Happy Holi 2020! Images, wishes, quotes and greetings for the festival of colour

HAPPY Holi 2020 has descended upon us for its colourful annual return.

The Hindu spring festival – which originates from India – has gone on to become a popular event among both non-Hindus and other communities outside Asia as people from different walks of life come together. So what else do we know about the occasion and how can you celebrate too?

What is Holi?

Happy Holi is a popular, ancient Hindu festival.

It is typically known as the 'festival of colours' but is also referred to as the 'festival of love'.

The festival symbolises the arrival of spring, the victory of good over evil and the blossoming of love.

Originally Holi was seen as just a Hindu celebration, but in recent times it has become more inclusive of other cultures and is now celebrated all over the globe.

When is Holi?

The festival, which lasts for a night and a day, begins in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna.

This falls in between the end of February and the middle of March.

Even though Happy Holi will always be celebrated at the same time of year, the actual date of the event can vary – with it taking place on March 9 and ending on March 10 this year.

How is Holi celebrated?

Celebrations start the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan, which is when people gather around a bonfire and perform religious rituals, praying that any internal evil be destroyed.

The Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours – takes place the following morning – and is where all the fun begins.

During Rangwali Holi people blast each other with colours and drench each other with anything from water guns to water-filled balloons in this no-holds barred smear-fest.

Anyone from children to adults can get involved in this event, with the festivities spilling all over the streets, parks, temples and buildings.

Musical groups also join in on the celebrations – carrying drums and other instruments while going around the festival singing and dancing.

Once everyone's ran out of paint and energy it is tradition to get dressed up and visit family and friends for food and drink – including for the customary drink Bhang, a drink made from Cannabis.


How can I wish someone a happy Holi?

Well first thing is first – you'll have to get the pronunciation right.

Happy Holi in Hindi is pronounced as "Hole mubaareek."

Since it is a festival of love and colour, your messages will have to be filled with BOTH to capture the true essence of the celebration.

An example of this could be "May God brighten up your life with beautiful and joyous colours of the universe, wishing you a very Happy Holi 2020" or "Play more, drink less, enjoy more, think less. Have a cheerful Happy Holi 2020."

Although you'll probably want to send these messages to your family and loved ones, you could use your social media platform to spread the love far and wide by using pictures and other tools to make others feel Holi on the day.

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Priest is shoved to floor in church only to start throwing punches

Holy war! Shocking moment a priest is shoved to the floor in church only to leap to his feet and start throwing punches as a wild brawl breaks out

  • Two women filmed fighting at Church of the Nativity of Christ in Odessa 
  • Priest tries to separate them before he is thrown to the floor in the brawl 
  • He then leaps to his feet and begins throwing wild punches in Orthodox church
  • Social media users blasted those involved for brawling at a religious site  

This is the moment a priest is shoved to the floor in a church and then begins throwing wild punches during a brawl between clergy members in a church.

The fight erupted in the Church of the Nativity of Christ, an Orthodox church in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.

Video of the shocking incident was recorded by an onlooker and shows how the row began with two women fighting.

A priest in a purple robe then appears to try to break up the fight but he is shoved to the floor by another man. 

He springs to his feet and begins throwing punches as other clergymen begin shoving each other and ornaments are knocked to the ground.

The priest can be seen in a purple robe trying to intervene after two women began fighting

Local media report the incident occurred when an abbot became angry with the newly-elected Bishop of the Odessa Orthodox Church, who ordered for the abbot to be fired.

It is unclear if any punishments have been handed out by church officials as a result of the incident.

The priest springs back to his feet and starts throwing wild punches at the Orthodox church 

After the footage surfaced online, social media user Mila Sultanbekova blasted the people involved, saying they ‘keep nothing sacred’ and adding: ‘Shame on you!’

Another named ‘Nikitos’ said: ‘And these are the people who tell us how to be united?! 

‘They don’t even have solidarity in their own church! How dare they teach others how to live?!’


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Mystery as dog walker finds body of man in Bristol and cops launch murder probe – The Sun

THE body of a man was discovered by a dog walker at a Bristol industrial estate yesterday, sparking a murder probe.

Police were called to the Access 18 estate in suburb Avonmouth at 5.30pm after the grim discovery.

Today, police confirmed the death is suspicious and launched a murder investigation.

A member of the public found the man's body in open land off an access lane close to Boundary Road yesterday afternoon.

It isn't known how long the victim had been there for before he was discovered.


Detective Superintendent Julie Mackay, of Avon and Somerset Police's major crime investigation team, said: “We have a team of officers and staff working on this inquiry and our priority is to identify the victim and locate his next of kin.

“We don’t yet know how long the body was at the location before being found, but a forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out by a Home Office pathologist later today to determine how the man died."

The roads around the area have been shut to allow police to carry out forensic investigations.

Det Supt Mackay called for anyone who saw "suspicious activity" in the area over the past few days to report it "as soon as possible".

She said: “Have you seen any parked vehicles which shouldn’t have been there, or anyone out of their vehicle and walking on the surrounding land?

"If so, we want to hear from you.”

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British skiers have been hospitalized in Austria with coronavirus

Three British skiers have been hospitalized in Austria with coronavirus after contracting the most ‘aggressive virus strain’ in Italy

  • Group had been staying in Italy before going to a busy ski resorts in Saalbach
  • It is height of winter ski season and Saalbach is hosting Alpine Skiing World Cup
  • Dr Richard Greil described Italy’s massive outbreak as ‘completely out of control’
  • Widely speculated that Italy has stronger variant of virus – known as ‘L’ type

Three British skiers have been hospitalized with coronavirus in Austria after contracting a more aggressive strain of the killer bug, reports suggest.  

Three men – aged 61, 44 and 49 – had been staying in Italy before going to a busy ski resort in Saalbach in the middle of the winter season.

The seven other people in men’s group who have not been infected remain quarantined at the VIP resort. 

The rest of the hotel’s guests, its staff and owner all tested negative and have not been quarantined. 

Saalbach is currently hosting the Alpine Skiing World Cup – a hugely popular event that attracts spectators from around the world. 

Three British skiers have been hospitalized with coronavirus in Saalbach, Austria – where the  Alpine Skiing World Cup is being hosted (pictured) – after contracting a more aggressive strain of the killer bug, reports suggest

Austria currently has 99 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The coronavirus death toll in Italy increased by 133 to 366 yesterday while the number of cases skyrocketed from 1,492 to 7,375. 

The bug has killed 3,500 worldwide and has infected more than 100,000. 

Dr Richard Greil, who is in charge of the quarantine of the three skiers, said that all the cases seen in the region were coming from Italy, which he described as being ‘completely out of control.’

It is widely speculated that Italy has a stronger variant of the virus – known as the ‘L’ variant – but there is no concrete evidence for this.

Saalbach is currently hosting the Alpine Skiing World Cup – a hugely popular event that attracts spectators from around the world. Pictured: Benjamin Thomsen of Canada races during the world cup in Saalbach last month

Scientists believe that the S-type was probably the original strain that moved from animals to humans and the second strain emerged shortly after that, with both versions now spreading.

The more aggressive appears to be the L-type which it is speculated is the type now prevalent in Italy.

Ravinder Kanda at Oxford Brookes University said: ‘There do appear to be two different strains.’

She added: ‘[The L-type] might be more aggressive in transmitting itself, but we have no idea yet how these underlying genetic changes will relate to disease severity.’

And Erik Volz at Imperial College London said: ‘I think it’s a fact that there are two strains. It’s normal for viruses to undergo evolution when they are transmitted to a new host.’

Passengers wearing protective face masks are seen in Malpensa airport near Milan, Italy. It is widely speculated that Italy has a stronger variant of the virus – known as the ‘L’ variant – but there is no concrete evidence for this

In Austria, news of the infected British group led to hasty attempts to stop panic and cancellations.

Local officials even originally said they were trying to get a charter flight to remove the rest of the British group, but they later backpedalled and said this was a misunderstanding.

Dr Richard Greil, who is head of the department at the Salzburg Landeskliniken hospital dealing with quarantined patients in the area, including the three British tourists, said: ‘The first British man who was hospitalised, a 61-year-old, is the more seriously ill of the three but he is definitely not acute.

‘The two other British men, aged 44 and 49, have only the very mildest of symptoms even though they are technically also infected. Under normal circumstances it would not be even necessary to move him to the hospital but in order to avoid a panic they have been taken to our facility.

Passengers in Malpensa airport, near Milan, wait for their flight from the quarantined region of northern Italy

Passengers depart from a train in Naples arriving from Milan as people scrambled to flee from quarantined regions yesterday

‘As you can imagine the other guests and staff would not be happy about having infected people there.’

He stressed, however, that under normal circumstances, even though they tested positive, the lack of any significant symptoms would mean that house quarantine would normally have been satisfactory.

He said the hospital had special filtration systems to provide air and the highest security standards to prevent the infection from spreading.

The seven other people in the group are being kept together in the same hotel, reports suggest.

An official said they had decided it was not necessary to quarantine the other 35 hotel guests or the staff and hotel owner who had all tested negative for the disease.

They said this was because the group kept to themselves and ate in a separate room. 

They said that the sick man had stayed in his own room which had not been cleaned while he was there, also meaning that cleaning staff were not in contact with him.

The more aggressive variant of coronavirus appears to be the L-type which it is speculated is the type now prevalent in Italy. Pictured: Mass panic swept in after the Italian government imposed a quarantine affecting 16 million people in the country’s northern region yesterday

Austrian officials said earlier that they had been trying to work out a way to fly the British group back home but that it was difficult because most airlines were not prepared to take them – even though they at the time showed no signs of the disease.

As the UK is not arranging special flights to remove infected tourists, the alternative would mean they had to wait the two-week quarantine period, which Austrian officials want to avoid in the heart of the tourist season.

The second option they said they were considering was to set up a quarantine area for suspected infected holidaymakers.

However, a statement by local council leader Bernhard Gratz said they were trying to arrange a charter flight to remove them from the tourist area or set up a quarantine zone.

This was later rejected by Salzburg regional spokesman Franz Wieser, who said there would be no charter flights organised to remove sick people from the region. 

And there would also be no specialist quarantine circles set up.

The mayor of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Alois Hasenauer, said they were keen to make sure there was ‘no hysteria and no panic’. 

He also said that there had been some cancellations since news of the infection at the resort was made public, but not many.

Meanwhile, the virus is spreading in Salzburg, according to officials, with victims including a German tourist from the Frankfurt area aged 37. 

He tested positive while visiting relatives in St Gilgen.

He has now been quarantined together with his family and one other person who was in contact with them, with a total of seven now under suspicion.

The mayor of St Gilgen, Otto Kloiber, said that the German had only recently arrived and had not had contact with anyone else in the village.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of our top ski resorts in the Austrian Alps, which has been consistently expanded and modernised and now has 167 miles of slopes and more than 70 lifts.

It lies in the Glemmtal valley which is also where the hotel is that the British group is quarantined in, which is about 53 miles from Salzburg.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be part of Queen's procession

Revealed: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be part of Queen’s procession in Westminster Abbey before Commonwealth Service today as they carry out last of their royal duties before Megxit

  • Harry and Meghan join Queen and other key royals for Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey
  • Couple gather with Charles, Camilla, William and Kate for last public royal duty before they leave monarchy 
  • From March 31 they will no longer use HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom
  • Final official appearance is poignant milestone as they prepare to embark on their future in North America

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be part of the Queen’s procession through Westminster Abbey at the start of the Commonwealth Service today as they make their final official appearance as senior royals.

Prince Harry and Meghan are joining the monarch, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they carry out their last public royal duty before they walk away from the monarchy.

But, unlike last year, Harry and Meghan will be conducted to their seats, rather than waiting for the Queen’s arrival and walking through the church in London with the monarch and key royals as they did last year.

The Sussexes will this year arrive after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who will also be escorted to their seats. The move signifies their impending exit from The Firm – dubbed Megxit.

From March 31, the monarch’s grandson and American former actress Meghan will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom, mostly in North America.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said of today’s service: ‘It will be fascinating to see how it plays out. I imagine everybody will be on absolutely best behaviour. But goodness knows what they will all be thinking privately.’ 

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Prince William, Meghan, Prince Charles, Kate and Camilla leave Westminster Abbey last year after attending the Commonwealth Day service at the church in London on March 11, 2019

Kate, Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London in March 2019

William, Harry, Meghan and Prince Charles at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London in March 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan will be conducted to their seats, according to the Order of Service (above) rather than waiting for the Queen’s arrival and walking through the church in London with the monarch and key royals as they did last year

The procession will include Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, clergy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Commonwealth Secretary General, among others, according to the Order of Service. 

Last year, Harry and Meghan waited alongside William, Kate, Charles and Camilla for the Queen to arrive, before taking part in ‘The Procession of The Queen’. 

The Sussexes will arrive after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who will also be escorted to their seats. 

Aides have said the couple, who are retaining Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, will be in the UK regularly. But this final official appearance is a poignant milestone as they prepare to embark on their future away from the royal family.

On March 31, Meghan will bow out of royal life just one year, 10 months and 12 days – or 682 days – after marrying into the family. She spent almost five years longer appearing on screen in the US drama Suits.

The duchess, then Meghan Markle, starred as paralegal Rachel Zane between June 23 2011 and April 25 2018, totalling six years, 10 months and three days, or 2,499 days.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen for a service at Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday

Meghan is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, East London, during a surprise visit last Friday

The Duke of Sussex (centre) and Lewis Hamilton during a visit to the Silverstone Experience in Northamptonshire on Friday

Harry and Meghan cheer at a marriage proposal at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London last Thursday

The televised service at the abbey is a key annual event in the calendar for the Queen who is head of the Commonwealth. But this year’s ceremony is likely to be remembered for being Harry and Meghan’s royal swansong.

Q&A: What is happening with Megxit and how will it work?

– What will happen on March 31?

‘Megxit Day’ is the day Harry and Meghan cease to be senior royals as they walk away from the monarchy. They will stop using their HRH styles.

No documents will be signed or laws passed and the decision will not be binding, but it marks a new phase in their life.

– Will they carry out any more royal duties?

No. The couple are quitting, not just as senior royals, but as working royals in general.

– Was this want they wanted?

Not quite. Harry and Meghan wanted to step down as senior royals but have dual role, supporting the Queen and earning their own money.

– But this was unworkable?

Yes. They effectively could not have their cake and eat it.

It was too controversial given their global profiles and would have led to accusations they were cashing in on their royal status.

– How did the Queen sort out the saga?

The monarch held a crisis summit at Sandringham with Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge – and it was announced a few days later there would be no dual role for the Sussexes.

– Why did Harry and Meghan’s plans cause such shock waves?

Harry and Meghan issued a bombshell statement on January 8, without warning the Queen, and after being told by the monarch to discuss matters with the Prince of Wales first.

– Why did they want to step down as senior royals?

The couple spoke of their struggles dealing with royal life and the intense tabloid interest in a television documentary about their Africa tour.

Meghan said: ‘It’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life. You have got to thrive.’

Harry has since said he wanted his family to have a ‘more peaceful life’.

– What were the low points following their wedding?

Controversies included rows over privacy and use of private jets, a falling out between Harry and William, the launch of legal action and an attack on the press which overshadowed an official royal tour.

– Where will they live?

Harry and Meghan and their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor will mostly be based in North America.

They are renting in Canada, so may buy a property there, or perhaps relocate to the US – Meghan’s mother lives in California.

– What about Frogmore Cottage?

Harry and Meghan will keep their Windsor home, start paying commercial rent, and pay back £2.4 million in taxpayers’ money spent on its renovations.

– What will they be called?

Initially the palace said they would be Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

But it was pointed out the titles mirrored those of a divorcee – the Princess of Wales became Diana, Princess of Wales following the end of her marriage to Charles.

They will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – but without their HRHs.

– Who had a similar title?

Wallis Simpson – the last American divorcee to marry a senior royal, for whom Edward VIII abdicated the throne.

Mrs Simpson became the Duchess of Windsor, but was never permitted to be an HRH.

– Have they been stripped of their HRHs like Diana?

No. Harry was born a prince and remains so. They will retain their HRHs but will not use them.

– How will they make money?

They are predicted to make millions from public speaking, lucrative contracts, book deals – or perhaps for Meghan, a return to acting.

– Will they be financially independent?

Not completely. The Prince of Wales will also continue to offer private financial support to the couple.

This is expected to come from his £21 million a year Duchy of Cornwall income.

– Will they launch their own charitable foundation?

Yes but they are not calling it a foundation. Harry and Meghan intend to ‘develop a new way to effect change’ with a non-profit organisation.

– Will they still be able to use Sussex Royal as their brand?

No. The Queen and her senior officials are said to have declared they must drop the use of the word ‘Royal’.

– Are Harry and Meghan happy about this?

They don’t appear to be. Their website states they will not use ‘Royal’ but argues that the monarchy has no jurisdiction over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas.

– What will their new brand name be?

It has not been announced. They will have to change their @SussexRoyal Instagram handle. Some options are already taken – H&M is already a major clothing retailer.

– Who will pay for their security?

It’s unclear which is causing controversy. It is feared the cost will fall to the taxpayer, but it could be the Sussexes themselves, the Queen or the Prince of Wales may have to pay.

Neither Buckingham Palace nor the Home Office will confirm details, but the bill is estimated to be as much as £20 million a year.

It won’t be Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it will stop providing protection after Megxit.

– What do Harry and Meghan say?

Their website claims it is agreed they ‘require effective security to protect them’ because Harry was ‘born into the royal family’ and because Meghan has her ‘own independent profile’.

– What about their patronages?

They will keep their royal patronages as private patronages and associations.

But Harry’s military appointments will be put on hold for the next 12 months.

– What about their Commonwealth roles?

Harry is quitting his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

But he will remain president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, and Meghan will still be the Trust’s vice-president.

– Where will Archie go to school?

As Archie will be spending most of his time in North America, it it is likely he will not have a British education, but nothing has been confirmed.

– What about Meghan’s citizenship?

At the time of their engagement, it was announced that Meghan would be applying for British citizenship.

It is not known what stage the process was at or what will happen now.

– Will they been seen again in the UK?

Harry is expected – in a non-royal capacity – to be at the London Marathon in April if it goes ahead.

– Is this end of Harry and Meghan’s royal roles forever?

Possibly not. The situation will be reviewed by the monarchy in 12 months’ time, leaving the door open in case of a change of heart.

The Queen has told Harry the couple are much loved by the royals and would welcomed back if they wanted as working royals in the future.

– Is Harry still in the line of succession?

Yes, he remains sixth in line and Archie is seventh in line.

Their goodbye tour – a flurry of appearances in the UK – has including the Endeavour Fund Awards, a military musical festival at the Royal Albert Hall and Meghan’s secret visit to a school in Dagenham, east London, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The Commonwealth Service will also be the first time the duke and duchess have appeared with the royal family since their bombshell ‘Megxit’ announcement in January.

Tradition dictates that Harry, who is not a future king, sits with Meghan in the second row of seats behind the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate during the service.

The duke and duchess were pictured standing alongside William and Kate in the gothic abbey last year when Meghan was pregnant with Archie. All eyes will be on how the couples interact at this year’s ceremony.

William and Harry have faced a turbulent time following a rift that began ahead of Harry’s wedding to Meghan.

Harry said in an ITV documentary filmed during his Africa tour that he and his brother are on ‘different paths’ and have good and bad days in their relationship.

The Duke of York was at the service in 2019, accompanying the Queen as she arrived.

But he will be absent this year, having stepped down from public life following his disastrous Newsnight appearance over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Harry and Meghan last appeared alongside the royals four months ago on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in November.

Coverage of the service will be broadcast live on BBC One from 2.15pm, and across the BBC World Service.

The Queen in her Commonwealth Day message has praised the diversity of the family of nations whose blend of traditions ‘serves to make us stronger’.

In her annual message, the head of state highlighted how global connectivity makes people aware their ‘choices and actions’ can affect the ‘well-being of people and communities living far away’ – and inspires many to be more careful with natural resources.

International boxing champion and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua will deliver a reflection, while singers Alexandra Burke and Craig David will perform.

Ahead of their wedding, Harry and Meghan highlighted the Commonwealth as a priority for their royal duties.

Harry said: ‘Both of us have passions for wanting to make change, change for good, and with lots of young people running around the Commonwealth, that’s where we’re going to spend most of our time hopefully.’

Stepping down as a working royal means Harry must leave his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. But he will remain president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Meghan will still be the Trust’s vice-president.

Yesterday, the Duchess of Sussex met the Queen for the first time since she and Harry announced they are to quit as senior royals.

Meghan and Harry attended a church service in Windsor with Her Majesty as they prepare to leave the royal household in a little over three weeks.   

He smiled and appeared relaxed as he drove Meghan to the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

It was the first time that the duchess has seen the Queen since the couple dramatically announced on January 6 that they would be retiring from public life.

While Harry has sat down with the Queen on several occasions since, Meghan has stayed in Canada with their son Archie. But any hopes that she may have had of seeing her great-grandson were dashed because Archie remains on Vancouver Island.

On Saturday night, Harry appeared close to tears as he received a long round of applause during his final engagement as Captain General of the Royal Marines.

In a red ceremonial uniform, he seemed to bite his lip when he and Meghan received a standing ovation as they took their seats in the royal box at the Royal Albert Hall.

The couple were attending the Mountbatten Festival of Music, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, as well as the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britain’s commandos.

The Sussexes are expected to return to Canada next week, and their new life away from royal duties will officially start on April 1. Harry will remain sixth in line to the throne, despite stepping down as a senior royal.

Meanwhile the 16-year-old schoolboy who got a hug from the Duchess of Sussex after telling a delighted audience ‘she’s really beautiful innit? said he was was ‘really embarrassed’ when he realised his cheeky comment had been recorded.

Meghan then told Aker Okoye he was ‘very brave’ and his comments were ‘very well said,’ he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain today.

The teenager, who has penned a handwritten note of apology to the Duke of Sussex for cuddling his wife, joked: ‘I did not want to cause any more controversy.’

He wrote the note after he was pictured hugging Meghan on stage at Robert Clack School in Dagenham on Friday.

Aker Okoye described Meghan as ‘really humble and down to earth’.

Saying he had been ‘flabbergasted’ by the situation, he told Good Morning Britain: ‘It was one of those moments I will cherish for the rest of my life – to see that she is more than a pretty face and that she is actually an amazing person who is strong, committed and inspirational.’

On what it meant as a black teenager to see the first person of mixed heritage marry into the royal family, he told the programme: ‘I think it shows that we are present.

‘I think it goes to show that us a caucus, as a group and a race, that we are present in this country so much so that we can come in from another place.

‘I feel as if that gives us hope and gives us a little bit of drive.’

Meghan made a surprise visit to the school to deliver an International Women’s Day message to men to ‘value the women in your lives’.

In one of her last solo engagements as a working royal Meghan, who also revealed that ten-month-old Archie is trying to walk, spoke with delighted pupils and met one of the women who fought an historic equal pay battle in the nearby Ford car plant.

In a speech addressing the school’s boys in particular, she urged them to ‘continue to value and appreciate the women in your lives and also set the example for some men who are not seeing it that same way.

‘You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life, protect them.

‘Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe and let’s all just rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday, but frankly feels like every day of the year.’

Later, the Duchess of Cambridge will host a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace to mark the 25th anniversary of youth mental health charity Place2Be.

The duchess has been a patron of the charity – which aims to provide emotional support to young children and works in 639 schools across the UK – since 2013.

Founded in 1994 by Dame Benny Refson, it has worked with more than 250,0000 children and families over the past 25 years.

Kate is due to meet two school choirs who will also perform, as well as many of Place2Be’s supporters, before giving a speech.

She has been a vocal advocate for children’s mental health since becoming a member of the royal family, as well as for adults’ addiction support and mental health services.

In January, Kate launched the ‘5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives’ survey aimed at starting a national conversation on early childhood. The Place2Be gala is due to commence at 7pm tonight.

Farewell Harry and Meghan: Key dates in the Megxit crisis over the past two months 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to walk away from the monarchy as Megxit officially begins on March 31. Here is a timeline of the crisis so far in 2020:

– January 7: Harry and Meghan return to the UK and visit Canada House in London to thank the country’s high commissioner for the hospitality they received during their six-week stay in Canada over the festive period.

– January 8: An exclusive by The Sun newspaper reveals Harry and Meghan plan to move to Canada for a time and are reviewing their royal roles. The duke and duchess announce they intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, become financially independent, still support the Queen but split their time between the UK and North America. The Queen is left hurt after the couple did not consult her about their statement. Buckingham Palace warns there are ‘complicated issues that will take time to work through’. Meghan returns to Canada where she has left Archie and their dogs had already been moved. The hashtag ‘Megxit’ starts trending on Twitter.

– January 9: It emerges Harry and Meghan ignored instructions from the Queen not to make any announcement and the duke had been told his grandmother would not discuss his proposals before he had talked them through with his father. The Queen directs all four royal households to find ‘workable solutions’ for the Sussexes within ‘days not weeks’, working with the Governments at home and abroad.

– January 11: The Queen calls a meeting with Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge at Sandringham to discuss the crisis in two days’ time. Video footage emerges of Harry highlighting his wife’s interest in doing voiceover work to a Disney boss while on an official engagement at the Lion King premiere.

– January 13: Harry faces his grandmother, father and brother at the crisis summit at Sandringham. The Queen issues a statement sanctioning Harry and Meghan’s wishes but expressing her regret at their decision. She calls the couple Harry and Meghan rather than the duke and duchess and says there will be a period of transition as they spend time in Canada and the UK. The Queen says she has asked for final decisions on the complex matters to be made in the coming days.

– January 14: It is confirmed Meghan, who was planning to take part in the talks via conference call, did not dial in as it was decided it ‘wasn’t necessary’.

– January 15: Court documents from the duchess’ lawsuit against Associated Newspapers accuse Meghan of being more worried about the unflattering effect of the story about the letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle than a breach of her data protection rights. Meghan visits a women’s centre in Vancouver, and then Justice for Girls, a charity helping girls in poverty.

– January 16: Harry makes his first official appearance since announcing he is quitting as a senior royal, at Buckingham Palace for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw. Smiling but ignoring a question from a reporter about his future, he tells children playing rugby on the palace lawn: ‘Look after the grass though, yeah? Otherwise I’ll get in trouble.’

– January 17: Staff at Frogmore Cottage, Harry and Meghan’s home in Windsor Great Park, are to be deployed elsewhere while they are in Canada.

– January 18: The summit decisions are revealed – a hard Megxit: The dual role they wanted as working royals is deemed unworkable. Buckingham Palace issues a statement saying from spring 2020, Harry and Meghan will no longer be carrying out royals duties and they will not use their HRH styles. Harry will lose his military appointments and they will spend the majority of their time in North America and repay the taxpayers’ millions spent on their Berkshire home. The deal will be reviewed in 12 months. The Queen says Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of her family and she recognises the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny.

– January 19: Harry makes an emotional speech at a Sentebale dinner, telling of his ‘great sadness’ but saying there was ‘no other option’.

– January 21: Harry arrives back in Canada to be reunited with Meghan and Archie. The couple issue a legal warning over the publication of paparazzi shots of Meghan walking her dogs on Vancouver Island with Archie in a sling.

– January 27: Thomas Markle says he is willing to testify against his daughter as part of her legal action against Associated Newspapers.

– February 4: More than three-quarters of Canadians think their country should not foot the Sussexes’ security bill, a survey for the CTV network reveals.

– February 6: Harry, accompanied by Meghan, gives a speech at a JP Morgan event in Miami, Florida, and talks about the years of therapy he has had over the death of his mother. Reports suggest Harry could have received a fee worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

– February 14 : It emerges Harry and Meghan are closing their Buckingham Palace office, with up to 15 job losses. Meghan releases a video of herself chatting to Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and putting on party hats in celebration of her guest editing of the magazine last year.

February 19: The Daily Mail reports Harry and Meghan have been banned from using the Sussex Royal brand. The Palace issues an update with further details, saying the date of Megxit will be March 31. It confirms the couple will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, not Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as previously announced in error, and they will later launch a non-profit organisation. Harry’s military appointments will be put on hold. But Harry and Meghan add their own statement to their website, leading commentators to accuse them of taking a swipe at the Queen and other royals. The couple claim the monarchy has no ‘jurisdiction’ over the word Royal overseas, that they are being treated differently from other working royals and they will ‘continue to require effective security to protect them and their son’.

– February 25: The duke tells a tourism conference host in Edinburgh ‘just call me Harry’ as he returns to the UK for his final round of official royal engagements.

– February 27: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirms it will stop providing security for the Sussexes once they cease to be senior royals.

– February 28: Harry recreates The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover with Jon Bon Jovi as he joins the rock star for the recording of a charity single.

– March 3: The Sun reports the Queen has told Harry that he and Meghan would be welcomed back as senior royals if they changed their mind, during a four-hour chat at Windsor Castle.

– March 5: Meghan carries out her first public royal duty since the Megxit crisis by attending the Endeavour Fund Awards with Harry. The duke tells how he was ‘proud to serve Queen and country’.

– March 6: Harry joins six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience.

– March 6: Images of Meghan’s secret private trip to the National Theatre are released on the couple’s Instagram account – on the same day the Duchess of Cornwall is delivering a key speech on domestic violence.

– March 7: Harry, in his last official duty as Captain General of the Royal Marines, and Meghan are given a standing ovation at Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

– March 8: The duchess marks International Women’s Day, having earlier visited a school in Dagenham, east London, where she told schoolboys to protect the women in their lives and urged pupils to ‘stand for what is right’.

– March 8: The Sussexes join the Queen at church in Windsor.

– March 9: Harry and Meghan gather with the Queen, Charles, Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey – their last official engagement as senior royals.

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George Osborne's Coronavirus bank lending warning for Rishi Sunak

George Osborne warns that banks could grind the economy to a halt by slashing lending if Coronavirus causes firms to fail as he urges Chancellor Rishi Sunak to ‘vaccinate’ businesses in Wednesday’s Budget

  • Ex-politician raised spectre of banks refusing to lend money if firms start failing
  • Thousands of ill workers and consumers could be forced to self-isolate at home 
  • It means businesses could be left with no staff and no customers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak must move to ‘vaccinate the economy’ against the shock of a coronavirus shutdown in the Budget, his predecessor George Osborne warned today.

The former politician, who oversaw austerity in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, raised the spectre of banks refusing to lend money if businesses start going to the wall.

Businesses are set to face mounting pressure, with hundreds of thousands of workers and consumers facing the prospect of being ill and self-isolating at home to hinder the spread of the outbreak, which has killed three people in the UK.

It came as the FTSE 100 plunged 8.5 per cent this morning and saw its value bomb by £130billion – a freefall not seen in12 years – as markets and the price of oil collapsed on ‘Black Monday’ because of coronavirus with a global recession now on the cards.

Mr Sunak will unveil his debut Budget on Wednesday, with a stripped-back package of announcements designed to tackle the impact of the pandemic. 

Mr Osborne told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Have an eye on the banks. 

‘I know no one wants to hear about the banks again after everything we have been through in the last decade.

But the banks have lent money to many of these businesses, if the businesses start to go under then you will start to have that problem of banks being unwilling to lend and their balance sheets being weaker.’

Mr Osborne told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘If the businesses start to go under then you will start to have that problem of banks being unwilling to lend and their balance sheets being weaker’

Mr Sunak will unveil his debut Budget on Wednesday, with a stripped-back package of announcements designed to tackle the impact of the pandemic

Mr Osborne, now the editor of the London Evening Standard, added:  ‘If I was Chancellor of the Exchequer, I would make this a Budget for the coronavirus, I would do everything I could to vaccinate the economy against what is going to happen.

‘If we can’t vaccinate people against what is going to happen, I would provide the cash for businesses and individuals that don’t have it at the moment because of the impact of the virus, and try and provide that immunity to the economy going forward.’

Mr Osborne said the money needs to be made available immediately to businesses that have been hit by a ‘short-term’ downturn in their profits or with sick staff.

‘If I was chancellor, and I’m sure Rishi (Sunak) is thinking like this, I don’t want some complicated scheme that is going to be working in six months’ time,’ he said.

‘I need to use the tools that are available to me right now to help people who are unable to work because their business has shut or they are self-isolating or they have got the virus, and to help those small and medium-sized businesses that will have very limited cash reserves and therefore could go into bankruptcy.

‘It is a short-term help. It is not like we are going to have 10 years of this.’

Mr Sunak yesterday said the Budget will give the NHS and business ‘whatever it needs’ to stop coronavirus wreaking permanent damage to the economy.

He warned that UK PLC is set for a ‘shock’ as the killer disease spreads around the globe.

But he insisted the effects would be ‘temporary’ and Britain is ‘well prepared’ to cope with the situation. 

He made clear his first financial package this week will focus on supporting businesses amid fears a fifth of the workforce could end up being off sick, and pledged to give the NHS would get the resources to deal with a feared mass impact in this country. 

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Shocking moment rapper DaBaby PUNCHES woman who tried to take a photo of him in the face as he made his way to stage – The Sun

RAPPER DaBaby was filmed PUNCHING a woman as she tried to take a photo of him as he made his way to the stage.

The disgusting assault was seen by the crowd on Saturday night who booed him off stage in Tampa without performing a single note.

The victim, Tyronesha Law, was knocked off her feet by what appears to be a right hook that the rapper delivered right into her face.

Then he just walked on toward the stage to perform his 'Up Close N Personal' tour at Whiskey North, Tampa, like nothing happened.

The crowd swiftly turned on him and he was off the stage before the first track got going.

He has since apologized, saying he thought she was a dude.

He now claims she hit him in the eye with her phone first, but she told cops who were called to the scene that she wasn't even holding the phone.

Ms Law then seems to have called in her lawyer since.

DaBaby, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, 28, then went to Instagram and offered $10k to fans to send him video of an alternate angle of the altercation and seemed to have contacted his attorney.

He said: "I got $10,000 for whoever got a good angle of shawty hitting me in my eye with her phone."

"Who know shawty government name so my lawyer can get active?"

Unfortunately all angles show that he definitely hit her, ironically because the whole assault is illuminated by the phone.

Ms Law's attorney, Matt Morgan, said: "Ms. Laws has received DaBaby's Instagram message. We look forward to speaking Mr. Kirk."

DaBaby has since sort of "apologized" via an Instagram video.

The video shows him lying in bed, saying that he thought his victim, Tyronesha, was a man.

"I do sincerely apologize, I do. I'm very sorry that there was a female on the other end of that flashlight phone, but you know keep in mind I couldn't see you."

He then rambles about how she held the flash too close to his face and he couldn't see who was on the other end.

He said: "Male or female I would have responded in the same way."

He says how he doesn't like it when his security staff shove his fans to help him get through: "I tell my security to treat fans with respect."

This may be in reference to a September altercation in which his massive bodyguard knocked a woman unconscious in New Orleans.

But then he waggles his finger at the camera and says: "I wish you had given me the same respect in return, you did not give me the same respect in return baby."

He added: "I would love to fly you out and apologize to you in person" and offers to apologize publically too, concluding: "You deserve the respect, you and me both."

In the last couple of months, DaBaby has also been filmed allegedly assaulting a hotel worker and attacking an airport employee, though neither pressed charges.

In January, he was arrested and charged with battery and robbery for attacking a concert promoter – the battery charge was later dropped.

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Perv, 64, dressed up as a pupil in school uniform to carry out sex attack on girl, 14 – The Sun

A PERVERT dressed up as a pupil before walking into his old school and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old-girl. 

Michael Wilson, 64, disguised himself as a schoolboy of Headlands School in Bridlington, east Yorkshire, before squeezing a teenage girl’s bottom. 

Using a wig and his former school uniform, he entered the premises and committed the lurid act on January 8 last year.

According to Hull Live, pervert Wilson was caught by a member of staff as he stood in an out of bounds area of the school and was subsequently arrested.

Hull Crown Court heard how police raided his home the next day and found a secret room which contained a story titled “My Life as a 13-year-old Schoolboy” that Wilson had written. 

Officers also discovered blazers embellished with the crests of different schools – plus the Headlands uniform he was wearing when he assaulted his 14-year-old victim. 

They also found a fake Headlands School identification card which contained an old picture of him. 

The court also heard how his victim was so traumatised she had taken an overdose on two separate occasions. 


Prosecuting, Richard Thompson detailed how two schoolgirls saw Wilson approaching them that morning. 

He said: “The defendant was walking towards the school wearing a wig, a white shirt, a blazer and a Headlands School tie. 

“The defendant approached and without asking anything he squeezed one of the girl’s bottoms before walking towards the school. 

“He was seen by a member of staff in an area close to the school building clearly marked as out of bounds."

Appearing for sentencing on March 6 at Hull crown Court, Wilson admitted one count of sexual assault. 

Judge David Tremberg sentenced Wilson to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years – branding the offence an “unusual” and “sad” case. 

Addressing Wilson in the dock, Judge Tremberg said: “She has become anxious, introverted, lost confidence, self-conscious, she has self-harmed and become a very unhappy young lady. 

“She should not have to bear that burden and you are responsible for it.” 

“On the one hand you are clearly an intelligent 64-year-old man with no previous convictions and have a very good work record. 

“On the other hand the evidence and the content of the pre-sentence report indicates you have as the years worn on become a lonely, isolated, socially inadequate member of society and against that background you developed an unhealthy preoccupation of a life as a schoolboy.” 

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Mum is ‘very proud’ of son, 16, who ‘cuddled’ Meghan Markle at his school – The Sun

A MUM revealed she was "very proud" of her cheeky son who scored a hug from Meghan Markle.

Aker Okoye made headlines when he joked "she really is beautiful, innit" as the Duchess of Sussex visited his East London school to mark International Women's Day.

And the teen's mum said she had been shocked to find out the duchess was visiting her son's school – even more stunned when she discovered he had hugged her.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, the mum said: "I didn't expect all of this, I'm very proud".

The Duchess had asked for a “brave young man” to come up on stage on Friday and talk about International Women’s Day.

Head boy Aker bounded up and appeared to lean in for kiss with Meghan to roars of laughter from his fellow pupils.

He waited for their reaction to die down then stunned everyone by saying into the microphone: “She really is beautiful, innit?”

The hall erupted — and the pair had a hug on stage at Robert Clack School in Dagenham, East London.

And Aker revealed he would "cherish" the moment as he described Meghan as an "amazing person".

He told Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan: "It was one of those moments I will cherish for the rest of my life – to see that she is more than a pretty face and that she is actually an amazing person who is strong, committed and inspirational."

And in a sweet moment on the morning TV show, he named his mum as a his hero.

He said: "She can do anything and everything.

"I hope that, not only my mum, can show young black females and young females in general that anything is possible."

The teen, who is now gearing up to take his GCSEs, joked he would have to trademark the phrase "innit" after the story was published around the world.


Aker said yesterday it was “the best day of my life so far” — but decided to write to Harry to apologise, and wish the outgoing royals luck.

His handwritten note reads: “Dear Harry and Meghan. Harry, hope you don’t mind me writing this letter.

“I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife. I was just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school.

"It was a pleasure to hear her speech and to speak in front of her as well. She is truly inspirational.”

He said Harry recently visited his home town of Dagenham — but the teenager missed him.

Aker wrote: “I nearly met you (Harry) last year when you came to East London to open the Future Youth Zone but I was away with the school. I hope to meet you one day.

“Good luck for the future. With kind regards, Aker.”

He will be posting the letter to Buckingham Palace, where the couple have an office until April 1 before they quit royal duties.

Footage appeared to show Aker leaning in for a kiss though it was unclear whether he succeeded.

Aker admitted last night the whole episode was a “blur”. He told The Sun: “I’ve written the letter to make sure Harry doesn’t have a problem with it and to say sorry really and that I hope he didn’t mind.

"Meghan didn’t – she found it funny and I’m sure Harry will as well. When she asked which brave young man wanted to do a talk I jumped at the chance.

“I leapt up there. I thought it would be proper protocol to give her a cuddle. It’s all a blur. The whole crowd erupted.”

Despite his bravado, Aker admitted he was “starstruck” being in Meghan’s presence.

He went on: “I was overwhelmed to get the chance to speak in front of someone so famous and important. I just wanted to grab the opportunity.


"I thought she was amazing and so special. Her talk was very inspirational. I was in awe of her. She is beautiful and elegant.

“I was starstruck. When I saw her I thought I was doing the right thing by cuddling her. She found it funny which was great. Everyone at school was so thrilled that she was there.”

He added of his showstopping microphone moment: “I called her beautiful because it was an initial reaction. It was just what I thought. I have no idea why I said ‘innit’ – it just came out.

“It was great. It was the best day of my life so far. I’ll never forget it.

“I’ve had so many messages from mates. They’re really pleased for me. To speak after someone like her was just a really great experience.”

But he added: “Thankfully, I’m single. If I had a girlfriend I’ve no idea what she would have made of it all.”

During her surprise visit – her final solo engagement as a royal – Meghan urged her young audience to “speak up for what is right”.

She told the pupils to fight for what they believe in — an echo of her battle to quit the Royal Family.

Meghan, 38, said: “No matter how small you might feel, no matter what colour you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right.”

She got a standing ovation — as she did again on Saturday night when she attended a charity music festival with Harry, 35, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The couple are on their final round of engagements before quitting royal life with ten-month-old Archie.

Year 11 pupil Aker is hopeful he will get a reply from the outgoing royals — and wishes them happiness “whatever they do next”.


He added: “It’d be buzzing if I got a reply. It’d be amazing. I really hope they enjoy their life. Whatever they do next I really hope they enjoy themselves and have a good time.

"I just want them to be happy and enjoy life. She’s such a lovely and down-to-earth person.”

Aker, who is studying GCSEs, said his two brothers aged 12 and 14 “were stunned”.

He added: “They’re fans of Harry and Meghan and just couldn’t believe it. Meghan is one of the most famous people in the world. When you say it like that it makes you realise how big it is.

“I didn’t tell my dad so when the news came out he was really shocked. He’s really pleased as well.

"He thought I was a bit cheeky going for a kiss but I keep saying it was to be polite.”

Tube driver dad Erick, 42, said he was proud of his son — even though he failed to tell him about his stage appearance.

He said: “He told us Meghan visited the school but forgot to tell us he’d gone up on the stage while she was there and had hugged her.

“He’s really excited by it all. It sounds like Meghan took it well which is great. I think this will stay with him for the rest of his life.”

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Woman deliberately COUGHS on a man on a Sydney train

Furious commuter calls out a woman for deliberately COUGHING on him on a packed Sydney train during heated row about the spread of coronavirus

  • Two commuters were captured in a bitter row after a woman coughed on a train
  • A man asked the woman to cover her mouth while she coughed, but she refused
  • The woman claims her mouth was closed for the cough, but the man didn’t agree
  • She then intentionally coughed on him, causing him to take a photo of her 
  • Do you know the passengers? contact [email protected] 

A furious commuter has told off a woman for coughing on him on a packed Sydney train as tensions rise over the deadly coronavirus outbreak. 

The woman was filmed appearing to intentionally cough in the man’s direction just moments after he quietly asked her to cover her mouth.   

The video was captured by ABC journalist Andy Park on Monday morning in a quiet carriage on Sydney’s intercity V-set train.   

Footage has been captured of a man asking a woman to cover her mouth when she coughs, before she appears to intentionally cough on his face

The footage begins with the man accusing the woman sitting opposite him of coughing without covering her mouth.

‘I did not open my mouth when I coughed, I coughed inside my mouth,’ the woman insists.

‘It’s disgusting,’ the man responds bluntly, before putting his headphones on.

The woman then rebuts by leaning in and faking a cough with an open mouth in his direction.   

‘Are you serious? Did you just cough at me?’ the man asks, ripping off his headphones. 

The woman admits to coughing at him, before saying: ‘I don’t have the pandemic… bully.’

There have been at least 81 confirmed cases of the disease in Australia, including three people who have died, while more than 109,000 people have been infected globally

 Australians are becoming increasingly worried amid the coronavirus outbreak, especially as supermarkets have been stripped bare of essential supplies

The man becomes angry and takes off his sunglasses before exclaiming ‘bully?’ while taking a photo of the woman.

‘I asked you politely to please cover your mouth.’ 

‘The advice of the government is to cover your mouth when you cough and you coughed at me – with an open mouth.’

‘Oh just shut up – I don’t want to hear this. You’re in a quiet carriage, just shut up,’ the woman shoots back before the video cuts off.

Australians are becoming increasingly worried amid the coronavirus outbreak, especially as supermarkets have been stripped bare of essential supplies.

There have been at least 87 confirmed cases of the disease in Australia, including three people who have died, while more than 109,000 people have been infected globally. 

Products such as toilet paper and hand sanitiser have been sold out as people prepare for a potential coroanvirus pandemic. 

Authorities believe the situation will get worse before it gets better, and the disease has the potential to infect tens of thousands more people on home soil. 

Australia closed its borders to China in the wake of the crisis, and have since also restricted travel between Iran and Korea.

The decision was made in response to the spike in cases in the regions and the threat posed to Australia.

Globally, at least 3,802 people have died of coronavirus – primarily in mainland China, where the outbreak originated.



January 25 

Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China contracted the disease.

Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China. 

They were treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital. 

January 27  

A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.

The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.

March 1 

A man in his 40s is confirmed as the fifth coronavirus case in the state and a woman in her 50s as the sixth. Both returned to Sydney from Iran. 

March 2 

The 41-year-old sister of a man who had returned from Iran with the disease was one of three confirmed cases. The second locally-acquired case was a 53-year-old male health worker who hadn’t travelled for many months.

The other new case is a 31-year-old man who flew into Sydney on Saturday from Iran and developed symptoms 24 hours later.

March 3

Six more cases are confirmed in NSW. They included a 39-year-old man who had flown in from Iran and a 53-year-old man who arrived from Singapore last Friday.

It also included two women aged in their 60s who arrived in Sydney from South Korea and Japan respectively.

A man in his 30s who returned from Malaysia to Sydney on Malindo Air flight OD171 on March 1 was also one of the six.

A 50-year-old carer was the final of the day’s six people diagnosed with coronavirus. The woman is a carer at a nursing home in Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north. She had not been overseas and contracted the virus in Australia. 

March 4

A 95-year-old woman died at a Sydney hospital on Wednesday night after developing a respiratory illness from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to two.

A Macquarie University lecturer tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday after returning from Iran. 

A further six cases confirmed on Wednesday evening. They included an 82-year-old aged care resident from the Dorothy Henderson Lodge, where the 95-year-old woman was staying.

The new cases include a female doctor who works at Liverpool hospital, a female patient from the Northern Beaches, a male from Cronulla, a woman who returned from the Phillippines and a woman in her 70s. 

March 5

A health care worker, who attended the same conference as the doctor from Ryde Hospital, also tests positive.

A boy from Epping Boys High School is diagnosed with COVID-19 forcing the school to temporarily close.

A Goulburn resident who had recently returned from Singapore and travelled on to Darwin was also diagnosed with the virus.

A fourth resident, aged 94, from the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility in Macquarie Park was also diagnosed.

March 6

Two more workers at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care centre are diagnosed with coronavirus. 

 A 24-year-old female and 21-year-old male have now been confirmed as cases at the facility.

An 18-year-old female has also been diagnosed.

March 7 

Six new cases are diagnosed. This includes a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s, who are a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

Also included was a man in his 40s and a woman in her 40s, both family members of a previously confirmed case. 

A man in his 20s, also a close contact of a previously confirmed case, was also included.

A man in his 70s, who returned from Italy and who exhibited symptoms a day after returning. NSW Health is contacting flight passengers on flight number QR908 which left Doha on 1 March.

A second male in his 40s, who is a known close contact of a previously confirmed case, is being tested. He travelled on two domestic flights on 28 February while symptomatic but before he had been identified as a close contact.  

Another man in his 60s who recently returned from Italy and a second man in his 40s who is a known close contact of a previously confirmed case, were confirmed late Saturday. 

NSW Health says the man in his 40s travelled on two domestic flights on 28 February while symptomatic. 

March 8    

A female care worker in her 30s at Ryde Hospital is among new cases in New South Wales. She had been in contact with a case in Macquarie Park aged care facility which had already been confirmed. 

Another woman, in her 50s, was the other person confirmed to have caught the disease. She had also been in contact with a previous case.

An 82-year-old man, who contracted the coronavirus from an infected aged care worker at BaptistCare’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge in his Sydney, died on Sunday. 

A man in his 70s was diagnosed after presenting to Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital on Friday. He hadn’t recently travelled overseas and the source of his infection is not known. 

A man in his 40s who recently travelled overseas was confirmed on Sunday night as NSW’s 40th case. No other details about the case are available. 

March 9

St Patricks Marist College in Sydney’s north west is forced to close after two students in grade 10, one boy and one girl, are diagnosed with coronavirus.

Both fathers of the year 10 students, aged in their 50s have also tested positive, including a third member of the ADF.

A grade 7 student at Willoughby Girls High School was the third confirmed case on March 9. The girl’s mother, who is Iranian, was also diagnosed. 

 Woman aged  in her 30s was diagnosed on Monday having recently returned from the Philippines. NSW Health is establishing her travel movements and identifying any contacts who may require self-isolation.


January 25  

A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.

The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.

He was quarantined at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.

January 29   

A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.

He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre.

January 30 

 A woman in her 40s is found to have coronavirus.

She was visiting from China and mostly spent time with her family.

She is being treated at Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

February 1 

A woman in her 20s in Melbourne is found to have the virus. 

February 22

Two passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship test positive. 

February 25

Another passenger taken off the cruise ship tests positive. 

March 1

Victorian man confirmed to have coronavirus after the 78-year-old was evacuated to Melbourne from a Darwin quarantine centre.

It is confirmed a Victorian woman in her 30s has tested positive for coronavirus after flying from Malaysia to Melbourne via Indonesia.

March 4

Victorian man in his 30s confirmed to have coronavirus after returning from Iran. Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the man was ‘almost symptom-free’ after self-isolating 

March 7

A doctor working at a clinic in Toorak, Melbourne has been confirmed to have coronavirus and is now in isolation at home after returning from a trip to the US. 

The doctor came into contact with around 70 patients who have been told to self isolate.

March 8

A woman who arrived in the state from Indonesia has tested positive 

March 9 

Authorities confirmed on Monday two new cases in returned travellers from the United States.

A third case was diagnosed on Monday in a passenger who recently returned from Iran.

One of the cases is a woman in her 50s who returned from Tehran via Kuala Lumpar on MH0149, arriving on March 6, and is in hospital in isolation being treated for pneumonia.


January 29

Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national was diagnosed with the virus. He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.

January 30

A 42-year-old Chinese woman who was travelling in the same Wuhan tour group as the 44-year-old man tests positive. She is in Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition.

February 4

An eight-year-old boy was diagnosed with coronavirus. He is also from the tour group where the other Queensland cases came from.

February 5

A 37-year-old man, who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast, also tested positive.

February 6  

A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with coronavirus from the same travel group that flew to Queensland from Melbourne on January 27.

February 21 

Two Queensland women, aged 54 and 55, tested positive for COVID-19 and will be flown to Brisbane for further treatment.

A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tested positive for the virus.

February 28

A 63-year-old woman was confirmed to have the virus after returning to the Gold Coast from Iran.

March 3

A 20-year-old man from China was confirmed as the tenth person to be infected by the coronavirus in Queensland. The man had travelled to Dubai for at least 14 days before entering Australia, via Brisbane on February 23. 

March 4

A 26-year-old man from Logan in Brisbane is diagnosed with coronavirus. He arrived back in Australia from Iran.

March 5 

An 81-year-old man who had returned to Brisbane from Thailand and a 29-year-old woman who had come via Singapore from London are diagnosed with coronavirus.

March 6

A 28-year-old man in Brisbane was diagnosed after returning from Iran.

March 8

A 38-year-old woman is confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus after returning to Australia from London via Dubai.


February 1  

A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives are confirmed to have coronavirus.

A 24-year-old woman from South Australia was transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital.

March 4

Mother, 40, is diagnosed after flying to Australia from Iran via Kuala Lumpur. 

Another 24-year-old woman, not related to the previous woman, was in a stable condition in Adelaide hospital after falling ill following overseas travel.

March 5

The eight-month-old child of the 40-year-woman, diagnosed on March 4, is also diagnosed with coronavirus.

Renowned Australian music composer Brett Dean, 58, who travelled to SA on March 3 from Taiwan also tests positive. He’s receiving treatment in an Adelaide hospital.


February 21 

A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. On February 28, he was taken into intensive care in a ‘serious’ condition and later died. His wife was also diagnosed with coronavirus.

March 1 

The elderly man died in the early hours of the morning from the virus at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

March 5

A woman in Perth is diagnosed with the virus after flying into the city from the UK, via Dubai 

March 8

A Perth woman, aged in her 70s, was confirmed as WA’s fourth coronavirus diagnosis. She had been in Cuba in recent weeks had flown from London to Perth on a direct flight on March 5. 

The woman was tested for COVID-19 on Friday but didn’t wait for the results before attending a the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Absolute Beethoven concert on Saturday night. 

March 9

A West Australian woman in her 60s contracted coronavirus from her husband after he returned from Iran, making her the state’s first person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.  


March 2

The man who travelled from Iran to Australia on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.

March 7

A man in his 20s was diagnosed with coronavirus after returning to Tasmania from Nepal on February 26 and experiencing cold-like symptoms the next day.

He is in the Royal Hobart Hospital in a satisfactory condition.


March 4

A tourist in Darwin has tested positive for coronavirus in what is the first confirmed case in the Northern Territory.

NT Health confirmed the 52-year-old man as the first case of COVID-19 in the community on Wednesday evening. 

The man recently arrived in Darwin via Sydney and has had limited contact with the local community, NT Health said in a statement. 

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