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Pentagon to give 100,000 BODY bags for civilian use during coronavirus crisis amid dire warning that 240,000 could die – The Sun

THE Pentagon is ordering up to 100,000 body bags for use by local authorities as the US braces for a higher coronavirus death toll in the coming weeks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 Human Remains Pouches to the Department of Defense, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is working with the current contractor on additional capacity, the official told Reuters.

Two people familiar with the request told Bloomberg News Wednesday that the Pentagon is looking into buying more body bags and will initially use part of a 50,000 stockpile it maintains.

The DLA's Troop Support unit manages the military-style pouches – which are typically shipped off to war zones – made from green nylon and measure 94 inches long and 38 inches wide.

Some state and local governments may need the pouches, but FEMA hasn't received a shipment yet, a FEMA spokesperson told the news outlet.

The spokesman added that the agency was making "prudent" plans for future needs, which included preparations for "mortuary contingencies" from US states.

FEMA's request comes a day after top doctors from the White House coronavirus task force cautioned Americans to brace for at least 100,000 due to the outbreak.

As many as 240,000 Americans are projected to die in the pandemic, even with another 30 days of consistent and stringent mitigation methods like social distancing.

The US death toll continues to climb past 4,500, with at least 205,400 cases nationwide.

President Donald Trump gave a grim prediction Tuesday after reviewing the estimates, warning Americans of a "very, very painful" two weeks ahead.

On Wednesday he warned of "horrific" days to come as reports surfaced that the nation's stockpile of medical equipment is nearly depleted.

Project Air Bridge, the joint effort between FEMA and several private companies, is working to distribute medical supplies directly to hospitals in need around the country, Trump said.

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We're due to give birth during coronavirus lockdown – now we're terrified we'll have to do it alone

TERRIFIED mums fear giving birth alone after Britain went into lockdown just days before they were due to deliver. 

It comes as New York hospital Columbia University Medical Center revealed it had BANNED dads from attending their partners’ births amid the coronavirus outbreak and the Royal College of Midwives telling Fabulous any birthing partner showing signs of coronavirus would be forbidden from the delivery room. 

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Birte Harlev-Lam, Executive Director for Professional Leadership at The Royal College of Midwives, urged expectant mums to plan for a backup birthing partner as the coronavirus gripped Britain.

However, Jenny Meecham, 33, from  Grimsby, North Lincs., who is due with a girl tomorrow, hasn't anyone available.

"There's only my mum Janet and my sister Lucy and if mu husband, Rob, gets sick then mum'll look after the kids and Lucy has her own family," she said.

"I'll be on my own."

Meanwhile, Emily Scott, 28, from York, who is 38 weeks pregnant, also worries she will be delivering alone.

Emily, mum to 17-month-old Lucas, said: "I just have to keep thinking it will be okay in the end."

Jenny, already mum to Emma, 11, and Greg, five, is due to attend Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in the town to discuss a possible induction tomorrow. 

She is concerned as, as well as suffering from asthma, she will have a big baby.

Her first two children weighed in at a hefty 10lb 8oz and 10lb 9oz respectively.

Scans indicate this baby, a girl, is likely to measure a similar weight – so doctors might forgo a natural labour in favour of an induced birth or even a c-section.

Jenny, a blogger and freelance writer, told how she hoped writer husband Rob, 38, would be there with her when she gives birth, but admitted she could be delivering alone if either he, or their only childcare – mum Janet – displayed any symptoms of corona and couldn’t care for the children.

“The plan is for Rob to drive me to hospital and the kids to go to my mum’s home,” said Jenny. “She is 70 – so in the risk category – but healthy and has been self-isolating. 

“It isn’t ideal but we haven’t got a lot of options as my dad has passed away, Rob’s dad died a few months ago and his mum is poorly.

“I just really don’t want to be in hospital too long. 

“One doctor said to me, ‘the safest place you can be right now is at home’.

“My fear is that more and more coronavirus patients will come into hospital while I am giving birth or have a newborn.

“But I am likely to have a big baby, so I might have to be induced or have a c-section and then I will be there for days.

“I’m dreading that because I was told I was safest at home, not in hospital.

“I want her to arrive sooner, rather than later, as I think it will only get worse.”

Jenny, who has been self-isolating along with her family for three weeks, told how she was sad her mum would not meet her new granddaughter immediately, as she had her previous grandchildren.

“But it is simply not safe,” she added. “My sister, Rob’s siblings and my nieces and nephews won’t either as they attend three different schools and they are being kept separate from us.

“It’s really sad as I would love them to see her.

“Having a new baby is so special, but we can’t risk it. Me, Rob and Greg are asthmatic so we have to be extra cautious.”
She told – how despite Brits being allowed to go out once a day to exercise – she intended not to take her daughter for walks in the pram.

“That’s what mums do,” she said. “Walk for miles so their baby sleeps. But I just can’t risk that.

“So I will only be taking her out in the garden. I am worried, of course I am, but I am trying to be calm.”

However, Jenny has had to turn to Amazon to buy baby essentials including breast pads for double the price.

“I paid £4 for 20 which I will get through in a couple of days, so I don’t know what to do,” she said. 

“You bleed a lot after giving birth and we had totally run out of toilet roll so we used our business account and spent £43 on a couple of industrial sized rolls.”

She’s also seen midwife appointments cancelled and is worried about her healthcare visits post-birth, where the baby’s weight and progress is checked, disappearing.

Emily’s husband, who asked not to be named, is a key worker in food production and his parents are nearly 70, placing them in a difficult situation.

We know this is a really worrying time for pregnant women and having the reassurance of their birth partner is more important than ever. However, if they do have COVID-19 or symptoms of it, they won’t be able to be at the birth.

She said: “We had been relying on them to take our boy but my father-in-law has heart and lung conditions so is high risk.

“If we all stay symptom free, they say they will still take our son when I go into labour, but if my husband and I get symptoms we cannot risk infecting his parents so have no idea what we will do.

“It's all very scary and is giving me lots of anxiety.

"My first birth was pretty traumatic – four days of contractions and nine hours of pushing.

"I'm anxious about having endless contractions again this time.

"My midwife told me last week that if I were to have virus symptoms and when I go into labour, everything would be the same but the midwives in the hospital would be wearing full protective suits. But otherwise nothing will be different. That was before these tighter restrictions though.

"I've heard that only your birth partner can enter the ward and visit, but that is to be expected in this situation.

"I have no idea what I would do without my husband there through the birth. It's not something I want to think about really as it would be very tough and emotional without him.

"The thought of holding my newborn baby without him there is devastating. But I expect the midwives would be even more caring and helpful if I had to be alone.

“My parents are in London so unable to step in. 

“Knowing it is unlikely they will be able to come and meet the newborn is absolutely devastating, plus I have constant fear of not being able to get milk for my son or nappies for the baby.

"I just have to keep thinking it will be okay in the end."


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Anonymous mums-to-be  have also voiced their concern on Mumsnet.

One woman said: “I'm due a baby, but in the UK. I'm terrified of this, but understand it may happen, and trying to get my head round it.”

Another added: “My daughter is pregnant, not due yet, but we have no idea how long this will go on.

“I imagine this is something she's very worried about as her husband has always been very important to her feelings of comfort and support during birth.

“I also don't know if I would be permitted to go and look after their other children either while she's in labour, it's all very worrying.”

Ms Harlev-Lam from The Royal College of Midwives, said: “We know this is a really worrying time for pregnant women and having the reassurance of their birth partner is more important than ever. If your birth partner does not have COVID-19 or any symptoms, then there should be no barriers to them being with you.

"However, if they do have COVID-19 or symptoms of it, they won’t be able to be at the birth. This is for your and your baby’s safety, as well as that of the midwives and maternity staff.

“If it’s possible that your birth partner may not be at the birth, start thinking about an alternative birth partners as a back-up. This could be a friend, another family member or a doula.

“This is a new disease, and, as such, we are developing our knowledge quickly, which means the guidance may change. Remember, you can speak to your midwife to discuss your options.”

Desperate mums were forced to turn to eBay for baby milk after shops sold out – and were shocked to find it on sale for £155.

And this mum told how she battled swine flu, as coronavirus grips the world.


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Bloomberg to give $US18M to Democrat campaign

Washington: Mike Bloomberg is transferring $US18 million ($31 million) from his aborted US presidential campaign to the Democratic National Committee in the largest single such transfer ever.

It's the latest sign of the billionaire's continued involvement in the race since ending his own campaign this month because of a lacklustre showing in the March 3 primaries. In those Super Tuesday contests, the former New York City mayor won only one US territory.

Mike Bloomberg on Super Tuesday, March 3. Credit:AP

Bloomberg's contribution amounts to more than the national party's typical cash balance. The transfer will help the DNC make up for some steep fundraising disadvantage when compared with its Republican counterpart, which routinely has raised tens of millions more than the Democratic organisation throughout election cycles.

One of the world's wealthiest men with a net worth estimated to exceed $US60 billion, Bloomberg promised throughout his campaign that he would help Democrats try to defeat President Donald Trump regardless of how his own White House bid fared.

The Bloomberg campaign, which hired 2400 people across 43 states, will also transfer its offices in six pivotal states to the states' Democratic parties, to help accelerate their hiring and organising. Those states are Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Former Bloomberg campaign staffers in those offices will continue to be paid by his campaign through the first week in April and have full benefits through the end of April. After that, they could, in theory, offer the state parties a trained and ready pool of potential hires to build out their operations heading into the November general election.

Bloomberg had promised staffers when they were hired that they would be paid through November, but earlier this month most of his campaign team was told they had been let go and would be paid only through the end of March.

DNC officials said Bloomberg's money and real-estate transfers would be used to expand the party's 12-state battleground program, with a focus on hiring additional staffers to work in organising and data operations. Bloomberg's former campaign employees will not have any advantage in the hiring process, officials said.

"Mayor Bloomberg and his team are making good on their commitment" to stay engaged through November, said DNC Chairman Tom Perez in a statement. He added that the support would "help Democrats win up and down the ballot" and "help make sure Donald Trump is a one-term president".

Bloomberg dropped out of the race March 4, the day after his Super Tuesday disappointment. Since then, he has given tens of millions of his own money to various Democratic groups and causes.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders during a Democratic presidential primary debate last December.Credit:AP

Though the DNC will never match its GOP counterpart in financial muscle, Perez and party leaders have placed a premium on coordination across the Democratic spectrum this presidential cycle after watching Republican quietly upstage them on data operations and voter outreach in 2016.

Democrats are still putting together a data exchange that will link campaigns, the national party's voter file and voter information from independent groups such as the Priorities USA Super PAC, a major advertising and voter outreach player for Democratic efforts.

As part of that effort, Bloomberg and every other Democratic presidential candidate who bought the DNC's national voter file, committed to update voter information. That means, for example, that likely nominee Joe Biden’s presidential campaign will be able to use voter information that Bloomberg's massive campaign operation gleaned while it was in operation.

Bloomberg's direct aid to the national party is possible only because he was a presidential candidate. Federal campaign finance laws place caps on how much an individual can give a political party committee. But individuals can loan or contribute as much of their personal money to their fortunes as they want. In turn, presidential campaigns can transfer unlimited sums to official party committees.


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Man Utd give fans who had booked trip to LASK clash £350 each with game to be behind closed doors due to coronavirus – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are handing out £245,000 to fans left out of pocket because tonight’s Europa League fixture against LASK will be played behind closed doors.

Old Trafford bosses decided to refund the 700 fans who bought tickets £350 each to help ease the burden of flights and hotels they may have shelled out for.

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The club had already refunded the cost of the match ticket, which was either £35 or £53.

But they went further after recognising the vast majority of fans would not be able to get refunds on their accommodation or travel arrangements.

The club told fans who had purchased tickets for the game through the club: “We appreciate the lengths to which supporters go to follow the team wherever we are playing in Europe.

“We understand that, for many fans, the cost of travel and accommodation for the LASK game will have been non-refundable.

“Given this unique occasion, we have chosen to pay a fixed sum of £350 to all supporters who were due to attend tonight’s game having purchased tickets through the club.

“This is in addition to the match ticket refund which has now been processed and should be credited to your account within 3 working days.

“The £350 will also be credited to your account within 5 working days and appear as a separate payment. Thanks.”

One fan told SunSport: “The club gets its fair share of criticism but this is a brilliant gesture.

“The fans who travel to away games spend thousands of pounds every year following the team through thick and thin.

“United has recognised this and it’s a lovely gesture.

"They deserve credit for it.”

It was announced on Tuesday that the last-16 game at the Linzer stadium would be played behind closed doors in an attempt to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

Uefa made the decision after Austrian officials banned gatherings of more than 500 people.

Despite the ban, hundreds of United fans are still expected to travel to Linz ahead of tonight’s game.

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How to give your luscious locks and skin a boost this autumn

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The lowdown Time to show my hair a bit of devotion, so I book in for the keratin-based Kerastase Discipline booster treatment at Paloma Salon. I’m in need of a good “disciplining” session that will even out my hair’s texture and improve its porosity to create great shine. The process begins with a light double-cleanse with shampoo, after which the treatment product is spritzed on to my hair, massaged in, then rinsed out.

Next comes the blow-dry, always a highlight of any hair treatment for me, which helps activate the product.

Pain factor None. This hair ritual is a total delight.

Downtime Sixty minutes.

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Results It feels like a second skin for my hair, particularly when it is wet. Blow-drying time is reduced and my hair looks silkier, with results lasting for roughly 10 washes.

This is also a great holiday treatment to prep hair for humid climes.

Where to get it Sydney: Paloma Salon, Cost: from $112. Melbourne: Rakis On Collins, Cost: from $100.

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White Sox Give Yoan Moncada Five-Year, $70 Million Extension

The Chicago White Sox have been one of the most active teams since the start of free agency, but this time, they went to work in retaining one of their core players long-term.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the White Sox and Yoan Moncada agreed on a five-year extension worth $70 million. The new contract also has a sixth-year option which could bring the total to $90 million.

This comes two months after Chicago handed another budding start, Luis Robert, a lucrative extension with a max value of $88 million. Like Moncada, Robert is considered a giant part of Chicago’s promising future.

The White Sox complemented their young core by adding veteran All-Star slugger Edwin Encarnacion on a one-year pact and stud catcher Yasmani Grandal on a four-year, $73 million contract.

Widely regarded as the top prospect in baseball before he joined the White Sox on a full-time basis, Moncada has batted .266 through his first three full seasons, with 50 total home runs and 163 RBI.

Moncada signed with the Boston Red Sox in 2015, but he was traded two years later to the White Sox in a blockbuster deal that sent All-Star pitcher Chris Sale to Beantown. Victor Diaz, Luis Alexander Basabe and fastball specialist Michael Kopech also joined the White Sox in the deal.

Moncada hasn’t reached superstar status yet, but he showed signs of breaking out in 2019 after hitting .315 with 25 homers, 79 RBI and an OPS of .915. He finished the season with a 4.6 wins above replacement.

The White Sox finished with a 72-89 record in 2019, but they figure to compete for a playoff spot in a wild open American League. Chicago has a lot of work to do in catching up to the defending AL Central champion Minnesota Twins, but a wild card berth is certainly realistic.

With Moncada and Robert signed long-term, and with the White Sox working extensively to add more productive veterans to their roster, it won’t be long until this team emerges as a World Series contender.

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My husband refuses to give me oral sex and won’t even touch me down there – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY husband point-blank refuses to give me oral sex and won’t even touch me down there. I feel unsatisfied the whole time.

We are in our late thirties and have two kids. He’s my best friend and a great dad, but such a selfish lover.

He expects me to give him oral sex and do everything else but he has only done it to me once.

He has refused ever since saying he doesn’t like it.

Foreplay is important to women, as you know.

I’ve tried talking to him about it, telling him what I’d like and asking him what he wants, but he’s happy with me just giving him oral and then falling into the missionary position.

It doesn’t work for me and it seems so selfish of him. He’s such a great guy in other ways, I just don’t get it.

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DEIDRE SAYS: He may feel embarrassed to explain but you have to know whether something about that one experience of giving you oral sex put him off, or is it that he has a general feeling of unease about women “down there”.

Some men are put off by seeing their partner give birth, for example. (I know, hollow laughter from you mums.)

Tell him you love him but this issue is sitting at the heart of your relationship and he can’t just shrug it off any more.

My e-leaflet Guide To Oral Sex will help you to resolve this issue.

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