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CVS Health Corp said that it will launch two new drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island on Monday using new, faster tests than had previously been available, with up to four more locations to follow.

The company said both drive-through testing sites will use testing equipment made by Abbott Laboratories that can deliver results within minutes. It expects to be able to perform around 1,000 tests per day at each site.

CVS HEALTH OPENS ITS FIRST CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITE IN MASSACHUSETTS

"We want to get some experience under our belt with these sites and understand exactly sort of what the volume looks like. And we'll also be improving the logistics associated with each of the sites over time," CVS Chief Medical Officer Troy Brennan said in an interview.

Brennan said the company expects to announce a third testing site in a different state on Tuesday and could launch up to three more sites afterward.

CVS was part of a group of U.S. retailers that pledged at a White House news conference on March 13 to open testing sites in their parking lots. CVS has only opened one drive-through testing site, in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Brennan said CVS was basically "shutting down that other model" of a single lane drive-through in the parking lot of one of its stores. A CVS spokeswoman said the Shrewsbury site is still operational, but the company is evaluating how and when to transition to this new model in Massachusetts.

The new testing sites will not be located in CVS parking lots. Instead, one will be located at Georgia Tech University and the other will be in the parking lot of a casino in Rhode Island.

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CVS will supply personnel from its MinuteClinic unit to oversee the testing. The states will provide security and protective equipment.

The testing is currently available at no cost to patients, CVS said.

"Right now, the federal government's paying for these tests and will do so for a specific duration of time," Brennan said. "Then we'll develop the capability to bill insurance."

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Patients will need to pre-register in advance online at CVS.com in order to schedule a same-day time slot for testing, the company said. Testing at the sites is for eligible individuals who meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to state residency and age guidelines.

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Teen to be charged with terrorism after posting she’s got coronavirus and is ‘willfully spreading’ killer bug – The Sun

A TEEN is facing charges for making a terroristic threat after she posted a series of videos where she said she was going to willingly infect people with coronavirus.

Lorraine Maradiaga, 18, posted a a series of videos on social media that appear to show her going to get a coronavirus test, and then going around a store saying she's going to infect people with COVID-19.


One video shows the teen going through what appears to be a drive-through testing site.

A nurse tells the teen to go home and await test results.

However, in a later series of videos, the woman goes to a store she says is Walmart, as she says she is going to infect other people.

"I'm here at Walmart about to infest every (expletive), because if I'm going down, all you (expletive) are going down," she says in the video, as reported by KXAS.

In a separate video, she adds: "If you want to get the coronavirus and (expletive) die, call me."

"I'll meet you up and (cough, cough) and I will shorten your life," she says.

In another video, the teen says that she doesn't care if the videos are being screen recorded.

"Make me famous, b***h," she says.

She says she "doesn't give a f**k" about people, and added her parents told her to stay home as well.

"My parents told me to stay my a** at home. Who the f**k are you to tell me to stay my a** home?" she says in the video.

Carrollton, Texas police identified the woman in the videos as Maradiaga, and said they are charging her for the threats.

"We have identified the woman seen on social media claiming to be COVID-19 positive as 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga and are charging her with Terroristic Threat, Texas Penal Code 22.07," police said in a statement.

Cops said in a statement it's not known if the teen actually has the virus – but they say they are not taking the threat lightly.

"We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health," police said.

"We are, however, taking her social media actions very seriously."

A spokesperson for the Carrollton Police told KXAS that cops went to Maradiaga's house on Sunday – but she was not there.

Police hope Maradiaga turns herself in, and said that her family is cooperating.

The video comes after Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned that this coming week will be one that will leave a lasting effect on the nation.

"The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It's going to be our 9/11 moment," Adams told the nation during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press.

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. continue to climb, as the total passed 337,933 on Monday morning.

More than 9,653 people around the nation have died from the virus.

As New York City remains the virus epicenter, one tearful nurse shared she did a FaceTime call with the family member of someone who died from coronavirus so they could see their loved one for a last time.

"If we could do at least one thing to make this hard time for them a little [bit] easier, that’s what we’re going to do, no matter how crazy our day is and how much work we have to get done," Lisa Kilfeather, who works at Long Island Jewish Medical Center told Sky News.

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Dr. Ruth tells parents to stop fighting in front of kids during coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Ruth has an urgent message for America’s parents.

The legendary sex expert called us up over the weekend because she wanted The Post to help her tell moms and dads to stop arguing in front of their children during the COVID-19 crisis — because she’s worried about kids’ anxiety.

“I want to make sure parents know if they have disagreements, how frightened children can be. Children can be very afraid that their parents are going to divorce.”

The 91-year-old — who was a kindergarten teacher before, as she put it, “started talking about orgasm and erections” — said that kids are already anxious because “they’ve never been in a situation where the schools are closed and they can’t go to the playground.”

“If you have to argue, set your alarm for 1 a.m. and argue then,” she said, quipping, “Anyway, even if you want to get a divorce, you can’t — the courts are all closed.”

Dr. Ruth said, “I promise great sex to anyone who puts their children’s anxiety first.”

Meanwhile, the doctor said that she wants The Post to make sure all this is over by October, because she’s due to travel to Ben Gurion University in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate. We’re on it!

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Wuhan lab linked to pandemic posted job ad calling for experts to probe ‘coronavirus and bats’ 7 days before outbreak – The Sun

A WUHAN lab posted a job advert calling for experts on coronavirus and bats just a week before Chinese officials revealed they were facing an outbreak.

Recruitment notices still listed on the official website of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) – just ten miles from the epicentre of the pandemic – show an advert was put out on December 24.

WIV is the most advanced laboratory of its kind in mainland China, and is the first to have biosafety level four – the highest warning level in the research of diseases.

The job ad posted on December 24 calls for scientists to join their team researching new viruses in bats and the infectiousness of coronaviruses.

China notified the World Health Organisation they were dealing with a mystery new coronavirus seven days later on December 31.

It comes as British security sources confirmed they were “no longer discounting” the theory the new coronavirus may have accidentally leaked from one of the two labs in Wuhan.

Meanwhile another ad, posted on November 29 looks for a researcher to help analyse the viral outbreaks to “reduce the harm caused by infectious diseases in humans”.

And a third on November 18, looks for a scientist to join the team to analyse how bats can carry coronaviruses without developing a disease.

The earliest known cases of the new coronavirus are known to have emerged in December, but one report claims patient zero may have been a 55-year-old man on November 17.

The lab is known to have been active in research into coronaviruses, and previously led research into Sars – which killed 773 people in an outbreak in 2003.

WIV’s job intriguing adverts were first pointed out by documentary filmmaker Matthew Tye in a YouTube video with 1.5million views as of April 6.

Mr Tye, who has lived in China for over 10 years, has almost 450,000 subscribers and has been regularly uploading videos about living in the country for seven years.

The video is titled “I Found The Source of Coronavirus” – but the scientific community have still expressed doubt over the leak theory.

The recruitment notices to probe coronaviruses in bats however are verified and are still listed on WIV’s Chinese language website, which is currently active and posting updates about their work as recently as April 3.

WIV is known for its research into coronavirus and bats, so it is possible the adverts may be coincidental.


Consensus is currently that coronavirus originated in animals and then jumped to humans – most likely at a wet market in Wuhan.

But questions are being asked about the virus, and the lab, amid accusations of a lack of transparency from China’s ruling Communist Party.

China has dismissed speculation about the origin of the virus as baseless, and WIV has also hit back at any allegation linking them to the coronavirus.

WIV is a £30million institute which opened its current high security lab in 2015 after ten years of construction.

It is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is controlled by the government in Beijing.

The state-run People’s Daily newspaper also boasted in 2018 that the lab was capable of conducting experiments with “highly pathogenic microorganisms”.

Unverified local claims have suggested workers at the lab became infected by coronavirus after being sprayed with blood, and then carried in infection into the local population.

The December 24 advert informs applicants they will be reporting to Shi Zhengli, who is known as Bat Woman, and is considered an authority on coronaviruses.

She has angrily rebuffed claims her lab may have played a role in the outbreak, but did admit she “lost sleep” over the consideration.

Ms Zhengli swore on her life that the virus did not come from WIV.

She blamed the virus's spread on “nature punishing the human race for keeping uncivilized living habits”.

The researcher has told those claiming the virus came from her lab to “shut their stinking mouths”.

The first human infection also could have occurred as a laboratory accident

WIV has since the outbreak been part of the fight against the coronavirus, and were the first to publicly link the virus to bats.

Coronavirus has spread around the world, infecting almost 1.3million people and killing more than 70,000.

It is known to have originated in China, and politicians around the world have accused the Communist Party of attempting to cover-up the early stage of the virus.

A doctor who first warned about the virus was threatened by police, and then last month Chinese officials suggested the US military may have been responsible for coronavirus.

CHINA CORONAVIRUS TIMELINE

Coronavirus originated in Chinese city of Wuhan before spreading around the world as a pandemic.

  • December 31 – China alerts the World Health Organisation (WHO) to an unknown virus in Wuhan
  • January 7 – WHO offcials identifiy the new virus as its linked to a seafood market
  • January 11 – China announces its first death from the virus
  • January 13 – The first case is reported outside China with a case in Thailand
  • January 23 – Wuhan is placed under qurantine
  • February 9 – Death toll in China surpasses Sars outbreak at 811
  • February 11 – Coronavirus is dubbed Covid-19 by WHO
  • February 18 – China's daily infection figures drops below 2,000 for first time
  • March 11 – WHO declares outbreak a global pandemic
  • March 18 – No new cases reports in China for first time since start of outbreak
  • March 25 – China begins to relax quaratine restrictions on Wuhan and Hubei province
  • March 31– US death toll surpasses China
  • April 1 – China admits to unreported asymptomatic cases
  • April 2– Global case count surpasses one million
  • April 4 – China holds three minutes of silence to mark the dead

China now claims it has weathered the virus storm, and on Saturday mourned victims with a three minute silence as it positions itself as a world leader amid the pandemic.

British government sources however yesterday revealed security services are now considering a leak from a Wuhan lab as a potential source for the outbreak, reported The Mail on Sunday.

A source on the Cobra committee said: “Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted.”

The source added however they did not dispute the virus was “zoonotic” – meaning it originated in animals.

Downing Street has said it “does not recognise” the claims made by the source.

Pressure is now ratcheting up on China to come clean, and clarify what – if any – part the Wuhan labs played during the outbreak.

Despite denying any leak, China has issued new laws that call for facilities to ensure “biological safety” and improve management of viruses.

A leak from a Chinese lab led to an outbreak of Sars that killed one person and infected nine others in 2004.

The Chinese government confirmed it was an accident due to negligence and added that five officials were punished.

Scientists agree that conspiracy theories suggesting coronavirus is a bio-weapon created in an experiment are nonsense – but a lab accident with an existing disease has not yet been ruled out.

Biosecurity researcher Richard Ebright, a professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, said the coronavirus behind the pandemic was 96.2 per cent similar to a bat virus discovered by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2013 and studied at the nearby Wuhan Centre for Disease Control (WCDC).

The WCDC is another lab in the city, which is even just a stone’s throw from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market – which has been linked as a possible origin for the coronavirus pandemic.

'LAB ACCIDENT'

Professor Ebright said: “Bat coronaviruses are collected and studied by laboratories in multiple parts of China — including Wuhan Municipal CDC and Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"Therefore, the first human infection also could have occurred as a laboratory accident."

The expert claims coronaviruses were not studied at the top biosafety level at the Wuhan lab.

And when talking about WIV back in 2017, he questioned how safe the lab will be while speaking to the publication Nature – citing the previous leaks of Sars elsewhere in China.

He raised the question of a lab worker being infected with a virus by a live specimen in the same article, but cited monkeys rather than bats.

The Chinese embassy in London has previously hit back at speculation about the origin of the virus – saying it “disregards the tremendous efforts and huge sacrifice of China and its people”.

In a statement yesterday, a spokesman said: ““There has been no scientific or medical conclusion yet on the origin of Covid-19, as relevant tracing work is still underway.

“The WHO has made repeated statements that what the world is experiencing now is a global phenomenon, the source is undetermined, the focus should be on containment and any stigmatizing language referring to certain places must be avoided.”

WIV has also directly responded to reports about its links to Covid-19, and the Chinese government cracked down on “rumor mongering”.

Lab officials said the reports had “received close attention from all walks of life” and “caused great harm to our research staff on the front line of scientific research” back in February

They added staff had been working around the clock since the end of 2019 to trace the source of the coronavirus and improve detection rates – adding the theories "seriously interfered" with their efforts.

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A senior US State Department official said questions need to be answered about WIV, reports the Washington Times.

The official said it is “valid” to ask whether or not coronavirus may have leaked from the lab.

Dr Robert G. Darling, chief medical officer of Patronus Medical, accused China of hampering the search for the origin of the virus, the newspaper also reported.

He said: “The Chinese almost certainly know but they have not shared it.

“By learning its origin it will better help us understand the biology of the virus and how it behaves.”

However, amid the search for the origin the world continues to fight on against the coronavirus.

Britain is continuing to press ahead as the death toll nears 5,00 and the case count nears 50,000.

Last night, The Queen addressed the nation as she invoked images of World War 2 to encourage the UK to stay the course, obey the rules, and beat the bug.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hospitalised and given oxygen as he fights his coronavirus infection.

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MRS HINCH shows you how to make your sitting room sparkle

Planning a spring clean in lockdown? Here, in the second part of our inspired series, Instagram sensation MRS HINCH shows you how to make your sitting room sparkle

  • Sophie Hinchliffe, 30, from Essex, shared advice for cleaning your living room
  • Best known as Mrs Hinch, she boasts over 3.2 million followers on Instagram
  • Among her top tips is colour coding cloths to avoid cross-contamination 

She’s the former Essex hairdresser whose infectious enthusiasm for cleaning and down-to-earth personality have made her an Instagram — and publishing — star.

Mrs Hinch, real name Sophie Hinchliffe, started posting about her cleaning routines on social media after discovering that setting to with mop and bucket or cloths and disinfectant helped calm her anxiety.

But people loved her tips — as well as her habit of giving nicknames to her tools and products — so much that she now has 3.2 million Instagram followers, called ‘Hinchers’, and has sold almost a million books.

Married to Jamie Hinchliffe, and now mum to baby Ronnie, Sophie, 30, is also doting owner of cocker spaniel Henry.

Sophie Hinchliffe, 30, (pictured) from Essex, who is best known as Mrs Hinch, shared her advice for cleaning your sitting room

But whether you’re concerned about keeping coronavirus at bay or are having to do without a weekly cleaner, while we’re under government orders to stay safe at home, there has never been a better time for a spring clean.

On Saturday, Mrs Hinch introduced her favourite products and tools before tackling the kitchen. Today, she shows you how to get a living room you can truly relax in.

How To Hinch Your Sofa

My sofa is the heart of my home. Personally, I’ve always loved a sofa where, if you sit right back on it, your feet don’t touch the ground. When I sit back on my sofa my feet dangle, which makes me so happy, I feel like a big kid again.

I always have an oversized warm blanket in a basket nearby that I can grab, and obviously you need nice big cushions you can karate chop.

Just remember, everyone’s sofa fabrics are different. Always do a patch test on yours somewhere it won’t be seen to make sure it’s ok with the products you’re using. My sofa is my pride and joy, so I wouldn’t want you ruining yours.

  • Remove all seat and decorative cushions, throws and blankets from the sofa.
  • Check for coins. You don’t want to Hoover those up. Finders keepers!
  • Vacuum up everything unwanted you find down the sides of the sofa seats. I use Shelley for this, my Shark hand-held vacuum cleaner.

In between washes, Mrs Hinch gives her sofa a daily spritz using Febreze (pictured) to keep it fresh 

  • Brush a lint roller over the sofa itself and the seat cushions to pick up any lint and loose hairs. Particularly important if you have fur babies. 
  • If your cushion covers are machine washable, go ahead and chuck them in the machine, following the specific washing instructions. If they’re not machine washable, then, using your favourite upholstery cleaner, dip a white cloth into the mixture (always white to avoid colour transfer) and wring it out as much as possible.
  • Wearing your rubber gloves, hold the cloth tight and scrub away at each cushion seat, the sofa arms and the back of the sofa.
  • Give it a gentle brush all over using a body brush to help revive the fibres.
  • Allow it to air-dry, reassemble, and enjoy your sofa’s new lease of life.
  • In between washes I like to give my sofa a daily spritz with Febreze to keep it fresh.

Bicarb your vases 

Is there anything worse than the smell of old flower water? Also upsetting is the residue that’s left after your blooms die. Pour in some bicarbonate of soda and spray in some white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes, rinse and air-dry.

Karate Chop Your Cushions

I had seen so many Instagram interior posts of perfectly plumped cushions with an indentation in the top and I remember thinking to myself: ‘Those cushions look rather posh. How do I get mine looking like that?’

When I first saw how the cushions were shaped that way it looked as if they were being karate chopped, so that was it, the phrase has just stuck ever since!

I tried it on some cushions I had at the time but they wouldn’t form the nice peaks, no matter what I did. Then I realised the cushions had to be feather for it to work. If you have wadding-type stuffing, frankly, you’re stuffed.

Mrs Hinch achieves perfectly plumped cushions (pictured) with an indentation in the top using a karate chop method 

Va-va-vacuum your rugs (underneath too)

  • Start by turning your rug upside down and vacuuming the underside. Sounds crazy, I’m sure, but you will not believe the amount of stuff that comes out of the fibres!
  • Use a white cloth (rugs seem to transfer colour especially easily) and soak the whole cloth in your favourite upholstery cleaner. Make sure you test an area first.
  • Rub the cloth over your rug or carpet, working in sections, rinsing your cloth out regularly. This is a serious arm work-out but, trust me, it’s worth it. Go over the rug again with a fresh, rinsed cloth to remove any residual product.
  • Little Tip: Make sure you have your favourite playlist on in the background for this exercise. Scrub to the beat, babe! Scrub to the beat!
  • Then use a hand-held all-purpose scrub brush to revive the surface pile by brushing the rug/carpet back to life. Allow it to air-dry, and ta-da! Done!

Magic Lanterns

My absolute must-dos

1. As all my Hinchers know, I’m a huge fan of wax melts [mini scented candles]! But make sure the fire and smoke detectors are regularly tested. I set a monthly reminder in my phone, so I never forget.

2. When using any cleaning products always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. I know my Hinchers are aware of this but, please, no mixing of chemicals. It can be dangerous.

3. To avoid cross-contamination, colour code your cloths to different rooms. This way, you’re not using the same Minkeh to clean your sink that you used for your toilet.

4. We do n’t want young hands having access to Cliff the Cif [Cif Perfect FinishSteel Spray] and Zoflora. If you have young children, store your cleaning products up high or use cupboard safety catches.

5. Think about your pet’s safety when Hinching. If it’s raining, I won’t do the floors because there’s nowhere for my dog Henry to wait while they dry. It’s their home too and we want to keep our fur babies safe. 

Tons of us have candle holders or lanterns around our homes so I wanted to do a lantern Hinch (mainly because I absolutely love them and I think they make rooms look so warm and cosy).

Start by getting rid of any dry wax residue using an old credit card. Gently nudge at it until it comes away. I once tried to wipe up wax when it was still in liquid form and it smeared horribly, so I would not recommend that.

To get the rest of the candle residue off, spray some Elbow Grease degreaser and wipe with a Minkeh [Minky Antibacterial Cleaning Pad], or something else that has a slightly rough side.

Clean the top and inside the lantern. Mine always has a few pet hairs on top and inside it and loads of marks (how do they even get there?), so wipe away any loose hairs or dust using a tumble-dryer sheet. If you go straight in and try to clean the glass or chrome, the chances are it will go all splodgy and you’ll just be wiping mess around.

Spray white vinegar spray on to the whole thing, inside and out. Wait, don’t use your cloth yet. First, get some kitchen roll and rub the spray in. Now it’s time for the cloth. I use Kermit [a Minky Glass and Window cloth], and he really shines mine up. Pop in some fresh candles and you’re good to go.

Don’t forget the blind spot

I get asked a lot about how I Hinch my blinds. Cleaning your blinds can appear a little tricky to do at first because they are delicate and fragile, but here are a few simple steps to make it easy.

1. Close the slats shut and give it the once-over with your favourite duster (aka Dave). Then turn the slats in the other direction and repeat.

2. Add some diluted Zoflora to some dry kitchen roll and wipe over again.

3. Leave to dry.

Mrs Hinch recommends colour coding cloths when cleaning, to avoid cross-contamination. Pictured: Mrs Hinch’s living room 

See your reflection shine

I find the best way to make all reflective surfaces shine is to follow these simple steps.

  • Use a fluffy duster to get rid of any dust on the surface.
  • Spray with Astonish Window & Glass or white vinegar if you prefer.
  • Use dry kitchen roll to buff it in.
  • Finish off with our Kermit [Minky Glass and Window cloth].
  • Look at your reflection and think: ‘Wow, good job done!’

Light Switches

Don’t forget these bad boys. You touch them every day. You don’t want to use anything too wet because, obviously, you’re dealing with electricity, so lightly spray diluted Zoflora mix on to a microfibre cloth and then wipe down.

Tricky tech tips 

You have to be gentle with your TV. I recommend using Pledge Electronic Cleaning Wipes because, obviously, they’re made especially for TVs. They’re also brilliant for computers, laptops and remote controls.

Mobile Phones

That thing is being touched, either by your hands or your ears, all day long. So show it some cleaning love! You can either use Pledge Electronic Cleaning Wipes, or spray a little bit of diluted Zoflora on to some dry kitchen roll and then give the front and back a quick once-over.

Persistent pet hair

This hack, especially if you have pets, will never let you down. Simply drag a window squeegee over carpets and rugs to collect all old fibres, pet fur, hair and general day-to-day dirt.

However, do not do this too often — once a fortnight is absolutely fine — otherwise you’ll cause long-term damage to your carpets. None of us want bald carpets now, do we?

The clockwise clean 

This is one of my favourite Hinch routines. The beauty of the clockwise clean is that you don’t miss anything, and you don’t feel like it’s all too overwhelming.

Sometimes when you walk into a room you can look and think: ‘There’s too much to do in here, I’m never going to finish it,’ and walk out. But if you walk into a room with your cleaning basket full of your favourite must-haves, start to your left (that’s your 12 o’clock), work your way around the room (1, 2, 3 o’clock), and then end up back where you started. Having circled the room, you know it has all been taken care of.

If I start a room feeling a bit out of sorts, I know that by the time I get to the end I’ll feel calmer. It’s like I’m emptying my mind as I’m completing another task. And I don’t care if it’s tragic, I get so excited when I’m near the end.

When I get to the ottoman in my living room, I know I’ve only got the lamp and the table to do and my work is done.

Extracted from Hinch Yourself Happy: All The Best Cleaning Tips To Shine Your Sink And Soothe Your Soul, published in hardback by Michael Joseph, priced £12.99. © Mrs Hinch, 2019.

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Can I still go to A&E for treatment? Dr Hilary answers your questions – The Sun

WE all want to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during the coronavirus crisis.

That is why The Sun has teamed up with TV’s Dr Hilary Jones – health editor for ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Lorraine – who has been offering his expert advice to Sun readers. And you have responded in your droves. Nearly 10,000 of you have been in touch so far with questions and he has helped you cut through the confusion.

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Today Emma Pietras brings you his answers on what is classed as an emergency and when you should seek medical help.

Q. I am in isolation with my partner, 71, who has COPD. I have breast cancer.

If I attend a hospital appointment, will I be safe to return home due to coronavirus?

A. The journey to the hospital to keep your appointment is essential.

Every possible precaution will be taken there to keep you safe.

You don’t need to physically distance yourself from your partner as you live together.

Q. Can I go to A&E for treatment?

A. A&E departments are carrying on as normal.

We all need to be sensible about what constitutes emergency treatment.

It is in everyone’s interest to keep attendances as low as possible to stop potential transmission of the virus.

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Q. As a smoker, if I get coronavirus, am I more likely to get seriously ill?

A. There is some evidence that smokers are more prone to severe consequences of the virus than others.

You probably don’t feel like quitting right now, but on the other hand it has never been a better time.

Q. I had a chest infection and a sore throat a month ago.

I had antibiotics but I still have a sore throat and am coughing a bit.

I don’t want to bother my GP. What can I do?

A. You have to ride this out.

There is a slight chance you may have had coronavirus a month ago but since we cannot test at the current time you cannot know.

Lots of different viruses and bugs can cause such continuing symptoms and the good news is you no longer need to self-isolate.

Although you do need to stay at home as much as possible and practice physical distancing.

Q. How can you tell the difference between coronavirus and a regular virus?

A. One of the problems is that you can’t.

In the early stages it can mimic other respiratory infections.

Until we have more widespread testing we don’t know how prevalent the virus is, which is one of the issues which makes treating this virus such a challenge.

Q. Is it correct that a substance has been found that blocks the entry of coronavirus to cells?

A. Sadly, no.

We are striving to develop an effective vaccine as fast as possible.

Q. Will warmer weather kill off coronavirus?

A. While humidity and temperature is known to affect the normal seasonal flu viruses, corona-virus behaves differently.

Its consequences can be seen around the world in both warm and colder countries.

Q. My 24-year-old daughter feels a bit breathless and says her chest is tight, but there is no cough or fever. Should we worry?

A. Is she anxious?

Has she had these symptoms before?

Anxiety can often affect breathing.

If she really is finding it hard to breathe, is breathing rapidly and cannot hold her breath for more than a few seconds or so, she should call or go to NHS 111 online for further guidance.

Q. My partner has a duodenal ulcer, a hiatus hernia and Barrett’s oesophagus. Is he vulnerable?

A. These conditions are not thought to make people more vulnerable to coronavirus and he is not classed in the “vulnerable” group.

They might make him cough but it is only a new dry, persistent cough that might suggest that he could’ve picked up the virus.

So that is what he ought to look out for.

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Waitrose staff to get up to £200 extra for working during coronavirus – The Sun

WAITROSE and John Lewis staff will be paid up to £200 extra for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The John Lewis Partnership is offering all frontline staff at the department store and Waitrose supermarkets who work during April and May an extra £25 per week.

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The discount at Waitrose for all employees across both shops has also been increased from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

It'll then remain at 20 per cent after the pandemic has peaked, the company said.

These new rewards follow a 2 per cent bonus that was handed to all staff last month.

John Lewis and Waitrose were forced to slash the annual staff bonus to the lowest level in almost 70 years after a dive in profits.

John Lewis closed its high-street shops a few weeks ago, but it's still operating online.

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The John Lewis Partnership has roughly 80,000 employees across the UK.

Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said staff "have made significant sacrifices to ensure that we are able to continue to serve and support our customers".

He added: "The measures that we have announced today are in recognition of their hard work and commitment and are part of a wider package of support available to help partners during this extraordinary time."

Supermarkets dealt with record levels of demand in March, according to figures released earlier this week.

Grocery sales rose by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks, and 7.6 per cent in the last 12 weeks.

To say thanks for their hard work, supermarkets are passing on profits to employees, with Morrisons increasing its staff bonus from £350 to £1,050.

The bonus will be paid to full time employees, including those who have been sick or are self-isolating, and new hires who have been taken on to deal with the extraordinary demand.

Ocado has said that staff will be given a 10 per cent bonus on all hours they work from March 23 "while the crisis continues".

Aldi, Sainsbury's and Tesco have also all echoed the 10 per cent pledge and Asda has promised an extra week's pay in June.

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Brian McDermott's plan for 60 minute matches comes from his own personal pain

BRIAN McDERMOTT has revealed his plan to cut matches to 60 minutes is born out of his own pain.

Clubs are likely to face playing midweek matches to get the 2020 campaign completed once the Covid-19 shutdown ends.

And Toronto coach McDermott, Super League's most successful ever, feels knocking 20 minutes of each match because of the unique circumstances would help players through the congestion.

Having done a similar thing himself as a player, only with 80 minute games, he knows how much toll a packed schedule can take.

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington believes the season could roll into 2021, citing what happened in 1996, when rugby league switched from winter to summer, as an example of the game overcoming obstacles.

Back then, the winter season finished in January and the summer one in March, but McDermott, who played for Bradford then, feels copying that may not be wise.

He added: “I essentially had four weeks off, February, which was meant to let our bodies recover.

“But at the end of that season, I remember my body being absolutely spent.

“The bursas around my joints, which protect them, were all inflamed – everyone’s was and because the groundsmen had not had time, all the pitches were rock hard!”

McDermott's idea has certainly raised eyebrows all over the world.

But he is adamant it is all to protect players and adapt to the current situation.

He added: "It sounds leftfield but this is a unique period and we’ve got to do something unique – 60 minute games is something I’d look at.

“We’re going to have midweek matches and it’s one of the oldest sayings going that it’s not the two Easter games when the effects are felt, it’s the game after.

“That’s with one Easter period. If we’re going to have to do it four or five times then something needs to be looked at as players wouldn’t be able to do it.

“To put it in NFL terms, we’d be pushing players into the red zone and just starting again may put them at risk of injury.

“Whenever I take off our 80 minute players after 60 or 65 minutes because I want them to be fresh, they say they feel great and they train well too.

“They’re often really surprised how not playing for the last 15 minutes has helped them recover. Yes, this is a leftfield suggestion but this is a leftfield situation.”

The City of Toronto authority extended the ban on mass gatherings in the Canadian metropolis until June 30 this week, meaning five Wolfpack games scheduled for Lamport Stadium were off.

However, McDermott feels it may be a case of flipping home and away fixtures or them playing home games away, with the gate money being shared.

And as he is unable to do nothing in terms of game plans while the likes of Sonny Bill Williams are at home, he is using something resembling his time in the Royal Marines.

For he suspects that once playing gets the green light, it will be straight back into matches.

He said: “In the military, Marines were on a notice to move, where units would go into wherever there’s trouble.

“That meant you could have 45 minutes or a couple of hours to pack up and go.

“So I’ve sent a similar sort of thing to our players, effectively putting them on seven days’ notice to move when we’re told we can go again.

“The most important thing in the country is everybody’s health, the second most important is the economy – in rugby league that’s a major dynamic.

“As soon as the advice comes from the Government that we can be in large groups again, we’ll play.

“I can’t imagine a scenario where we’re told we can and the Rugby Football League says, ‘We’re going to have an extra couple of weeks out while everyone goes through a pre-season.’

“All the players have their own programs but some of our overseas boys are used to it as they train on their own until January anyway.

“They have certain targets and they’re hitting them at the moment, even doing extras.

“Rugby league players see a bit of adversity as a challenge.”

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'How to Get Away with Murder' Creator Teases How Wes Ties Into Annalise's Alleged Death

How to Get Away with Murder is back for its final run on ABC and the iconic show is wrapping everything up. As we’ve seen the entire season through flash-forwards, there is a funeral for Annalise (Viola Davis) that is set to happen. Now while what actually happened and if she’s actually dead is still left to be seen, original character Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) will soon tie into the storyline.

Alert: Spoilers for How to Get Away with Murder season 5 below.

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ is finishing up its final season

The show returned back on Thursday for the final six episodes of the series. As it was confirmed last year, the show is not employing its trademark flash-forward storytelling technique that it has become known for.

Will the Keating Five (technically a Keating 3 now) get away with everything that’s on their supposed wrap sheet. Pete Nowalk says that Asher’s death is the key. If they can get over this one, they can get over it all. The creator and showrunner spilled a lot of details in a recent interview with TV Guide.

“Asher’s death is the last straw for our characters in terms of [if] they’re getting away with this,” he said. “Now that we know that Asher was the FBI informant, his death really just makes everything come to a head. The FBI now has to arrest people. As we saw, they’re arresting Michaela (Aja Naomi King) and Connor (Jack Falahee) for it. And this was all part of their strategy now to get the people they really want, and we’ll find out in the first episode who that is.”

As we found out and the first episode from when the show returned from its break, the police really just want the kids to turn on Annalise so they will be able to get her for all of these crimes that they think she’s committed. But as we can see from the preview of next week’s episode, it looks like Annalise is back with the students again and things are surely not going to go exactly like the authorities want.

Pete Nowalk teases the plot involving Wes

One person we didn’t see in the first episode back was Wes Gibbins, who was shown to be alive in the midseason finale.

“We will be answering that question [about Wes] shortly — there’s only six episodes. That has been the plan since the beginning of the season,” Nowalk told TV Guide.

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He said that it will be a few episodes before Wes’s involvement in the story comes into focus, but it will come soon.

Nowalk explained, “It’s [Wes’ return] really why I was so excited about having an ending for the show, and it really involved in that reveal and the instinct to want to go back to the beginning and all the madness that started us on this journey. Having Wes and Alfie [Allen] come back was just like, perfect. Obviously we’ve been asking how did Annalise die? And now we want to know how did Wes factor into that?”

How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays on ABC.

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Canberra to push China to ban wildlife meat trade

The government will lobby China through international forums to enforce its ban on the trade in wild animal meat.

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood said it was an "absolute no-brainer" to close down Asian wet markets because of "barbaric cruelty to wildlife" and major health risks.

A Chinese shopper wears a mask at a Beijing market.Credit:Getty Images

A long-time wildlife campaigner, Mr Wood has pushed for harsher animal cruelty penalties and successfully lobbied his own party to ban trophy hunters importing rhino and lion body parts, including entire stuffed bodies, paws and skulls.

He said wet markets were a proven health risk, citing the World Health Organisation, and many practised acts of animal cruelty.

"What we have seen around the world, people tragically dying, families not being able to give their loved ones funerals. It has been a terrible time," Mr Wood said.

"Wet markets have been the origin of viruses such as SARS and more than likely COVID-19. We need to protect human lives and crack down on the incredible cruelty to wildlife that occurs in these places."

'We need to protect human lives and crack down on the incredibly cruelty to wildlife that occurs in these places.'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that Australia had "to be quite strident" through international bodies, including the World Health Organisation, to deal with the "quite serious world health risks" of wet markets.

The markets are common across much of Asia and home to small stall holders who sell fresh produce, seafood and the same meats found in Western butcher shops. Some also sell meat from wild animals that are stored live before being killed.

Mr Wood was among the first Coalition MPs to condemn live animal trade at wet markets last month and has faced calls for his resignation from Labor over what one MP labelled as "fear mongering".

Labor's spokesperson on multicultural affairs Andrew Giles said at the time Mr Wood should be working to “unite Australians” and that the remarks were inappropriate, offensive and could undermine public health efforts.

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood wants the trade in wildlife to end.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Wood said many of the initial sufferers of the virus were reported to have worked in live animal markets in Wuhan.

He said the practices of wet markets should be "condemned" and live animal trading shut down.

"I have been a voice for wildlife whether here or across the world, and I will not be called a racist for condemning wet markets, whether it be in China, in Wuhan or anywhere else."

Former foreign minister Bob Carr also said China needed to give assurances it had banned the trade of wild animal meat.

Professor Deborah Cao, a expert in Chinese wildlife protection laws at Griffith University, said the Chinese government had banned transporting, selling and eating wildlife in February, making it unnecessary to ban wet markets altogether.

"That will backfire, people will resent it," Professor Cao said. "Most people are legitimately going to go and buy fresh produce."

Wet markets play an important role in giving locals access to fresh food in a similar way to farmers' markets in Australia, said Professor Cao, who is an advocate of the ban on wild animal meat.

The Chinese government is still considering exactly which animals are "wild" and ought to be banned but some cities and provinces are already implementing their own bans, including Shenzhen, a city near Hong Kong, which enacted its ban on Friday. The ban also extends to the consumption of cats and dogs.

Professor Cao cautioned that even with a ban, the main issue was enforcement.

"China's existing wildlife protection laws are most often not enforced," she said.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said while wet markets with wildlife posed a risk of sparking new viruses, shutting them would not help with COVID-19.

"In terms of this particular virus, COVID-19, really that jump from animals to humans has already occurred, so the risk is really in large numbers of humans coming together rather than markets at this point," Dr Kelly said.

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