Doctors Want The Government To Give More Racial Data About Who Is Dying And Sick From The Coronavirus

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Hundreds of doctors and a civil rights group are calling for the federal health department to release race and ethnicity breakdowns of COVID-19 data to identify and track potential disparities in how the coronavirus crisis is affecting different communities.

“This Administration’s alarming lack of transparency and data is preventing public health officials from understanding the full impact of this pandemic on Black communities and other communities of color,” the group, which includes the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and doctors from around the country, wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday.

“We are concerned that Black communities are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and have lower access to COVID-19 testing which may cause delayed care, an increased risk of high mortality rates, and the acceleration of the spread of the disease in our communities,” they wrote in the letter. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its sub-agencies are charged with ensuring that racial disparities do not persist in the administration of healthcare services, even in a pandemic.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A group of black doctors in Virginia first raised these concerns weeks ago, and have since been calling for state and federal authorities to release data on who is getting sick and dying. The group is also calling for state and municipal authorities across the country to release race and ethnicity data.

“We understand that this data is being collected [by the federal government] and not being reported out to the public, and we believe they need to do their part in pressing state and local health departments to do the same,” Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee, said on a call with reporters.

The CDC’s COVID-19 reporting form requires information on patients’ race and ethnicity, meaning reports of COVID-19 diagnoses and deaths reported to federal authorities from state and local health departments must include that data.

“Black Americans face insurmountable barriers to testing and treatment for COVID-19,” the letter reads. “Private COVID-19 testing is costly, and government-administered testing is severely restricted. These barriers are exacerbated by the fact that racial minorities are suddenly uninsured, as they are overrepresented in recently shuttered industries, such as travel, retail, restaurant and hospitality.”

Clarke said there is “some data which suggests that this crisis is in fact having a disparate impact on African Americans,” referring to reports that have been made available by the Illinois Department of Health and a few other local jurisdictions around the country. Those reports have shown severe disparities in the numbers of black people contracting and dying of COVID-19.

The Illinois data shows that 29.4% of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state are black residents, and black people account for 41.2% of COVID-19 deaths in the state. Black people account for just 14% of the state’s population.

“I have seen in my waiting rooms, in my exam rooms, mostly black and brown patients who are essential workers and service workers who cannot afford to stay home,” Dr. Uche Blackstock, an Emergency Room doctor in Brooklyn and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, said on the press call.

She said that the data is essential because it could change how authorities deal with the public health crisis, including directing resources to the communities and parts of the country most urgently in need.

“In the past the CDC has tracked those types of data, demographic race and ethnicity data for other virulent outbreaks, and they’ve typically released that kind of data in the past, but they’re not doing so for COVID-19,” said Dariely Rodriguez, director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Economic Justice Project.

The short supply of testing in the US is one major concern for Dr. Taison Bell, an assistant professor at UVA in the infectious disease and pulmonary critical care division, who said, “early and aggressive testing allows us all to stay safe.”

“We see in states that aren’t reporting on racial demographics that there’s been a surge of patients dying of respiratory diseases … These are conditions caused by COVID-19,” Bell said, adding that pre-existing conditions that make COVID-19 more fatal, like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, are also more prevalent in black communities.

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6.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho transfer agreed, Rooney breaks coronavirus lockdown with Kyle Walker – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing ahead with their transfer business, with Jadon Sancho reportedly agreeing to move to Old Trafford.

But Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney has been caught breaking the coronavirus lockdown with Kyle Walker.

Follow all the latest gossip and news from Old Trafford below…

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    Owner Maxim Demin has backed the Cherries success story during their remarkable rise to the Premier League but is now planning a change of tactics.

    Winger David Brooks, 22, would have been a wanted man if he had not missed the season with a serious ankle injury.

    Manchester United and Spurs were keen and could rekindle their interest if he regains fitness.

    The Wales international featured 33 times for the Cherries in all competitions last season.

    He chipped in with a total of seven goals and five assists, with the player getting on the score sheet against the likes of Chelsea, Brighton and Fulham.

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    Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could be set to extend his stay in the Premier League despite looking for a move away in January.

    His agent Vincenzo Morabito told Calciomercato: “Giroud was an opportunity in January but now, given that the championships could also be played in June and July, he could decide to stay at Chelsea for another year.

    “However, everything is still uncertain, given the general situation which, in my opinion, may have cleared up in a few weeks, between the end of April and the beginning of May the picture could be more complete.”

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Man Utd email 900 staff to confirm they won’t be furloughed despite coronavirus crisis – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have emailed their 900-strong staff to confirm that none of them will be furloughed amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Red Devils informed their workers on Monday that they will continue to be paid in full despite other Premier League clubs taking the decision to put their own staff on the government's furlough scheme.

Staff who are unable to work or find themselves with a reduced workload have been asked to undertake volunteer work with the NHS or a local charity.

Meanwhile, casual workers will be paid until June 1 after the date was extended by Ed Woodward.

The United chief also assured workers they will be able to fit their schedules around their family too.

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'At Home With Olaf': Disney Launches New 'Frozen' Digital Series, Made Completely From Home

The frequently circulated fun fact during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a plague. It’s a piece of trivia that has become both a source of inspiration and a source of mockery, because who really wants to be productive during a pandemic?

But Disney Animation has shown us all up — and become the godsend for parents everywhere — by releasing a series of animated Frozen shorts, recorded and animated completely from home. At Home With Olaf, with dialogue recorded by Josh Gad, is a new digital animated series that will debut on Disney+ this week and make us all feel bad for not writing our novel while in quarantine.

The staff at Disney Animation just raised the bar on working from home. The animators, sound engineers, and Olaf voice actor Josh Gad have banded together to create the At Home With Olaf animated digital series, set to debut on Disney+ this week. Disney animation director Hyrum Osmond, who worked as head of animation on Disney’s Moana, spearheaded the project, which will follow the fan-favorite Frozen snowman on several adventures in a series of digital shorts.

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At Home With Olaf will debut on Disney+ this week.

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'Southern Charm': Cameran Eubanks Grows Increasingly Frustrated With COVID-19 Response

Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm is extremely upset with the lack of response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in her home state of South Carolina.

As most states have issued a “stay at home” order, Eubanks is furious that Governor Henry McMaster is not ordering residents to stay at home. She posted an image of a hurricane peppered with images of the coronavirus heading toward South Carolina. Eubanks also tagged her state’s representatives too.

“Repost @the_southern_pagoda DOES THIS MAKE MORE SENSE @govhenrymcmaster? 6 new DEATHS today! Numbers keep going up!! Time to act is NOW!!! @[email protected],” she captioned the photo. Kyle Cooke from Summer House thanked her for sharing. “Thank you for posting,” he responded. “NY lost about 1,100 lives in the last 24 hours. There are still 8 governors failing to lead and shut down. God bless you guys!”

She’s in disbelief her government is not shutting everything down

Eubanks shared a news headline begging Americans to stay at home for at least a week. “@govhenrymcmaster what in Gods name are you waiting for?!? Surgeon General Jerome Adams said ‘The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, it’s going to be our 9/11 moment, it’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives. And we really need to understand that if we want to flatten that curve and get through to the other side, everyone needs to do their part.’”

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She also took to her Instagram story to re-emphasize her disgust. “While I’m on here let me say it again, let me scream it from the effing rooftops,” she said. “Governor Henry McMaster, what’s going on? What are we waiting for?”

“We are one of I think seven states now left in the United States of America that have not issued a mandatory stay at home order,” she continued gesturing in disbelief. “Honestly, I get speechless when I think about it because it’s like all the common sense has just been thrown out the window. And for those that want to compare this to the flu, the CDC estimated that in 2018 2019 the flu killed approximately 34,200 Americans.”

COVID-19 is more dangerous than the flu

Eubanks continued by adding, “The epidemiologist and scientists are predicting that the coronavirus is on track to kill 200,000 and they are saying that is an optimistic estimate.”

“Some models show it in the millions,” she added. “So for those people wanting to go to Lowe’s to get flowers to plant in their yard. Or you’re bored at home and you wanna get out of the house and wanna go to Target or Walmart. You are literally helping kill other human beings. And does that sound extreme? Yes, it does. And I want it to sound extreme because it’s the mother-effing truth.”

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Eubanks then shared screenshots of other people who are just as frustrated. One person posted about people having “quarantine buddies” where people house hop. She also shared a Change.org petition urging McMaster to shut down the state. Eubanks also posted about how nurses are reaching out to her and sharing their stories dealing with the virus. She wrote over the post, “If you think this is a big conspiracy please unfollow me. Utter stupidity. Do y’all think the hundreds of nurses writing me are lying???”

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Shameless thief is jailed after stealing from nurse's car

Shameless thief is jailed after stealing laptop and bank cards from nurse’s car while she was visiting patients during coronavirus crisis

  • Gareth Gilson, 37, broke into the NHS vehicle in Bilborough, Nottingham 
  • Purchased items across the city after he stole the worker’s bank cards 
  • Pleaded guilty to one count of theft and five counts of fraud after he was caught
  • He was jailed for 16 weeks appearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court  

A lowlife thief has been jailed after he stole a laptop and bank cards from a district nurse’s car while she visited patients during the coronavirus crisis.

Shameless Gareth Gilson, 37, broke into the NHS worker’s vehicle while she was on her rounds in Bilborough, Nottingham, amid the coronavirus outbreak last Tuesday.

After pocketing a bag containing her laptop and bank cards the callous crook went on to use her bank cards to purchase items from shops across the city.

Gareth Gilson (pictured) has been jailed for 16 weeks after snatching bank cards and a laptop from the NHS worker 

Gilson, of Nottingham, went on to plead guilty to one count of theft and five counts of fraud by false representation after being arrested by police. On Friday, he was caged for 16 weeks at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Inspector Gordon Fenwick, of Nottinghamshire Police, said after the case: ‘We are living in an unprecedented time and NHS staff are providing vital services for the people in city and county.

‘To think that someone would steal from someone who is putting themselves at risk every day in order to protect our residents is sickening.

‘Our officers acted quickly to make an arrest as part of this investigation and I am pleased with a swift result.’ 

The UK has declared 439 more deaths caused by the coronavirus today, taking its total to 5,373. 

England accounted for 403 of the fatalities while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland declared 36 more deaths between them over the past day.

The statistics are a ray of hope as the daily death count has fallen for the second day in a row and was today the lowest it has been since March 31, when it was 381.

Today’s number is a 30 per cent drop from the 621 fatalities recorded yesterday, and a 39 per cent fall from Saturday, which was the worst day so far with 708.

 

 

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Honor Blackman, James Bond’s Pussy Galore, dead at 94

Honor Blackman, the actress best known for her role as Pussy Galore in James Bond film “Goldfinger,” has died. She was 94.

Blackman’s family says she died of natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement to the Guardian, they called her “adored mother and grandmother” with “an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess.”

“It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94,” the statement read. “She died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby.”

The statement continued: “As well as being a much-adored mother and grandmother, Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent; with an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all the endeavors she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times.”

Blackman is best known for her role as Pussy Galore in the third James Bond flick, “Goldfinger,” in 1964. She landed the role thanks to her proficiency in martial arts, which she learned playing Catherine Gale in spy show “The Avengers” from 1962 to 1964.

She also starred in “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), “Shalako” (1968) and “The Virgin and the Gypsy” (1970). Blackman also played Laura West in 1990’s sitcom “The Upper Hand” and appeared in theatrical productions including “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady” and “Cabaret.”

But her legacy as Bond girl nemesis Pussy Galore lives on — and the origin of her name in the film was recently explained for the Iconic Images Gallery, which debuted an online exhibit of photos taken by photographer Terry O’Neill on the set of James Bond films.

“Blackman became the Bond girl that broke all the rules,” O’Neill tells GQ. “Concerned over censorship, the producers considered changing her character’s name to Kitty Galore, but art triumphed over censors and the filmmakers stuck to their guns.”

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Will Blackpink be a threat to BTS in 2020?

While it might have its critics, it can’t be denied that Korean pop music (or K-Pop) has not only made an impression on audiences in the U.S., but is stateside for the long-haul. Need proof? Look no further than the popularity of Korean boyband BTS. 

The seven-person group (comprised of members V, J-Hope, Jimin, RM, Suga, Jungkook, and Jin) has taken America by storm ever since they became “only the third group in 50 years to have three number one albums on the Billboard 200 charts in less than 12 months,” per CNN. The two other groups? The Beatles and The Monkees. Fittingly, CNN even compared BTS’ American debut to Beatlemania. 

That being said, BTS is far from the only K-Pop mega-group to have made its mark in the hearts (and ears) of American music-lovers. Blackpink, a four-part all-female K-Pop group (made up of members Jisoo, Lisa, Rosé, and Jennie), have been long-standing darlings of the South Korean pop scene since 2016. The group managed to make its debut on the Billboard 200 in 2019 with the EP “Kill This Love” and a single of the same name, complete with an American tour and a history-making performance at one of the United States’ biggest music festivals.

Even though BTS was previously on hiatus and Blackpink took a break as well, it’s beginning to look like we have a battle of the (K-Pop) bands on our hands. If that’s the case, does this mean Blackpink will be a threat to BTS in 2020?

Unexpected hurdles and delays for Blackpink

While Forbes predicted in December 2019 that Blackpink’s comeback, which was then slated for early 2020, would lead to a huge surge in popularity and music streams stateside for the group, the projections look like they’re going to be derailed. The reason? You guessed it — the coronavirus.

As reported by Koreaboo, investor reports revealed that Blackpink’s next mini-album and subsequent tour — which their agency YG Entertainment announced in January 2020 was scheduled for a release sometime between March and April 2020 — was postponed due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

While at first glance it seems that COVID-19 would feasibly only effect promotional events and touring, its reach is sadly more widespread. Album production itself, and even shipment of fan merchandise, is also currently delayed with no sign of resuming anytime soon.

Another major factor? South Korea has been one of the countries hit hardest by the novel coronavirus. As of April 6, 2020, over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since the first diagnosed case in the country in January 2020 (via Statista). 

When will Blackpink make their comeback?

While COVID-19 has left many of us with uncertainty as to what the near future will hold, YG Entertainment still plans on Blackpink’s comeback later this year — June 2020, to be exact, per Koreaboo. Unfortunately for fans, this will still mean over a year of waiting for the K-Pop girl group’s long-anticipated return. Their last song release was in April 2019 for their single “Kill This Love.”

As for whether 2020 will be the year Blackpink bypasses BTS in popularity if COVID-19 delays their comeback, Forbes thinks it’s unlikely. Hypothetically, if neither K-Pop group came out with any new material, their respective increases in music streams — BTS at 50 percent with two billion streams on Spotify, followed by three billion streams total on the same platform in 2019; Blackpink at a respectable 1.1 billion streams in 2019 on the same platform with a 168 percent increase from the previous year — would have continued exponentially, albeit statically. 

So what does this mean? If Forbes’ projections for this scenario had ended up being the case (more on that in a minute) — and if we’re solely judging popularity by music streams on Spotify — then BTS would have still beat out Blackpink by almost a million streams, BTS with 4.5 billion and Blackpink with 2.95 billion.

BTS makes an unexpected move

Unfortunately for Blackpink, it looks like a monkey wrench was thrown into the mix — the “monkey wrench” being a BTS follow-up to their 2019 best-selling album, Map of the Soul: Persona.

Of course, at the time Forbes came out with its predictions, the media outlet didn’t account for another anomaly — another BTS album. Unlike Blackpink, BTS was able to finish and produce their latest album, Map of the Soul: 7, before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Following its debut in February 2020, Map of the Soul: 7 garnered a number one slot on the Billboard 200 charts, making it the fourth album by the band to snag the top spot. 

When it comes to pitting BTS against Blackpink, it’s a pretty hard blow for the girl group. But does this mean that Blackpink is done for when it comes to U.S. audiences? We’re not so sure. 

BTS versus Blackpink: who will come out on top?

To be fair, Spotify streams are hardly the only means of determining popularity or success when it comes to both of these K-Pop supergroups. While BTS might have the most engaged followers than any other account on Twitter (as per Axios), it doesn’t take into account that, when it comes to U.S. audiences, Blackpink is a fresher face.

Additionally, Blackpink has been forging paths that not even BTS has managed to pave. Case in point? In April 2019, the Korean pop quartet made history by being the first K-Pop group ever to perform at Coachella, which Mashable called a “milestone moment” — one that introduced the group to an entirely new population of fans.

So will Blackpink be a threat to BTS in 2020? It remains to be seen. But will they definitely pose a threat? It looks like they already have.

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases.

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  • Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced they both tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia while filming their Elvis Presley biopic. The couple isolated themselves and are keeping their spirits up, sharing their experience on Instagram.

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  • Former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko posted on Instagram Sunday that she was self-quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus. She appeared in “Quantum of Solace” opposite Daniel Craig in 2008 and in the sci-fi movie “Oblivion.”

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  • Idris Elba posted a video on Twitter Monday saying that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The British actor said he is asymptomatic and encourages people to stay pragmatic.

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  • Lucian Grainge, longtime chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, tested positive for the coronavirus and has been hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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  • Kristofer Hivju posted on Instagram Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The “Game of Thrones” alum is set to star on season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher.” 

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  • Rachel Matthews, the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II” and an actress known for “Looking for Alaska” and “Happy Death Day 2 You,” said in a series of posts on her Instagram story (via Page Six) that she tested positive for the coronavirus. Matthews described her symptoms over the course of a week in her posts and added that she found tests for the virus “INSANELY hard to come by.” 

     

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  • Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and currently a player for the Brooklyn Nets, was one of four players who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Athletic. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” he told The Athletic.

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  • Actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Instagram Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. “For all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is,” the former “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star pleaded. He has since recovered from the virus.

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  • Prince Albert of Monaco is the first known head of state to contract the coronavirus.

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  • Sean Payton told ESPN he tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first confirmed case in the NFL

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  • Colton Underwood, former star of “The Bachelor,” revealed in a Twitter video that despite being 28-years-old and healthy, he still tested positive for the coronavirus.  

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  • Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo, announced he tested positive on March 20.

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  • Actress Debi Mazar (“Goodfellas,” “Younger”) announced on March 21 that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough,” she wrote. “I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days.”

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  • Opera legend Placido Domingo announced on March 22 that he tested positive for COVID-19. “Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he wrote on Facebook.

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  • “Les Miserables” actor Aaron Tveit announced he tested positive for the virus in a lengthy Instagram post. “I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild,” he wrote.

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  • Sen. Rand Paul became the first U.S. senator to test positive for the virus Sunday.

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  • Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the virus in prison, according to a report from the Niagara Gazette.

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  • “Game of Thrones” actress Indira Varma revealed she was sick with the virus last week.

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  • Daytime Emmy Award winner Greg Rikaart (“The Young and the Restless”) announced on Instagram that he tested positive for the coronavirus. “Nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys,” he wrote, referring to his husband and son.

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  • Playwright Terrence McNally died of coronavirus-related complications on March 24.

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  • Houston rapper Slim Thug said in an Instagram video posted on March 24 that he tested positive for coronavirus.

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  • Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus but remains in “good health,” his office announced on Wednesday.

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  • Jackson Browne, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, also announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is recuperating in his Los Angeles home.

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  • In a memo to staff Thursday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus and “improving every day.”

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  • Chef Floyd Cardoz died of coronavirus complications on March 25. He won the third season of “Top Chef Masters” and appeared in numerous other cooking programs. He was 59.

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  • Mark Blum, who starred in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “You,” died of coronavirus complications on March 26. He was 69.

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  • ESPN NBA analyst and reporter Doris Burke revealed Friday she tested positive for the coronavirus, and that it took eight days for her to get her results. Fortunately, she has been symptom-free.

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  • Chuck Billy, frontman for the thrash-metal band Testament, told Rolling Stone, “I had an achy body, headaches, coughing, tight chest, I lost my sense of smell and taste — the whole thing.” A few days later, he and his wife Tiffany learned they had the coronavirus.

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  • Houston rapper Scarface revealed in a livestream with Geto Boys’ bandmate Willie D. that he tested positive for COVID-19 after having symptoms that began with the lack of taste and smell.

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  • Adam Schlesinger, the songwriter best known for his work with the rock band Fountains of Wayne and the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has been hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms. Sadly, the 52-year-old rocker died on April 1.

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  • Chris Cuomo announced on March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The anchor has been hosting the show from his basement.

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  • Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe announced March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The brother of John McEnroe says he quarantined himself in his basement and is “feeling fine.”

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  • Eddie Large, one-half of the comedy duo Little and Large, contracting coronavirus while hospitalized for heart failure. Sadly, he died on April 2 at age 78.

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  • Jim Edmonds, MLB player turned “Real Housewives of Orange County” star, said he tested positive for both pneumonia and the coronavirus but is “completely symptom-free” now.

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  • Actress Ali Wentworth, who is married to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, revealed on Instagram she tested positive for the coronavirus and “has never been sicker.” She is quarantined from her family.

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  • Tony-award winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell tweeted he tested positive for the coronavirus and was self-isolating. He added he was feeling better and “over the hump.” 

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  • “Love Song” singer and Broadway star of the musical “Waitress” Sara Bareilles revealed she had tested positive for the virus and is already feeling better, she said in an Instagram story Friday.

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  • Christopher Cross, the singer-songwriter best known for “Sailing,” announced he tested positive for cornonavirus in a lengthy Instagram post. “Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” he wrote.

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  • The pop singer Pink revealed on Twitter that she tested positive for coronavirus but said that after two weeks of self-isolating, she then tested negative for COVID-19 and had recovered. Pink then agreed to donate $1 million split among two different crisis relief funds.

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  • The singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull, who came to fame as part of the 1960s British Invasion with her single “As Tears Go By,” was hospitalized in London after testing positive for the coronavirus, her reps told Rolling Stone. “She is stable and responding to treatment. We all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery,” the reps said in the statement. 

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  • Duran Duran singer John Taylor announced on Facebook that he had tested positive for coronavirus — and fully recovered. “I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing,” he wrote.

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  • Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Prince Charles have all come down with COVID-19

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    Hollyoaks spoilers this week – Felix blackmails Walter and Juliet dumps Sid – The Sun

    IN a rollercoaster week for the Hollyoaks gang, there's twists and turns galore in some gripping storylines to keep you entertained during lockdown.

    The Deveraux family reveal more dark secrets as Felix blackmails Walter and Sid gets dumped by a disgruntled Juliet. Here's all the spoilers you need ahead of this week in the Chester village.

    Juliet dumps Sid

    As tumultuous teenage relationships go, Juliet and Sid have have their ups and downs, but it seems to all come to head this week.

    In a bid to save the rocky partnership, Sid plans a romantic trip away for the two of them, only to find out fiery Juliet has invited mates Ollie Morgan and Imran Maalik along.

    Sid shares his frustrations by having a go at Juliet about his romantic plans being ruined.

    She then finally has enough and dumps Sid.

    The more worrying underlying twist in this tale is that Sid's cousin Jordan Price – drug dealer and all round nasty character, helped plan the impromptu getaway – with a hinted ulterior motive to lure the teens to his sinister trafficking ring.

    Felix blackmails Walter

    The Deveraux family reveal more dark secrets this week.

    We've had abandoned triplets, long-lost fathers and heartbreaking suicides within this family and it seems the mystery continues as Felix blackmails God-fearing Walter over a previous misdemeanour.

    Walter looks unnerved at the prospect of his past mistakes being shared as Felix threatens to expose him if he doesn't help build bridges with Mitchell.

    We are about to find out what Walter is so eager to hide from his grandson.

    Warren faces his childhood bully

    Troublesome Felix is at it again and in a twist that I don't think even the most die-hard fan saw coming- it turns out that he grew up in the same care home as Warren Fox.

    The two come head-to head as we find out that Felix was a cruel abusive bully and turned Warren into bad boy we all know and love.

    Warren orders Felix to leave the village and they are about to come to blows when Grace Black steps in to break it up, before the plot takes an even more unexpected turn…

    Darren and Kyle join forces

    Troubled Darren Osbourne and Kyle Kelly bond over their mental health issues.

    Continuing to support each other as they both cope with depression, Kyle seems to be doing a better job at hiding his feelings and Darren offers to help him plan his upcoming wedding to former wife Nancy.

    But the pressure pressure of Nancy's ever-growing to do list only adds to Kyle's feelings of failure and it looks like this all might push him over the edge.

    When can I watch Hollyoaks?

    Airing of new episodes is temporarily reduced and the soap will only be currently showing twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays at the usual times of 6.30pm on C4, and 7pm on E4.

    If you are feeling lost without your daily dose of the show, E4 is running classic episodes from its archive every weekday.

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