ISIS militants stage riot and escape from Syrian prison

Several members of the terrorist organisation sparked a riot in the Ghouiran prison, in the northeastern city of Hasakah, which is run by the US allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Guards were overwhelmed by the inmates, who knocked holes through the walls between cells and broke down internal doors, seizing control of an entire floor on Sunday. Syrian state media reported that 12 men had escaped the prison.

According to the UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least four ISIS militants had escaped.

Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF press office, tweeted: “Some of them managed to escape and our forces are searching to capture them.

“The situation is tense inside the prison currently.”

He added: “Anti-terror forces are dealing with the situation in the first floor to finish riots in the prison”.

An SDF official told Agency France Presse: “Security forces are on high alert.

“International coalition planes are flying over the prison and the region.”

The identities of the escapees are not known. It has been reported that the prison held “low-level ISIS members” who are primarily foreign nationals.

The prison facility, a former school in the Kurdish-controlled north Syria, is believed to hold nearly 5,000 prisoners.

Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities across the region, holding about 10,000 ISIS fighters.

Among those detained are some 2,000 foreigners, including about 800 Europeans.

It is not clear if the riots were linked to fears over a potential coronavirus outbreak.

Prison riots have taken place in several cities around the world, with inmates protesting that overcrowding and poor health services leave them vulnerable.

Shamima Begum pictured without burka claims ‘life fell apart”
ISIS threat: Warning issued with terror group ‘still very much intact’
Terror group remain ‘strong in Syria’ as jihadists ‘regroup in Iraq’

At least 23 people died and 83 injured last Monday after prisoners attempted to escape at La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia.

Earlier this month, prison riots in Italy left at least six people dead after reports emerged that the Government intended to ban prison visits in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

The news provoked outrage in a number of Italian jails, leading to the deaths of six inmates at a prison in Modena.

The Modena riots sparked copycat riots at prisons in Salerno, Naples, Alessandria, Vercelli, Bari, Palermo, Foggia and Frosinone.

At Frosinone, south of Rome, 100 prisoners barricaded themselves into a section of the prison.

The inmates demanded the right to receive visits from their loved ones, and tried to negotiate with the prison management, the Agi news agency reported.

ISIS has warned its supporters to avoid travelling to Europe in response to the spread of coronavirus on the continent.

Earlier this month, an edition of the organisation’s al-Naba newsletter contained “sharia directives” urging its members to “stay away from the land of the epidemic” to avoid becoming infected.

It recommended readers “cover their mouths when yawning and sneezing” as well as to regularly wash their hands.

ISIS instructed those of its followers who had become ill with coronavirus not to leave the area, in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

They said the “healthy should not enter the land of the epidemic and the afflicted should not exit from it”.

The letter went on to describe the virus as a “torment sent by God”, adding that “illnesses do not strike by themselves but by the command and decree of God”.

Source: Read Full Article

Indian police officers beat up locals defying coronavirus lockdown rules in brutal video

Footage of police officers in India beating residents with sticks and forcing people who fail to comply with the government-imposed coronavirus lockdown to do squats has emerged on social media and media outlets across the world. In videos shown by Channel 4 News on Sunday, residents can be seen doing squats on the street confined in circles drawn on the floor to maintain social distancing within the group of those facing the same punishment.  

Police in western India fired tear gas to disperse a stone-pelting crowd of migrant workers defying a three-week lockdown against the coronavirus that has left hundreds of thousands of poor without jobs and hungry, authorities said on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the country’s 1.3 billion people to remain indoors until April 15, declaring such self-isolation was the only hope to stop the viral pandemic.

But the vast shutdown has triggered a humanitarian crisis with hundreds of thousands of poor migrant labourers employed in big cities such as Delhi and Mumbai seeking to head to their homes in the countryside on foot after losing their jobs.

Many have been walking for days, some with families including small children, on deserted highways with little access to food or water.

On Sunday, about 500 workers clashed with police in the western city of Surat demanding they be allowed to go home to other parts of India because they had no jobs left.

“The police tried to convince them that it is not possible since buses or trains are not available…However, the workers refused to budge, and started pelting stones at police,” Surat deputy commissioner of police Vidhi Chaudhari said.

She said the workers, most of them employed in the shuttered textile industry in Surat, were driven indoors by tear gas volleys and on Monday 93 of them were detained for violating lockdown orders.

India has registered 1,071 cases of the coronavirus, of whom 29 have died, the health ministry said on Monday. The number of known cases is small compared with the United States, Italy and China, but health officials say India is weeks away from a huge surge that could overwhelm its weak public health system.


A health official said the large scale movement of people into the countryside risked spreading the coronavirus widely, compounding the challenge of containing the outbreak in the world’s second-most populous country.

“It’s an evolving situation with daily new challenges coming up, like having migratory populations moving from one place to another.

Like non-affected states adjoining affected states,” said Dr S.K. Singh, director of the National Centre for Disease Control, which investigates and recommends control measures for outbreaks of illness.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, health workers dressed in protection suits sprayed disinfectant on a group of migrant workers who were also trying to make the journey home to their villages, local television showed.

Coronavirus India update: Latest death toll in India  [DATA]
India coronavirus: Britons forced to sleep on streets after lockdown [VIDEO]
India coronavirus lockdown: PM Modi orders 1.3billion to stay at home [ANALYSIS]

They were made to sit on a street corner in the Bareilly district and doused with hose pipes, prompting anger on social media.

Nitish Kumar, the top government official in the district, later said health workers had been ordered to disinfect buses being used by the local authorities but in their zeal they had also turned their hoses onto migrant workers.

“I have asked for action to be taken against those responsible for this,” he said in a tweet.

The federal government said on Monday that it had no plans to extend the shutdown beyond the three-week period.

But neighbouring Nepal announced it would prolong its shutdown for another week from Tuesday. The landlocked country has reported only five cases of the virus and no deaths, but it is concerned contagion will spread as more people travel.

Source: Read Full Article

Coronavirus strain related to COVID-19 first spotted THREE YEARS AGO, scientists say

The disease first emerged in the city of Wuhan towards the end of last year – but much is yet to be discovered about the mechanism by which it did so. Last week a 57-year-old trader at Huanan seafood market was tentatively identified as the first person there to contract the illness, on December 10. However, she suggested she did so by using toilet facilities shared with wild meat sellers, meaning the search for Patient Zero – the first person infected after COVID-19 jumped species – continues.

The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, and co-authored by Yi Guan from the University of Hong Kong and Yan-Ling Hu from Guangxi Medical University in China, seeks to shed light on the mystery.

They write: “Although bats are likely reservoir hosts for SARS-CoV-2, the identity of any intermediate host that might have facilitated transfer to humans is unknown.”

Their research had identified COVID-19-related coronaviruses in Malayan pangolins (Manis javanica) which had been seized in anti-smuggling operations in southern China.

Back’s NHS Heroes campaign

Strikingly, a strain similar to the one which is now rampaging through the human population appears to have been present in five out of a total of 18 Malayan pangolins obtained from anti-smuggling operations in southern China between August 2017 and January 2018.

Additionally, they detected similar coronaviruses in three out of 12 additional animals seized in another Chinese province in 2018, and in another animal in a third province from which a sample was taken in 2019.

The viruses isolated have a sequence similarity of between 85 and 92 percent to SARS-CoV-2, the scientific name for the coronavirus which causes COVID-19.

One sample showed strong similarities in a region which encodes the “spike” of the virus, thereby facilitating entry into host cells.

None of the pangolin coronaviruses identified so far have a specific alternation in their sequences which is seen in human SARS-VoV-2, meaning the role the animals have playing in the transmission of the illness to humans remains unclear.

Nevertheless, the study authors highlight pangolins as the only mammals other than bats to date which have been found to be infected with a SARS-CoV-2-related coronavirus, suggesting they play an important role in the “ecology of coronaviruses”.

Coronavirus flights: Expert warns what stranded Britons must do [TRAVEL]
Idris Elba on ‘bull****’ claims he was paid to say he had coronavirus [COMMENT]
Coronavirus test: UK buys 3.5million antibody tests [SCIENCE]

Their report concludes: “The discovery of multiple lineages of pangolin coronavirus and their similarity to SARS-CoV-2 suggests that pangolins should be considered as possible hosts in the emergence of novel coronaviruses and should be removed from wet markets to prevent zoonotic transmission.”

Co-researcher Prof Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney added: “The role that pangolins play in the emergence of Sars-CoV-2 is still unclear.

“However, it is striking that the pangolin viruses contain some genomic regions that are very closely related to the human virus.

“The most important of these is the receptor-binding domain that dictates how the virus is able to attach and infect human cells.”

The pangolin is heavily hunted in China, both for its meat, and its skin and scales, which are used in traditional medicine.

Epidemiologists are keen to identify Patient Zero, the discovery of whom would offer vital clues about the origins of the outbreak and the way in which it has spread.

While the World Health Organization’s first press release about the subject, issued on January 5, indicated it first became aware of the illness on December 30, leaked Chinese Government data has suggested the first case was identified on November 17 at the latest, and possibly significantly earlier.

The study’s findings, specifically the confirmation that a strain closely related to SARS-CoV-2 was spotted in 2017, raises the possibility of the illness being in circulation significantly longer than previously believed.

Johns Hopkins University in the US put the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide at 678,720 as of 12.50pm this afternoon, with 31,700 deaths.

Source: Read Full Article

Coronavirus heartbreak: Infected doctor, 59, dies alone in self-isolation

The doctor who put herself into isolation died alone in her kitchen after contracting coronavirus. Doctor Isabel Munoz, 59, put herself into a strict quarantine at her home in Salamanca, north-western Spain, ordering her husband to stay away with family after she displayed symptoms. The health professional decided to lock herself away when she first suffered symptoms of COVID-19 even though she had not been tested, local media reports.

Source: Read Full Article

Greece crisis: Islands in RUINS as ‘nightmare within nightmare’ scenario erupts

That is the stark verdict of human rights researchers who claim that Greece faces a “nightmare within a nightmare” if an outbreak occurs at a time when the country remains in financial ruin. has reported that around 38,000 refugees are currently living in horror camps, with no water or electricity to support them. The refugees are from Turkey, which allowed them to travel to the EU after disobeying its pact with the bloc over controlled migration.

Turkey’s reluctance to continue with the deal came as a result of Brussels’ flawed approach over where the refugees would be rehomed afterwards.

With thousands of people, many children, crammed into these destitute areas fit to home only 6,000, mass panic has erupted throughout the Aegean islands, where they are currently residing.

Locals and volunteers fear that at any moment, a coronavirus case could be contracted, leading to a rapid spread throughout the unhygienic camps. 

Earlier this week, the International Rescue Committee described the situation as a “tinderbox ready to explode,” before calling on EU member states to help move the refugees on to safe locations within the bloc.

But now, researcher group Human Rights Watch is demanding Greece take action to avoid a nightmare scenario, where cases of the infection starkly rise on its islands.

The HRW joined 21 other human rights organisations in condemning the Greek government, which has received millions in support from the EU in tackling the refugee crisis.

Eva Cosse, Greece researcher at HRW, said: “Restricting thousands of women, men, and children in severely overcrowded camps, where living conditions are unacceptable, makes it impossible to isolate people exposed to COVID-19 or to comply with minimum preventive and protective measures, even hand washing and social-distancing. 

“The Greek government urgently needs to move people to mainland Greece.”

JUST IN: Fury at EU after ‘disturbing’ response to Greece migrant crisis

Another concerned at the lack of action is Vassilis Kerasiotis, HIAS’ Greece country director.

He said: “The government must take the necessary steps in order to ensure that the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants living in claustrophobically congested RICs are protected. 

“They should be relocated to otherwise empty hotels and apartments where they can practice social distancing. In these hard times, no one should be left behind.

“It is not only a moral but also a prudent thing to do, since the fates of asylum seekers as well as those of the locals are inevitably bound together in the face of the pandemic.”

‘Ridiculous’ EU urged to ‘get their act together’ by ex-NATO chief (LATEST)
EU crisis: Germany to ‘increase controls’ at the border refugee issues (ANALYSIS)
EU on brink of refugee ‘disaster’ after Turkey ‘opens gates’ to bloc (UPDATE)

The IRC confirmed that so far no case of the coronavirus had been found within its refugee centres, but Greece had recently confirmed its infection.

The major concern is how quickly the virus will spread and whether Greece, which has been plagued with financial difficulties for years despite EU bailouts, will be able to control it.

Fotini Kokkinaki with HumanRights360 added: “When the virus hits overcrowded camps in Greece, the consequences will be devastating. 

“That will be a nightmare within an existing nightmare since the public health system has collapsed during the previous years of economic depression. 

“We must act now before it is too late.”

Source: Read Full Article

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.


  • How Meghan Markle is protecting herself from coronavirus

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.

‘Cannot be done’ WHO spokesman’s vaccine admission – INSIGHT
Coronavirus: FCO updates Britons on how to get back to the UK – INSIGHT
Despite rising deaths staggering number of Brits IGNORE health rules – INSIGHT


  • Russia sparks Royal Navy alert as Putin sends seven warships

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”.

Source: Read Full Article

Greece issued stark warning as coronavirus set to explode on islands: ‘Time’s up!’

For years, organisations such as the International Rescue Committee, have urged for support in rehoming the refugees who were allowed to make their way from Turkey to Greece earlier this year. And with the deadly coronavirus set to sweep through the thousands of people currently occupying destitute campsites on the Greek islands,  the EU was told “there is not much time left to resolve this issue before the cases in the area explode”. has told this week how the rising number of refugees entering Greece has reached unprecedented heights with more than 45,000 people, many children, currently stuck on the islands.

Those who successfully made the trip from Turkey – after it disobeyed a pact with the EU on controlled migration to the bloc – are now forced to live in devastating, cramped conditions, which should only be occupied by around 6,000. 

The issue arose following Turkey’s reluctance to maintain the deal it struck with the EU four years ago.

The IRC says Turkey was unhappy with Brussels’ “flawed” approach to rehoming the migrants after they came to Greece and as a result abandoned the pact.

With pressure mounting on the Greek government to intervene, a government which has received millions of euros from EU member states, the IRC is now calling on the bloc to resolve this issue before an already worrying crisis deepens. 


Imogen Sudbery, the International Rescue Committee’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, told she fears the situation is currently like a “tinderbox ready to explode”.

She called on the EU and its member states to help move the refugees, especially children with relatives in the respective countries, before the coronavirus strikes.

Ms Sudbery explained that so far no cases of the infection had been found within the camps, but the number of cases in Greece is beginning to rise.

She said: “We do have a chance for these sensible measures to be put in place but of course we’re really concerned now with the explosion of coronavirus that these measures will not be taken in time.

JUST IN: Greece dubbed ’tinderbox set to EXPLODE’ amid coronavirus crisis

“We do have a window of opportunity with the asylum seekers on the islands before there has been an outbreak.

“Before they are showing symptoms they could be relocated away from the islands but there really is not much time left for it to happen before the situation explodes.”

Ms Sudbery added: “You can imagine that when we’re all familiar with the social distancing measures that we are all supposed to be taking and the sanitary measure in terms of simple things like hand-washing, that is entirely impossible to put in place inside these centres on the Greek islands.

“So we’re really looking at a tinderbox which is just ready to explode.

BBC’s Katya Adler reveals EU’s tactic against Turkey’s migrants threat (LATEST)
French MP accuses Turkey of ‘attacking Europe’s sovereignty’ (UPDATE)
‘Ridiculous’ EU urged to ‘get their act together’ by ex-NATO chief (ANALYSIS)

“There aren’t any first confirmed cases inside the camps on the islands, though there have been among the asylum seeking population.

“But we know we have had the first confirmed case on Lesbos and there are two more suspected cases so of course we are really concerned that once this hits such overcrowded spaces with very little health provision and very, very low hand-washing facilities this could wreak absolute devastation.”

The IRC has reported a worrying trend where the attitude of locals on the idyllic islands has changed dramatically – as people’s opinion shifted from being “welcoming” to the refugees towards them realising how the situation had now become “untenable”.

This has led to further pressure on the Greek government, which has decided to make its own stance by refusing to process applications for refugees who now come to the country.

That has left many of the thousands of travellers in limbo, and what the IRC believes could explain why around 50 percent of refugees in Greece have contemplated suicide. 

Source: Read Full Article

Woman who purposely coughed on £30k of food arrested as terrorist using biological agent

Bosses at the store in the US said a woman carried out what they called a “very twisted prank” which forced owners to discard all of the items she came into contact with, which amounted to $35,000 (£28,500) of goods. Joe Fasula, the shops’ co-owner said throwing away the food made him feel sick to his stomach. The prank comes at a time when customers are rushing to stores to purchase groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The woman walked into Gerrity’s Supermarket in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, at about 2.20pm on Wednesday before carrying out the apparent prank.

One of the shop workers noticed the woman coughing and spitting on the food items, prompting security to quickly escort her out of the store and contact the police.

She is also understood to have attempted to steal a 12 pack of beer.

Mr Fasula said he had little doubt the woman’s actions were intended as a joke, but he felt compelled to throw out the affected food and thoroughly disinfect the shelves over concerns for the health of other customers.

Please sign up to pledge your support now to our brave NHS Heroes

Mr Fasula said: “The woman entered the store and proceeded to purposely cough on our fresh produce, and a small section of our bakery, meat case and grocery

“While there is little doubt this woman was doing it as a very twisted prank, we will not take any chances with the health and well-being of our customers.

“We had no choice but to throw out all product she came in contact with.

“Working closely with the Hanover Township health inspector, we identified every area that she was in, we disposed of the product and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected everything.

JUST IN: Coronavirus UK: Selfless care workers self-isolate in dementia ward

“I’m also absolutely sick to my stomach about the loss of food.

“While it is always a shame when food is wasted, in these times when so many people are worried about the security of our food supply, it is even more disturbing.”

On Twitter, the store added: “It truly saddens us. We are doing our best to provide everyone a safe environment & the items they need during this time including our seniors & those who are immunocompromised.”

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Chancellor warns of MAJOR future ‘payback time’ for UK taxpayers [INSIGHT]
Coronavirus UK: Why London hospitals are struggling to cope [DEVELOPED]
Coronavirus: Public Health England set to release home testing kits [ANALYSIS]

Police will test her for coronavirus.

Hanover Township Police Department said the woman had been charged with terrorist threats, threatening to use a “biological agent”, criminal mischief, attempting to commit retail theft, and disorderly conduct.

They said in a statement: “Police were called to the business after a woman entered the store making verbal threats that she was sick while intentionally coughing and spitting saliva/bile on produce/meat/merchandise.

“The woman continued this behaviour in several aisles before attempting to steal a 12 pack of beer as she was being ordered to leave the store by employees.”

On Friday the US overtook China as the country with the most confirmed cases, with more than 85,500 positive tests.

According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).

But the US does not have the greatest death toll, at 1,300 COVID-19 related fatalities, the US still trails behind Italy (8,215), Spain (4,365) and China (3,292).

How are you coping with the coronavirus lockdown? What are you doing to keep yourself entertained in these difficult times? How are you helping your local community, or has someone in the local community been helping you? Send your stories, pictures and videos to [email protected]

Source: Read Full Article

Lockdown: Which countries are in lockdown? How many people?

Coronavirus has prompted several countries to implement lockdown measures from national quarantines to school closures. More than a third of the planet’s population is expected to be on lockdown now. has compiled a list of which countries are on lockdown right now.

Around the globe, there have been more than 487,562 cases of coronavirus.

Italy and Spain have now reported more deaths than China, where the virus was first detected.

India became the latest country to order a nationwide lockdown with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “many families will be destroyed forever” if the country fails to get its coronavirus outbreak under control over the next three weeks.

India has a population of 1.3 billion people and has asked people to stay home for 21 days although the country has only confirmed 695 cases, 14 of which have died.

The unprecedented measure was undertaken by the government to protect the country from the worst.


  • Can my boss force me to work if I work for a non-essential business?

The following countries have implemented full or partial lockdowns now:

  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Colombia
  • India
  • The UK
  • Australia
  • China
  • Jordan
  • Argentina
  • Israel
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • Indonesia
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Poland
  • Lebanon
  • Russia
  • Greece.

India, China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland and the UK have implemented the world’s largest and most restrictive mass quarantines.

China implemented a quarantine in Wuhan City and later extended it to 15 other cities.

On March 18, China reported there had been no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began.

Now it is expected China will lift the lockdown in Wuhan on April 8.

Wuhan City alone has a population of 11 million, with tens of millions more people in nearby cities who were also put under quarantine.

France implemented a full lockdown, banning public gatherings and walks outside on March 16.

French citizens to take public transit only if absolutely necessary.

Reportedly France’s Council of Scientists is recommending a six week lockdown in the country.

France has an estimated population of 65.27m.

Martin Lewis explains meaning of furlough and if you are entitled [INSIGHT]
What former F1 chief Flavio Briatore told Max Verstappen’s father Jos [EXPLAINER]
Coronavirus UK: Britain’s busiest landmarks now deserted [ANALYSIS]


  • Job retention scheme explained: How long do you work to be eligible?

Italy, with an estimated population of 60.48m, went into a nationwide lockdown on March 10 which restricts most aspects of daily life.

All large sporting events, events, schools and universities, museums, cultural centers, swimming pools, and spas have been closed.

Public transportation and airports are still operating but only essential travel is allowed.

New Zealand has instituted a mandatory 14 day quarantine for all countries entering the country and this week went into a month-long full lockdown.

The lockdown will only be partially eased after a month if case trends slow in New Zealand which is home to 4.82m.

The current population of Poland is around 37.85m and these nationals have seen drastic lockdown measures across the country.

As of Tuesday the government has limited the number of people allowed to take part in religious services including funerals to five.

Additionally, the government has cut the number of people permitted to ride public buses and trams at one time to avoid crowds endangering health.

The UK rolled out a nationwide lockdown on Monday.

The lockdown is expected to last at least three weeks and means you are no longer permitted to leave your home except for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials
  • One form of exercise per day
  • Medical need or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • Travel to and from work.

How many people are on lockdown?

The world population stands at 7.8 billion as of March 2020.

As of March 26, a third of the world’s population is now living under some form of lockdown due to coronavirus.

More than three billion people in almost 70 countries and territories have been asked to stay at home.

But as testing is not readily available in many places, this number is likely to be much higher.

Source: Read Full Article

Coronavirus may ‘re-surge’ if lockdown restrictions are lifted too early, warns WHO

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc across the world, many countries, including the UK, have ordered lockdowns in order to limit the spread. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed the six key actions that nations must undertake to fight COVID-19. He emphasised that the “last thing” any country needed to do was to open schools and businesses again, risking a “resurgence” of the virus.

Dr Tedros told viewers: “There are six key actions that we recommend.

“First, expand, train and deploy your health care and public health workforce.

“Second, implement a system to find every suspected case at community level.

“Third, ramp up the production, capacity and availability of testing.”

He continued: “Fourth, identify, adapt and equip facilities you will use to treat and isolate patients.

“Fifth, develop a clear plan and process to quarantine contacts.

“And sixth, refocus the whole of government on suppressing and controlling COVID-19.

“These measures are the best way to suppress and stop transmission, so that when restrictions are lifted, the virus doesn’t re-surge.”

The Director-General added: “The last thing any country needs is to open schools and businesses, only to be forced to close them again because of a resurgence.

“Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace are not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions – they’re also the best way to prevent them.

“More than 150 countries and territories still have fewer than 100 cases.”

Coronavirus Blitz spirit: British companies pledge to help NHS [INTERVIEW]
Hancock takes swipe at Sadiq Khan over crowded tubes amid coronavirus [VIDEO]
Leo Varadkar issues emergency coronavirus crackdown in Ireland [VIDEO]

Dr Tedros also said: “By taking the same aggressive actions now, these countries have the chance to prevent community transmission and avoid some of the more severe social and economic costs seen in other countries.

“This is especially relevant for many vulnerable countries whose health systems may collapse under the weight of the numbers of patients we’ve seen in some countries with community transmission.”

At the time of writing, over 450,000 cases of coronavirus around the world have beene confirmed.

Over 20,000 who tested positive have died.

Italy currently has the highest fatality rate, succeeding China, where the virus originated.

Source: Read Full Article