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DJ says elderly should ‘sacrifice themselves to coronavirus’ to save economy

A DJ has said elderly people should "sacrifice themselves to coronavirus" to save the economy.

Glenn Beck, 56, says they should carry on as normal and keep working to ensure the economy survives.

His comments come despite repeated warnings that they are the most at risk of the deadline COVID-19 bug.

Speaking from his home in Dallas, he said: "I would rather have my children stay home and all of us who are over 50 go in and keep this economy going and working.

"Even if we all get sick, I would rather die than kill the country. Because it’s not the economy that’s dying, it’s the country."

The anti-abortion campaigner, who sees abortion as "evil", is in the high risk category himself.

He said: "In Italy they’re saying if you’re sick and you’re 60, don’t even come in. So I’m in the danger zone."

President Donald Trump has vowed to reopen the US by April 12 in time for Easter after stating that "the cure (for coronavirus) cannot be worse than the solution."

Despite warnings from health experts President Trump, aims to boost the economy by opening the US within a few weeks.

So far there have been 65,797 cases and 935 deaths.

Currently the USA has placed a lockdown in a number of states – a growing number of places have a "shelter in place" order.

Mr Trump has banned all travel from from Europe in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ban covers all of mainland Europe and is in place for the next 30 days.

The UK government has advised all citizens who are over the age of 70 to stay indoors, which could possibly be for up to four months.

This is in a bid to protect them from the outbreak and to prevent spreading of the disease that has gripped the world.

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Passenger plane flies for 16 hours without stopping in ‘longest domestic flight’

A plane flew for nearly 16 hours after President Donald Trump announced a ban in US airspace due to the coronavirus outbreak, forcing it to complete the "longest domestic flight in the world".

The Boeing 787-9 had left Papeete, on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, on March 15 at 3.10am to stop in Los Angeles, California, before flying to Paris, France.

However, Trump's announcement for the suspension of all travel from Europe to the United States meant the airplane had to fly directly to France, instead of through US.

The Air Tahiti Nui flight covered some 15,715 kilometres (9,764 miles).

After 15 hours and 45 minutes in the air, the plane landed in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 5.54am according to Flight Radar which claimed on social media the trip was “the longest domestic flight in the world”.

Air Tahiti Nui has now announced that several of its flights travelling between mainland France and French Polynesia will stop in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

It is reported that the Boeing 787-9 was able to complete the long flight as it was not fully loaded with passengers or cargo.

In October 2019, a Qantas Airlines Boeing 787 flew non-stop from New York to Sydney in 19 hours and 16 minutes as part of an experimental flight during which four pilots took turns operating the aircraft.

President Donald Trump's travel ban includes Europe and the UK which was previously exempt.

Across the US, public events have been cancelled, universities cancelled classes, and many public schools were shut.

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Coronavirus: Trump says Fed not 'aggressive' enough

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump accused the Federal Reserve on Saturday (March 14) of not being “aggressive” enough to counteract the coronavirus-linked economic slump, while insisting he had no plans to replace the bank’s president, frequently a target of his criticism.

“Other boards and other countries and people representing those countries are taking a much more aggressive action than our Fed,” Trump said during a White House press conference.

“And their equivalent of the Fed rate is lower, in some cases by two points. That’s a lot,” the president said.

“We have the currency, the power… We shouldn’t have a Fed rate that’s higher than our competitor nations.”

Trump added that Fed president Jerome Powell had “made a lot of bad decisions, in my opinion.”

Powell was nominated by Trump. But the president has frequently found fault with his stewardship of the central bank, calling him “clueless” and chastising him for not lowering interest rates to supercharge the economy.

“I have the right to remove (Powell),” Trump said Saturday.

But “I’m not doing that. No, I’m not doing that.”

The Fed last week made an emergency cut in the benchmark borrowing rate, lowering it by a half-point to 1-1.25 per cent to boost confidence amid growing concerns about the damage the virus is inflicting on US and global economies.

The central bank made the decision without waiting for its regular financial meeting, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, a move it has not made since the economic crisis of 2008.

Trump argued Saturday that a deeper cut in rates would make it possible to “refinance” US government debt “very easily.”

“We have some tremendous opportunities right now, but Jerome Powell is not making it easy,” he said.

On Thursday, the Fed announced it would begin buying longer-term US Treasury debt, rather than just three- and six-month bills, which it has been buying at a rate of US$60 billion a month since mid-October.

Despite his criticism of the Fed, Trump said he was confident there would be a “tremendous” economic rebound once the pandemic ends.

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Anger, confusion in Europe as Trump issues coronavirus travel ban

EU ‘disapproves’ of travel ban as observers question efficacy of order which excludes some infection-hit countries.

Travel to the US from most of Europe will be suspended for 30 days beginning on Friday, President Donald Trump announced, citing a need to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump’s move on Wednesday came amid rising global panic after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the spread and severity of the illness, now considered a pandemic, was due to “alarming” levels of inaction.


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The ban applies to the 26-country Schengen Area. Among the countries excluded from the ban as they are not in that zone are infection-hit countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus.

“The restriction applies to foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area, 26 countries in Europe with open borders agreements, in the last 14 days,” a White House statement said. “Those who are exempt from these restrictions, such as American citizens, will be directed to a limited number of airports where screening can take place.

“There is extensive travel back and forth between Europe that heightens the risk here in the United States.”

The response to Trump’s move in Europe ranged from anger to confusion.

“The European Union disapproves of the fact that the US decision to improve a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation,” Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, the respective presidents of the European Commission and European Council, said in a joint statement.

The European Union is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus.

“The coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.”

Trump said on Thursday that he did not notify EU leaders because “it takes time” and he had to move quickly. He added that he excluded the United Kingdom because the country was doing a good job at controlling the spread of the coroanvirus. 

Many had concerns over the economic impact of travel bans.

The news hit financial markets hard, with stocks diving and oil slumping, as investors were disappointed by the lack of broad measures to offset a likely fall in consumption.

British finance minister Rishi Sunak played down the prospect of the UK imposing similar travel restrictions, but acknowledged the US decision could have a knock-on effect on the British economy.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “With regard to flight bans, we are always guided by the science as we make our decisions here, and the advice we are getting is that there isn’t the evidence that interventions like closing borders or travel bans are going to have a material effect on the spread of the infection.”

Meanwhile, many observers said the ban lacked clarity and could be interpreted as a political move.

“Non-Schengen and UK excepted: this is not about containment, this is about sending a political message. In a time where the EU is challenged to its core, the US is closing its borders and turning its back on allies,” tweeted Benjamin Haddad, director of the Future Europe Initiative at Atlantic Council.

Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee, reporting from London, said: “The EU is absolutely furious about this, bewildered, and trying to work out what the ramifications are. They weren’t consulted apparently before Trump said this in the middle of the night, European time.

“They are trying to understand what it means. There are enormous concerns about trade between the EU and US. 

“Trump seems to be making a cynical but political point out of this, by blaming Europe but not the UK. But it is a problem for the UK too, because European travellers who want to go to the US will think maybe I should stop off in London and travel from there.”

If that happened, Lee said, it would be extra strain on Britain’s National Health Service.

Trump said it was possible that he could extend or shorten the Europe travel ban depending how the situation plays out. 

There have been more than 126,000 cases of the virus worldwide since its outbreak late last year in China, and over 68,000 people have recovered.

China is the epicentre of the crisis, with most infections and deaths, followed by Italy, Iran and South Korea.

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Blind mystic predicted Trump ‘will get illness’ as he’s tested for coronavirus

Donald Trump says he will "most likely" get tested for coronavirus as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe.

And the US President may be forgiven for being more than a little bit worried about the illness, after a blind mystic who successfully predicted 9/11 and Brexit also foretold that he will fall ill this year thanks to a mystery illness.

Bulgarian born Baba Vanga has been dubbed the 'Nostradamus of the Balkans' for her predictions.

Despite dying 23 years ago, those with a keen interest in mysticism continue to revere Baba's work, which some claim looks forward to 5079 – the year she believed the universe will end.

Baba even predicted the coronavirus outbreak way back in 1996.

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A woman who met the "Balkan Nostradamus" says the then elderly woman warned her “the corona will be all over us”.

She also said the US president will fall ill with a mysterious illness which will leave him deaf and with a brain tumour.

During a press conference at the White House today he was asked about contact he had with a Brazilian official who it has since been confirmed has coronavirus.

The President of the United States replied to say he will "most likely" be tested for the coronavirus "fairly soon", but says he has "no symptoms".

A woman recently warned that nobody at the small gathering she likely caught the bug was coughing or showing any other signs of the COVID-19 virus.

Trump dined with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Saturday night, along with Bolsonaro's press secretary Fabio Wajngarten, who was diagnosed with the disease following the trip.

Bolsonaro claimed he has tested negative for coronavirus.

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"Tests negative for COVID-19 Mr President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro," said a post on his Facebook page, above an old image of Bolsonaro making an obscene local gesture in an apparent response to some media reports that a first test had been positive.

Bolsonaro's son Eduardo tweeted that his test had also come back negative. The results for others in the Brazilian delegation, including Bolsonaro's wife Michelle and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, have not yet been published.

However, Bolsonaro's lawyer, Karina Kufa, who was part of the delegation, has tested positive, according to Brazilian daily O Globo.

"Life continues normally, we have many challenges ahead and many problems to solve," Bolsonaro said outside his official residence.

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He waved to supporters but said it was better not to shake their hands.

Trump told reporters on Thursday: "I'm not concerned."

Meanwhile Trump opened tonight's press conference at the White House by making claims which have repeatedly come under fire that the White House response has been a success.

Trump has been attacked for politicising the coronavirus while blaming foreign countries for the spread to the virus rather than viewing it as a global issue.

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Trump and his administration have been repeatedly accused of lying over the progress they have made in combating the virus while also providing information that contradicted the country's experts.

Trump also revealed the UK could be added to the list of European countries included in the US travel ban.

He told reporters during a White House press conference on Friday that the UK exemption had been made after being “recommended to me by a group of professionals” but he said the UK’s rising number of cases could result in a re-think of that decision.

“We are looking at it based on the new numbers that are coming out and we may have to include them in the list of countries that we will, you could say ban or whatever it is, during this period of time, but yeah their numbers have gone up fairly precipitously over the last 24 hours so we may be adding that and we may be adding a couple of others and we may frankly start thinking about taking some off.”

He added that the US would open up travel restrictions on Asian countries when the “numbers are right”.

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