Coronavirus crisis: Fury as Germany LOSES six million medical masks needed to stop virus

With cases rising across the continent, the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), has become critical for health experts battling coronavirus. An order of essential equipment was scheduled to arrive in the country on March 20 to supply their medical staff. However, according to Der Spiegel, six million masks disappeared without a trace at an airport in Kenya.

An internal military email confirmed the masks had disappeared at the Kenyan airport before leaving the country.

Federal Minister of Defence, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer did not confirm how the masks had been lost in Kenya.

A spokeswoman for the ministry, however, did confirm the loss of the masks but that there was no financial damage as the deal would only have been concluded when the masks arrived in Germany.

The Bundeswehr Procurement Office last week had also sanctioned a deal worth €241million (£221million) had been concluded in order to supply medical professionals.

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Although the procurement office stated it was working to full capacity to get urgent medical supplies, the loss remains a huge blow to Germany’s effort to stop COVID-19.

Despite Germany having 30,357 cases of coronavirus, there have only been a confirmed 130 mortalities at the time of writing.

In comparison, the UK has 6,650 cases with a further 335 mortalities.

Germany has issued strict measures on social distancing and personal hygiene in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Over the weekend, states across the country issued a lockdown to restrict the movement of the public.

Bavaria’s premier, Markus Soder announced the state-wide lockdown last Friday in what he termed a shutdown of public life.

He added: “From midnight tonight for a provisional period of two weeks, there will be
fundamental restrictions on going out.

“We are not locking Bavarians in but we are winding down public life almost completely.

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“The police will monitor and check all of this, anyone who breaks the rules can expect huge fines.”

With the country’s mortality curve flattening, Lothar Wieler, head of the country’s health institute warned he could not confirm whether the policy had worked just yet.

He said: “We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly.

“But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday.”

In Spain and Italy, however, the mortality rates have continued to rise.

Spain has recorded 2,182 mortalities in the country while in Italy there have been 6,077 despite the strict measures put in place at the time of writing.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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SiRT investigating child pornography case that may involve RCMP officer

Nova Scotia’s police watchdog says an investigation is underway into a child pornography case that may involve an RCMP office.

Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) says it was contacted by the RCMP on March 3 concerning an “investigation they were conducting in relation to the possession of child pornography that may involve a member of RCMP in Nova Scotia.”

SiRT says it commenced an investigation into the matter on March 11 “when additional information became available.”

Few other details have been released.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.

The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

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Trump storms off camera after chief coronavirus aide admits to having a fever – VIDEO

Donald Trump was spotted walking away from top coronavirus taskforce member Dr Deborah Birx after the physician admitted to missing out on two daily briefings due to having a fever. As Dr Birx made her revelation, the US President can be seen taking a step back from the key medical aide jokingly saying, “oh, oh” and raising his hands as if to distance himself from the physician.

Speaking at a Monday’s daily COVID-19 briefing from the White House, Dr Birx said: “You noticed I was not here over the weekend.

“I think this is the part where we really need to take personal responsibility.

“Saturday, I had a little low-grade fever.”

President Trump can be seen turning his back to Dr Birx before walking towards the exit door as the physician briefly looks at him smiling and rolling her eyes.

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Dr Birx continued: “I’m meticulous, I’m a physician – I looked it up.

“I ended up piggybacking so I had a test Saturday night and I’m negative. I stayed home another day just to make sure.

“That’s how we protect one another.”

President Trump slowly returned to his spot next to Dr Birx and welcomed the negative results of her coronavirus tests saying: “I’m glad you said that.”

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Donald Trump has come under severe criticism for his administration’s failure to carry out a comprehensive screening programme.

Testing for the coronavirus is seen as vital for bringing the epidemic under control by identifying and isolating those infected as soon as possible.

South Korea has led the way, testing over 300,000 of its citizens for COVID-19, a fact which many medical experts believe has been critical to their success in suppressing transmission of the virus.

The United States has currently tested just over 100,000 people and lags behind Germany, Russia and Australia.


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It comes as the number of coronavirus cases surged above 43,000 across the whole of the United States, with a total of 417 deaths.

New York has now become the epicentre of the epidemic, accounting for half of the country’s total number of infections.

On Sunday, the state governor, Andrew Cuomo, introduced new measures to reinforce the current lockdown.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday warned the rate of contagion could transform the US in the next global epicentre of the international coronavirus crisis.

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Man jailed for killing armed robber in his own home by stabbing him 17 times

A man who killed an armed robber that broke into his and threatened to kill him has been jailed for five years.

Patrick Phinn, 49, stabbed Ronald Pattison, 38, 17 times at his home in Easterhouse, Glasgow, in September 2018.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Pattison had turned up at Phinn’s house demanding money when a fight broke out.

Pattison, who had a knife, threatened to kill the 49-year-old, and his partner, during the row, and Phinn grabbed a knife.

Phinn then lunged at Pattison, and stabbed him 17 times, killing him.

During the trial, Phinn claimed he acted in self defence, but a jury found he “went beyond what was necessary."

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Phinn was originally charged with murdering the 38-year-old, but a jury found him guilty of the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

During the trial, defence QC Tony Graham said: "Mr Phinn recognises the extremely serious nature of the crime of which he has been convicted, but I struggle to see how there could have been greater provocation.

"This man came into their home while they were watching the telly."

But Lord Matthews jailed him and told Phinn: "It is difficult to think of circumstances where provocation is more appropriate than this.

"This was extreme in the circumstances.

"However, the jury was satisfied that you went beyond what was necessary."

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Roads quiet but Underground packed as Britain goes into virtual lockdown

LONDON (Reuters) – Roads were much quieter than usual on Tuesday after Britain went into virtual lockdown to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but London Underground trains were crammed with people and streets were far from deserted.

Some workers were also still mingling close together after Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday evening ordered people to stay at home, said most shops must close and banned social gatherings.

The unprecedented peacetime restrictions, which will last at least three weeks, are intended to stop the state-run National Health Service (NHS) being overwhelmed after the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Britain rose to 335.

But social media images showed London Underground railway trains were packed with commuters and one large retail chain suggested it wanted to stay open. There were also complaints that the advice was confusing or did not go far enough.

“I hope that people will follow this advice. If for any reason they don’t, penalties are there,” Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told BBC TV. “People must stay at home to protect themselves, to protect the NHS and to save lives.”

Under the curbs on movement, people should leave their homes only for very limited reasons such as going to supermarkets for vital supplies or for exercise once a day.

Earlier advice for Britons to avoid gatherings was widely ignored, with people flocking to parks and beauty spots. Police will now break up gatherings of more than two people, and social events such as weddings – but not funerals – will be stopped.

Gove said stronger measures than 30-pound ($35) fines for people who flouted the new restrictions could be introduced.

“If people do persist in behaving in an antisocial way, there are stronger measures that we have,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

A snap YouGov poll found that 93 percent of Britons supported the measures, but were split on whether fines would be a sufficient deterrent. The survey found 66 percent thought the rules would be very easy or fairly easy to follow.


Supermarkets said they had begun limiting the number of shoppers in stores at any one time and installing screens at checkouts to protect staff.

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Gove said Sports Direct was not an essential shop and should close.

There was also confusion about who should be allowed to go to work and what powers police had to enforce the new guidance.

Pictures showed London Underground trains were crammed with passengers closer than the 2-metre (6-foot) recommended distance apart.

A survey showed Britain’s economy was now shrinking at a record pace, faster than during the 2008-09 financial crisis as businesses across the services sector are shut.

The government has promised hundreds of billions of pounds in loan guarantees, grants and said it will pay wages. Finance minister Rishi Sunak was expected to announce new measures later on Tuesday to help the self-employed.

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Singapore to shut bars, limit gatherings to counter coronavirus spread

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will close bars and entertainment venues including discos and cinemas among new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The regulations – including limits on gatherings outside work and school to 10 persons or fewer – will take effect from 11:59 p.m. local time on March 26, and will be in place at least until April 30, the ministry added.

Singapore confirmed 49 new cases of the infection on Tuesday, taking its tally to 558. The country reported its first two fatalities from the virus on Saturday.

Singapore will allow malls, museums and restaurants to stay open – but with additional precautions such as reduced operating capacity.

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64 migrants found dead in cargo truck in Mozambique: authorities

More than 60 undocumented migrants believed to be Ethiopians have been found dead in a cargo truck in the Mozambique‘s northwestern Tete province.

The truck entered Mozambique from Malawi and was stopped early Tuesday at a checkpoint in Moatize, near the Zambezi River, according to Zitamar News.

When authorities heard bashing noises coming from inside the container, they ordered the driver to open it and they found 14 survivors inside as well as the bodies. The deceased died from a lack of oxygen, according to officials.

The Mozambican driver later admitted he had been hired to smuggle the migrants from Malawi to Mozambique.

The survivors will be screened for the coronavirus and quarantined, health officials told Zitamar.

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Coronavirus warning: Terrifying study finds virus can live on surfaces for over TWO WEEKS

Traces of Covid-19 were found in cabins on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess up to 17 days after passengers left, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Hundreds of people became infected when the cruise ship was quarantined in Japan last month.

The study said that coronavirus “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted”.

It added the data “cannot be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces”.

The report also warned people should not go on cruises during the coronavirus crisis.

It said: “Outbreaks of COVID-19 on cruise ships pose a risk for rapid spread of disease beyond the voyage. Aggressive efforts are required to contain spread.

“All persons should defer all cruise travel worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It comes as there have been 377,300 coronavirus cases around the world, with the death toll at 16,520.

In the UK, 6,650 people have been infected and 335 have died.

Boris Johnson put Britain on lockdown last night as he ordered draconian new measures in a bid to stop the spread of the illness.

The Prime Minister banned public gatherings of more than two people, detailed a short list of reasons why individuals can leave their homes and shut down shops selling non-essential items.

And Mr Johnson threatened police fines for anyone who ignores the strict measures.

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People can go out to shop for basic necessities “as infrequently as possible”, for medical reasons, and to exercise once a day.

They can also provide care to a vulnerable person or travel to work if “absolutely necessary”, the Prime Minister said.

He added: “That’s all – these are the only reasons you should leave your home.

“You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.

“You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

Mr Johnson said the measures will be “under constant review” but were needed to slow the spread of the disease.

He added: “To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.”

The Prime Minister had been under mounting pressure to bring in tougher restrictions amid claims people were ignoring social distancing advice.

Meanwhile, emergency legislation to combat the outbreak cleared the House of Commons when MPs chose not to oppose the third reading of the Coronavirus Bill.

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Crime Beat podcast: The Brentwood five massacre part 2

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt brings us to Part 2 of her special series, the Brentwood five massacre.

Lawrence Hong, Kaiti Perras, Jordan Segura, Josh Hunter and Zackariah Rathwell were a group of talented young people with promising futures.

But what started out as a party to mark the end of classes at the University of Calgary ended in a horrific tragedy.

It happened quickly and without warning.

In less than a minute, the five victims were stabbed in the biggest mass killing in Calgary’s history.

Police arrived on the scene less than five minutes after the first call to 911.

To add to the complexity of the case, investigators quickly learned the suspect was the son of one of their own.

Matthew de Grood was the 22-year-old son of a veteran, high-ranking officer with the Calgary Police Service and would soon be charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

But what led to such a horrific and violent attack?

De Grood’s state of mind at the time of the stabbings would become the focal point of the case.

Doctors who assessed him said he was clearly experiencing a psychotic episode at the time. Evidence showed he believed he was “the son of God and Hitler reincarnated,” and believed the victims were Illuminati, werewolves and medusas.

He was also eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.

During the trial, it was revealed de Grood heard a male voice who he thought was Satan, telling him to kill the five young people before they killed him.

But determining what was real or what could have been faked also became a major part of the police investigation in this case.

After hours of interviews and psychological testing, experts supported a finding of not criminally responsible.

On May 25, 2016, the Justice presiding over this case agreed with those experts and found Matthew de Grood NCR.

In this episode, you’ll hear from the families of the five victims, as they were given the devastating news of what happened in Brentwood and learn more about the red flags friends, family and co-workers of de Grood reported to police following the fatal attack.

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Mum whose coronavirus ‘filled lungs with water’ begs people to stay at home

A mum who was diagnosed with coronavirus has made a desperate plea to urge people to "respect the quarantine" because "it is not a flu".

Marcela Diaz Young said she stopped breathing at her worst time and spoke about the symptoms of the deadly virus that killed more than 16,500 people around the world.

In the clip, she says: "I had a really, really bad week last week. I still struggle to breathe.

"Everyone says 'you won’t die Marcela'. I won’t die, I know that, but we are infecting people with the risk they’ll die.

“Last week for me, was such a horrible week. It is the most horrible thing that can happen to you. You cannot breathe properly."

Marcela, believed to be from London, thought she was having a normal flu, but an X-ray scan showed that her lung was filled with water, which stopped her from breathing properly.

She coughs and fights back her tears and continues: "I'm trying to be positive. I'm scared.

"I know I won't die. But I want to say to everyone please, stay at home. Please, please, respect the quarantine.

"This is very, very serious. People with a lot of health problems can die so don’t be selfish. Think about the people at risk."

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a complete lockdown of the UK for at least three weeks, banning people from leaving their homes and meeting in groups of more than two people.

The police will have the power to enforce the rules and also issue fines for any rule-breakers.

The announcement came after thousands of Brits disregarded the advice of social distancing by flocking to beaches, parks and markets over the weekend.

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