British TV presenter Flack died by hanging — inquest hears

UNTV News   •   February 19, 2020   •   429

Caroline Flack

British television presenter Caroline Flack was found hanged in her London flat on Saturday (February 15) and paramedics were unable to revive her, an inquest into her death heard.

The suicide of the 40-year-old former presenter of the hugely popular “Love Island” dating show has reignited a debate in Britain about the conduct of the tabloid press and social media trolls.

Coroner’s Officer Sandra Polson told the court that police had been flagged down on the street by an unidentified person who had led them to a residential address. There, a woman was found lying on her back.

An ambulance arrived and paramedics attempted CPR but were unable to revive her. She was pronounced dead at 1436 GMT on Saturday.

An autopsy determined that the cause of death was suspension by ligature. The coroner adjourned the rest of the inquest until Aug. 5. (Reuters)

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British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

UNTV News   •   March 27, 2020

British prime minister Boris Johnson making his first statement as prime minister in parliament. | Courtesy: Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday (March 27) he had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating at Downing Street but would still lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak.

Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday (March 26) – a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s House of Commons chamber.

“I’ve taken a test. That has come out positive,” Johnson said in a video statement broadcast on Twitter. “I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That’s to say – a temperature and a persistent cough.”

“So I am working from home. I’m self-isolating,” Johnson said. “Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”

It was not immediately clear how many Downing Street staff and senior ministers would now need to isolate given that many have had contact with Johnson over recent days and weeks.

His finance minister, Rishi Sunak, was not self-isolating, a Treasury source said.

When Britain clapped health workers on Thursday evening, Johnson and Sunak came out of separate entrances on Downing Street and did not come into close contact, according to a Reuters photographer at the scene.

Nor was it immediately clear whether Johnson’s 32-year-old partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, had been tested. (Reuters)

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Trump urges U.S. to halt most social activity in virus fight, warns of recession

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2020

President Donald Trump urged Americans on Monday (March 16) to halt most social activities for 15 days and not congregate in groups larger than 10 people in a newly aggressive effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

Announcing new guidelines from his coronavirus task force, the president said people should avoid discretionary travel and not go to bars, restaurants, food courts or gyms.

As stocks tumbled, Trump warned that a recession was possible, a development that could affect his chances of re-election in November. The Republican president said he was focused on addressing the health crisis and that the economy would get better once that was in line.

The task force implored young people to follow the new guidelines even though they were at lesser risk of suffering if they contract the virus. Older people, especially those with underlying health problems, are at the greatest risk if they develop the respiratory disease.

Reporters staggered their seating, sitting in every other seat in the White House briefing room, to follow social distancing measures.

Trump said the worst of the virus could be over by July, August or later. He called it an invisible enemy.

The president has taken criticism for playing down the seriousness of the virus in the early days of its U.S. spread. On Monday, when asked, he gave himself a good grade for his response.

“I’d rate it a 10. I think we’ve done a great job,” he said.

Trump said a nationwide curfew was not under consideration at this point.

Normally a cheerleader for the U.S. economy, he acknowledged the possibility of a recession while brushing off another dramatic decline on stock markets as investors worried about the virus.

“We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus. Once we stop, I think there’s a tremendous pent up demand, both in terms of the stock market and in terms of the economy,” Trump said. The president has long considered soaring stock markets to be a sign of his administration’s success.

Trump said the administration had talked regularly about domestic travel restrictions but hoped not to have to put such measures in place.

He said he thought it would still be possible for G7 leaders to meet at the Camp David retreat in Maryland in June. Trump upset European countries, which make up a large part of the G7, by instituting travel restrictions from European countries without consulting with them first. (Reuters)

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases rise fast in Britain

UNTV News   •   March 15, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Britain reached 798 Friday, and the British government took many measures to prevent and control the epidemic.

A total of 208 cases were newly confirmed over 24 hours, according to the British Department of Health and Social Care.

It is by far the highest rise in a single day, as 32,771 people tested, 31,973 reported negative.

The British government announced Thursday that the country switched from the “containment” phase to “delay” in response to the spread — a move to encourage more “social distancing”.

Starting from Friday, all schools and universities were banned from organizing overseas travel. The senior citizens and people with poor health were encouraged to stay at home and the authorities said epidemic prevention measures may be upgraded at any time in the future.

The Chinese Embassy in the UK suggested to the over 100,000 Chinese students in the country to stay calm and go out less.

A Chinese student at the University of London surnamed Sun said the topic of the epidemic went viral among her schoolmates, but some of them still thought it no matter to care.

“Everyone discusses this epidemic, which is a very important matter that must be discussed every day. Some foreign students have realized the seriousness of the problem. For example, our group work this afternoon was canceled. But people’s attitudes towards the epidemic are still polarized seriously. Some people think this very serious, while others still think it doesn’t matter,” said Sun.

In the past month, with the increasing number of cases of the disease, the British government reminded the public to wash their hands frequently and not to panic while assuring that food and daily necessities will be supplied.

However, at a supermarket in London, reporter of China Central Television (CCTV) was surprised to see many rushed to buy toilet tissue and sanitizer.

And some local residents said the epidemic brought some difficulties to their daily life.

“I am working from home and doing a lot of things. You know, I canceled my travel to the U.S. today. I was supposed to be in the U.S. for a month and I canceled that this morning. I think that China did the right thing to quarantine and I think that is probably what’s going to happen in the European countries, I think they have done that in Denmark and Ireland, and I think they will soon do that in the UK,” said Denny, a local resident.

At a local railway station, there were no temperature testing measures though the crowds were big. Few people wore masks. Only two or three security warning boards set at entrances to remind passengers to protect themselves. (Reuters)

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