Heavy rainfall from Cyclone Harold caused flooding in Fiji, on April 8, footage taken in a market in the town of Ba shows.According to the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, people in most parts of the country will be without power during the Easter weekend as the utility Energy Fiji Limited was still carrying out damage assessments on April 9.The cyclone killed 27 people in the Solomon Islands, before arriving on the Pacific island of Vanuatu on April 6. It progressed to Fiji on April 8, flooding towns and flattening homes, but there were no immediate reports of deaths, according to officials.This video shows flooding from Cyclone Harold in a central area of the town of Ba, located in the northwest of the country’s main island. Local reports indicated that despite the flooding, many local businesses have escaped heavy damage. Credit: Jope Matavesi via Storyful
Three men have been jailed for coughing, spitting or threatening to infect people, including police officers, with coronavirus. West Midlands Police released audio and video footage of officers being threatened during arrests, and said they were issuing it as a “stark warning” to those using coronavirus “as a weapon”.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening as he continues to recover from COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in the hospital, his office said on Thursday. He’s said to be in very high spirits. A statement from his office read: "The prime minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery." The 55-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and had spent three nights in emergency care. He was not put on a ventilator. The head of Britain's National Health Service among many saying social distancing must go on, though the number of new infections and hospital admissions may be starting to flatten. Hopes of the coronavirus crisis nearing a peak boosted Britain's stock markets. Also on the government's plate: How to finance a vast increase in spending to support a shuttered economy. The world's fifth-largest economy is facing what could be the worst economic hit since World War Two.
UK soccer player Charlotte Potts captured video of her attempt to take part in the online balancing feat called the “T-shirt Challenge” at her home in Tyne and Wear, England, on April 8.The video shows Potts falling off the deck in her backyard after trying to put on her team’s shirt while keeping a ball from hitting the ground. “Feel free to laugh at my expense,” she wrote in the video’s caption.Potts, a defender for the Sunderland AFC Ladies team, told Storyful she has been recording herself attempt online challenges to inspire and motivate kids through the difficult times of COVID-19 isolation.She said the goal of this challenge is to put on the sport shirt while keeping the ball up, preferably on one’s head. The latter half of the video shows Potts successfully completing the tricky juggling act.The challenge is part of the #FootballsStayingHome movement that encourages soccer fans to observe social distancing guidelines while participating in athletics indoors. Credit: Charlotte Potts via Storyful
Dr Ron Daniels, an intensive care consultant at Birmingham Hospital, describes the emotional first thing he heard the Clap For Carers. The country have united three Thursdays in a row to show their support for frontline workers helping the public through the coronavirus crisus.
People throughout the UK applauded for the front line National Health Service (NHS) workers during the coronavirus pandemic on April 9, during the country’s weekly ‘Clap for Our Carers’ event.‘Clap for Our Carers’ has been happening on Thursdays at 8 pm since March 26. This footage shows a street in Sway – a village in Hampshire, England – where clapping and a general joyful ruckus can be heard resounding through the neighborhood. Credit: LanaIsMyFeather via Storyful
High winds blew across Northern Virginia and the Washington metro area on April 9, as a cold front moved in.Video taken in Oakton, Virginia, which is about 15 miles from Washington, shows the gusty winds blowing petals from cherry trees.The uploader, a self-described storm chaser, said the falling petals looked like “pink snow.”According to reports, winds gusted at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour on Thursday. The area was under a severe thunderstorm watch and wind advisory. Credit: Kevin Ambrose via Storyful
The London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and RNLI join together to applaud the NHS during the national clap on Westminster Bridge. The police were joined on the river by LFB boats spraying hoses and the RNLI who wanted to show their appreciation during the coronavirus pandemic.
**EDITOR'S NOTE: VIDEO IS MUTE Since the 19th century, the city has used Hart Island to bury New Yorkers with no known next of kin or whose family are unable to arrange a funeral. Typically, some 25 bodies are interred each week by low-paid jail inmates working on the island, which sits off the east shore of the city's Bronx borough and is accessible only by boat. That number began increasing in March as the new coronavirus spread rapidly, making New York the epicenter of the pandemic. Now, about 24 bodies are being buried daily, five days a week, according to Jason Kersten, a spokesman for the Department of Correction, which oversees the burials.
People throughout the UK applauded for the National Health Service (NHS) frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic on April 9.‘Clap For Our Carers’ has become a weekly event on Thursdays at 8pm since it began on March 26. This footage shows shoppers in a Liverpool Asda supermarket taking a moment to show their respect to those working on the front lines during the pandemic. Credit: @ljwr_ via Storyful
National Securities' Art Hogan praised Fed Chair Jerome Powell for taking whatever action is necessary to ensure the economy doesn't encounter a credit crisis. Powell unveiled a $2.3 trillion effort Thursday to aid small businesses and local governments.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have joined this week’s ‘Clap for Carers’ event, which pays tribute to keyworkers during the coronavirus pandemic. .
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE ** People in South Africa put out of work by the coronavirus crisis queue up for food aid. On Thursday Oxfam said the fallout from the coronavirus spread could push around half a billion people into poverty. The pandemic has killed more than 83,000 people and wreaked havoc on economies around the world. The charity's report calculated the impact of the crisis on global poverty due to shrinking household incomes or consumption. It says that the economic crisis is deeper than the 2008 global financial crisis Adding that increases in global poverty could throw some countries back to levels of deprivation last seen some three decades ago. Under the most serious scenario - a 20% contraction in income - the number of people living in extreme poverty would rise by 434 million people to nearly 1.2 billion worldwide. Women are at more risk than men, as they are more likely to work in the informal economy with little or no employment rights.
"This year might enable me to train more and work harder in order to be even more prepared. I started thinking positively, maybe it was postponed for a good reason," Alami said. Jordan has seen a spike of coronavirus cases since announcing the first early last month, and now has a total of 358 cases with six deaths. As a result, many sporting events, including the Olympic qualifiers originally set to take place in Jordan in March, were postponed indefinitely.
Primrose Hill in North London, is almost 63 metres above sea level, offering one of the best panoramic views of the London skyline. In a bid to deter picnickers, sunbathers and group gatherings this weekend, The Royal Parks charity which manages Primrose Hill, has joined forces with Camden Council, to paint a giant message on the grass that can be viewed from the sky.
Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld take each other on from their own homes as the former world champions join forces with Paddy Power to raise money for NHS charity Heroes. In a rematch of their 2007 World Championship classic, the pair played out another classic for the ages.
Claire Fuller tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing some of the symptoms associated with Covid-19. She has since come out of hospital and is getting stronger each day. With a vaccine not expected for at least a year, there’s hope that existing drugs could save many lives. Claire has now joined the clinical trial in the fight against the virus, and has shared her story with ITV News.
A quiet village in Yorkshire came alive tonight (Thursday 9th April) as clap for our carers, NHS & keyworkers took place around the country for the 3rd consecutive week. At 8pm the streets of Ledston came alive with the sound of cheering,clapping,bicycle bells, pots and pans and fireworks.
A self-isolating 90-year-old is still able to enjoy his family’s traditional Irish music sessions at their home in County Kerry in the west of Ireland by connecting with video chat.Footage shared to YouTube on April 8 by the nonagenarian’s daughter Niamh Ni Bhaoill shows his grandsons performing for him.One of the grandkids can be seen playing the bodhran while the other plays the concertina as the grandfather watches and applauds at the end.“We have been social distancing since March 12 – luckily my 90-year-old dad can use a smartphone so we can now keep in touch … and have regular music sessions,” Ni Bhaoill said in the YouTube description of her video.The Irish government has encouraged “protective self-separation” for people in vulnerable groups including those over 70.As of Thursday, April 9, Ireland had reported 6,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 263 deaths. Credit: Niamh Ni Bhaoill via Storyful