Pink Says She ‘Cried’ And ‘Prayed’ During ‘Scary’ Coronavirus Ordeal With Son

In a pointed reminder that the coronavirus can impact anyone, Pink has detailed the rollercoaster experience she and her 3-year-old son Jameson had with the virus.

“It got really, really scary, I’m not gonna lie… In the beginning, all we were hearing was ’If you’re young, this is 65 and older, our kids are fine,” the singer said during an Instagram Live with her friend, author Jennifer Pastiloff. 

“I’m hoping we are out of the woods, but this thing is a rollercoaster. Just when you think you are better, something else happens.”

On Friday, the 40-year-old confirmed that she and Jameson had both shown symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, and that she tested positive. She said they had since been re-tested and were negative for the virus.

During Saturday’s livestream, she said they’re both “better than they were” but were shaken by the experience. Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, suffers from asthma, and said that she required the use of a nebulizer (a machine that changes medication from a liquid to a mist so it can be inhaled) for the first time in decades as a result of the sickness.

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She said her husband Carey Hart and their 8-year-old daughter Willow remained healthy, but reminded people that the virus can strike those of all ages.

“There were many nights when I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life,” Pink said, explaining that Jameson experienced “the worst of it.”

“It’s funny, at one point, I heard myself saying ‘I thought they promised us our kids would be okay.’ It’s not guaranteed. There is no one that is safe from this.”

Last week, when Pink announced her diagnosis, she also revealed she’d donated $1 million to two funds to support healthcare workers battling the outbreak.

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Pink announced that $500,000 would go to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia, where her mom, Judy Moore, worked for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. She also gave an additional $500,000 to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

On Saturday, she spoke with her friend via Pastiloff’s Instagram profile to promote viewers to donate to the author’s food drive OnBeingHuman2020, which is working to bring food to families hardest hit financially by the pandemic. 


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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized Amid Coronavirus Battle

Boris Johnson is now in the hospital.

The 55-year-old U.K. Prime Minister, who previously opened up about his positive coronavirus diagnosis, was hospitalized on Sunday (April 5), according to Downing Street, via Variety.

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He has already been sick with the virus for 10 days, and remained in quarantine with a “persisting high temperature.”

The move to the hospital was done as a “precautionary step” advised by his doctor, via the BBC.

Just hours before, Queen Elizabeth addressed the nation regarding the pandemic.

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Government’s coronavirus bailout must sort out red tape that could strangle UK’s recovery – The Sun

WE ALL have enough on our plates in this crisis without worrying about bureaucracy and red tape.

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Yes, the Government plans to bail them out by paying 80 per cent of salaries but they may not get their hands on it until June — three months after the Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his rescue package.

Many won’t have enough to pay basic bills until then.

Even companies that have stepped up to the plate by producing vital equipment such as ventilators could be punished for doing their bit.

Under tortuous tax rules, firms such as F1 and Dyson may be blocked from reclaiming VAT because they have switched from their normal products.

Meanwhile hospital bosses have astonishingly chosen the middle of the health crisis to axe an A&E unit in Lancashire.

If the nation is to continue pulling together, Boris and his Government must clearly be on the side of the people.

They must get to grips with the logjams, red tape and bloody-mindedness that could strangle this country’s recovery.

The Queen's speech

THE Queen’s TV speech tonight will be one of the most important she has ever made.

A nation in the grip of this crisis needs healing words and supreme inspiration.

From what we have seen of her words so far, she will not disappoint.

She will tell her people: “Those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.”

What a stirring tribute to the heroes of the NHS and everyone suffering tragedies and making sacrifices during this ordeal.

By the time she finishes there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

Sudden conscience

SIR Keir Starmer kicked off his tenure as Labour leader yesterday with an apology for the “stain” of anti-Semitism that dogged the party under Jeremy Corbyn, and a vow to “tear out this poison by the roots”.

They are fine words, and we hope he backs them up with action.

But where was this fire and determination during the past few years, during which he maintained a servile diplomacy on the party’s anti-Semitism crisis?

The moneybags QC’s reluctance to stand up for Britain’s Jews until he had his hand on the tiller does not reflect well on him.

They should not forget that.

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Coronavirus ‘apex’ yet to come despite record deaths — and we aren’t ready, says Cuomo

Coronavirus killed more people across New York in a single day than ever before — and the worst is yet to come, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Saturday.

The state’s death count surged past 3,500 — including nearly 2,000 in New York City — “an all-time increase” of 630 lives lost in a 24-hour span, Cuomo said at a morning briefing.

The number of infected across the state jumped by close to 11,000 to over 113,000 — with over 63,000 of those in the Big Apple, which accounts for over 1,900 deaths.

But as troubling as the numbers are, the “apex” of the crisis — the point where the numbers hit their peak, and then begin to decline — remains about a week away, the governor said.

“I call it the battle of the mountaintop because that’s what it’s going to be,” Cuomo said.

“I want to get on the other side of that apex, and just slide down that mountain.”

Current mathematical models project the apex as anywhere from four to 14 days away, but regardless, “we’re not yet ready for the high point,” in terms of beds, staff, and equipment, including ventilators, he added.

President Trump promised welcome relief Saturday — 1,000 military doctors and nurses who will help treat the sick of New York City, where the streets remained hauntingly empty, lined with boarded-up businesses.

Still, Trump went on: “This will probably be the toughest week, between this week and next week,” the president said, as the number of US coronavirus cases topped 305,000, and the total national death toll climbed beyond 8,300.

Meanwhile, just 14,520 people have officially recovered nationwide.

“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” the president warned.

The mounting deaths are causing a backlog at area crematories, requiring family members who couldn’t even be at their loved-ones’ bedsides to wait ten days or more for remains.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said John Vincent Scalia, whose Staten Island funeral home has seen 19 COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and counting. “We handled 50 World Trade Center funerals, but I’ve never been through anything like this.”

The city remains hardest hit statewide — the epicenter of the epicenter — but a surge is being seen on Long Island.

Nassau has more than 13,000 cases, a 1,300 jump from Friday.

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2 Cruise Passengers Dead as Coral Princess Ship with Coronavirus Cases Arrives in Miami

Several of Princess Cruises’ ships have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreaks. According to USA Today, the Diamond Princess had 11 deaths and more than 700 cases of the virus, and the Grand Princess had two deaths and about 103 cases.

Princess Cruises was among the first cruise lines to temporarily halt all sailings in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. On March 12, the company announced a 60-day, worldwide pause on its trips.

“By taking this bold action of voluntarily pausing the operations of our ships, it is our intention to reassure our loyal guests, team members and global stakeholders of our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of all who sail with us, as well as those who do business with us, and the countries and communities we visit around the world,” said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz at the time in a statement.

According to data compiled by The New York Times, there have been at least 300,617 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,100 deaths, as of April 4. Worldwide, the Times reports over 1.1 million cases of the virus and 62,000 deaths.

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Thousands of children under 7 could miss out on free school meal vouchers

THOUSANDS of school children under the age of seven are set to miss out on free school meals during the coronavirus crisis.

Under normal circumstances, all children in reception, year one and year two automatically get free school meals if they attend a government-funded school – regardless of whether their parents claim benefits.

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But these children won’t be covered as standard by the government’s new scheme, designed to help parents financially while schools are shut due to the spread of COVID-19.

Instead, they’ll only be covered if their parents claim certain benefits.

The policy has been slammed by the Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield who called it "extremely worrying" for the almost one million families who've had to sign up to Universal Credit since the coronavirus outbreak.

In a breakdown of the free school meals guidelines on the GOV website, the Department for Education states: "There is no requirement to continue to provide universal infant free school meals to pupils in reception, year one, or year two who are unable to attend school.

Who qualifies for free school meals?

CHILDREN usually qualify for free school meals if their parents get certain benefits, such as Universal Credit or working tax credit.

You'll likely qualify if you get any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of pension credit
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working tax credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

Before coronavirus hit, children in reception, year one and year two automatically got free school meals if they attend a government-funded school.

This applies whether their parents claim benefits or not.

But while schools are shut due to COVID-19, these children won't be covered unless their parents recieve benefits, as mentioned above.

Under normal circumstances, schools are not expected to provide free school meals to children when they're off sick.

"Children in those year groups who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported."

Schools across the UK are being given the option to provide families with supermarket vouchers or meals for collection or delivery if their child usually gets free dinners.

The vouchers, worth £15 a week per child, can be spent on food at supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S.

Parents need to apply directly to their child's school to receive the additional help – it's then up to the school to decide whether they'll get vouchers or meals.

If the school is giving out vouchers, these can be emailed or posted to parents.

Around 1.3million children qualify for free school meals.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, told HuffPost UK she's written to Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson to ask him to reconsider what the policy means for children under the age of eight.

She said: "With nearly a million people now signing up to receive Universal Credit, it’s extremely worrying that the gift card scheme for families on free school meals will not be extended to all infants and won’t cover the Easter holidays.

"Now is not the time to be cautious – we need a bold and generous scheme that makes sure no child goes hungry because of the coronavirus emergency."

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered schools to shut to all pupils, except those whose parents are key workers.

While the government has been criticised for not being specific enough in who it deems as "key workers", the list is thought to include working heroes such as nurses, police officers, and delivery drivers.

Read the full list here.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: "Our focus is making sure that the 1.3 million disadvantaged children who would normally have a free school meal on a school day do not go hungry as a result of staying home to protect the NHS and save lives.

"We are providing schools with continued funding for free school meals and have launched a national voucher scheme, backed by additional government funding, to make sure all eligible children can still benefit.

"Many schools also have local arrangements in place and are working flexibly with their food suppliers during the school holidays."

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Coronavirus will wipe $4 TRILLION from global economy as impact was ‘underestimated’, warns Asian Development Bank – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS is predicted to wipe more than $4trillion from the global economy as a top bank admitted the impacts of the pandemic are going to be much worse than they feared.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) – an international economic institution with 68 member states – described the Covid-19 outbreak as the “worst pandemic in a century”.

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ADB experts warned in the bank’s annual economic report that the global cost of coronavirus will be up to $4.1trillion.

The figure amounts to 4.8 per cent of the entire world’s economy, much worse than they initially feared in the early days of the pandemic.

Published in the Asian Development Outlook 2020, the new prediction comes as the US and Europe have become the epicentres of the outbreak.

The bank warns of “unprecedented economic disruption” ahead.

More than one million people have been confirmed to have the virus which has killed almost 60,000 victims since originating in China.

Experts fear the worst is still yet to come, with the US taking the leading with the highest case count in the world with more than 275,000.

Despite the figure of $4.1trillion, ADB officials also said the number could still be an “underestimate” due to knock on impacts such as collapsing supply chains and social crises.

The Philippines-based bank did however add the impacts could be mitigated to just $2trillion if containment is eased sooner than expected.

Coronavirus has placed the world’s economy into flux, with an $5trillion pledged in a worldwide stimulus package by the G20.

Workers globally have faced losing their jobs, businesses have gone bust, and the world’s governments are desperately trying to keep their economies moving without putting people at risk to Covid-19.

ADB experts admitted the forecast may change as unexpected consequences of the coronavirus appear worldwide.

Only 18 countries in the world have yet to be impacted by the bug, mostly island nations in the Pacific Ocean.

The bank’s report said: “The possibility of a financial crises cannot be discounted and the pandemic could also bring about fundamental changes to the global economy over the long term.”

The financial experts admitted there is “vast uncertainty” about the “duration and severity of the pandemic”.

Impacts of it on the economy may be “worse than forecast” and “growth may not recover quickly” from coronavirus.

The bank’s report warned of plummeting commodity prices, and a major slowdown for developing nations.

In the report, the ADB said: “The rapid spread of [Covid-19] has made it the worst pandemic in a century.

“The outbreak was still concentrated primarily in the People’s Republic of China when ADB released initial estimates of its economic impact on 6 March.

“Since then the outbreak has expanded significantly, with its epicenter shifting to Europe and the United States.

“The use of containment measures such as travel bans and community quarantines has expanded greatly."


It added: “Data from [China] indicates that the outbreak caused a double-digit decline in economic activity in the first quarter of 2020.

“Updated scenarios suggest a much larger impact than previously envisioned, reflecting these new realities.

“The range of scenarios explored in this update suggest a global cost of between $2.0 and $4.1 trillion, equivalent to between 2.3% and 4.8% of global GDP. “

ADB experts added there needs to be an international effort to try and mitigate the economic impacts of Covid-19.

Half of the world’s population are now under some form of lockdown as the pandemic sweeps its way across the world.

The US, Italy, Spain, Germany and France are now the worst impacted nations, and the death toll continues to rise.

Strict measures are in place worldwide to try and control the virus, with cities in total shutdown and health services stretched to their limits.

World Health Organisation officials have said they are concerned about the “near exponential” continuing growth in coronavirus cases.

WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said: “As we enter the fourth month since the start of the pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection.”

Hopes the virus could be contained have long faded, and now world governments are scrambling to try and save lives.

The US is now the epicentre of the infection, with fears it could kill up to 240,000 people before the bug is beaten.

The world’s youngest victim is believed to be six-week-old baby who died in the US state of Connecticut.

US President Donald Trump said “horrific days” are ahead for his nation as the daily death toll reached 1,000.

He said: “Our country is in the midst of a great national trial unlike any it has ever faced before.”

Britain continues to fight back against the infection with a nationwide lockdown as the death toll races towards 4,000 – surpassing the official count in China.

Fears are looming over this weekend for the UK as a heatwave rolls in, with officials urging people to stay home and not risk spreading the virus by flocking to parks and beaches.

The Queen is due to address the United Kingdom on Sunday as dark days seem ahead for almost everyone worldwide.

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Supermarket coronavirus opening times: what time do Iceland, Aldi, Asda, Tesco and Morrisons open? – The Sun

UK supermarkets have introduced special opening times to help in the battle against the spread of coronavirus.

Keep informed on the right time for you to do your grocery shopping, so you don't end up staring at empty shelves.

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What are the new supermarket opening hours?

Several UK supermarkets will be operating slightly different trading times amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Tesco, Waitrose and others have said branches will close earlier to allow staff enough time to keep shelves replenished.

They have also scheduled special dedicated shopping hours for pensioners, the vulnerable, NHS workers and paramedics.

There are also social distancing measures in place in most stores, such as one-in-one-out policies and spaced out queuing, as well as the closure of delis.


Stores open from 8am, however they are reducing trading hours by closing two hours early every night (at 8pm) to allow staff to replenish products – find your local here.

Sunday hours differ, with stores opening from 10pm to 4pm. Scottish Sunday hours are 9am to 6pm.


Asda opening hours have been reduced to 8am to 8pm in order to allow for restocking – find your local here.

Cafes and pizza counters have been closed.


Most stores are now open from 7am or 8pm, find your local here.

Stores with petrol stations will now close at 11pm.


Stores open from 8am and close at 9pm, with some operating on reduced hours amid the pandemic – find your local here.

All stores have dedicated opening hours for NHS and elderly.


Lidl stores open from 8am – find your local here.

Most opening hours remain unchanged, but some local stores may be operating different times to deal with the crisis.


Store opening times vary between 6am and 9am – find your local here.

At present, these hours remain unchanged in all stores.

The first hour of trade has been set aside for over 70s and vulnerable customers on Mondays and Thursdays, and NHS workers on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Morrisons has not announced any changes to opening times, with most stores open from 7am – find your local here.


Sainsbury's stores open between 8am and 8pm on weekdays from March 23.

Sunday opening hours will remain the same – find your local here


Tesco has made changes to its 24 hour stores – find your local here.

Trading hours will now be 6am to 10pm, allowing staff more time to restock the shelves for the morning rush.

Stores are closing all meat, fish, deli and salad counters.


Waitrose opening times vary from 7am to 8am, and some stores will be closing an hour early – find your local here.

The first opening hour will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable customers, and their carers.

What are the special hours for the elderly and vulnerable?

Very elderly and vulnerable people are ordered to self-isolate for 12 weeks.

In order to help, stores have been dedicating "silver hours" to allow over 70s to do their shopping more safely and in peace while food parcel deliveries are being set up by distributors and councils.

Supermarket measures are aimed at shielding the elderly from the effects of panic buying, which has seen essential products stripped from the shelves.

Please note that this is a general overview. Double-check what time your local shop is open by clicking the links to their store locators if you are in doubt as they may vary depending on location.

Here's our updated list on Silver Hour times:

  • Aldi is not providing elderly hours, but are working with Neighbourly and Age UK to support older customers.
  • Asda has no dedicated hours set for the elderly and vulnerable as yet. However, Asda has created a special Volunteer Shopping Card for those shopping for these groups.
  • Co-op has a dedicated shopping hour for vulnerable customers, those that care for them and NHS workers from 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11am on Sundays in all stores.
  • Iceland is offering "priority hours" that vary between stores. It is not clear when these generally are but you can find out what your local Iceland is doing here.
  • Lidl is allowing only pensioners in for the first two hours in all stores across Ireland – but remain open as usual, with safety measures in-store, but no UK silver hour.

  • M&S has said that the first opening hour (generally 8am to 9am, but please check locally) will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable customers and their carers on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Morrisons is not providing silver hours but has hired Marie Curie and CLIC Sargent workers to provide more help in-store to elderly and vulnerable customers. It has also focussed on sending £35 food boxes to those who are self-isolating.
  • Sainsbury's is opening their doors to elderly and vulnerable customers from 8-9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They are also prioritising seniors for online shopping.
  • Tesco – all stores (except Express stores) will be prioritising the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Waitrose will allow only elderly people to shop for the first hour of opening at supermarket stores (generally from 7 or 8am, but please check as they really do vary) and are working on special online delivery slots for over 70s.


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Are there special hours for NHS and emergency workers?

NHS and emergency workers and carers are generally being given priority, but need to bring their photo ID's because some very sad people have been trying to abuse the system.

Here's our updated list on NHS, emergency worker and carer times:

  • Aldi gives all emergency workers, including the NHS, a 30 minute head start every Sunday prior to the store opening time so they can make their purchases as the store opens. They will also be given priority in all queues to enter stores when ID is shown.
  • Asda NHS workers will have priority in store on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8am and 9am.
  • Co-op has a dedicated shopping hour for carers, the vulnerable and NHS workers from 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11am on Sundays in all stores.
  • Iceland has given the last hour of trade in stores to be dedicated to NHS staff with ID. In its food warehouse stores, NHS workers will be allowed early access for the first-hour trading at 7am. Again, this varies by stores. You can find out what your local Iceland is doing here.
  • Lidl is working with Royal Voluntary Service to donate fresh fruit and vegetable bags to hospital sites and frontline health workers. There are no special measures for NHS staff in-store.

  • M&S has dedicated the first hour of trading on Tuesdays and Fridays (generally 8am to 9am, but please check locally).
  • Morrisons NHS hour at all of its stores is Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8pm. Sundays are open at 9am for our NHS workers to shop, with other customers allowed to shop from 9.30am
  • Sainsbury's NHS and social care workers will be able to shop in supermarkets for 30 minutes before they open, from 7.30am to 8am, from Monday to Saturday.
  • Tesco lets NHS workers have access to a dedicated hour every Sunday before checkouts open as well as 9am-10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some stores are also giving nurses flowers, which is a nice touch.
  • Waitrose is setting aside hard-to-find and essential products, and giving a priority checkout service to NHS workers (generally from 7 or 8am, but please check as they really do vary). John Lewis is sending goodies to hospitals too, including "Easter treats", pillows, hand cream and phone chargers.

Which supermarkets do online delivery?

All supermarkets, except Lidl, are providing a home delivery service of some sort, but slots are in short supply.

Able-bodied people who are not self-isolating are encouraged not to use home delivery services so slots that are in short supply can go to the elderly, vulnerable and emergency workers working tough shifts.

If you can help out your vulnerable neighbours by getting their shopping for them then that will relieve a lot of stress on delivery services too.

Most supermarkets will be emailing elderly and vulnerable customers to help them get special slots and prioritisation.

Please add a note to warn delivery drivers if you are self-isolating when placing your order.

The following supermarkets and companies do home delivery, which you can find on their websites:

  • Abel & Cole do weekly grocery boxes with a £12 minimum order and £1.25 delivery fee.
  • Amazon are doing grocery deliveries with a £40 minimum spend under Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh.
  • Aldi has put restrictions on wine online due to unprecedented demand. Aldi's grocery items are not available online.
  • Asda £40 minimum spend. There are extremely limited spaces until mid April.
  • Co-op has a 20 item cap on online deliveries and is hiring to increase capacity.
  • Deliveroo is now doing basic grocery shopping.

  • HelloFresh is providing meal kits that include nutritional information and pre-measured ingredients.
  • Iceland minimum spend is £25, limited to OAPs and self isolating and disabled people up until April 6.
  • Mindful Chef is a site that encourages healthy eating and does 16 recipe packs a week.
  • Morrisons is offering £35 twenty item boxes of essentials, including bread, milk and toilet roll that has been designed to feed two adults for a week. Delivery slots are overwhelmed at the moment and online products are restricted to three per customer.
  • Sainsbury's currently has no slots available for delivery or click and collect for the next three weeks, but Sainsbury’s has prioritised delivery slots for elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers who may be able to get priority slots by calling 0800 953 4988.
  • Tesco is rammed for the next few weeks, but is prioritising the vulnerable and elderly with special slots. They have also added 120,000 Click&Collect slots and expect to add 100,000 delivery slots over the coming weeks.
  • Uber Eats will get you groceries too.
  • Waitrose has started to offer elderly and vulnerable customers priority access to delivery slots.


  • Ocado is only delivering to existing customers.
  • M&S has stopped taking food deliveries but is still delivering clothes and homeware. Furniture will be left at the door due to social distancing measures.

How long will these special hours last for?

For the time being, stores are expected to keep to these special hours until the food supplies expected to be delivered by local councils are fully operational.

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Fla. Man's Sons Don't Know If He Heard Them Say Goodbye on Speaker Phone Before Dying of Coronavirus

Tom and his wife initially boarded Costa Luminosa cruise on March 5 in Florida when the United States government had not yet issued a warning urging travelers to refrain from taking cruises.

Three days into the voyage, a husband and wife who had coronavirus symptoms disembarked in Puerto Rico, CNN reported. Several more sick travelers were dropped off at the Canary Islands before passengers were told to quarantine themselves in their rooms while the ship looked for a place to dock, according to the outlet.

Passengers eventually disembarked in Marseille, France, where American and Canadian travelers were loaded onto buses before boarding a chartered overnight flight to Atlanta, CNN said. The outlet said some were tested for coronavirus, but did not receive results before takeoff.

Kevin Sheehan told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that passengers like his father, who was not tested while overseas, were not quarantined once they reached Atlanta.

“We were thinking, as soon as he got in, the CDC’s gonna quarantine them because so many people are sick, but that didn’t happen,” Kevin said. “My wife and I were shocked.”

Tom’s daughter, Megan Sheehan, told the Holland Sentinel that her father — who had preexisting conditions of asthma, COPD and diabetes — began falling ill soon after returning home. She said her dad was hospitalized on March 21 and placed in isolation after having trouble breathing.

Tom died on March 28 after falling into a coma, his daughter said.

“He died alone, 100 percent alone. He suffered alone,” said Megan. “It’s a very lonely virus. My stepmom sat at home, quarantined, very sick (she also contracted the virus), and had to make the call to take him off the ventilator.”

In a chilling remark, she added, “Thank God, the best part of my dad being in a coma is that he doesn’t know he died alone.”

As of Friday afternoon, there have been at least 272,502 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, with more than 7,046 deaths from coronavirus-related illness, according to a New York Times database.

Worldwide, there are now 1,039,166 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 55,092 deaths.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. To help provide doctors and nurses on the front lines with life-saving medical resources, donate to Direct Relief here.

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Donald Trump Refuses To Wear Face Mask After CDC Recommends: I Won’t ‘Be Doing It’ — Watch

So much for leading by example. Donald Trump announced the CDC has recommended that Americans wear cloth masks to stop the spread of COVID, but says he won’t be doing it himself.

After dragging his heels about advising Americans to wear  a cloth mask can help stem the spread of the COVID virus, President Donald Trump announced on Apr. 3 that the CDC is recommending Americans do so. But rather than urge Americans to take that advice and wear them in public, he stressed, “This is voluntary. I don’t think I am going to be doing it.” Although he did concede, “it may be good,” in stopping the spread of the virus, which has infected over 270K Americans and killed over 7,000 as of this date.

Trump seemed almost petulant when having to say during an Apr. 3 press conference that “In light of these studies, the CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth masks or non-medical cloth faced covering as an additional voluntary public health measure. So it’s voluntary, you don’t have to do it. This is voluntary,” he stressed, hitting the word hard and stressed he wouldn’t be doing it.

“I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” he said, adding: “Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I just don’t see it. Behind that great resolute desk … I don’t know. Somehow, I just don’t see that for myself. Maybe I’ll change my mind.”

For weeks Trump has insisted that Americans don’t need to wear simple cloth masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus. At one point he even suggested that their use could cause the risk of infection to users. The same day as his press briefing, his wife First Lady Melania Trump urged Americans to wear masks. She tweeted, “As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously. #COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone – we can stop this together.”

Well, at least Melania has some common sense!

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