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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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