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A man attacked three police officers and a police dog after being asked if his journey was essential during the coronavirus lockdown - in what has been called a "truly horrifying" incident. Nelson Nelson, 29, struck the canine several times with a plank of wood with nails in it during the "violent rampage" on Saturday. British Transport Police (BTP) said two of their officers had been on patrol at Nottingham train station when they noticed Nelson trying to board a train.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hands-on parents and like to balance their work schedule around their three children. While the world is in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, like many parents, we're sure they will make sure this year's Easter celebrations are still fun for Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis.Prince William and Kate are believed to be staying at their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, and it's likely that they will have lots of activities planned for their young family. Coming from a family of party planners and having been involved heavily in her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton's business, Party Pieces, the Duchess is likely to have a lot of tricks up her sleeves to entertain her children.READ: Kate Middleton called upon this famous face to help choose her wedding dressKate spoke about her Easter plans in 2018In 2018, while at the annual Easter day service in Windsor, Kate told some little girls outside St George's Chapel that George and Charlotte had enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in the morning, which will no doubt be recreated this year in Norfolk.While the children have never publicly joined their parents at the annual Easter Sunday service, William and Kate have been regular attendees throughout the years. Last year's church service was particularly special as it fell on the Queen's 93rd birthday and the Duchess was captured curtsying to the monarch as she arrived.SEE: The most iconic and expensive royal wedding dresses in historyKate curtsies to the Queen on Easter Sunday 2019Usually the royals celebrate Easter with the monarch in Windsor, but this year they will be apart in their respective homes, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. No doubt the family will be keeping in touch with one another using modern technology, such as video messaging.It's a special month for the Firm, as the Queen will celebrate her 94th birthday on 21 April, while her great-grandson Prince Louis will turn two on 23 April. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday this week, with Prince William and Kate set to mark their ninth year of marriage on 29 April.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
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As the Trump administration scrambles to get a hand on the spread of the new coronavirus across the U.S., it is keeping one eye on developments in China, the country where the pandemic originated.According to two officials with knowledge of those efforts and cables reviewed by The Daily Beast, the administration is monitoring China’s second wave of coronavirus cases, gathering data on the ground on the number of individuals newly infected and the reasons for the recent uptick. Over the past few days Chinese officials have noted an emergence of new cases, particularly in asymptomatic individuals. But U.S. officials say it is difficult to trust Beijing’s numbers because of its history of putting out unreliable data.The push for real-time intelligence on China’s new outbreak is an attempt by U.S. officials not only to study what factors can lead to a reemergence of the virus but also to get ahead of any attempt by Beijing to—yet again—put a spin on it, those same officials said. The White House is leaning on officials from across several agencies, including the State Department, Centers for Disease Control and the intel community to probe how Beijing is handling the new cases so as to better understand what the U.S. could expect later this year, when medical officials believe a second round of infections may happen as well. Grim Scenes at Chinese Hospitals as Doctors Rush to Treat Deadly CoronavirusThe effort by the U.S. to gather new data in China could rattle an already delicate detente that Washington and Beijing appear to have reached on coronavirus messaging.For weeks following the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration called out Beijing for misleading the world about the reality of the situation on the ground, claiming the lack of information and the silencing of health-care workers helped lead to the global spread of the virus. China relentlessly pushed back on that assertion and demanded that the U.S. stop referring to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus”—as several top Trump officials were doing. Since then, both President Trump and President Xi have toned down the tough talk and the State Department in cables has refrained from referring to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus”. In public appearances and behind closed doors Trump has changed his tune, calling Xi his good “friend” and an “incredible guy”.But officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said they worry that China could again manipulate its numbers, costing the U.S. and countries across the world valuable information needed to fight another wave of coronavirus cases. According to one State Department cable reviewed by The Daily Beast, China’s National Health Commission appears to be linking the second wave with an uptick in individuals testing positive who do not show signs of symptoms. The Chinese government began reporting the number of asymptomatic cases on the mainland for the first time on April 1. As of last week China reported that 1,075 people with no signs of symptoms were “under medical observation.” About 135 of those individuals had tested positive for COVID-19. “These asymptomatic infections include individuals who do not show any signs of illness but who have a positive laboratory test result for the virus that causes COVID-19,” the cable reads. “Asymptomatic infections represented about one-third of current cases [in mainland China] as of March 31.” White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’The fear of a second wave through asymptomatic individuals is concerning Chinese officials so much that some cities are now requiring individuals scan their QR health codes before riding public transportation. In Wuhan, the local government is reportedly considering “testing all residents to find asymptomatic persons due to fears of a second outbreak,” according to that same cable.Like China, the Trump administration is increasingly worried about the spread of the coronavirus from asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines advising Americans to wear cloth face covers or masks while around other people even if they did not feel sick.The administration had hesitated on issuing such guidance in part out of concern that a run on medical masks would further hamper American hospitals that are struggling to procure personal protective equipment for their workers. In order to address that shortage, President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner last week announced that he and White House adviser Peter Navarro were working with a team to help buy supplies like masks and gowns internationally, including from China. But the Chinese supplies are a subject of concern as well, after reports of faulty equipment in places such as Spain and the Netherlands.According to a State Department cable, China last week implemented a new policy to ensure all of the medical supplies it planned to export were functioning correctly.“The policy regulated exports of medical supplies including detection reagents, medical masks protective clothing, ventilators, and thermometers by requiring exporters to provide documentation that shipments meet China’s medical device product registration requirements,” the cable reads. As the administration tries to track down accurate data in China on the new asymptomatic cases sweeping the country, it’s also looking to keep Chinese disinformation at bay. In the State Department, officials have been tasked with flagging “news” stories and foreign cables that appear to propagate false information. For example, the State Department highlighted in a cable last week the statements made by Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador to France. “Following international media reports that the COVID-19 death toll in Wuhan had been dramatically understated (as evidenced by the social media posts, now censored, showing a large number of urns and long lines of residents at government-operated crematoriums)… Shanye told French media that official statistics in Wuhan were accurate,” the cable reads. “When asked why the PRC government censored videos and pictures of the long queues of persons waiting to pick up urns, Lu said, ‘if they were censored, where did you get those pictures and videos?’” The ambassador was referring to photos that spread on social media last week showing stacks of urns in Wuhan funeral homes. The photos have been deleted but their publishing raised additional questions about the true scale of the coronavirus crisis in China.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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A draft document seen by Reuters details Germany's multi-step plan to end its lockdown, and that its government assumes the global pandemic will last into 2021. Germany's lockdown laws are set to expire in just under two weeks. Shops will be allowed to reopen, as well as schools in select regions, though strict social-distancing measures will still be in place. Border controls will be relaxed, but large events and private parties will remain forbidden. And as soon as enough protective masks are available, it will be made compulsory to wear them on trains and in buses as well as in factories and public buildings The draft action plan says the measures should be enough to keep the average number of people infected by one person below 1. The country has been under lockdown since March 22. Germany has a low mortality rate among coronavirus patients compared to other European nations, which experts say is due to a high number of testing. The document predicts a staged return to normality, backed by mechanisms that will make it possible to track more than 80% of people an infected person had contact with, within 24 hours of diagnosis. Infected people and those they had contact with will be quarantined, either at home or in hotels.
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The 41-year-old actor has two dogs and has mocked lockdown measures to enforce social distancing in public places.