Dad goes viral after dancing in hilarious TikTok video with his sons

Smooth moves! Dancing dad goes viral after starring in a choreographed video with his adult sons as part of a TikTok challenge that sees parents boogying with their quarantined kids

  • A new viral TikTok challenge has families posting videos of themselves doing  choreographed dance routines set to ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd
  • Colin and Dylan McFarland of ‘The McFarlands’ on TikTok enlisted their dad Dan to dance with them in their clip, which has been viewed nine million times 
  • Actor Tommy Bracco and TikTok user Ella Wilson have also shared videos of their parents showing off their best moves as part of the challenge 

A father has become a viral star after showing off his dance moves with his sons as part of a new TikTok challenge — and he isn’t the only parent joining in while quarantined at home. 

Colin and Dylan McFarland of ‘The McFarlands’ on TikTok enlisted their dad Dan to do a choreographed dance with them set to ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd as part of the popular challenge. 

The family from Louisville, Kentucky, made such an impressive video that it has been viewed more than nine million times on TikTok, turning Dan into a quarantine hero. 

Nothing else to do: A new viral TikTok challenge has families posting videos of themselves doing choreographed dance routines set to ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd


Father and sons: Colin and Dylan McFarland of ‘The McFarlands’ on TikTok enlisted their dad Dan to dance with them in their clip

The clip begins with Dan looking apprehensive as he watches a video of actor Tommy Bracco’s viral challenge featuring his father. 

‘Can you do that?’ Colin asks. 

‘Dad, people need you. They need you, dad,’ Dylan adds. 

Dan says he isn’t sure, but his sons give him a boost by telling him that they believe in him and his dance capabilities. 

‘You’re right. I can do this,’ Dan says. 

The father and his two youngest sons then run outside and bust out the viral choreography, which consists of dabbing and some fancy footwork.

The clip ends with Colin and Dylan dramatically lifting their dad in the air for one unforgettable finale. 

Thousands of people commented on the post and gushed about Dan’s dance moves, with one person noting that it’s ‘what the people need.’ 

Tommy Bracco’s viral video featuring his father and brother served as inspiration for The McFarlands’ video, and it’s easy to see why.

Impressive: Actor Tommy Bracco took on the challenge with his brother and dad 

Duet: Howie Mandel posted a video of himself dancing with his wife Terry alongside footage of influencers David Dobrik, Addison Rae, and Natalie Mariduena performing the choreography

Nailed it: TikTok user Ella Wilson’s mother could easily pass for her sister in their family’s rendition of the challenge

The actor and his family nail their dance moves in the clip, which has been viewed more than eight million times.  

Many other quarantined parents have becomes so bored that they also took on the TikTok challenge — including comedian Howie Mandel. 

Howie, 64, posted a split-screen video of himself attempting to do the dance with his wife Terry alongside footage of influencers David Dobrik, Addison Rae, and Natalie Mariduena performing the choreography.  

TikTok user Ella Wilson’s mother could easily pass for her sister in their family’s rendition of the challenge. 

Dedicated: When Emma Cincotta posted a video of her dad Tony doing the challenge with her, she revealed it took him two hours to learn the choreography

Working on it: Kaleigh Cavanaugh had both her parents join in, though her dad had a little trouble with the choreography


Loving the spotlight: The dad seems to be getting the hang of TikTok and later made another video with his daughter 

‘Make this go viral bc my mom thinks she wasn’t good,’ Ella captioned the clip when she posted it — and it did go viral.

So far, it’s been viewed more than 2.1 million times. 

When Emma Cincotta posted a video of her dad Tony doing the challenge with her, she revealed it took him two hours to learn the choreography. 

‘Tony C put in the work today don’t let it flop,’ she wrote.

Luckily, all the hard work paid off. The clip has been viewed more than 10 million times, making it one of the more popular ones. 

All together: Aidan Williams shared a video of himself completing the challenge with his father and brother

They got the moves: One TikTok user proved two dads are better than one when she had both of her fathers dance poolside with her

Kaleigh Cavanaugh had both her parents join in, though her dad had a little trouble with the choreography. 

‘My dad’s on a whole other planet,’ she wrote, and it seems like he enjoys the spotlight because he appeared in another follow-up clip. 

Meanwhile, Aidan Williams shared a video of himself completing the challenge with his father and brother, writing: ‘Synchronized family dancing at its best.’

And one TikTok user proved two dads are better than one when she had both of her fathers dance poolside with her. 

‘Dads are breathing heavy,’ she joked. 

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Coronavirus hope after hepatitis C drug helps 11 patients recover

Coronavirus hope after hepatitis C drug helps 11 patients recover as Britons reliant on another promising treatment used to treat lupus beg panic-buyers not to buy supplies

  • Pharma company which makes danoprevir tested it on COVID-19 patients
  • It said the medicine was safe and well-tolerated and could help recovery
  • But study was not designed to assess how well the drug worked on coronavirus
  • Lupus patients using hydroxychloroquine urged Government to protect stocks
  • Stocks are reportedly running low and hopes are rising of its prospects 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A drug used to treat hepatitis C is safe to use in coronavirus patients and could help them to recover, according to a study.

The medication danoprevir, sold as Ganovo, was given to 11 people with ‘moderate’ COVID-19 infections, in combination with the HIV drug ritonavir.

Scientists found it was safe and did not cause severe side effects, raising its prospects as a ‘promising therapeutic option’, they said.

If doctors decide to trial the medication it could become one of a variety of existing drugs which are being touted as possible therapies for people with the coronavirus.

Others include HIV-suppressing medicines, treatments for lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and one that was developed to fight Ebola.

But people who rely on such medicines to keep them health in normal life fear that linking them to coronavirus will lead to shortages, as has happened in the US.

Various medications are being trialled in a bid to find one that works against the coronavirus (stock image)

Researchers from a Chinese biotechnology company and a hospital in Jiangxi, China, published the results of their trial without them being reviewed by other scientists.

They had given 11 patients a combination of danoprevir and ritonavir for between four and 12 days. 

All of them recovered and took around two days to produce a negative test result – the fastest negative test came just one day after treatment started and the last one eight days after.

They were discharged from hospital after their body temperatures returned to normal, their breathing improved, their lungs looked healthier in scans and they tested negative twice. 

A vaccine that protects against tuberculosis (TB) and naturally improves a person’s immune system is being trialled on 4,000 healthcare workers in Australia to see if it can protect against coronavirus.

The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is used to give children immunity to TB — a bacterial infection — but it is known to have other benefits.  

Trials have previously discovered people that receive the jab have improved immune responses and are better able to protect themselves from various infections.  

These so-called off-target effects include enhanced protection against respiratory diseases,and have been recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Scientists are now deploying the vaccine to thousands of people to see if it offers extra protection against SARS-CoV-2 and reduce COVID-19 symptom severity.

The trial will be led by Researchers at Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and involve 4,000 health workers in various hospitals across the country.  

To date, Australia has reported almost 3,000 cases and 13 deaths, with the global toll of infections approaching half a million.  

Similar trials are being conducted in other countries including the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.  

Professor Kathryn North AC, Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, said: ‘Australian medical researchers have a reputation for conducting rigorous, innovative trials. 

‘This trial will allow the vaccine’s effectiveness against COVID-19 symptoms to be properly tested, and may help save the lives of our heroic frontline healthcare workers.’

The study did not look at how well the drug worked, nor compare it to any other treatments, but assessed whether it was safe to take.

Ritonavir is being tested elsewhere, including an Oxford University trial in the UK, and some Chinese doctors claimed it had worked well for them. 

The researchers, led by Dr Jinzi Wu, CEO of Ascletis Pharmaceuticals, which produces the drug, said: ‘Our findings suggest that repurposing danoprevir for COVID-19 is a promising therapeutic option’.

Other drugs being trialled on coronavirus patients include Japanese flu remedy favipiravir; an Ebola drug called remdesivir; and HIV suppressing medication lopinavir/ritonavir, also known as Kaletra.

One potential remedy has been touted in the form of an anti-malarial drug called chloroquine, which is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

But people who rely on the drug – who suffer those conditions – fear there will be a shortage if people are given hope that it will protect them from the coronavirus.

Just this week a man in the US died after drinking aquarium cleaner which contained another version of the deadly chemical.

RAIRDA, the Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Alliance, is now calling for the UK Government to act early to prevent prolonged shortages.

One chloroquine drug, hydroxychloroquine, is used to control autoimmune conditions such as lupus. 

If patients stop taking this medication their disease can flare up, which can be a life-threatening situation in itself and also raise the risk of getting severe symptoms of coronavirus. 

India is currently the only country which manufactures a key ingredient for the drug approved for use in the UK. 

However, it recently imposed export controls, meaning manufacturers for the UK cannot make more of the drug for this country.

Paul Howard, LUPUS UK chief executive and RAIRDA member said: ‘Patients are already experiencing difficulties getting hold of hydroxychloroquine. 

‘About 90 per cent of the 50,000 lupus patients in the UK take this medication and, for them, there is no alternative which has the same effect. 

‘We do not know what it does against COVID-19 but we do know that patients with lupus need this drug. Many patients who take it, with lupus and similar conditions, are already classified as at high or very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 infection and any shortage could increase their vulnerability.’

Sue Farrington, chair of RAIRDA said: ‘This drug is used by tens of thousands of patients in the UK to control serious rheumatological conditions. 

‘Whilst many of these are labelled as “rare” they still affect tens of thousands, meaning the health service would experience a significant burden if these patients lost the ability to control their condition. 

‘We cannot allow this to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.’

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London barista died after failing to get through to overloaded 111

London barista, 28, died from malaria after failing to get through to coronavirus-overloaded 111 call centre then waiting 90 minutes for ambulance as frantic sister begged 999 operator for help

  • Davide Saporito had returned from holiday in Zanzibar when he began feeling ill 
  • He was unable to get urgent NHS help and died in hospital from cerebral malaria 
  • To donate to a fund to help his family repatriate him to Sicily, visit Just Giving   
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A London barista died of malaria after failing to get through to 111 six times over two days due to the volume of coronavirus-related calls before waiting nearly an hour and a half for an ambulance as his sister begged the 999 operator for help.  

Davide Saporito, 28, who had returned from a holiday in Zanzibar, was on hold for up to one hour and 48 minutes but could not get through as the service battled with a flood of other callers checking their symptoms amid the outbreak. 

His sister phoned to check up on him and heard he was mumbling incoherently so called an ambulance, ran to his flat and tried to knock down the door. She called 999 another two times as her brother was fell unconscious. He later died in hospital.  

Natalina Saporito, 38, told MailOnline: ‘He probably would have suffered brain damage, maybe affecting his sight, maybe his legs or God knows what. But what took his life was all the time wasted.’ 

Davide Saporito, 28, who had returned from a holiday in Zanzibar, waited for up to one hour and 48 minutes on calls to 111 but was unable to get through 

Mr Saporito first began feeling ill while working at Dropshot cafe in Southfields, south-west London, on Monday March 9, so went home early. A day later he developed a temperature and phoned 111 at 12.46pm but the call cut out. 

He tried a second time at 12.51pm but the line cut off with no answer, before trying a third time and waiting for 48 minutes before the same thing happened. 

At the time the non-emergency number was facing huge demand, with 373 people having tested for coronavirus and people urged to phone the line if they displayed symptoms. The advice has now changed, with people with suspected coronavirus told to only phone 111 if they are seriously ill. 

On Wednesday Mr Saporito felt better but unsuccessfully called 111 at 8.59am and 9.12am to ensure he had not contracted coronavirus and was clear to return to work.

At 9.30am he eventually got through but a health adviser said he did not have Covid-19 symptoms so needed to phone again but the option for general calls. 

He tried to do so at 11.15am but spent one hour and 47 minutes on the line before hanging up in a state of exhaustion. At 2pm, contacted his GP but was told to ring 111 again. 

His sister, Natalina, who had been regularly checking up on her brother to see if he was getting medical help, sent a text at 4.10pm but received no reply, before following up with a call at 4.25pm to find him mumbling and incoherent. 

She immediately phoned Mr Saporito’s flatmate, Danila, who was not in the flat but phoned an ambulance at 4.40pm. 

Mr Saporito, who was from Sicily, was remembered by friends for his ‘infectious smile’ and ‘constant positivity’ 

‘The ambulance wanted to know if he was breathing, but she explained that no one was at home and she did not know,’ Natalina said. ‘So they replied: “If I don’t know what his state is, the ambulance can take three and a half hours to get there. 

‘I took a taxi and managed to get there to his flat at 5.30pm. I knocked, punched, and kicked his front door but it did not open.

‘I called the ambulance again and explained Danila had already called, but they went again to ask me home address, name and location where he had travelled to. 

‘Danila arrived at about 5.40pm with the keys. Davide was on the sofa with his eyes open looking nowhere, unconscious and unable to speak. I called the ambulance again and a man answered asking me again the same damn questions.’

Natalina said at this point she got angry at the operator, who then shouted back at him. 

‘My brother was dying and I just wanted an ambulance,’ Natalina said. ‘He shouted back at me and I clearly remember his words: “Are you being rude to me? Are you swearing at me? We have been busy all day”.’

The barista was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting but died two days later from cerebral malaria 

At 6.10pm the ambulance eventually arrived and took Mr Saporito to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, where he died from cerebral malaria two days later.  

Natalina said: ‘If only just someone could tell me he saw me, if he knew I was there next to him and I did not leave him by himself.’ 

Dropshot manager Ed Savitt has started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for Mr Saporito’s body to be repatriated to Sicily, where his family are in coronavirus quarantine. The money will also be used to help cover the costs of his funeral. 

In a moving tribute, Mr Savitt remembered his ‘infectious smile and constant positivity’. 

Mr Saporito’s colleagues are now raising money to repatriate his body to Sicily 

‘It was just on Monday that you were working and none of this seems real,’ he wrote. ‘You lived life to the full, always laughing, joking, partying, travelling. 

‘You loved your family and friends so much. And your talent making coffee and DJ’ing were undeniable. It’s so hard to imagine that you’ll never walk through the front door again. We all miss you so much brother.’   

Natalina’s husband, Salvatore Cannuni, 39, said: ‘We have been amazed by the amount of love we have received from his colleagues at Dropshot as well as the customers. We want to thank everyone.’  

Health officials have long expressed concerns about the ability of the NHS to cope with a pandemic, with already-stretched ambulance services and hospitals hit with a dramatic surge in patients. 

Today, an anonymous NHS nurse described working in a ‘chaotic’ 111 call centre and warned: ‘With so few clinicians, so few ambulances, and a huge rise in callers, this nightmare’s only going to get worse.’ 

It comes as the number of UK deaths rose by 40 to 177 in the largest daily rise so far, and the number of people testing positive for the disease increased to almost 4,000.  

To donate to a fund to help his family repatriate Mr Saporito to Sicily, visit Just Giving.

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6 relatives hospitalized after NJ woman dies of coronavirus

Six relatives of a New Jersey woman who died from coronavirus have been infected with the life-threatening disease, according to a new report.

Five family members of Rita Fusco-Jackson, a religion teacher from Freehold identified as New Jersey’s second coronavirus victim on Monday, were hospitalized the next day at Freehold’s CentraState Medical Center, where the 55-year-old woman died, her sister told NJ.com.

“This has been devastating for all of us,” said Elizabeth Fusco, 42, of Freehold. “Our hearts are broken over losing our sister, Rita. We just need help in saving our family members with life-saving medication.”

Four of the relatives, including Fusco-Jackson’s mother and siblings, were listed in critical condition, while another was in stable condition at the Freehold hospital. Fusco-Jackson’s brother, meanwhile, remained in critical condition at a hospital in Pennsylvania, Fusco told NJ.com.

Fusco’s family is awaiting additional COVID-19 test results in what one relative characterized as a “surreal” situation — growing more unbelievable by the day.

“To imagine a week ago to get a phone call like this — if someone told me this story, I wouldn’t believe it,” cousin Roseann Paradiso Fodera said. “It’s inconceivable to me.”

In all, 19 spouses and children of the hospitalized victims who were in contact since March 10 have been tested for COVID-19, which has infected at least 267 New Jersey residents as of Wednesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

Township health officials are working with their state counterparts to investigate the “cluster of cases” at the hospital, Freehold health officer Margaret Jahn told NJ.com.

“We’ve conducted several interviews with regard to people who were exposed to close contacts, and we’ve followed up with those — so we are not seeing a community spread per se,” Jahn said.

Fusco-Jackson, who taught in the confirmation program at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Ballarmine in Freehold, was one of 11 children, her sister said.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli has said one of Fusco-Jackson’s siblings is a close friend of John Brennan, a horse trainer from Little Ferry who was the first New Jersey resident to die from the coronavirus, NJ.com reported Sunday.

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Hyena mauls its prey after bringing the animal down with bloody attack

When a wild beast outmatches a wildebeest: Hyena tears its prey to pieces after bringing the animal down with swift, bloody attack

  • Norwegian wildlife photographer Tom Dyring, 71, snapped the images on safari in Maasai Mara in Kenya 
  • Onlookers questioned whether a lone hyena, weighing around 120 pounds, could takedown a wildebeest
  • Spotted hyenas are famed scavengers and often dine on the leftovers of other predators. But the hardy beasts are also skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope – though usually in a pack

A lone Hyena has been pictured tearing an adult wildebeest to pieces after bringing the animal down with a swift and bloody attack in Kenya.

The gory but spectacular photo set shows a solitary hyena biting the hind legs of a fully-grown wildebeest before dragging it to the floor, savagely gnawing on its insides whilst the poor creature was still standing up; and the scavenger’s prey screaming in agony as it endures its bloody fate.

The brutal pictures were captured by Norwegian wildlife photographer, Tom Dyring, 71, who lives close to Oslo, on a recent trip to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Pictured: This haunting image, photographed by Norwegian wildlife photographer, Tom Dyring, 71, in Kenya, shows a wildebeest letting out a bellow as it’s grounded by a vicious hyena 

The wildebeest tries to boot away the persistent hyena after it latched on to its hind leg with its teeth in Maasai Mara, Kenya 

The wildebeest bucked but the determined lone hyena held fast. A solitary hyena weighs around 120lb, with the wildebeest usually weighing up to 600lb 

The grisly encounter lasted for approximately 40 minutes and stunned veteran safari guides who had questioned whether a solitary hyena, which weighs around 120 pounds, could even takedown an adult wildebeest, which can weigh up to 600 pounds.

‘We couldn’t believe what we were seeing; a medium or rather small-sized spotted hyena had, for some reason, managed to grab a hold of one of the back legs of a full grown wildebeest – and was hanging on to it,’ recalls Dyring, who was an architect before he became a professional photographer.

‘The answer to the question ‘Can a single hyena take down big prey like a wildebeest?’ was going to be answered – and we had front row seats.

Remarkably, the wildebeest rallied for one last attempt to fight off its deadly attacker but its fate was already sealed. Spotted hyenas are famed scavengers and often dine on the leftovers of other predators

‘It turns out the answer was a resounding ‘yes’. The hyena tackles the wildebeest’s leg and brought it down – the hyena immediately goes for the soft part of its prey. The hyena seemed to know what to do and I think it had done it before. The wildebeest managed to get back on its feet but that didn’t stop the hyena tearing out its stomach as it stood there.

‘Despite its wounds, the huge wildebeest manages to get free and fights for its life but is soon tackled to the floor again. The hyena then attacks the animal’s other flank and you can see the wildebeest screaming.

‘The wildebeest seemed resigned to its fate after that although it continues to look towards us and below – it must’ve taken around fifteen minutes to die.’

After tackling the wildebeest to the ground, the hyena managed to chew its way inside the wildebeest’s soft flank, before the struggling animal got back to its feet somehow

A graphic image shows the hyena tearing flesh out of its prey’s already open wound. The vicious predators are known to be skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope – though usually in a pack

But soon the hyena tackled its prey to the floor again, chewing a second hole through its other side and bringing the mighty beast down 

Spotted hyenas are famed scavengers and often dine on the leftovers of other predators. But these hardy beasts are also skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope – though usually in a pack.

Voracious eaters, the hyena will gorge itself when the opportunity presents itself. Certain tribes – such as the Maasai – leave the bodies of their dead out for hyenas to strip bare.

Although certainly not for the faint-hearted, Dyring was impressed by the hyena’s predatory instincts.

‘It was not a very nice experience and my empathy with the wildebeest was strong,’ admits the photographer.

The wildebeest eventually dies, after a bloody battle against a far smaller foe. Dyring said: ‘The hyena is killing the only way it knows – and of course cannot feel compassion with the food. This is the reality for wild animals. Nature is totally unsentimental’

‘However, ’empathy’ is no winner in evolution, so it was a harsh reminder of simple rules of nature.

‘The hyena is killing the only way it knows – and of course cannot feel compassion with the food. This is the reality for wild animals. Nature is totally unsentimental.

‘It was an amazing sight to see, I would never have thought a hyena could manage to take down a fully grown wildebeest by itself.’

 

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Daughter’s heartbreak after mum died alone in coronavirus isolation just ONE DAY after hospitalisation – The Sun

A DAUGHTER today told of her heartbreak after her mum died alone in coronavirus isolation just ONE DAY after going to hospital.

Caroline Hopton said her "dearest mum" tragically passed away last night – with the grieving daughter stopped from even holding her mother's hand as she was in isolation.

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The devastating news comes as the UK's death toll reaches 36 with 1,421 cases.

Writing a tribute for her mum on Twitter, Caroline said: "Covid-19 stopped me holding my dearest mum’s hand in her final moments last night.

"She died alone in isolation after being admitted early Sat. AM and was put in isolation ‘just in case’.

"It made losing her even more devastating. How many other families will go through same?"

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Americans hug loved ones after getting last flights out of Europe

Relieved Americans hug loved ones as they land in the US after scrambling to get the last flights out of Europe

  • One woman pictured breaking down in tears as she embraced her mother at arrival hall of airport in Boston 
  • Arrivals managed to return stateside just hours before a ban on flights to and from Europe goes into effect 
  • Americans vacationing in Europe said President Trump’s travel ban caused ‘mass panic’ among travelers 
  • Trump announced he would restrict entry to travelers from the European continent for 30 days
  • The president said the move was made in effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus 
  • Critics of the travel ban said the move is ineffective since the virus is already spreading in the US 
  • The United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania are exempt from the ban

Facemask-wearing Americans hugged their families in relief after landing at Boston’s Logan Airport on Friday just hours before President Trump’s travel ban restricting entry from Europe goes into effect.

The relieved Americans were elated to walk into the arrival hall at Logan with their luggage after making a mad dash to European airports, where travelers were eager to fly home after Trump’s edict.

The president issued his ban earlier this week in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Weary and confused travelers, many wearing face masks, rushed to board flights from European airports to the US on Thursday after Trump announced the new travel restrictions.

His 30-day travel order applies to citizens of 26 European countries but excludes Britain and Ireland as well as American citizens.

It takes effect from midnight on Friday. 

A young woman greets a loved one in the arrivals area at Terminal E at Logan Airport in East Boston on Friday

Americans were relieved to come home on Friday – just hours before a travel ban on flights to and from Europe goes into effect

A woman who arrived at Logan Airport on Friday removes her mask as she is greeted by a loved one

Trump declared a national state of emergency as the World Health Organization named Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus Friday, with countries sealing borders, shutting schools and canceling events in a frenzied attempt to slow the ballooning pandemic.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the continent now had ‘more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.’

He described it as a ‘tragic milestone,’ and warned that it was impossible to say when the virus would peak globally.

The overall death toll jumped to more than 5,000 across the world, including nearly 1,500 in Europe, with total infections topping 140,000 internationally, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

Italy, Spain as well as Iran – which have emerged as virus hotspots – all clocked a dramatic rise in cases and fatalities in the past 24 hours, while infections were reported in Kenya and Ethiopia, the first in east Africa.

Governments have been pushing through tough restrictions to contain the spread of the disease and unveiling big-bang emergency funding plans to try to limit the economic damage.  

A woman in a mask greets her father in the arrival hall of Boston’s Logan Airport on Friday afternoon

A young woman breaks down in tears as she greets her mother in the arrival hall of Boston’s Logan Airport on Friday

A woman wearing mask and gloves uses her phone in the arrivals area at Boston’s Logan Airport on Friday

Americans traveling in Europe scrambled to buy last-minute plane tickets, in some cases spending thousands of dollars each, in hopes of speedily returning to the country before President Trump’s travel ban comes into effect.

One family of three paid nearly $8,000 for three one-way tickets from Paris to New York.

‘I feel like they were putting a price tag on people’s safety,’ Coral McNary told ABC News on Friday.

‘That’s scary, especially if people can’t afford it.’

Some of the European airline counters at John F. Kennedy International Airport are seen empty in New York on Friday

American Sarah McNeil and her friend Nick Goddard wear protective masks as they make their way to Sarah’s departure gate to return to the United States at Tegel Airport in Berlin on Friday

A passenger wearing protective mask stands at customer assistance of American Airlines before the Trump European travel ban goes into effect on Friday at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport 

Passengers, including American citizen Dylan Clairmont (right), 20, wait to board the last direct United Airlines flight from Berlin to New York at Tegel Airport on Friday

Jake Genachowski, an American who was traveling in Switzerland, made it back home just in time before the ban kicked in.

He said that when he arrived, there was no screening for coronavirus.

‘Just made it through customs, Genachowski told ABC News shortly after arriving back in the states.

He said arriving passengers were asked if they had flu-like symptoms, but they were not asked if they had been to Italy or any other country hard-hit by the coronavirus. 

The departures area is nearly empty in the international terminal of Logan Airport in Boston on Friday

Security at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy, checks that passengers have signed the self-declaration that allows them to violate the quarantine and travel on Friday

Passengers wait by a closed check-in counter at Frankfurt Airport on Friday

‘It caused a mass panic,’ said 20-year-old Anna Grace, a US student on her first trip to Europe who changed her booking to fly home from Madrid’s Barajas airport instead of going on to France.

Her friends were less successful in rebooking flights.

Though American citizens are exempt from the travel ban, Grace and many others said they preferred to return home in case the restrictions are expanded or for fear of contracting coronavirus while in Europe.

‘We are nervous that we won’t be able to get back into the country,’ said Atlanta resident Jay Harrison, 29, hoping to board a flight in Brussels.

Thus far, there have been 41 reported deaths from coronavirus in the United States

As of Friday, authorities in the US reported 1,776 cases of novel coronavirus

‘If it’s going to be another 30 days and we’re stranded, it’s going to be very difficult, very expensive and just tough to get back in and tough to live with.’

Paola Mesa, 29, a Spanish woman flying from Barcelona to San Francisco, said she backed Trump’s ban on travel from Europe.

‘It’s what Spain should have done before,’ she said.

The death toll from coronavirus in Spain nearly doubled to 84 on Thursday and the number of cases rose to nearly 3,000.

Trump says he had to act as the European Union had failed to take adequate measures to stop the coronavirus.

The EU dismissed his comments and criticized the lack of consultation from the US side.

A woman wears a protective mask as she waits to check into a flight to the United States in the main terminal of Brussels International Airport in Brussels on Friday

A woman wears a protective mask as she waits to check into a flight to the United States in the main terminal of Brussels International Airport in Brussels on Friday

Many travelers, however, were critical of Trump’s decision.

‘It’s ridiculous. Why do we impose a ban now when the virus is already in the United States?’ said Leo Mota, 24, who had just arrived at Paris’s main international airport, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, from Los Angeles.

Miguel Paracuellos, a Spaniard who works in the United States, said Trump was trying to compensate for his failure to expand testing and screening programs at home.

‘He is blaming an external enemy, in this case Europe,’ he said.

Jon Lindfors, an American traveler in Paris, was equally scathing about Trump, who will seek re-election in November.

‘Trump said it’s not a health crisis but it is, that it’s not an economic crisis but it is. We don’t believe what Trump says anymore,’ Lindfors said.

A Delta crew member, who asked not to be named, said Trump’s travel ban had caught the airline off-guard.

‘It’s going to be a big mess… We were not expecting something like that. We don’t have all the details to know what it means for us and for the company,’ the crew member said.

At Rome’s Fiumicino airport, largely empty due to draconian measures taken by Italy to combat coronavirus, one Italian traveler just back from New York said the United States would soon face the disruption Europe is now experiencing.

‘(In New York)… there were only a few flights canceled or delayed… They don’t understand the situation yet,’ said Giuseppe Riccio, who wore a face mask.

Kennedy Airport is a ghost town on Friday after Trump instituted a ban on travel to and from Europe for 30 days

One of the departure terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Friday is seen in the above photo

The Lufthansa counter is seen above at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday

The Air France departure terminal is seen above at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday

The image above shows the AirTrain, which links John F. Kennedy International Airport to New York City, on Friday

‘There are no controls in place, shops are full of people.’

Gregory and Ada Goldberg, an American couple from San Francisco, were trying to bring forward their flight home from Barcelona but were not getting much help at the airport.

‘This was meant to be two weeks of pleasant vacation but it has become a nightmare,’ said 69-year-old Ada. 

Trump on Friday will hold a press conference to address the spiraling coronavirus pandemic as he seeks to calm a panicked nation amid mixed messages and growing criticism of his administration’s scattershot response.

‘I will be having a news conference today at 3:00 P.M., The White House,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Topic: CoronaVirus!’

The news conference comes as the virus edged ever closer to the world´s power centers, including a positive test for a Brazilian official who spent time with Trump and top administration officials last weekend and an Australian Cabinet minister who met with Attorney General William Barr, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and other top aides.

And it comes as the world has been lurching to try to contain the virus’s spread, with millions of students staying home across three continents, large gatherings canceled and more and more bars, restaurants and offices closed.

Trump and his administration have been under intense criticism amid testing failures and following a Wednesday night address to the nation in which Trump sowed confusion as he announced that the U.S. would be dramatically limiting travel from much of Europe.

Trump, who is rare to admit a mistake, told aides within minutes of finishing the speech that he had made an error when he mistakenly said the newly announced travel ban would include cargo, which it doesn’t. 

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Woman in stitches after realising she’s been washing her hands with a block of cheese – not soap – for DAYS

A WOMAN was in stitches after realising she’d mistakenly been using a block of cheese as a bar of soap for days. 

Miley from Vancouver, Washington, had been wondering why her soap wasn’t foaming as usual, before she discovered it was in fact a lump of cheddar. 

Miley explained she uses liquid soap for her dishes, but keeps a bar of yellow, unscented soap for her hands. 

But one night after a few drinks she left the cheddar out on the counter, and then mistook it for the soap.

After realising her mistake, she posted a hilarious snap of the cheese to Reddit, sharing her blunder. 

Miley wrote: "Just realized my soap wasn’t working because it’s literally a block of cheese.”

I suspect I left it out when I was intoxicated and just forgot

And explaining why it took so long for her to realise, she added: “I use a liquid soap for the dishes, bar soap like dis is gentler on my hands after I do chores if that makes any sense [sic].”

But Miley admitted to Cafe Mom alcohol may also have played a part in the mishap.

She said: “It was a couple days of 'Why isn’t this foaming?!'

"I come to realize it was a dried-out square of Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese.

“I suspect I left it out when I was intoxicated and just forgot.” 

Her Reddit post has racked up more than 100 comments, as people found her mistake hilarious. 

One person asked: “But that must mean…… have we been eating Mac&Soap the entire week??”

Another added: “Does that mean you put the soap in the fridge?”

While a third said: “To be fair to you it does look like a block of soap.”

Meanwhile mums are using ‘pepper and glitter method’ to teach kids how to wash their hands properly amid Coronavirus fears.

In other coronavirus news, we told you how mums are buying reusable loo roll as supplies dwindle.

And we told you how to prepare if your kids are sent home from school because of the virus.

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Six People Have Died After Riots Broke Out In Italian Prisons Over Coronavirus Lockdown

Inmates on the roof of Milan’s San Vittore Prison during a revolt.

Six people have died after violent protests broke out in prisons across Italy following new restrictions on seeing family members due to the coronavirus outbreak.

All six deaths were the result of a riot in a jail in the city of Modena on Sunday.

At least two prisoners died after overdosing on methadone looted from a prison infirmary, Italian news agency ANSA reported, but the Associated Press quoted a penitentiary police union chief as saying all the deaths were due to overdoses.

Smoke rises from the Regina Coeli prison in central Rome on March 9.

Italy has just introduced sweeping restrictions to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus, with 16 million people in the country’s north effectively under quarantine, and schools, universities, museums, cinemas, and swimming pools all closed.

China aside, Italy has had more deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, than any other country.

Total cases and deaths by country.

ANSA said that riots broke out in 27 Italian prisons after all family visits were suspended and inmates were told they could only speak to visitors on the phone or via Skype.

In Foggia prison, in the country’s south, 20 prisoners broke out during a riot, while fires were reported in Rome’s two prisons.

Riot police officers stand guard following a revolt of prisoners at the Sant’Anna prison in Modena.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday his government would use all “human and economic resources” to contend with the coronavirus outbreak.

“We will not stop here,” he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “We will use a massive shock therapy.”

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After once not getting an erection a voice in my head says I never will – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: AFTER once not getting an erection, I have negative thoughts going around in my head, saying: “Maybe I won’t be able to do it this time.” Then I often can’t.

I am 33, with a partner aged 30 and a girl of three. She had pneumonia two months ago and we were sick with worry.


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Thankfully, our little girl got better.

But when we tried to have sex, I couldn’t because of all the anxiety.

Now I feel such a failure.

How do I get my sex life back on track?

DEIDRE SAYS: Anxiety can kill sexual arousal and now your worries are focused on your performance itself.

But you can turn this around.

Stop even trying to have intercourse just for now.

Instead, focus with your partner on all the other ways there are to enjoy, arouse and satisfy one another.

It will be a bonus for her.

Let erections come and go.

In a month or so, you may well find you have intercourse without really thinking or worrying about it.

My e-leaflet on Solving Erection Problems goes into more detail.

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