P!nk reveals she had coronavirus- donates $1 MILLION to emergency fund – The Sun

P!NK revealed she tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago and announced she will pledge one MILLION dollars to help combat the global pandemic.

Alecia “P!nk” Moore, 40, said that she was “fortunate” enough to access a test in March after both she and her three-year-old son Jameson began to show symptoms of COVID-19.




The Try singer posted on Twitter Friday: “Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I were showing symptoms of COVID-19.

“Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive.

“My family was already sheltering at home and continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor.

The Grammy winner said she has since recovered from the virus and tested negative this week:

“Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankful negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible."


She continued to criticize the United State's response to the pandemic: “This illness is serious and real.

"People need to know that the illness affect the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor.

“And we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities."

P!nk then revealed she will make two MASSIVE contributions, the first to honor the hospital her mom Judy worked at for 18 years.


“In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontline everyday, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother."

The Pennsylvania native will also donate to the city she calls home along with her husband Carey Hart and their two kids.

“Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis fun," the Just Give Me a Reason songstress said.

She concluded warning everyone to be safe and showing gratitude for those on the frontline:

“THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes!”

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How to make your own coronavirus face mask

How to make your own coronavirus face mask: Online DIY tutorials detail method for vacuum cleaner bag or T-shirt to create protection that leading scientists say is effective against bug

  • Homemade masks offer significantly less protection than medical N95 masks
  • Some medical opinion says they can be effective and better than nothing
  • Items in your home, such as a t-shirt or pillowcase, can be used to make one 

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has led to a shortage of protective face masks, leading to a deluge of online tutorials ion how to make your own using a t-shirt or pillowcase.

Homemade masks offer significantly less protection than the N95 medical masks, which are made of a thick, tightly woven material that fits over the face and can stop 95 per cent of all airborne particles. 

Public Health England still does not recommend Britons wear face masks, unless in a medical setting. 

But there are good reasons to think DIY masks could be effective in tackling the pandemic, as they have been widely used in Hong Kong,Mongolia and South Korea -countries that largely have the disease under control.

The World Health Organisation also currently does not recommend that people without the illness wear face masks, but it could be about to reverse its decision due to evidence from Hong Kong that they may be effective in fighting the virus.

And in a further sign that attitudes about masks are changing, LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, yesterday told all four million of the city’s residents that they must wear face masks at all times to slow the spread of the deadly pandemic. 

MailOnline has investigated how you can make your own face mask using everyday household items such as a t-shirt, kitchen towel or vacuum bags. 

How to make a face mask from a t-shirt

A YouTube tutorial by Runa Ray shows how to make a face mask without any need for sewing, using just a plain t-shirt. 

First of all you need scissors, pencil and a ruler, and a t-shirt you don’t mind being used to make a face mask. 

Cut out a 16″ by 4″ rectangle from the middle of the t-shirt, then fold it in half, and measure four inches on either side.

Then mark the t-shirt with an even number of tassels on each side and use scissors to cut them.

Turn the t-shirt inside out and separate the corner tassels, but tie the remaining ones in-between.

Then with the remaining t-shirt material cut some ear straps using the hem of the shirt. 

Attach the straps to the remaining outer tassels and you have yourself a face mask, with no sewing involved, and using an old t-shirt.

A slightly more complicated method has been perfected by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh  also managed to design a face mask that could be used if ‘commercial masks’ are not available during a virus outbreak.

A woman wearing a mask walks past a closed shop window display during the pandemic lockdown in Manchester

They used a regular cotton t-shirt, which was boiled for 10 minutes and then air-dried to sterilise the material, but also to shrink it.

The researchers used a marker and ruler to measure out what they wanted to cut and then formed the mask using an outer layer and then eight inner layers covering the nose and mouth.

The mask does not require any sewing, and instead involves it being tied multiple time around the face. 

How to make a face mask from vacuum cleaner bags 

By following the simple steps in the graphic, you can create your own face mask from a T-Shirt or vacuum cleaner bag, 

Even UK politicians have got in on the act,  with Gillian Martin, who is MSP for Aberdeenshire East, describing how she made a face mask from vacuum cleaner bags and elastic. 

She told the Daily Record: ‘I live in a small village and have been here for over 20 years. I don’t want to worry or offend people when I go out.

‘I started researching what other countries have been doing and came across a chart with the best materials to use to make a mask out of just about anything.’

‘Just below medical material was a hoover bag. I have loads of them lying around and found Hepa-Flow bag that just goes on your Henry hoover’. 

The chart the MSP is referring to from a University of Cambridge study which shows the materials that work the best against virus sized particles.

The top three are a surgical mask, vacuum cleaner bag and tea towel.

She added: ‘I cut it up the bag and secured it with elastic. I live with my family of three who have all been self-isolating so I made one for each of us’.

Gillian Martin posted about her mask that she made from a vacuum cleaning bag

‘I made it because I’m nervous of people coming up to me when I’m out walking the dog. I don’t want to have to run away from them.’

Another popular YouTube method shows how to fold up a scarf, using hair ties at either end, to make a simple and easy no-sew mask. The same method can be used with a handkerchief and doesn’t involve any sewing.  

How to make a face mask from kitchen towel

For this you need two layers of kitchen towel and one of tissue.

You cut it in half, and then use masking tape on each end to ensure the mask is stiff.

Then you punch holes through either end of the mask and thread elastic bands through the holes. 

Some Japanese women have even been posting instructions about how to make a face mask from a bra.

The method is simple and involves cutting off one cup with scissors and then sewing the bra straps on, so they can be attached to your face.

Do masks have to be complex to be effective?

The idea that masks do not have to be complex to be effective does have some support from recently published studies. 

A University of Oxford study published this week concluded that surgical masks are just as effective at preventing respiratory infections as N95 masks for doctors, nurses and other health care workers.

It’s too early for there to be reliable data on how well they prevent infection with COVID-19, but the study found the thinner, cheaper masks do work in flu outbreaks.

Two elderly women wearing protective face masks walk in Westminster on Wednesday

The difference between surgical or face masks and N95 masks lies in the size of particles that can – and more importantly, can’t – get though the materials.

N95 respirators are made of thick, tightly woven and molded material that fits tightly over the face and can stop 95 percent of all airborne particles, while surgical masks are thinner, fit more loosely, and more porous.

This makes surgical masks much more comfortable to breathe and work in, but less effective at stopping small particles from entering your mouth and nose.

Droplets of saliva and mucous from coughs and sneezes are very small, and viral particles themselves are particularly tiny – in fact, they’re about 20-times smaller than bacteria. 

Experts universally agree that there’s simply no replacement for thorough, frequent hand-washing for preventing disease transmission. 

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MICHAEL MORPUGO says coronavirus will leave us with a kinder world…

We’re Skyping and singing, clapping and caring: MICHAEL MORPUGO writes that once this evil coronavirus is beaten we’ll be left with a kinder world…

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

In the dark times, will there also be singing?’ Bertolt Brecht, the great German poet and playwright, once asked the question.

Well, we all know the answer: ‘You bet there will be, Mr Brecht. There’ll be singing from our windows, from our balconies and from the rooftops. There’ll be writing too, also texting and emailing and Skyping and Zooming and YouTubing, and clapping. And dancing in the streets, when we can, when it’s all over.’

We’ve been here before, through times even darker than these. We should remember that. Not in my memory, though, and not in many of yours. Our parents and grandparents knew such times, and worse. And they sang their way through and out of their dark times. In the music-hall days of the First World War, there was a rousing song whose chorus began like this: ‘Are we downhearted? No! Then let your voices ring and altogether sing! Are we downhearted? No!’

People in Woodford Green, London, join a national applause for the NHS from their homes

Singing chases away the demons of gloom and despondency, makes us feel we are not alone, that we’ll get through. We will too, but get through to what? To the world as it was before? I think not. I hope not.

So let’s reflect on how each of us feels about where we are, how we got here and how and where we could be going afterwards.

The story of this pandemic is worldwide, of course, but it is also personal.

I don’t think I really began to understand the seriousness of the coronavirus, of what was happening and its consequences, until I looked out of my cottage window one early morning a few weeks ago.

I saw a dozen or so schoolchildren in wellies, walking down the lane with sacks over their shoulders on their way to feed the sheep, as they had been nearly every morning for the past 45 years.

I knew this was the last morning I would be seeing this. Normally I loved to see them out at work on the farm, it cheered my heart.

Staff outside St James’s University Hospital in Leeds wave to people applauding their work

One hundred thousand city children had been there before them, farmers for a week of their young lives. That morning I felt so overwhelmed with sadness that I had to look away.

I also had a very strong sense of deja vu. It took me a while to remember. In 2001, the charity my wife Clare and I had begun at Nethercott, near Iddesleigh in deepest Devon, Farms For City Children, had to shut down. Another epidemic was stalking the land: foot-and-mouth. The countryside was closing down. No visitors were allowed on farms. And that included our children from the cities.

Strange then that this thought gave me hope. Because that epidemic was a dark time for so many rural communities like ours. Memories came back, of the mass slaughter, the black smoke from burning cattle drifting along the valley, of farming friends living through hell. Yet it ended, this terrible epidemic. It seemed as if it never would, but it did. Hope springs eternal, with good reason. Hope and science and dedication ended that epidemic, just as they will end this one.

There have been two spikes of hope in my lifetime: the late 1940s and the 1960s.

Clare and I were children in the late 1940s and the 1950s: the 1944 Education Act, a National Health Service, a new young Queen, the Festival of Britain, Tenzing and Hillary climbing Everest, Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile – the fog of postwar gloom lifting slowly, with rationing, maybe, and bomb sites all around us, but with hope of a brave new world ahead.

And by the 1960s we could believe it was really happening, that we were part of a special time, that the times they really were a-changing. We could help make it happen.

People clap for the NHS from their balconies in Bristol at 8pm on March 26

In the flush of this optimism, committed and naive no doubt, and seeing the world ‘feelingly’ as we did, we, with some good friends and farmers, launched Farms for City Children to enrich the lives of our urban children.

And so for all these years they came to the farm, 35 at a time, soon to two other farms as well, because demand from schools was so great. They’d be planting and harvesting, looking after cows and sheep and pigs and horses and poultry, working alongside real farmers, living the country life. They’d stomp through the mud, scuffle leaves, break the ice in the puddles, hear buzzards mewing high in the sky, glimpse a heron lifting off the river, see swallows skimming over the meadows, watch sheep and cows giving birth.

And in the evenings I’d read stories to them in front of a log fire, and they’d listen, hot chocolate in hand. This was our life, Clare’s and mine. This was our dream.

And now at my window I was watching the last city children walk up the lane again, the last we would be seeing for months, for who knows how long.

Then I realised that thousands upon thousands of businesses – which of course are people – and individuals and charities up and down the land are going through the same dark times, the same trauma, the same deep sadness, the same uncertainty about employment and money, anxiety about protecting ourselves and everyone we know and love from the infection, as the epidemic spreads remorselessly. And I’m thinking, as many of us are: will there ever be an end to this?

Can our doctors and nurses and hospital workers and carers keep going? Can they, can we, somehow get through it? How can we get through this and come out the other side? And what will the other side look like? Are granny and grandpa all right? When will we see family and friends again? When will we hug them again?

Medical staff pictured rushing an 18-year-old coronavirus patient through a hospital

Befuddled by all these unanswerable questions, I remember two others: will there also be singing? Are we downhearted? Yes, to the first. No, to the second.

I sing often in the shower. Not a pretty sight, not a pretty sound. But in my resonant bathroom I can believe I sound like Pavarotti. And because I was singing, I was thinking positive thoughts in my shower. I will share them, for what they are worth.

Out of this cruel pandemic, despite all its appalling consequences, I have learnt great lessons. Were the skies and streets ever quieter? Do the birds not seem to sing more? Is the air not cleaner to breathe? Do we not feel more kinship with neighbours, with everyone about us, because we really are all in this together, Prince and Prime Minister, employed or unemployed, prisoner or rough sleeper?

Unable to see our friends and relations, do we not think of them more? Do we not take everyone less for granted, those who work to keep us fed, and cared for? Did we not forget just how good and kind and generous we can be, those who put themselves in danger to help those less able to help themselves?

Are we not discovering in ourselves and in others so much that we might have forgotten? And does this not give us hope and a fierce determination that, after this monster has finally been destroyed, and he will be, he will be, we can create a new world in which everyone matters, and a world and a life and a sense of community that are more precious to us, because we no longer take them for granted?

See, Mr Brecht? Your question should have been. ‘In the dark times, will there also be singing in the shower?’ Yes, Mr Brecht. Oh, yes.

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Prince Charles' Coronavirus Diagnosis Has Royal Watchers Concerned for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Royal watchers are worried about the possibility that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have contracted the coronavirus following Prince Charles’ positive test results. The royals just confirmed that Charles, 71, has contracted COVID-19 and is now in self-quarantine. Given how Charles recently appeared in public with Harry and Meghan, fans are wondering if they are at risk as well.

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Buckingham Palace recently confirmed that Charles has tested positive for COVID-19. The royals do not know how Charles contracted the virus, mainly because of the number of people he has come into contact with over the past few weeks.

While Charles is in the early stages of the virus, the palaceassured royal watchers that he is in self-isolation and is doing well. ThePrince of Wales is currently at Birkhall, where he is expected to remain forseveral weeks.

Exactly when a person becomes contagious remains uncertain, butdoctors believe that Prince Charles could have been passing the virus along asearly as March 13. According to Express,this is one day after Charles visited Queen Elizabeth.

“Doctors’ most conservative estimate is that the Prince islikely to have been contagious from around March 13 – the day after he carriedout his last official public engagement,” royal correspondent RhiannonMills shared.

This timeline has raised concerns over other members of the royal family who may have come in contact with Charles. His wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, has tested negative for the coronavirus and is distancing herself from him. 

When was Prince Charles’ last public engagement?

The last time Charles took part in a public engagement was onMarch 12. The Prince of Wales was present for a dinner at Mansion House insupport of a bushfire relief charity.

At some point prior to the dinner, Charles and Queen Elizabeth held a private meeting at Buckingham Palace. It is unclear what the two discussed, but that puts Charles and Her Majesty in the same room a day before doctors believe he was contagious.

The doctors are not 100 percent positive when Prince Charles mayhave been contagious, and we still do not know if he and Queen Elizabeth madeany physical contact. Charles has been avoiding handshakes in recent weeks, soit is likely that they observed social distancing measures.

Charles has reportedly been in contact with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who have been very supportive. Harry, of course, is currently in Canada with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie Harrison.

Fans worry about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s health

Following the announcement, fans raised concerns about Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, health. The couple wrapped up their final round of public engagements on March 9, when they appeared alongside Prince Charles at the Commonwealth Day service.

“Did Harry know and Meghan know? If Charles got this thingthat’s like all the Royals got to be in danger now surely#CoronavirusLockdown,” one fan wrote, while another added, “He betterstay the F away from her majesty the queen and Prince Harry and the amazing MeghanMarkle.”

Meghan immediately returned to Canada after the event. Harryreunited with his family a few days later. The Sussexes have been in Canadaever since and are now self-isolating as a precaution against the coronaviruspandemic.

Considering how doctors believe that Prince Charles was notcontagious until March 13, Harry and Meghan had a very low risk of contractingthe coronavirus from him.

Even still, there is always the possibility that they got the virus from somebody else, as we still do not know how Charles contracted it in the first place. Hopefully, Harry and Meghan are safe and are in good health.

Has Queen Elizabeth been tested?

With Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth being in the same room aday before he was contagious, royal experts believe that Her Majesty should gettested just in case.

According to Express,royal expert Sarah Campbell raised the question about Queen Elizabeth beingtested, especially considering how she is in her 90s. If Her Majesty contractedthe disease, there is a high chance that she would suffer serious side effects.

“This does beg the question has the Queen been tested,”Campbell stated. “The statement on Prince Charles has just been releasedand we are expecting to get some more details about this.”

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The royal family has taken precautions against getting thecoronavirus. Last week, the royals canceled several events and are expected tomake more cancelations unless the pandemic takes a major turn for the good.

Queen Elizabeth has also left Buckingham Palace as is currently staying at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip. The two are no longer accepting audiences and are expected to remain out of the public eye for several weeks.

Prince Charles is in self-quarantine in Scotland.

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5 easy ways to celebrate a friend’s birthday while we’re in lockdown

Wondering how to celebrate your friend’s birthday from a distance? Here’s five ways to make them feel special, even in lockdown.

Having your birthday while the country is in the grips of a pandemic is, to say the least, a bit unfortunate.

Of course, there are plenty of worse things going on at the moment – that’s for sure – but it’s okay to feel a little disappointed that things won’t be going ahead as usual. After all, not being able to see your friends – or leave the house – on your birthday doesn’t leave you with very many celebration options.

If one of your friends is due to celebrate their birthday during this rather unusual period, then you’ve probably spent some time brainstorming exactly how you’ll make their day special from afar. Thanks to the world of video calling and online deliveries, there are plenty of small ways we can show someone we’re thinking of them without the need to see them in the flesh. 

So without further ado, here’s Stylist’s guide to celebrating a friend’s birthday during lockdown. From giving them a creative gift to get them through quarantine to having a virtual drink, these simple ideas are a great way to make sure this one’s a birthday to remember. 

1.Have a (virtual) house party

Forget having a drink over Zoom – viral video chat app Houseparty allows you to have a virtual party with a group of your friends.

As well as giving you the space to chat and hangout with whoever you like, Houseparty offers a range of in-app activities to do with your friends, including ‘Heads Up!’ and trivia. You can also share your screen with the people on your call, making it super easy to watch films or TV programmes together as you celebrate. 

With up to eight people permitted to join each session, Houseparty may not allow for as big a gathering as Zoom, but it’ll certainly allow you to create some sort of party atmosphere for your friend’s special day.

2.Pick out a special card

While in “normal” times you might not care too much about birthday cards, in the current situation something as simple as a friendly message is sure to make a difference.

Oliver Bonas have a great selection of cards by different designers which you can currently order online, or you can use a card delivery service like Thortful to have the card sent straight to a friend with the message already printed inside. 

3.Send them a boredom buster

Staying at home all the time is sure to get boring pretty quick, so give your friend the gift of distraction in the form of a craft kit. Not only will it break up the endless Netflix bingeing sessions which will inevitably form most of their life now, it’ll keep them busy for a considerable time. 

Lisa Angel’s needle punch kit is a lot easier than embroidery (making it perfect for beginners), and Cast’s bespoke jewellery making kit will give them everything they need to create personalised silver jewellery.

4.Invest in a subscription box 

Give them the gift that keeps on giving and pay for a subscription box to be delivered to their house every month. There truly is something for everyone out there – just take Bloombox Club’s houseplant subscription.

If you’re looking to give them a subscription they’ll be able to use during quarantine, premium art kit subscription service Artful sends out a box curated by a featured artist as soon as you register, and will send your friend a new set in the post every three months. 

5.Food glorious food

If there’s one thing sure to brighten someone’s mood while they’re in lockdown, it’s a delivery of tasty snacks. In a time where we’re being encouraged to go to the supermarket as little as possible, having some treats in will make their birthday all the more special.

From the beautiful hand-iced biscuits of Biscuiteers to the delectable brownies of Bad Brownie, there’s still plenty of delivery options available to give their day that extra boost. 

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Mother 'dies of coronavirus' after being told she was not a priority

Mother, 36, ‘dies of coronavirus’ in her flat after being told she was not a priority when she called 999

  • Kayla Williams called with fever, cough and severe pains in stomach and chest  
  • NHS staff told the mother of three to take care of herself at Peckham home 
  • Paramedic then told her husband hospital would not take the patient
  • They said she was not a priority and Ms Williams died in south London flat 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A mother of three has died in her flat after calling 999 and being told she was not a priority despite displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

Kayla Williams died of suspected Covid-19 at her apartment in Peckham, the day after call handlers told her to look after herself at home.

The 36-year-old’s life was cut short on Saturday, when paramedics came to her south London address.

Kayla Williams (pictured) died at home in Peckham, south London, after being told she was not a priority 

Husband Fabian Willams told the Guardian that his wife was suffering a cough, high fever and severe chest and stomach pains on Friday.

Documents have revealed that she was being treated as a suspected coronavirus case when she was told to stay at home. 

Mr Williams said: ‘I called 999 because my wife was breathless, she was vomiting and she had pains in her stomach. 

‘As I was talking to them she was getting worse and they told me to put her on the floor and to make her body flat.’

A paramedic came over to perform some tests on the patient at 8.32am but told the couple the hospital wouldn’t admit her.

Mr Williams said. ‘She told me the hospital won’t take her, she is not a priority. She did not stay very long and she went outside to write her report and posted it through the door.’

When his wife’s condition worsened the next day, Mr Williams ran her a bath and helped to dress her.

He left her to rest in the lounge and then came back to find her slumped over. ‘She was already dead,’ he told the paper.  

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Queens man dies from coronavirus after doctors sent him home

A 76-year-old Queens man infected with COVID-19 died after being sent home from a hospital to self-quarantine, The Post has learned.

Teodosio Torres had been rehabbing his broken hip at Regal Heights Rehabilitation for two months and had underlying health conditions of diabetes and high blood pressure, police sources said.

On Friday, he was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens after showing potential symptoms of coronavirus— but was sent home the same day and told to isolate himself as doctors waited for his test results, which eventually came back positive for the deadly bug, the sources said.

His wife called the hospital Sunday when his health began to deteriorate, the sources said.

Torres died Wednesday in his Jackson Heights apartment just after 5:45 p.m., according to sources.

It was unclear why Torres had not been admitted to the hospital after his wife’s plea for treatment.

Torres’ wife could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Wednesday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said 1,871 people tested positive for COVID-10 in the city and 11 had died. It was not immediately clear whether Torres’ death was included in that count.

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Tokyo Olympics & coronavirus: Lord Coe says too early to decide on cancellation

It is too early to decide whether to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, says World Athletics chief Lord Coe.

The International Olympic Committee has said the Games could still begin on 24 July despite the coronavirus pandemic causing other events to be cancelled.

Coe told BBC Sport: “Let’s not make a precipitous decision when we don’t have to four months out.”

However, he added: “If you had to ease that date, you’d have to ease it. It is possible. Anything is possible.”

Speaking on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Coe, who was chair of the London 2012 organising committee, also said: “Events are changing by the hour but it is not a decision that has to be made at the moment.

“We’re trying to manage the situation with the information we have but there is not a great deal of information.

“The temperature in the room with the IOC is, nobody is saying we’re going to the Games come what may.”

The IOC says it held “constructive” talks with athlete representatives about the coronavirus crisis earlier this week.

President Thomas Bach admitted he was “confronted with many questions” over qualification and restrictions but insisted that “everybody realised that we still have more than four months to go” until Tokyo 2020.

When asked about the prospect of pushing the Olympics back a year to 2021, Coe replied: “It seems on the surface an easy proposition but athletics has its worlds on that date, the Euros in football have been moved back a year.

“The sporting calendar is a complicated matrix and it is not easy to move from one year to the next. It would be ridiculous to say anything is ruled out at the moment. The whole world wants clarity; we’re no different from any other sector.

“We’ve postponed three Diamond League meetings but not all, because we don’t have to make that decision. Everybody accepts this is a fast-moving environment. I need to be careful I’m not removing the earning potential from athletes any more than I need to at this moment.”

Not ‘much of a choice’ but to call them off

In contrast to Coe, former Olympic champion rower Sir Matthew Pinsent said he did not see “much of a choice” but to postpone or cancel the Games.

“I just think there are bigger things to worry about at this stage on a global front,” Britain’s four-time Olympic gold medallist told BBC Radio 4.

“For most of the European countries as well as Asian countries, organised sport in any meaningful way has ceased, and that’s from government advice. I don’t see there’s any way forward for an Olympic athlete to train effectively – even as an individual, but particularly in a team environment.

“Obviously I came from rowing, and rowing squads around Europe and the world are essentially downing tools and going into lockdown as their individual governments are mandating that they should – I just think it’s unfair.

“It’s unfair for the Olympics to say we’re going to carry on. There are the two big forces in an Olympic athlete’s life, which is the Olympics and everything else. And those two things are pulling in different directions at this moment.”

Asked why he felt the IOC was insisting the Games would go ahead, Pinsent added: “I think they feel a responsibility to Tokyo.

“We know having hosted in 2012 that seven-year build up is a crescendo of energy and concentration and effort on behalf of the city and on behalf of the nation and the government. Everybody takes a pride in it.

“I know that Tokyo have done exactly the same and actually the financial stakes are much higher for the host city than they are for the IOC.”

Meanwhile British race walker Tom Bosworth has told BBC Sport that the Olympics should be put back until the autumn.

“It would be a very tough one but in my opinion I think it should be postponed to allow everybody to qualify, to allow the build-up to be correct for what should be a really great and really successful Olympic Games,” he said.

“If I’m honest I don’t think there is enough time to properly build towards a Games, whether that is build athlete profiles, build the teams, allow people to qualify who haven’t qualified. I think for all involved a slight delay is probably the best option.”

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50 Cent Sends Kevin Durant Well Wishes With Distasteful Coronavirus Meme

Brooklyn Nets announced on Tuesday that Kevin was among the four members, who are currently isolated, of the Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

AceShowbizKevin Durant is the latest celebrity victim of Coronavirus as he recently tested positive for it. Not long after the news broke, 50 Cent weighed in on the matter in his own fashion, trolling the NBA player with a rather offensive meme on Instagram.

The “Power” star/creator shared on Tuesday, March 17 a picture that originally showed Kevin in his Brooklyn Nets jersey while tossing a basketball in the air. However, after it was confirmed that he contracted Coronavirus, someone edited the ball into something that looked like a giant virus.

Alongside the said meme, Fiddy wrote in the caption, “Got Damn man got my boy KD @easymoneysniper get some meds and chill. #abcforlife.”

Unsurprisingly, Fif got mixed response with his meme. “Dude do u ever chill smh,” one criticized the “In Da Club” rapper. “Not funny fofty,” another fan added, while someone else called him “petty” over his post.

However, some others were laughing along with Fiddy. “F***ing stop!! the picture alone took me out,” one wrote alongside a crying and laughing emoji. Another fan commented, “We really joke about everything. I love it here.”

Brooklyn Nets announced on Tuesday that Kevin was among the four members, who are currently isolated, of the Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the statement, only one player showed symptoms while the other three were asymptomatic.

“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the Nets said in a statement. “All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team and medical staff.”

“The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible. As always, we appreciate the support of our fans, partners and surrounding community, and we wish all those who are battling this virus a speedy recovery,” it concluded.

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New Zealand detained foreigners who refused self-isolation amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, and said they could face deportation

  • New Zealand officials detained two foreigners from Southeast Asia who did not comply with self-isolating orders, Immigration New Zealand told Bloomberg on Tuesday. 
  • The two people have since been quarantined and will be deported if they fail to see the quarantine out. 
  • New Zealand is requiring international travelers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
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New Zealand officials detained two foreigners for not complying with a country-wide order of self-isolating amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Immigration New Zealand told Bloomberg on Tuesday that the two people were from Southeast Asia and have been quarantined. If they fail to see it out, they will be deported, officials said.

"This kind of behavior is completely irresponsible and will not be tolerated," Immigration New Zealand Compliance and Verification General Manager Stephen Vaughan told Bloomberg. "The travel restrictions and requirements to self-isolate are in place for a good reason and will help save lives by reducing the spread of coronavirus."

The New Zealand government released new travel restrictions on Monday, saying international travelers had to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the country, according to the New Zealand Herald.

"Being deported has serious consequences. It means individuals will be banned from returning to New Zealand for a period of time and they may also find it difficult to travel to other countries," Vaughan told the Herald.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Bloomberg that those who break the rules "are not welcome."

"I consider this a warning to all those who choose to come to New Zealand," Ardern said. "We take our role of being hospitable hosts very seriously, but in turn, we ask that visitors reciprocate."

As of Monday morning, New Zealand had 11 confirmed and two probable cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Worldwide, more than 185,000 have been infected with COVID-19 and 7,300 have died.

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