Boris Johnson backed by huge majority for coronavirus lockdown in new poll

Some 93 percent of people backed the tougher restrictions announced by the Prime Minister.

A staggering 27 million people watched Mr Johnson’s dramatic address to the nation on Monday night.

It was one of the most watched events in UK history, exceeding the numbers for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

And it seems the stark message struck a chord with the public.

Of the 2,788 people polled by YouGov, 76 percent said they strongly supported the lockdown, while 66 per cent also said they would find it easy to follow the new rules for the next three weeks, after which the Government will decide whether they can be relaxed.

However, the country is split over whether police have enough powers to enforce the new measures.

Officers have been given powers to fine those who do not comply.

But according to the poll, 39 percent of Brits think that is insufficient, with the same number believing the powers go far enough.

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New York facing coronavirus meltdown as new cases explode ‘faster than a bullet train’

Describing the pace of the contagion as “faster than a bullet train”, the governor criticised the federal government for not sending anywhere near enough essential medical supplies to help deal with the crisis. With new infection rates doubling every three days, New York was the source of 60 percent of all new cases in the country. At present, the state has over 25,000 confirmed cases of the virus and at least 210 deaths.

Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, said: “We need federal help and we need the federal help now.

“New York is the canary in the coal mine, New York is happening first, what is happening to New York will happen to California and Illinois, it is just a matter of time.”

He angrily criticised the US Federal Emergency Management Agency for providing just 400 ventilators.

New York has 7,000 ventilators, but needs 30,000, according to Mr Cuomo.

He said: “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.

“The [infection] forecaster said to me, ‘We were looking at a freight train coming across the country.’

“‘We’re now looking at a bullet train.'”

The governor went on to warn that rate of infections could overwhelm the healthcare system.

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He told journalists that New York could need up to as many as 140,000 hospital beds in a worse-case scenario.

In implied criticism of Donald Trump’s concerns that efforts to contain the outbreak could wreck the US economy, Mr Cuomo said he would not “put a dollar amount on human life”.

“My mother is not expendable and your mother is not expendable,” the governor said.

Mr Cuomo’s comments come as the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday that the US could become the new centre of the global coronavirus pandemic.


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Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, declared: “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the US.

“So it does have that potential to become the centre of the pandemic.”

The US president admitted that it was becoming ever more difficult to obtain crucial healthcare supplies and equipment.

In a tweet, he wrote: “The world market for face masks and ventilators is crazy.

“We are helping the states to get equipment, but it is not easy.”

However, the US President sought to deflect blame away from his administration’s failure to provide adequate support.

He blamed the New York Governor for not purchasing more ventilators in 2015, citing a conspiracy-mongering website.

Mr Cuomo retorted by saying the Trump administration should invoke the Defence Production Act to force businesses to manufacture the lifesaving machines.

The US President continued to downplay the severity of the crisis, insisting that the country would get back to normal by Easter.

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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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