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Coronation Street stars Joe Duttine and Sally Carman are engaged

‘COVID-19 can f**k off!’ Coronation Street stars Joe Duttine and Sally Carman announce they’re ENGAGED after he proposed during the coronavirus lockdown

  • The couple announced the exciting news on Twitter after Joe, 49, proposed during the COVID-19 lockdown
  • Sally, 38, also shared a snap of her stunning emerald engagement ring
  • The couple were first pictured together in August 2018, and reportedly told their Corrie colleagues of their romance at the soap’s summer party
  • Sally and Joe moved in together in November 2019 
  • Much of the UK has been placed in lockdown to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Coronation Street stars Joe Duttine and Sally Carman have announced they’re engaged during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The soap couple announced the exciting news on Twitter, with Joe joking that coronavirus can ‘f**k off.’

Sally, 38, and Joe, 49, who star as Abi Franklin and Tim Metcalfe in Coronation Street, were first pictured together in August 2018, and moved in together last November.

They’re getting married! Coronation Street stars Joe Duttine and Sally Carman have announced they’re engaged during the COVID-19 lockdown

Tweeting a snap of Sally’s sparkling new engagement ring Joe captioned the post: ‘She said yes everyone, convid 19 can f**k off…’ 

Noting his spelling mistake he then added: ”Convid, covid, whuteva.’ 

Sally later re-tweeted the post with the simple caption: ‘I did’ along with a love heart emoji.’

Exciting: The soap couple celebrated the exciting news with a post, with Joe jokingly saying coronavirus can ‘f*** off’

Cheers! Both Sally and Joe toasted their engagement in self-isolation, with announcing their engagement news on social media

Amazing: Sally shared several posts of the news, and sweetly added that even in isolation she still had her now-fiancé Joe

She also confirmed the exciting news on Instagram, sharing a snap with the caption: ‘So this happened… #yes.’

In another snap, Sally and Joe toasted champagne, with the post captioned: ‘We’ve got each other.’

Joe and Sally joined much of the UK in lockdown after the government introduced strict new measures to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Along with asking members of the public to work from home, they have been asked to leave their homes only for essential food shopping or exercise.

In November Sally took to Instagram to share an adorable snap with Joe as they celebrated finally moving in together.  

Cute: Sally and Joe were first pictured together in August 2018, and moved in together last November 

They told their colleagues about their budding romance at the soap’s summer party in Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

A source told The Sun: ‘Both Joe and Sally had been single for a while and just met at the right time in their lives.

‘Sally thinks Joe is a funny and caring guy and he’s really fallen for her, too. They’ve now told their castmates and everyone thinks it’s a match made in heaven.’

Relationship: They told their colleagues about their budding romance at the soap’s summer party in Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse (pictured in June 2019)

Sally and Joe have become more vocal about their relationship since they were first pictured together with the actress regularly sharing loved-up snaps of the pair. 

Joe joined Corrie first in 2013 as Tim, the biological father of Faye Windass, with his earlier storylines often focusing on his relationship with her adoptive family.

Sally, who is also known for starring as Kelly Maguire in Shameless, made her first appearance on the soap in 2017 when she was introduced as the mother of Seb Franklin. 

Dynamic: Joe joined Corrie as Tim Metcalfe in 2013, while Sally made her debut as Abi Franklin in 2017 (pictured on the soap)

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High Street corona heroes

High Street corona heroes: How you can save money on top brands and help to fight against the virus

  • NHS workers are given priority at Waitrose, and John Lewis has donated pillows
  • Mango is distributing two million face masks to hospitals throughout Spain
  • Kurt Geiger announced NHS workers will receive a 50% discount for a year  

Store offers HQ as hospital

Baukjen

There have always been two good reasons to shop at London womenswear label, Baukjen: their smart workwear pieces and their stylish weekend casuals. 

Now there are two more. First they are offering 40 per cent off to all NHS workers, healthcare professionals, social workers, teachers, police, transport workers and therapists. 

Second, the brand has offered up its London headquarters — a 6,000ft building that usually holds 50 staff — as extra space to the local GP surgery and hospital in case of emergency. 

Pictured: Dress £139 baukjen.com. The brand has offered up its London headquarters — a 6,000ft building that usually holds 50 staff — as extra space to the local GP surgery and hospital in case of emergency

John Lewis Easter treats for NHS staff

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis may have closed all 50 of its stores, but you can still shop online and take advantage of an extended returns period, too. 

The company has also donated £75,000 each to Age UK, FareShare, the Trussell Trust, Grocery Aid and RetailTrust, and set up a £1 million Community Support Fund. 

There’s also a fund for employees — many of whom have joined colleagues at the brand’s sister store Waitrose.

Jacket, £90.30, johnlewis.com (pictured). John Lewis has donated pillows, phone chargers, eye masks and hand cream to hospitals

NHS workers are given priority at Waitrose, and John Lewis has donated pillows, phone chargers, eye masks and hand cream to hospitals to make staff breaks more comfortable, plus delivered 50,000 Easter treats to NHS staff.

From fast fashion to protective wear

H&M

The High-Street favourite has rearranged its production lines to produce desperately needed personal protective equipment for hospitals and healthcare workers. 

The company is turning its fast fashion status to all our advantage, shifting supply chains around the world so delivery can start as soon as possible. 

And if you’re buying something from the core range they’ll still be stocking on the website? H&M has also extended its returns policy from 28 days to 100 days.

Sunglasses £6.99 hm.com. The High-Street favourite has rearranged its production lines to produce desperately needed personal protective equipment for hospitals and healthcare workers

Pictured: Top £17.99 and skirt £24.99 from hm.com. The company is turning its fast fashion status to all our advantage, shifting supply chains around the world so delivery can start as soon as possible

Win! A designer handbag

LULU GUINNESS

The cool and quirky British handbag brand is encouraging acts of kindness by asking followers on Instagram to share the good deeds being carried out in their local communities. 

Bag, £295, luluguinness.com. The cool and quirky British handbag brand is encouraging acts of kindness by asking followers on Instagram to share the good deeds being carried out in their local communities

Best two nominees each week get to select a bag of their choice from the range. How’s that for a much-needed mood-lifter?  

Spanish favourite shifts 2 million masks

MANGO

Using its super efficient logistics system, Mango is distributing two million face masks to hospitals in its home country Spain. 

Like hospitals in the UK, many are experiencing shortages of essential medical supplies. Meanwhile, the store has extended its returns period for UK shoppers to 60 days, plus there’s now free delivery on orders over £30.

Blazer, £59.99 mango.com. Mango is distributing two million face masks to hospitals in its home country Spain

The ultimate feelgood shirt

SEZANE

Fashion industry favourite Sézane has created the Pierro shirt (£80) in response to the crisis. 

A gorgeous floral print design, all proceeds will be donated to the emergency aid fund set up for the foundation of French hospitals.

A further 10 per cent of the brand’s global sales are also going to the emergency aid fund.

Fashion industry favourite Sézane has created the Pierro shirt, £80, (pictured) in response to the crisis from sezane.com

Samcam’s help for the aged

CEFINN

Samantha Cameron’s designer brand Cefinn will be donating £5 to Age UK and the Trussell Trust from all orders received online for the next four weeks. 

The charities support those who are particularly vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak — older people and those living in poverty who are reliant on food banks.

Samantha Cameron’s (pictured) designer brand Cefinn will be donating £5 to Age UK and the Trussell Trust from all orders received online for the next four weeks. Dress, £370, cefinn.com

Shoe savings for life-savers

Kurt Geiger

The accessories brand has just announced NHS workers will receive a 50 per cent discount for a year in all Kurt Geiger stores (albeit once they reopen). 

While some companies have been slated for firing staff without warning, KG’s CEO Neil Clifford has voluntarily suspended his own salary to ensure employees still get paid. 

A volunteering scheme has been created with Age UK so shop staff can volunteer the time they would have spent working to support their local communities.

Oh, and 55 £100 gift cards have been donated to each city hospital across the UK and Ireland to key workers in the critical care departments.  

Kurt Geiger has just announced NHS workers will receive a 50 per cent discount for a year in all Kurt Geiger stores. Pictured: Bright blue, £79.20, kurtgeiger.com

Liz Hurley for Kurt Geiger. Bags: £99 (pictured). Gift cards have been donated to each city hospital across the UK and Ireland to key workers in the critical care departments

A volunteering scheme has been created with Age UK so shop staff can volunteer the time they would have spent working to support their local communities. Pictured: Tan, £95.20, kurtgeiger.com

Kurt Geiger’s CEO Neil Clifford has voluntarily suspended his own salary to ensure employees still get paid. Pictured: Plaited, £63.20, kurtgeiger.com

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Street to be named after fallen soldier as council do U-turn following campaign by The Sun – The Sun

A STREET is set to be named in recognition of a fallen soldier, in a council U-turn following a campaign by The Sun.

We launched our push in memory of Pte Jeff Doherty after his local authority refused to honour him.

Pte Doherty, known as JJ, was shot dead in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2008, two days after he turned 20.

Southam Council, Warwicks, initially offered to name a street after him — then changed its policy on memorials.

Now it is poised to vote to allow it after all.

His mum, Joyce, 46, said: “We’re hopeful they will see sense. JJ made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Labour MP Hilary Benn said: “His sacrifice should be commemorated.”

We launched our campaign after JJ's brother, Pte Fin Doherty, 18, was awarded a gong at The Sun's Millies for following in his footsteps to become a para.

Other towns have honoured their war dead with street names.

Charlie Wood Way in Middlesbrough was named after the bomb disposal expert, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

And Corporal Roberts Close in Helmington, Middlesbrough, was named after Cpl Andrew Roberts, 32, who was killed in Helmand Province in 2012.





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Coronation Street fans concerned for Bill Roache's 'nasty' cough on This Morning

Coronation Street fans were concerned for Bill Roache today as he coughed throughout his appearance on This Morning. 

The 87-year-old is currently in self-isolation while Coronation Street confirmed it was postponing production until further notice, reducing the number of episodes transmitting each week. 

The Ken Barlow actor, however, was on hand to teach viewers some nifty techniques to get through this uncertain time of quarantine. 

He held up some of his bright artwork, urged audiences to write down some stories and then began to explain mediation. 

However, his cough rang alarm bells for fans, including host Phillip Schofield who asked: ‘You alright there, Bill? All ok?’ 

Thankfully, he insisted all was well. 

‘Yeah, I’m here with my two children, Will and Verity, and you can see the garden around, we’ve got a nice house here,’ he assured. 

But Corrie fans watching from home were worried for the national treasure as he continued to cough away. 

‘That’s a nasty cough you have their bill  #thismorning,’ noticed one viewer, while on particularly panicked fan cried: ‘KEN BARLOW HAS A COUGH! DONT PANIC! #ThisMorning.’ 

Coronation Street continues tonight at 7.30pm. This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV. 

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Coronation Street pays sweet tribute to Rana Connor a year after the character’s death – The Sun

CORONATION Street has paid tribute to Rana Connor for the first anniversary of her death.

Last year fans of the popular ITV soap were left devastated after Rana (Bhavna Limbachia) died in the arms of her wife Kate Connor after a dramatic factory collapse.

In last nights episode Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) was seen scrolling through her social media when she saw a post marking her one-year anniversary.

The heartbreaking post was a picture of Kate (Fay Brookes) with her late wife.

Kate wrote alongside the picture of the two of them: "I'll never forget you. Can't believe it's been a year. X."

This time last year the nurse was crushed on to death on her wedding day and ended up marrying Kate in the rubble and soon died in her arms.


Fans of the show were over the moon that the well loved character had a mention in the soap a year on from her tragic death.

One said: "Corrie mention rana so Cute! #corrie."

A second tweeted: "It's been a year?!!! Seems like yesterday! …. Fav ships have been sinking one after the other since then #Rana #Corrie."

Another wrote: "I can’t believe it’s been a year since Rana died #corrie

Meanwhile others fans were left horrified after abusive Geoff Metcalfe forced Yasmeen to eat off of the floor, before cheating on her with a prostitute.The cruel abuser – who is played by actor Ian Bartholomew – was told by police that Geoff had had a bust up with an ex-girlfriend after her granddaughter Alya requested the police look into it under Claire’s law.

But after Yasmeen was forced to hide the fact Alya had been around, she tackled Geoff about the incident where he was arrested.

Seeing red, Geoff smashed the plate of Yasmeen’s food onto the floor and terrified her into eating it.


So terrified of him and under his coercive control, a desperate Yasmeen fell to her knees and started to eat the curry.

Sobbing she said: "It's OK, it's barely touched the carpet. You've spent good money, I don't want to waste it."

Geoff then took the opportunity to further damage Yasmeen’s self-esteem and he called her disgusting and told her he couldn’t look at her.

He then went out and spent all of Yasmeen's money on prostitutes.

 

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale will include coronavirus storylines to help fight pandemic – The Sun


ITV has rolled out its biggest shows in the fight against coronavirus, with both Coronation Street and Emmerdale set to feature storylines about the disease.

Alongiside the long-running plots, both soaps will remind viewers of things they can do to ward it off – starting from this week.

An ITV spokesperson explained: "Because we script and shoot so far in advance we don't generally reflect contemporary issues.

"However we are going to use the soaps to remind people of important public health issues such as the need to wash their hands. We'll try and do more such messages going forward."

Both soaps could be hit hard by the pandemic, with plans to air just twice a week if cast members get struck down by the illness.

Nonetheless, ITV has insisted: "We’ve looked at our procedures and our established contingency plans and we’re confident that we’re able to continue with our filming schedule.”



There is nothing new in soaps referencing current events, with EastEnders and co often noting things like the General Election or football tournaments.

Coronavirus cases in the UK have now reached 1,543, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that from tomorrow mass gatherings would no longer be supported by the government as the country battles the bug.

About 170,000 people have been infected by Covid-19 across the world and more than 6,500 have died.

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Downing Street hits back against critics of 'herd immunity' strategy

Downing Street hits back against critics of its ‘herd immunity’ virus strategy – insisting top priority is to protect as many people as possible

  • Downing Street has hit back against critics of its coronavirus strategy
  • UK’s chief scientific adviser had said No 10 wanted to build up ‘herd immunity’
  • Public health experts demanded ‘transparency’ from the Government
  • No 10 source now says ‘mass immunity’ is a ‘bonus, but not the aim’

Downing Street has hit back against critics of its virus strategy who claim that No 10’s aim is to create ‘herd immunity’ – insisting that its priority is to protect as many people as possible from infection.

The row blew up after Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said public gatherings such as football matches were not being abandoned as quickly as those in other countries because it would be beneficial if a proportion of the population could be exposed to the new virus – and build up a ‘herd immunity’ to it – otherwise Britain would be vulnerable to future epidemics.

It led to public health experts, including Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, to write to The Times to ask the Government to ‘urgently and openly share the scientific evidence, data and models it is using to inform its decisions’ to allow independent experts to scrutinise the findings that led Britain to make choices different from those made by many other countries.

They added: ‘This transparency is essential to retain the scientific community, healthcare community, and the public’s understanding, co-operation and trust.’

Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, leaves the Cabinet Office Emergency COBRA meeting to tackle the killer coronavirus, March 9

But a No 10 source said: ‘It is nothing to do with herd immunity, it is to protect as many people as possible by timing our interventions to perfection. If that also leads to mass immunity, that is a bonus – but it is not the aim’.

Sir Patrick, and other health officials advising the Government, have argued that taking drastic measures too early would have only limited benefit and would risk tiring a population before the peak of the crisis.

Yesterday, World Health Organisation spokesman Margaret Harris also questioned the logic of the approach.

She said: ‘We don’t know enough about the science of this virus, it hasn’t been in our population for long enough for us to know what it does in immunological terms.

‘Every virus functions differently in your body and stimulates a different immunological profile. We can talk theories, but at the moment we are really facing a situation where we have got to look at action’.

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, was one of many public health experts who wrote to The Times demanding ‘transparency’ from the Government

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Black Monday: Wall Street suspends trading as coronavirus hits world markets

Trading on Wall Street has been suspended as coronavirus sent the Dow Jones industrial index plummeting by 2,000 points as it opened on Monday.

The huge drop triggered an automatic ‘circuit breaker’ which suspended trading on the Dow Jones for 15 minutes in a bid to avoid further economic damage to America’s top 30 publicly listed companies. The larger Standard and Poors (S&P) index of 500 companies also saw trading halted for 15 minutes after experiencing its own 7% drop moments after trading began.

Monday’s drop from 25,864 points to 24,031 is equivalent to 7.11% of the index’s total value, and came amid similar chaos for London’s FTSE and Japan’s Nikkei indexes.

Monday’s suspension was the first since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

It came just moments after the New York-based index opened at 9:30am EST, as the number of coronavirus diagnoses rocketed past 110,000 worldwide. The sudden drop saw the phrase ‘Black Monday’ trend online.

The main stock indexes in Britain and Germany were down by almost 7%. Japan’s benchmark closed down 5.1% while Australia’s lost 7.3% and the Shanghai market in China was off 3%.

The benchmark U.S. crude price was down over 20%, the biggest daily drop since the Gulf war in 1991 to hit their lowest levels since 2016. They were down as much as 30% earlier, deepening a rout that began when Saudi Arabia, Russia and other major producers failed to agree on cutting output to prop up prices.

A breakdown in their cooperation suggested they will ramp up output just as demand is sliding.

Investors usually welcome lower energy costs for businesses and consumers. But it can also hurt producers, such as oil companies. The last time crude prices fell this low, in 2015, the U.S. saw a raft of bankruptcies by smaller energy companies.

The abrupt plunge in markets added to the anxiety over coronavirus, rattling markets and sending investors in search of safe havens like bonds.

‘A blend of shocks have sent the markets into a frenzy on what may only be described as ‘Black Monday”‘ said Sebastien Clements, analyst at financial payments platform OFX.

Clemens added: ‘A combination of a Russia vs. Saudi Arabia oil price war, a crash in equities, and escalations in coronavirus woes have created a killer cocktail to worsen last week’s hangover.’

In Saudi Arabia, the Riyadh stock exchange suspended trading of state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco after its share price sank by the daily 10% limit at the opening.

Investors already were on edge about the mounting costs of the coronavirus outbreak that began in China and has disrupted world travel and trade.

Anxiety rose after Italy announced it was isolating cities and towns with some 16 million people, or more than one quarter of its population, in its industrial and financial heartland.

In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 tumbled 6.6% to 6,034 after opening down by more than 8%. Frankfurt’s DAX shed 6.9% to 10,743 and the CAC 40 in France lost 6.9% as well, to 4,793. Italy’s FTSE MIB plunged 10% to 18,713.

On Wall Street, trading in futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 was frozen after both fell by more than 5%, a daily limit. The last time they were frozen was just after U.S. President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Companies have been hit by travel and other controls that are spreading worldwide as the global number of coronavirus infections rose past 110,000 worldwide.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell to 19,698.76 after the government reported the economy contracted 7% in the October-December quarter, worse than the original estimate of a 6.3% decline. That was before the viral outbreak slammed tourism and travel but after a sales tax hike dented consumers’ appetite for spending.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sank 4.2% to 25,047.42. The Shanghai Composite Index declined to 2,943.29.

The S&P-ASX 200 in Sydney retreated to 5,760.60. The Kospi in Seoul lost 4.2% to 1,954.77.

India’s Sensex retreated 6.2% to 35,255.73. Markets in Taiwan, New Zealand and Southeast Asia also declined.

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Coronation Street star Lottie Henshall thanks fans as evil Jade exits

It was a night of goodbyes in Coronation Street last night as not only did Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) depart for pastures new, but evil Jade Rowan (Lottie Henshall) also made her final appearance, as her plan to remain in sister Hope’s (Isabella Flanagan) life well and truly fell apart.

After quite some time off-screen, Jade returned earlier this week, as she made clear that she was hoping for another visit with Hope. Tyrone (Alan Halsall) wasn’t too keen on the idea, but once he learned that it was her birthday, he resolved to buy her a present after Hope persuaded him to do so.

During last night’s double-bill, Tyrone and Hope gave the gift to Jade, who — evidently touched — decided to show her appreciation by kissing Tyrone.

When he made clear he wasn’t interested, the young woman decided to reveal that she and Tyrone had kissed to Fiz (Jennie McAlpine), who saw right through her claims.

Hope was upset that Jade tried to ruin her family, and therefore kicked her out — leaving Jade with no-one, as she came to terms with the fact that she was responsible for her own downfall.

Following her final appearance in the ITV soap, actress Lottie took to social media to thank viewers for their support.

She said: ‘I can’t thank you all enough for the support you have shown me over the last few months. The response to Jade has been incredible. You guys are awesome’

Villainous Jade instantly became a fan-favourite character, and Lottie delivered wonderful performance after wonderful performance, as the sinister nanny’s scheming got worse, so it’s safe to say fans will miss her.

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After Jade’s exit, Tyrone and Fiz took delight in the fact that Hope stood up for and supported them, as they looked towards the future.

Coronation Street continues Friday 6 March at 7:30pm on ITV.

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