Glam coronavirus medic slams trolls who mocked her for wearing make-up

A glamorous NHS paramedic has let rip at the trolls who mocked her for wearing make-up on the job.

Laura Heath, 24, shared a snap of herself in her uniform writing that she was "proud to be a paramedic".

It comes as the heroic NHS fights the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed 1,028 in the UK since its outbreak.

But Ms Heath was met with a wave of snide remarks by people who lashed out at her for wearing make-up.

One low-life wrote: "Wtf really (look at me I'm gorgeous an I work for the NHS) selfies for a few likes while people are dying smh."

"Another said: "Pride is a sin and so is VANITY."

While another said: "Seriously? I think that you've probably got better things to do than trout pout."

But Ms Heath hit back, telling site Tyla: "The unkind comments were mainly focused on my appearance and the fact I wear makeup. I was told I am the reason the death toll is rising (in reference to the coronavirus pandemic).

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"(People said) that I'm a glorified first aider and it's ok for paramedics during this pandemic as we get to go home after dropping a patient off."

She added: "The replies made me feel hurt and upset that people really think that shallow of me and judge my whole persona on one photograph.

"I've only been qualified for six months and I never thought I would me facing something of this magnitude.

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"When I took this photo I was feeling really low – as I struggle with mental health."

But she was also met by support, with one writing: "Go girl. Proud to be in the NHS.

"Proud to be part of the Ambulance Service. Ignore the haters. Do what you do. We're behind you."

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U.S. regulators give banks relief on accounting standard, derivatives rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. banking regulators announced Friday that banks would have the option of ignoring the capital implications of a new global accounting standard for two years in a bid to ensure banks continue lending through the pandemic.

The Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency also voted to allow banks to adopt early a new methodology for measuring counterparty credit risk in derivatives transactions, now functional at the end of March. Regulators said the early adoption could “smooth disruptions” in the market.

The regulatory tweaks mark the latest in a long-running effort by regulators to ease rules on banks amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to ensure they continue lending and supporting the economy.

Specifically, regulators said banks will be able to ignore potentially higher capital requirements they might face under a new global accounting standard. The “current expected credit loss” standard requires banks to estimate potential future losses on loans, which banks have argued could be particularly problematic in the current stressed environment.

Banks now would have the option of delaying for two years the capital impact of the new standard, followed by a three-year transition period. The regulatory relief comes as Congress is poised to pass sweeping economic relief legislation that would have allow banks to ignore the standard for a year.

Separately, the regulators also agreed to allow banks to adopt their new rule on measuring counterparty risk a quarter early if they want. Regulators said by allowing banks to use the new rule sooner, beginning at the end of March, it would give firms access to a more risk-sensitive framework during a volatile time.

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Spain's coronavirus death toll rises by 769 overnight to 4,858

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose overnight by 769 cases to 4,858, the health ministry said on Friday, a new record in the number of fatalities recorded in 24 hours.

The total number of those infected rose to 64,059 from 56,188 on Thursday.

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Family holds parade for Peterborough girl celebrating birthday during coronavirus pandemic

A Peterborough girl received a parade in her honour Thursday as a way to celebrate her birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While physical distancing limits the opportunity for close interaction, that didn’t stop family and friends of Luna Pineo who wanted to celebrate her third birthday.

They decorated their vehicles and drove in front of the girl’s home in the city’s south end.

Elyse Kellar, Luna’s aunt, said the party planning began a week ago.

“My mom and I had the idea last week when we knew we couldn’t get to celebrate with her,” Kellar told Global News Peterborough.

Kellar said Luna’s parents Emma and Joey have been explaining to their two daughters — Luna and five-year-old Alba — about COVID-19 and why they couldn’t have everyone together for the birthday.

“We take it very seriously because my husband has Cystic Fibrosis and Alba has very bad asthma,” said Kellar.

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“So we don’t want to spread anything or chance it at all. We didn’t even get out of the car at any point. We just did the drive-by.”

Kellar posted the following tweets showing highlights of the parade:

On Friday morning, Peterborough Public Health stated there are now 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its jurisdiction.

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Third move for Saint John COVID-19 testing site causing confusion, says MLA

Saint John’s coronavirus testing centre has had a few homes since Horizon Health Network put it in place earlier this month.

Residents in the Saint John area who wished to be tested for COVID-19 were originally directed to Exhibition Park before the test site was relocated to the city’s north end.

Now, the testing location has been moved for the third time, based out of the Hope Wellness Centre on Saint John’s east side.

Horizon health said the decision came after community feedback.

But Saint John Harbour MLA Gerry Lowe said the triple-relocation is “a source of confusion for many Saint John residents,” and questioned the choice of the Hope Wellness Centre as a screening site.

“It doesn’t make sense to move the testing site to the far end of town.”

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“People don’t know what’s going on,” Lowe says in a statement released Friday.

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Coronavirus shock: New York Mayor to reopen schools mid-pandemic

Mayor Bill De Blasio seeks to reopen education in New York by April 20.

He admitted that the task will be a ‘big challenge,’ but hopes to see students return before the crisis passes.

He also predicted that the worst is yet to come for the epicentre of America’s pandemic.

He revealed the questionable plans at a daily press briefing on Thursday.

The mayor fielded a question about the city’s ability to provide meals to children despite closures.

He said that the meals will be available to students even if the schools don’t reopen, but hopes to reopen them soon

De Blasio said: “We hope to get schools back up on April 20, but that’s going to be a big challenge.”


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On Thursday afternoon, the mayor vitiated Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Three businesses from the area have joined forces to deliver between 15,000 and 18,000 face masks for health care workers.

Duggal, New Lab, and Bednark Studio have called their workers in to begin production.

The companies first created a prototype for the mask on Saturday and quickly began production on Wednesday.

The mayor spoke to the workers at the yard, thanking them for their service.

He said: “Every one of you are heroes right now because you are providing us with supplies that are going to save lives and protect out health care workers, 

“And you make me very proud of New York City and of Brooklyn, seeing that this has been created in a matter of days to protect people and it is an example of how we are going to fight back.”

Supplies are desperately needed in the state, with many hospitals running low of protective equipment.

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Another stop on the Mayors tour of the disease stricken state was Elmhurst hospital.

Before his visit, he said the health care facility has become “the number one priority of out public hospital system.

“We’ve moved in 40 more ventilators and added more staff to increase capacity. Yesterday Elmhurst was running nearly three times the number of ICU beds than usual,

“Right now Elmhurst hospital is holding its own, but we are in a race against time and we need more federal help immediately.”

The visit to elmhurst comes after news that some staff are forced to reuse protective equipment.

One health care worker has died from coronavirus, while some workers have been asked to wear trash bags instead of hospital gowns.

New York as of Thursday has over 37’000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

385 have died from the disease, with 100 deaths confirmed in the space of one day.

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France's Macron says he and Trump preparing an initiative on coronavirus crisis: Twitter

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he had a “very good discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over the coronavirus crisis and that the two were preparing a new initiative to combat the pandemic.

“In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are preparing with other countries a new strong initiative in the coming days,” the French president said on Twitter.

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Coronavirus: Which country has the least COVID-19 cases?

Coronavirus has ignited in nearly every country worldwide, with a total of 475,925 global cases. The virus has overwhelmed health systems in several regions, with many governments struggling to cope with the sheer number of infections, but others have not had the same experience.

Which country has the least COVID-19 cases?

Coronavirus cases in most European countries, the US and China number in the tens of thousands.

Most of the worst affected countries have wide-reaching global ties, which made closing borders and limiting travel complicated.

Other, smaller countries, have not experienced the same trouble, however, and some have infections in the low single figures.


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According to, four regions have seen just one case of COVID-19.

The Caribbean islands of Grenada, Montserrat and St Vincent Grenadines and the Oceanic country of Papua New Guinea are all tied for the least cases in the world.

Other smaller nations such as those in Africa and South America have also seen few cases, averaging between three to 30.

Russia, which shares a border with China, the most infected country on earth, has also seen surprisingly few infections.

Russia has reported a total of 840 cases amongst its population of 144.5 million people.

According to the Russian government, the country has managed to contain COVID-19 with a set of aggressive early measures against the disease.

They closed the 2,600-mile Russian-Chinese border by January 30 and set up nearby quarantine zones to slow COVID-19.

Health officials were also quick to abide by the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for extensive testing.

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Speaking to CNN last week, Doctor Melita Vujnovic, WHO’s Russia representative, said the country had a series of measures in place before the rest of the world.

She said: “The director-general of WHO said ‘test, test, test’.

“Well, Russia started that literally at the end of January.

“Testing and identification of cases, tracing contacts, isolation, these are all measures that WHO proposes and recommends, and they were in place all the time.”

Russian state consumer watchdogs have reported the country has undertaken a total of 156,000 coronavirus tests since January.

The country’s resident population is sceptical of the government figures, however, thanks in part to the country’s previous soviet-era cover-ups.

Anastasia Vasilyeva, leader of the Alliance of Doctors union, said in a series of videos the authorities had covered virus deaths by reporting pneumonia and acute respiratory infections – products of COVID-19 – instead.

However, both state officials and the WHO denied the claims, saying the alternative reports would still reveal an “unrecognized burden”.

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A U.S. recession? Probably. Depression? Only if the virus is untamed

WASHINGTON – A U.S. recession may already be underway. Could it be worse?

The Great Depression that began with a stock market crash in 1929 and lasted until 1933 scarred a generation with massive unemployment and plummeting economic output.

It reshaped America, shifting migration patterns, and spawning new styles of music, art and literature. Under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, however, it also prompted creation of an array of programs like unemployment insurance, Social Security retirements benefits, and bank deposit insurance that make a repeat unlikely.

The unpredictable and unprecedented path of the coronavirus has drawn parallels with the Depression, in particular with predictions that the rise in unemployment and the percentage drop in economic output could rival those seen in the 1930s.

But for that to happen, the jawdropping numbers likely to be recorded in coming weeks – millions thrown out of work, double-digit declines in gross domestic product – would need to be both deep and sustained over years, not months.

“There is no specific definition of a depression,” said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist of the Economic Outlook Group. But “it’s palpably different,” than a recession in terms of its length and depth.

In the Great Depression for example, the United States shed 20% of its jobs over three years, four times the share lost in the 2007 to 2009 Great Recession (

Over the four years of the Great Depression nearly a third of U.S. output disappeared. While some economists think U.S. annualized output in the April to June period may fall 14% or more, few think that type of decline will actually persist over time.

Government spending makes a difference. Unemployment claims have skyrocketed, but so has the amount of money the government plans to transfer to people and companies big and small.

These “stabilizers” have proved powerful in past downturns (

Central banks matter too. Federal Reserve policy mistakes and failure to prevent a run of bank closures arguably contributed to the Great Depression.

This time, as in 2007, the Fed and global central banks have moved to soak the economy in cash and enact new programs to try to limit the risk of business failures and sustained unemployment.

The most important next step, a growing body of economists and policymakers say, is fixing America’s public health response. A haphazard patchwork of restrictions across states and a slow-to-mobilize White House could make coronavirus’ impacts worse, health experts say.

President Donald Trump’s push to “reopen” the economy quickly carries risks. Lifting lockdown restrictions too early could cause a second wave of the disease, according to a China-focused study published this week in the Lancet Public Health Journal.

The higher the toll of the virus, and the longer the outbreak lasts, the more damage to the economy.

“The first order of business will be to get the spread of the virus under control and then resume economic activity,” Fed chair Jerome Powell said on Thursday.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘being considered for clemency’ in Iran as leave from prison extended

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had her leave from an Iranian prison extended by two weeks – and she is being considered for clemency.

Richard Ratcliffe said his wife’s father had been told her temporary release from Evin prison in Tehran will now run until 18 April.

The British-Iranian is in relative isolation at her parents’ house in Tehran while the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her father was also notified that her file had been put forward to the Iranian prosecutor general for consideration for clemency.

Former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt welcomed the news on Twitter – calling it a “glimmer of hope amidst the darkness”, adding: “Let’s pray that this remarkable family are reunited soon”.

The family’s MP Tulip Siddiq tweeted: “Every extra day Nazanin is out of jail is better than the alternative – but we must not lose focus on getting her home and away from the danger of coronavirus in Iran as soon as possible.”

On a Facebook page used by the family to campaign for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release, a comment was posted saying the news was “a step in the right direction – let’s hope it’s the first step home”.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport while travelling to introduce Gabriella to her Iranian relatives in 2016.

She was sentenced to five years in jail over claims of plotting to overthrow Iran’s government, which she denies.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was later given diplomatic protection by the British government, which argues that Iran has failed to meet its obligations under international law.

Earlier this month it was revealed that Iran had temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The number of dead from coronavirus has reached 2,517 in Iran and more than 35,000 people have been infected.

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