them up.

He has not yet done that, saying he does not – as the president – want to interfere with businesses and their freedoms to produce what they see fit for the market.

On Sunday night, he said: ‘We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business. Call a person over in Venezuela.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker have complained about the bidding war they are in for vital equipment 

‘How did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.’

According to The New York Times, he has been advised against it by the Chamber of Commerce which believes businesses need to be able to remain nimble and able to adapt – without being subject to government restrictions – during such uncertain times.

But governors and mayors are crying out for it, saying they are being priced out of getting what they need.

Cuomo revealed that N-95 masks – which cost 85 cents to buy before the pandemic – are now being sold for $7, an increase of 823 percent.

Not only are the states having to bid against each other, but they are also having to bid against FEMA , representing the federal government- and all the foreign governments still trying to cope with their own coronavirus crises.

‘We have been scrambling. We’re buying from China, we’re buying from all across the world.

‘Can I say that we’ll have enough equipment for next week? The week after? I can’t say that, and that’s out of our control. That’s where we’re going to need the federal government.

Donald Trump is under mounting pressure to enact the Defense Production Act 

‘To have states competing with other states, to find these equipment, bidding against other states, driving the price up, masks that we paid 85 cents for we are now paying $7. Why? Because California is bidding, Texas is bidding, Illinois is bidding, it makes no sense.

‘The federal government much nationalize the equipment production and supply issue,’ Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the ‘opportunism’ at play was ‘disgusting.’

‘I’ve been hearing stories last few days from my Emergency Management team where they expected millions of masks to come in and they had to tell me that somehow we got outbid somewhere else in the world and they’re going someplace else.

‘The price gouging that’s happening here and, bluntly, the opportunism by some, is disgusting.

‘So, there’s not now a national mechanism for ensuring and there has to be. And I talked to the president, vice president about this.

‘There has to be a national intervention by the federal government to say, okay, here is the place first that needs the ventilators and the masks, here’s second, here’s third.

‘And that’s where they’re going to go. Not an open market based on who can spend the most money and make the quickest deal.

New York is at least are at the top of the list to receive supplies because it has the highest number of cases in the US.

‘The price gouging that’s happening here and, bluntly, the opportunism by some, is disgusting.

‘So, there’s not now a national mechanism for ensuring and there has to be. And I talked to the president, vice president about this.

‘There has to be a national intervention by the federal government to say, okay, here is the place first that needs the ventilators and the masks, here’s second, here’s third.

‘And that’s where they’re going to go. Not an open market based on who can spend the most money and make the quickest deal.

New York is at least are at the top of the list to receive supplies because it has the highest number of cases in the US. 

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Belgium orders total coronavirus lockdown with people only allowed out for work, medical visits and shopping – The Sun

BELGIUM is going into full lockdown as of midday tomorrow the government has announced.

People will only be allowed to leave their homes for food shopping, to go to the doctor, or to go to work if there's no possibility to work from home.

The lockdown will last 18 days until April 5.

Belgium Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès announced that all non-essential shops will be closed.

Her current government is only allowed to make decisions based on coronavirus as it is a "crisis government" as Belgium has not had a formal government since May 26 2019.

This is their first act since officially forming their government with Belgium's parliament's full backing over the last 24 hours.

Banks will remain open, as will pharmacies, newsagents, food shops and supermarkets to avoid hoarding.

The move comes on the back of the latest coronavirus figures for the country: 172 new confirmed cases, bringing their total to 1,058.

The new rules for Belgians

  • Access to supermarkets is limited to one person per 10 square metres and Belgians will only be allowed into shops for 30 minutes per customer.
  • Public markets are now banned, with the exception of food stalls where they are vital.
  • Working from home will now become the norm.
  • There will also be a ban on gathering, for which only family units will be an exception.
  • Outdoor exercise will still be allowed, but not in groups and only as a family.
  • Transport must be organized so that the travelers can space 1.5 metres apart.

Belgium closed all its bars, schools and restaurants just last week.

They follow in the footsteps of France and Spain as the virus pandemic grows.

Coronavirus closed all European borders earlier today as Europe's death toll breached 2,000 and the number of cases surpassed 50,000 collectively.

Brits have been left stranded abroad and trapped in their hotels as nations like Spain do their best to stop the spread.

Here in the UK experts have warned that 260 thousand of us could be killed by corona and we could be working from home for the next 18 months while scientists desperately search for a cure.

Phone and network companies are struggling to keep up with the surge in demand as millions are forced to work from home.

Supermarkets have also urged able-bodied people to stop ordering online as services are so stretched that elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating under new government orders face six week waits.

The British people are going to have to pull together and help each other out as much as we can during this trying time.

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SNL Suspends Production Due to Coronavirus Pandemic, Delaying John Krasinski's Debut

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Saturday Night Live is going dark amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The late-night sketch series is shutting down until further notice, PEOPLE confirms. NBC is monitoring the situation closely and make decisions about future shows on an ongoing basis.

SNL had been set to return from hiatus on March 28 with John Krasinski as the host and Dua Lipa as the musical guest. This would have been the 40-year-old actor/director’s first time hosting.

Saturday Night Live films in front of a live studio audience, and many other shows that do so as well — such as Jeopardy!Wheel of Fortune and various late-night talk shows — have already suspended filming.

SNL, which is currently in its 45th outing, is 16 episodes into its 21-episode season, and it remains unclear whether the sketch series will pick back up for those final episodes.

In New York, where SNL films at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all movie theaters, nightclubs and concert venues to close by Tuesday. Restaurants, bars and cafes can stay open but are limited to food delivery and takeout only.

During its many years on the air, Saturday Night Live has been suspended before.

After the Sept. 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, the comedy show was back on the air in less than a month. Its Sept. 29 season premiere that year opened with an introduction by then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and singer-songwriter Paul Simon, who performed his song, “The Boxer.”

The writers’ strike of 2007 also shortened season 33 to just 12 episodes.

Last Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

When officials made the announcement, they urged world leaders and citizens to take action to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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FTSE 100 falls 6% as coronavirus fears sees easyJet and British Airways issue jobs warnings – The Sun

THE FTSE 100 has fallen 6 per cent this morning after coronavirus fears forced easyJet and British Airways to issue job warnings.

Airlines are struggling as a result of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 170,000 worldwide.

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easyJet is grounding 100 of its 344 aircraft across Europe, with 15,000 staff members reported to be asked to take pay cuts and unpaid leave.

The news led its share price to plunge by over 30 per cent in early morning trading – currently sitting at 16 per cent down.

Meanwhile, British Airways has said it's cancelling 75 per cent of its flights.

On Friday, British Airways also said it'd have to lay off staff in a "fight for survival" as its boss branded the fallout from coronavirus "more serious" than the SARS outbreak and 9/11.

How the FTSE 100 falling affects your personal finances

FALLS in the stock market can affect your finances in a number of ways, here we explain how.

Pensions – If you save cash into a pension scheme where the provider invests your money, you'll likely see the value of your pension drop when the FTSE 100 falls.

But keep in mind that with retirement savings, you’re investing for the long-term so the drop in value isn’t likely to be permanent.

Instead, you’ll see your retirement savings grow again once the stock market recovers.

Savings and mortgages – There is no direct link between the stock market and your mortgage or savings accounts. 

But if panic on the stock market spreads to the wider economy, the Bank of England may cut interest rates – and it did so last week.

This means your mortgage is likely to get cheaper, while savers will suffer from lower interest rates.

We’ve explained how the interest rate cut will affect your finances here.

Sterling – The value of the pound often rises if the FTSE 100 falls, as many of the firms on the index earns a significant amount of cash in the US.

But this hasn't been the case recently as markets around the world are in "panic mode", Jeremy Thomson Cook, chief economist of Equals, said last week.

He added: "Sterling is caught in the middle; a currency that has lost its haven status courtesy of Brexit while investors hold dollars as the global reserve currency."

The announcements have led the shares of the airline's parent company, IAG Group, to dive 20 per cent this morning.

At the time of writing just before 10am, the shares of Britain's biggest companies are down 6.29 per cent.

It comes as the central bank in the US – the Federal Reserve – cut its key rate to almost zero on Sunday.

Five other central banks including the Bank of England also took steps to relieve a shortage of dollars as part of a global coordinated action.

But stock markets around the world dived as investors worried that central banks may now have few options left to deal with the effects of the coronavirus if the economy gets even worse.

The FTSE 100 index has had a turbulent time recently, plunging 11 per cent in the worst day since Black Monday 1987 on Thursday.

The crash, which was the second worst ever, wiped £160billion off shares of Britain's biggest companies.

It then went up 7 per cent the following day as Boris Johnson stepped up his battle plan to delay the spread of the disease.

In February, experts warned that the coronavirus could collapse UK travel firms.

Last week, Qantas cut nearly a third of all flights, while Flybe airline even called in administrators recently.

Supermarkets have also been impacted by the outbreak of the virus, with shoppers clearing shelves amid panic buying and stockpiling chaos.

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Gyms Not Closing for Coronavirus, Step Up Cleaning

Gym rats have a safe haven amid the growing coronavirus pandemic — a lot of their go-to facilities don’t seem anywhere near to shutting their doors. They will, however, do a few more wipe-downs to put people at ease.

TMZ spoke with a number of big-name gyms in Los Angeles — including 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox and TriFit … and they all tell us they haven’t gotten instructions to keep their members out over COVID-19. What they will do, in short, is step up their cleaning game.

An employee at TriFit in Santa Monica tells TMZ … their gym has replaced a few small bottles of hand sanitizer with 4 big ones, placing one in each locker room and two in the main gym area. They’ve also provided more hand wipes and paper towels with the hope members use them to wipe machines down. TriFit’s also encouraging folks to wash their hands, etc.

The one thing Tri is closing down … their saunas and steam rooms, out of precaution.

Equinox is doing something similar, except it sounds like the burden of cleaning falls on the staff. We’re told Equinox employees have been told to ramp up their cleaning efforts with hospital-grade cleaning solutions — which are to be used for mid-morning and mid-afternoon wipe-downs … in addition to their usual cleaning schedule.

Gold’s Gym, where none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger beefs up, tells us they’re wiping down areas more frequently and giving their members tips on how to stay clean and healthy — including staying home if they’re sick. That’s pretty much it.

As for 24 Hour … they too are following that same principle of extra cleaning — telling TMZ their staffers are wiping down just about every touchable surface they can get to with disinfectant solutions. They also say they’re encouraging members to to use cleaning stations around their facilities before using a machine and, obviously, afterward as well.

24HF does not though … their 24GO app does offer over 2,000 workouts people can do from home — so they’re suggesting members use that if they can’t make it in.

Bottom line … gyms out here are doing what they should already be doing in a space where germs run amok — namely, cleaning … just way more of it. So if you’re brave and not worried about catching something, go and get your lift on. Coronavirus ain’t shutting it down.

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6 movie and TV sets that have been shut down because of coronavirus concerns

  • With concerns about the effects of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, getting stronger each day, numerous TV shows and upcoming films have halted production. 
  • Shows like CW's "Riverdale" and Apple TV's "The Morning Show" have suspected filming because of concerns over the virus. 
  • And movies like Ryan Murphy's musical adaptation "Prom" and an upcoming Elvis biopic starring Tom Hanks (who recently tested positive for coronavirus) have also postponed production. 
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COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is having an unprecedented effect on Hollywood, leading to canceled premiere dates and stars like Tom Hanks becoming ill.

TV shows and upcoming movies are no exception to the growing concerns around the virus, and as such, many sets have halted production altogether. 

Shows like "Riverdale" and "The Morning Show," as well as reality shows like "Survivor," have all stopped production, while movies like Ryan Murphy's "Prom" (an adaptation of the Broadway musical) and a forthcoming Elvis biopic starring Hanks have also suspended filming. 

Here are 6 movies and TV shows that have halted or postponed production because of coronavirus concerns. 

Teen drama "Riverdale" has suspended production after a crew member came into contact with a coronavirus patient.

Variety reported that production on the teen drama was halted after the crew member came in contact with a person who recently tested positive for the virus. 

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television, which produces Riverdale, told Variety in a statement that they're canceling filming "out of an abundance of caution," and that the crew member in question "is currently receiving medical evaluation." 

"The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority," the spokesperson added. 

"The Morning Show" is halting production for two weeks.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Apple TV drama is taking a two-week hiatus from filming because of concerns about the virus, although no one working on the show, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, is known to be sick or to have tested positive. 

"In concert with our dedicated partners at Apple, we have concluded it would be prudent to take a two-week hiatus to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show," a producer on the show told the Hollywood Reporter. 

Reality show "Survivor" has also delayed production because of coronavirus.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Survivor" host and executive producer Jeff Probst wrote a letter to the crew announcing that production would be pushed back until May, even though the 41st season of the show was set to begin filming this month in Fiji. 

"Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for 'Survivor' season 41," Probst wrote, adding that even though Fiji had no reported cases, the international background of the crew still made filming a concern. 

Production on Disney Plus series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" was shut down in Prague this week.

After Prague's government shut down schools and implemented travel restrictions, Disney halted production on the upcoming Marvel show because of concerns over the virus. 

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will star in the show, which had previously filmed in Atlanta before relocating to Prague for a week-long shoot last Friday. Stan even shared a heartfelt post on his Instagram after production was stopped, thanking the people of Prague for their warm welcome. 

Ryan Murphy's movie adaptation of the musical "Prom" has stopped filming out of "an abundance of caution."

Even though production was set to be wrapped in the next few days, the upcoming Netflix movie "Prom," directed by Murphy and starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, has called off production for now. 

According to a source cited in Deadline, no one working on the project has coronavirus — the move is simply coming out of "an abundance of caution." 

An Elvis biopic starring Tom Hanks has paused production after the actor tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday.

Hanks is one of the first celebrities to test positive for the disease, so it makes sense that production on the upcoming biopic (which stars Austin Butler as Elvis, and Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker) is now halted. 

"The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment," a spokesperson for the film told Indiewire. 

Hanks shared news of his positive test result on Instagram Wednesday, and has been an unexpected source of calm amidst growing concern surrounding the virus. 

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