Coronavirus: The most bizarre calls to police, 911 during outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of life as countries around the world try to fight the spread of the virus. As nations adjust to response measures, authorities have increasingly received unorthodox phone calls. Some agencies have even taken measures to discourage non-emergency coronavirus-related calls. Here are four of some of the most bizarre phone calls made to authorities during the coronavirus pandemic: Out of toilet paper Last month, a police department in Oregon received a barrage of phone calls from people complaining that they had run out of toilet…

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Terrified nursing home boss begs families to collect relatives as coronavirus spirals

At least 20 residents at ArchCare nursing homes in New York have died as the companies president is now asking families to pick up their loved ones. (Picture: AP/Getty) The president of five nursing homes is begging families to collect their relatives as coronavirus rips through the facilities. More than 20 elderly residents at ArchCare nursing homes have died of Covid-19 and at least 200 have tested positive for the virus, which has been spreading rapidly among the group of New York care homes, according to president and CEO of…

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More than 1,000,000 infected with coronavirus across world

The global death toll has passed 50,000 (Picture: Reuters/Getty Images/John Hopkins University) More than a million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus since the pandemic began in December. The USA has become the new epicentre of the pandemic, accounting for more than a quarter of the world’s cases, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll has passed 50,000 with Italy and Spain suffering the most. In the United Kingdom there have been 33,718 cases, 2,921 deaths and 135 recoveries, according to the real-time tracker created by…

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Veteran, 104, who survived 1918 pandemic is oldest patient to beat coronavirus

Bill Lapschies, 104, is the world’s oldest-known coronavirus survivor (Picture: KOIN) A 104 year-old World War Two veteran who survived the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic has become the oldest known person to have beaten coronavirus. Bill Lapschies managed to ride out Covid-19 at the Edward C Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon, where he lives. Despite his age, Lapschies only developed a ‘moderate’ case of coronavirus, and did not need a ventilator, with friends and family amazed by his recovery. They were able to mount a double celebration at the…

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China’s early coronavirus victory lap, misleading data hurting global response

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. News that Chinese officials have ordered a county in central China back on lockdown has some questioning whether President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party took its coronavirus victory lap too soon and what that might mean for other countries using China’s template. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that had China been truly transparent about COVID-19, there is “no question” the world would have been in a better place to respond. VP PENCE:…

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Girl, 8, dies with ‘pneumonia-like symptoms’ hours after coronavirus test

Eight year-old Addison Pope died with pneumonia-like symptoms hours after taking a coronavirus test, the results of which have yet to come back (Picture: GoFundMe) An eight year-old girl died while suffering from ‘pneumonia-like symptoms’ hours after taking a coronavirus test. Addison Pope, from Clay County in Texas, died at the Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Wednesday night. She was rushed to the United Regional Hospital close to her home, where doctors performed a Covid-19 test after she began displaying symptoms similar to those seen in many coroanvirus…

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Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won’t be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she says she’s “feeling guilty.” INDIAN MAN, 93, AND 88-YEAR-OLD WIFE RECOVER FROM CORONAVIRUS AGAINST ODDS Hindus around the world are in the midst of a…

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Coronavirus death toll passes 50,000 as number of cases approaches 1,000,000

Around half of the world’s population is under some form of lockdown (Picture: Johns Hopkins University) More than 50,000 people have lost their lives to coronavirus across the world. The total number of diagnoses is close to 1 million and around half of the global population is under some form of lockdown. Italy has borne the brunt of fatalities with 13,915 people losing their lives since the pandemic began in December. In Spain 10,003 patients have succumbed to Covid-19 followed by 4,032 in France, according to real-time data from Johns…

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TV news star with coronavirus said he hallucinated his politician brother as a ballerina

CNN anchor Andrew Cuomo said he has experience bizarre hallucinations because of Covid-19 – including one where his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, was a ballerina. (Picture: NY Mayors Office/AP) A TV news anchor who is suffering from coronavirus said the virus was so bad it made him hallucinate that his well-known politician brother was a ballerina. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo spoke about the bizarre visions he experienced while battling Covid-19 during an interview with his older brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Thursday. ‘It was like out of a…

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Predictions about coronavirus death toll and when it will end ‘are based on lies from Chinese government’

Medics working in a coronavirus field hospital in Wuhan, China, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo conceded Thursday that models calculating Covid-19 mortality rates and how long the pandemic will last are partly-based on disputed statistics from the Chinese government (Credits: AP) Models which calculate the mortality rate of coronavirus and time the pandemic will last are partly-based on disputed figures from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a top politician admitted. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that calculations used to try and get a handle on Covid-19…

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