Calgarians glad to see thrift shops reopening after COVID-19 shutdown: ‘This is awesome!’

Thrift shops around Calgary have gradually begun reopening for business after a two-month shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes as welcome news for people who have been waiting weeks to make donations, as well as for shoppers struggling to make ends meet.

“Because of the pandemic, for us, with a limited income, it’s very useful,” customer Romeo Estrada said.

“It’s a big help.”

Estrada was shopping Tuesday afternoon at the Goodwill Thrift Store in the TransCanada shopping centre in northeast Calgary.

The store has made some changes to try to keep staff and shoppers safe from the coronavirus.

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“We have no changerooms currently open, no washrooms,” store manager Lorna Schnepf said. “We also have no returns because of the situation that we are all in.”

It’s a busy time at the rear entrance to the store, where people can drop off donations.

“We are getting tons and tons of donations,” Schnepf said. “A lot of people are cleaning drawers and their kitchen areas and we’re getting tons of clothing, so certainly a lot of people are doing closets.”

The pandemic is giving people who are staying home lots of opportunity to do some spring cleaning.

Mariani had come to Goodwill along with Maria Nela to drop off a vanload of donations, including clothing, housewares and toys.

“This is awesome! I couldn’t wait. I’ve been calling almost every day about when it was going to be open,” Nela said. “So, finally! Because we don’t want to throw it in the garbage, right?”

Staff in the donations area are taking steps to protect themselves, donors and shoppers.

People donating items to Goodwill are happy to be able to help others find bargains during the pandemic.

“It’s such good help for everybody, right?” Nela said. “Especially in these times.”

 

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Fishing outrage: Dutch trawlers plunder British waters with UK boats unable to sail

Their activities are causing untold damage to the fragile ecosystem, with Jeremy Percy, director of the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association (NUFTA), which represents fishermen who use boats of less than ten metres in length, is concerned their activities endanger the lives of whales and dolphins as well. The movements of the vessels are recorded in a series of GPS maps released by the environmental campaigners, spending weeks fishing waters on the west coast of Scotland.

Chris Thorne, Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, told Express.co.uk: “In the last month, while the entire world is in lockdown, we’ve seen the supertrawler fleet relentlessly fishing in and around UK waters, with some boats leaving port during the lockdown and heading straight to fishing grounds off the coast of Scotland.

“Since arriving in early April the first supertrawlers to show up, the Willem van der Zwan, Afrika and Frank Bonefaas have been joined by yet more supertrawlers, exploiting UK waters while local fishers are largely stuck at home, unable to work.

“We must address the unfair fishing system, which favours unsustainable, industrial fishing fleets over local, more sustainable fleets.

“The situation in the UK is far from unique.

“We’ve seen industrial fleets illegally fishing off the coast of Argentina, and a significant increase in fishing activity here according to Global Fishing Watch data.

“While the world is at home, fishing continues.

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“Some people might think the lockdown is allowing nature to heal, but that certainly isn’t true for our oceans.”

Mr Percy told Express.co.uk he was concerned not only of what he termed the “supertrawler pack” but also about the activities of Belgian beam trawlers and French trawlers which he said were also regular visitors.

He added: “Our main concern is that the Marine Management Organisation are not authorising physical inspections of any of these vessels during the pandemic.

“With the supertrawlers, a primary concern of ours is the massive impact they can have in a very short time if not adequately policed.

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“And we have been urging the UK authorities to insist on cameras on these boats, not only with regard to fisheries activities but also to record any impacts on cetaceans.”

Mr Percy added: “The owners of the Margiris insist that she has a zero bycatch in this and other regards but the evidence from industrial pelagic fishing generally strongly suggests otherwise.

“Reports for the winter of 2019 in the Bay of Biscay suggest 11,000 dolphins were killed by industrial trawlers.

“When these vessels were fishing the confined waters of the English Channel some months ago, the incidence of dead cetaceans washed up on beaches along their fishing track was notable.

“In terms of Belgian and French effort, I counted over a dozen Belgian beamers in our waters together with a number of French and Dutch operators.”

Last year a similar Greenpeace analysis revealed another Dutch vessel, the Margiris, had been spotted in an area designated as a Marine Conservation Zone.

Then-Brexit Party MP June Mummery described the 136-metre vessel as a “factory” ship capable of killing “hundreds of dolphins”

A Defra spokeswoman said: “We know this is a challenging time for fishermen and fish processors and we are working urgently with the industry.

“Furthermore the Marine Management Organisation continues to work hard to monitor and inspect trawlers in English waters.

“At the end of the Transition Period, we will have the right to decide who fishes in our waters and on what terms. Any decisions about giving access to fish for vessels from the EU, or any other coastal states will be a matter for the UK to decide.”

Express.co.uk has also contacted Marine Scotland to ask for a response to Greenpeace’s analysis.

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The top executives helping Donald Trump reopen the US economy revealed

On Tuesday, the White House announced the more than 200 names that will be advising the President from a business perspective. Trump revealed Wednesday he will hold a press conference about reopening measures, claiming the country has “passed the peak” – after just a day of advisory calls.

About three dozen of the executives told Trump citizens would only return to work after sufficient testing had been carried out, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Many of the advisors took the time to praise Trump’s efforts, which is a regular event when the President organises meetings with executives.

“A ton of people praising Trump,” a source told the paper.

Some of the chiefs consulted include Tim Cook of Apple, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, and Mary Barra of General Motors.

One advisor who dialed in for the discussion told CNN the phone didn’t work.

Others said they hadn’t been informed they were on the advisory board before Trump announced their names on Tuesday.

Lawmakers including Democrats got emails informing them they were on the list.

A note obtained by the network read: “I am emailing to inform you that the President has selected you to serve on a task force comprised of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives,

“The purpose of the task force is to provide counsel to the President on the re-opening of America in the wake of Covid-19.

“The formal name of this task force has not yet been announced.”

On Tuesday’s press briefing Trump mentioned 100 more than 100 names, later that evening the White House confirmed 200 names.

Some of the people included on the list have previously publicly criticised or ridiculed him.

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One of the advisors Trump announced Tuesday, former George W. Bush economic advisor Larry Lindsey has referred to the president as a “10 out of 10 narcissist.”

Mr Lindsey said China viewed Trump as a “10-out-of-10 narcissist.”

He also claimed that Trump had the long-term decision-making capacity of an “empty chair.”

Another member, billionaire Mark Cuban, supported Hillary Clinton into 2016 and called Trump a “jagoff.”

Mr Cuban said: “Leadership is not yelling and screaming and intimidating. You know what we call a person like that in Pittsburgh? A jagoff,

“Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump?”

Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has criticised Trump in several occasions.

In 2018 Mr Dimon, a lifelong Democrat, said: “I think I could beat Trump.

“Because I’m as tough as he is, I’m smarter than he is. I would be fine. He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn’t work with me. I’d fight right back.

He added: “And by the way this wealthy New Yorker actually earned his money. It wasn’t a gift from Daddy.”

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End of EU: Ex-German MEP warns Macron’s spending plans for EU mean nations will follow UK

Meanwhile, a UK-based economist has warned any system of debt mutualisation along the lines of what Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, is pushing for would likely result in massive public spending in countries badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the belief that countries in the north would “pick up the tab”. Mr Henkel, who stepped down from the European Parliament last year, said he was gravely concerned at the pressure Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing, domestically and from other members of the EU27, to sanction some form of Eurobonds, nicknamed coronabonds. A 500 billion euros package of measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the pandemic was agreed last week following a marathon meeting of the bloc’s finance chiefs – but Mr Conte, whose country has been hit by COVID-19 harder than anywhere else in Europe, has said he will not sign off on the deal at the next European Council meeting on April 23, branding it inadequate.

The concept of Eurobonds first floated in 2011, would involve debt investments whereby an investor loans money, for a fixed period of time, and at a fixed rate of interest, to the eurozone bloc altogether, which then forwards the money to individual governments.

The system preferred by Mr Conte, would, therefore, involve issuing debt collectively as Eurobonds nicknamed coronabonds, to the 19 countries which comprise the eurozone, rather than individually, which would risk hard-hit countries such as Spain and Italy being required to repay loans at much higher rates of interest.

Countries in the north, most notably the Netherlands, are vehemently opposed to the idea.

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Mr Henkel told Express.co.uk: “The coronavirus has now been used as a pretext to introduce a gross violation of the European Stability Mechanism agreement and a clear first step towards a European Unemployment Scheme through the financial support of short working hours (‘Kurzarbeitergeld’).

“These are all steps towards the Europeanisation and socialisation of risks taken by national politicians. If all are responsible then no one is responsible in the end.

“If on top of that, if primarily due to French pressure, the Eurozone agrees to a ‘reconstruction fund’ based on Euro – or now called Coronabonds, all flood gates for irresponsible financial and economic policies are open.”

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Mr Henkel added: “The EU in Brussels, the European Parliament and, with the current exception of the Netherlands, the European Council want to justify this with another slogan: “Marshall Plan”. But in contrast to the situation after WW2, the enemy hasn’t destroyed anything. So what is to be reconstructed?

“Also, Coronabonds are meant for the Eurozone countries only. Their introduction will build yet another wall in the EU.

“To pick up the military language of the French President and other politicians (‘war’, ‘the front line’, ‘soldiers’, ‘Marshall Plan’) I pick up the term used by a Polish friend of mine: ‘The Corona Bonds become the Stalingrad of the EU!’

“It will either become an uncompetitive socialistic monster or break apart.

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“Britain will not be the last country to realize this and hit the road!”

Mark Littlewood, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, was likewise highly sceptical about the concept.

He told Express.co.uk: “It’s reaching for the easy lever of debt rather than structural change. It’s also not at all clear that the debt associated with the crisis should be mutualised.

“Those nations taking on more remedial measures will face more debt and those choosing to be less generous with state funding, less so.

“A major crisis does, of course, lead to a case for debt to be taken on.

“But it can’t be the response to every unwelcome shock while you fail to reform the structure of the wider economy between crises.”

Mr Littlewood said debt mutualisation also risked what economists refer to as ‘moral hazard’.

He explained: “If you think someone else is responsible – or part responsible – for bailing you out, you act less responsibly.

“Mutualising EU borrowing could have this effect.

“The danger would be that some nations would think they can turn on the spending taps & send the bill (or some part of the bill) to Germany.

“Even serious consideration of these ideas can be dangerous. If I think there’s say a 30 percent chance that somebody else will clear my credit card bill, I’m likely to be more reckless – even though there is no guarantee they will do so.

“So it would be wise to nip these things in the bud.”

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Donald Trump calls urgent G7 meeting on coronavirus: What will they discuss?

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a video teleconference with G7 leaders on Thursday to coordinate responses to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House has said this evening.

Trump, who is head of the G7 this year, had to cancel the group’s annual summit in June, which he had planned to hold at the presidential retreat of Camp David, Maryland.

The Group of Seven nations include the United States, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, Japan and Germany, and all of which have been hit hard by COVID-19

White House spokesman Judd Deere said: “Working together, the G7 is taking a whole-of-society approach to tackle the crisis across multiple areas, including health, finance, humanitarian assistance, and science and technology.”

The Thursday session is a followup to their March 16 video conference to go over international efforts to defeat the coronavirus.

In addition to the meeting this week, another session is expected in May to lay the groundwork for the June video conference.

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The G7 (or Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

These countries also make up 40 percent of global GDP.

The group regards itself as “a community of values”, with freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and prosperity and sustainable development as its key principles.

Ministers and civil servants from the G7 countries meet throughout the year to discuss matters of mutual interest.


Each member nation takes over the G7 presidency for a year on a rolling basis and hosts the annual centrepiece two-day summit meeting, however due to COVID-19 this will now be a video conference of similar length.

In 2014 Russia was kicked out of the former G8 for its annexing of Crimea from Ukraine.

Donald Trump has since said he would like Russia to be re-admitted.

It is currently unclear if the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the capacity to attend as he is recovering at Chequers fom coronavirus, although it is likely he will be involved.

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The number of fatalities from COVID-19 in the US has now topped 25,000, doubling in one week.

The United States, with the world’s third-largest population, passed a second milestone on Tuesday with over 600,000 reported cases, three times more than any other country.

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EU at risk of collapse Spain warns as poor countries’ coronavirus plight IGNORED

Pedro Sanchez urged the bloc’s leaders to respond with “unwavering solidarity” the death toll in his country continues to rise and its hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Madrid, alongside Rome, have called on European capitals to agree a joint debt scheme to help prop up the bloc’s worst-affected economies. But the desperate requests have fallen on deaf ears in Germany and the Netherlands, who have rejected the so-called “coronabonds” measure on numerous occasions.

Writing in several European newspapers, Mr Sanchez said: “The circumstances are exceptional and call for unwavering positions: either we rise to this challenge or we will fail as a union.

“We have reached a critical juncture at which even the most fervently pro-European countries and governments, as is Spain’s case, need real proof of commitment. We need unwavering solidarity.

“Solidarity between Europeans is a key principle of the EU treaties. And it is shown at times like this. Without solidarity there can be no cohesion, without cohesion there will be disaffection and the credibility of the European project will be severely damaged.”

While welcoming the European Commission’s unemployment scheme and the European Central Bank’s emergency package, the Spanish prime minister demanded the creation of a “wartime economy” to “promote resistance, reconstruction and recovery”.

“It must start doing so as soon as possible with measures to support the public debt that many states, including Spain, are taking on,” he added.

“And it must continue to do so when this health emergency is over, to rebuild the continent’s economies by mobilising significant resources through a plan we are calling the new Marshall plan and which will require the backing of all of the EU’s common institutions.”

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has voiced support for a new “Marshall Plan”, the post-war US initiative to aid Europe’s recovery, to be developed in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The German has called for huge investments in the EU budget to mitigate the impacts of the global pandemic.

She has urged European capitals to invest billions extra in hope that turning on the spending taps will help avert an economic disaster.

“We need a Marshall Plan for europe,” she wrote in German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag.

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“The many billions that have to be invested today to avert a greater catastrophe will bind the generations together.”

The EU debate over financing the bloc’s coronavirus recovery has been marred with controversial clashes between member states.

Eurozone finance ministers are due to hold talks on Tuesday to discuss new plans.

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They were ordered by leaders to work on “coronabond” alternatives after a recent European Council summit ended in acrimony.

Eurogroup president Mario Ceneno has warned ministers not to let their differences jeopardise the chances of a rescue package being developed.

“We certainly need fresh money after this period to leverage a recovery plan,” he said.

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Euro POLL: Should Gordon Brown be thanked for keeping the UK out of the euro? VOTE

Data compiled by IHS Markit indicates an annualised economic contraction of roughly ten percent, and “worse inevitably to come in the near future,” a spokesman warned. Across Europe, figures have shown manufacturing in a deep recession, a rapid rise in unemployment, and companies in Germany cutting back hours for workers. The euro has been battered in the financial markets, being outperformed by both the pound and the dollar in recent days, while Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, has faced widespread criticism for an apparent reluctance to pull out all the stops to protect the eurozone.

Britain is not a member of the monetary union, which comprises 19 and the EU27 states – but according to Mr Brown himself, it could have been very different had he not taken a stand.

Writing in 2010, shortly after he was forced out of office following the general election of that year, Mr Brown said he had dug his heels in as Chancellor when Mr Blair pushed the idea of signing up in the wake of Labour’s landslide election victory in 1997.

In his book, Beyond the Crash, looking at the financial crisis of 2008, Mr Brown said he was ready to quit over the issue.

Indeed, I was ready to resign as Chancellor if I was unable to persuade my colleagues of the grave risks of taking us immediately into euro membership

Gordon Brown in 2010

He explained: “When I first expressed my doubts about Britain’s entry, I stood virtually alone in the Cabinet.

“Indeed, I was ready to resign as Chancellor if I was unable to persuade my colleagues of the grave risks of taking us immediately into euro membership.

“But having considered all the arguments, we concluded unanimously that although the euro was right in principle, it could not work for Britain at that time.”

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Mr Brown’s version of events contrasts with that of then-European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who said in 2008 he he has talked to “the people who matter in Britain” about the country joining the European single currency.

In response, then-Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “Mr Barroso’s meeting with Gordon Brown raises some very interesting questions.

“The president is an intelligent man. He would not have said what he did if the Prime Minister had told him there was no way that Britain was going to join the euro.

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“We will table questions at the first opportunity to find out whether he discussed Britain’s euro membership with Mr Barroso or raised the prospect of Britain scrapping the pound.

“If Gordon Brown has nothing to hide he could break the habit of a lifetime and give some straight answers, something his spokesman notably failed to do when asked about exactly this point.”

Speaking last month, Barney Reynolds, a leading UK and international financial services lawyer and a partner at Shearman and Sterling LLP, told Express.co.uk the eurozone was on the brink of a calamitous meltdown – warning Britain was not shielded from the fallout, despite not being a member.

He said: “The nub of it is that the eurozone states are running a currency system which is half-finished with the result that it is extremely risky.

“And that risk is not being run principally by them since the set-up offloads it – it defaults to the rest of the world.

“So our pensions and investments are running that risk.

“Apart from the fact that right now the Bank of England mitigates that risk.

“They’ve basically got a nuclear reactor with a crack in the core and they are asking financial businesses to move their houses to be next door to the nuclear reactor.

In reference to Brexit, he said the EU, and the French in particularly, wanted more financial businesses to be relocated to France and the eurozone in general.

He added: “Obviously that is exceedingly risky because in reality the inter-connectivity of the financial market and the fact that global banks have to stand behind their subsidiaries means that if there is massive risk embedded in those EU27 entities, it is transmitted into the rest of the world and back into our savings and investments without anyone protecting us from it anymore.”

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Coronavirus panic: ‘More and more younger people’ being struck down – WHO warning

Experts said the majority of people who experience severe illness still tend to be older, but more individuals in their 30s, 40s and 50s have started being admitted to intensive care with the disease and dying, despite having no underlying health conditions. Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies programme, said at a press conference in Geneva on Friday one in six COVID-19 deaths in Korea had been people under the age of 60.

In the past six weeks, at least 15 per cent of people intensive care units in Italy have been under 50.

Dr Ryan said: “It’s not that anything has changed, it’s that we collectively have been living in a world where we have tried to convince ourselves that this disease is mild and more severe in older people.

“But I think the evidence has been there all along. There is a spectrum of severity.”

Dr Marua Van Kerkhove WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, said: “We are seeing more and more younger individuals who are experiencing severe disease.

“I should say, overall, most of the people who are experiencing severe disease and ending up in ICU are people of older age, and are people who have underlying conditions.

“But what we are seeing in some countries, individuals who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are in ICUs and have died.

“WHO needs to better understand why young people are dying from the infection, as there are still many unknowns at this present time.”

However, Kristalina Georgieva the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) managing director, told the press conference that the world’s economy had come to a standstill due to the pandemic.

She described the pandemic as “humanity’s darkest hour” and that the world was in a recession more severe than the 2008 financial crisis.

She said: “This is a crisis like no other, never in the history of the IMF have we witnessed the world economy coming to a standstill.

“We are now in recession. It is way worse than the global financial crisis. It is a crisis that requires all of us to come together.”

WHO also confirmed that there has now been more than one million confirmed cases of coronavirus across the world.

WHO also confirmed that there has now been more than one million confirmed cases of coronavirus across the world.

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North Korea risks coronavirus eruption by defying UN and sending migrants abroad

And given analysts believe the Hermit state must itself be badly hit by COVID-19, the move risks exporting cases into President Vladimir Putin’s nation. In accordance with sanctions imposed by the United Nations last year to deprive Pyongyang of cash necessary to fund its nuclear and missile programmes, migrant workers were sent back. However, a citizen of Korean descent in Vladivostok, the Russian city close to the border with North Korea, told Radio Free Asia: “The North Koreans who withdrew last year because of sanctions are preparing to enter Russia again.

“We expect that they will be dispatched as trainees and tourists.”

In accordance with the UN measures, North Korean workers were required to return to the country by December 22, and countries are prohibited from issuing new work visas.

However, by admitting them on trainees or tourist visas, Russia can argue it is not in breach of the rules.

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North Korea is preparing to redeploy migrant workers to Russia to reestablish a much-needed source of foreign cash that had been put on hold due to concerns over the coronavirus crisis

“Last week, a senior official from the North Korean diplomatic office, someone I’ve known for a long time, asked me to look for a local company in need of North Korean labour.

“North Korea might send us workers starting in May, so he asked me to look for jobs for them in construction, processing, manufacturing and agriculture.”

The source suggested workers would have been sent across the border even earlier if the outbreak had not happened, explaining: “Most of the North Korean workers in Russia that left in December said they would return in the spring.

“This didn’t happen because of the unexpected coronavirus situation.”

Another source suggested Vladivostok was already prepared for the return of the North Korea workers.

The insider said: “North Korean restaurants here in Vladivostok are currently open.

“The workers are expected to come back soon. In a little while there will be so many North Koreans here.

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In a little while there will be so many North Koreans here

North Korean source

“I heard from a manager at one of the restaurants in Vladivostok that they’ll be dispatched soon.

“He claimed that they are now in preparations in Pyongyang and will begin arriving in May.

“The three-month tourist visa or the one-year training visa cost more because the workers must travel in and out of North Korea often to keep them valid.

“This is why most of the North Koreans can only work in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, because those cities are connected to North Korea by train.”

Officially, Russia has 1,534 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, while North Korea claims to be completely free of the disease.

However, speaking earlier this month, former CIA analyst Jung H Pak, who now works for the US-based Brookings Institute, said: “It’s impossible for North Korea not to have a single case of coronavirus.”

Similarly, General Robert Abrams, commander of US Forces Korea, said: “It is a closed-off nation, so we can’t say emphatically that they have cases, but we’re fairly certain they do.

“What I do know is that their armed forces had been fundamentally in a lockdown for about 30 days and only recently have they started routine training again.”

And journalist Roy Calley, who told of his trips to the country in his book Look With Your Eyes and Tell The World, told Express.co.uk in February: “If North Korea has closed its borders to tourists, then you can guarantee it has a problem with the virus as they are still desperate to allow people in.

“Also China is its closest ally, so this isn’t a decision to be taken lightly.

“As for dealing with it? My sense is that it won’t be able to.”

On Friday, the 38 North website published a picture of construction work on a new hospital in Pyong Yang – although the project got underway in December, before the COVID-19 outbreak, traced to Wuhan in China, had been widely confirmed.

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Donald Trump wants Americans ‘back to work’ by Easter despite Coronavirus

The US President has said that by Easter Sunday he wants Americans back to work.

In 18 days he expects the country to be back to normality.

Trump said during a Fox News live broadcast: “I would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter.”

His statement comes after the Dow Jones had it’s worst week since the 2008 financial crash.

Donald Trump spoke to the press through a two hour digital ‘town hall’ conducted in the White House Rose Garden.

The President said the American people want to be at work as soon as possible.

Currently Americans are under strict quarantine guidelines, which has left many out of work.

The lack of labour is having a disastrous effect on America’s economy.

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Trump continued to talk about the negative effects that an economic crisis would have on American workers.

He said: “We have to put the country to work. 

“You’re going to lose a number of people to the flu, but you’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression,”

Trump then warned the nation would see “suicides by the thousands” if people were put out of work.

The calls for a return to normal business function come as the US nears the end of it’s 15-day social distancing period.

Trump introduced social distancing on March 16th, in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He also signalled his want to restart the American economy on Sunday night.

In a series of tweets, Trump stated: ““We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. “At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go.”

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President Trump added that he wants to see the nations churches reopened for the Christian holiday

Currently many churches are close to observe safe social distancing standards.

He added: “You’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it will be a beautiful time,”

Under most recommend guidelines, undertaken throughout Europe, the embattled institutions would remain closed through the Easter period.

Health experts and officials continue to sound the alarm about the pandemic growing worse.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday warned that the peak of infections in New York was still 14 to 21 days away.

New York is at the center of the US outbreak with more than 25,000 cases.

Coronavirus is up to four times deadlier than seasonal influenza, with a mortality rate of between 3 to 4 percent.

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