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When was Trump really diagnosed? The crucial questions his doctors and White House haven’t answered

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The briefing by Donald Trump‘s doctors outside Walter Reed left many questions unanswered about the president’s treatment and sparked confusion over the timeline in his treatment for COVID-19

DailyMail.com has answered some of those pressing questions.

WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?  

We now have had three different versions of when Trump was diagnosed from the White House, ranging from Wednesday morning to Friday at 1am. The White House has also not said what ‘diagnosed’ means – it could mean spotting clinical symptoms or testing positive.

The White House first announced Donald Trump’s positive test result – and that of the first lady – at 1am EST on Friday morning. 

But Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician, said on Saturday morning just before midday that the president was ’72 hours into the diagnosis’. 

That’s hours before he flew to Minnesota for an indoors fundraiser and outdoors rally in Duluth, and one day before he attended an indoor fundraiser at Trump’s golf course and country club Bedminster, New Jersey. 

A team of Trump's doctors joined Conley at a briefing outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday where they sparked confusion regarding Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment timeline

A team of Trump's doctors joined Conley at a briefing outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday where they sparked confusion regarding Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment timeline

A team of Trump’s doctors joined Conley at a briefing outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday where they sparked confusion regarding Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment timeline

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Saturday he had a 'great' call with President Trump and he 'sounds well and says he's feeling good'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Saturday he had a 'great' call with President Trump and he 'sounds well and says he's feeling good'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Saturday he had a ‘great’ call with President Trump and he ‘sounds well and says he’s feeling good’

There were reportedly 100 people in attendance and Trump reportedly met about 19 high-dollar GOP donors in private. He was reportedly ‘lethargic’ at that fundraiser. 

Dr. Conley then offered a different version saying that on Thursday afternoon ‘we repeated testing’ and Trump was given a PCR test – the most accurate kind because he ‘gave a kind of clinical indication.’

He did not say if that was before or after he flew to New Jersey for an indoors fundraiser. 

Trump himself told Sean Hannity shortly after 9pm that night that he was waiting for a test. 

After Conley spoke a White House source said ‘on background’: ‘The doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs. Diagnosis made Thursday night.’ 

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above

The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above

The crowd that gathered for Trump’s rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above 

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis and treatment.

‘The president was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening on Thursday October 1st and had received Regeron’s antibody cocktail on Friday October 2nd,’ he clarified. 

A Regeneron spokesperson said Conley was also incorrect by calling it polyclonal antibody theory in his memo. 

‘It is two monoclonal antibodies. It was incorrect in the physician’s letter,’ Regeneron spokesperson Hala Mirza told CBS News. 

When asked point blank Conley refused to share the date of Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test. 

WHY DID A WHITE HOUSE SOURCE IMMEDIATELY CONTRADICT HIS DOCTOR?  

A White House official said immediately after Conley’s press conference Saturday that the doctor misspoke in saying Trump was ’72 hours’ into his diagnosis.

The official said Conley was wrong and Trump was diagnosed Thursday night and treatment began that night.  

WHEN PRECISELY WERE SYMPTOMS FIRST DETECTED AND WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE TESTED?

There is no clarity over when Trump was last tested before his positive result. Dr. Conley repeated the White House claim that he is tested ‘frequently’ but did not say what that meant. They have never said if he was routinely given the less accurate Abbott Labs 15 minute test or the advanced PCR test.

When he arrived at Tuesday’s presidential debate Trump was too late to be tested by the Cleveland Clinic. Moderator Chris Wallace said there was an ‘honor system’ for the candidates; Trump’s team told the Debate Commission he was negative. That night he flew home on Air Force One from the presidential debate and aides said he was tired but decided it was because of the debate. But lethargy is symptom – and it is unknown if doctors took note of it.

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving to the event

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving to the event

Later in the afternoon, he took video of the president's helicopter, Marine One lifting off

Later in the afternoon, he took video of the president's helicopter, Marine One lifting off

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving the Trump fundraiser (left) and took video of the president’s helicopter Marine One lifting off (right)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

Then Dr. Conley initially said Trump was diagnosed ’72 hours’ before the Saturday statement which would mean Wednesday morning.

Trump went to Minnesota on Wednesday for a fundraiser in Minneapolis and a rally in Duluth, where he spoke for 45 minutes, far less than his usual performances of more than an hour. Then he fell asleep on Air Force One in contrast to normally watching television and tweeting. But it is unknown if this was seen as a possible symptom at the time.

Hope Hicks’ positive result came on Thursday morning but nobody has said if Trump was tested as soon as it was given or if it was until late Thursday afternoon that he was given a full nasal swab. 

WHEN WAS HE FIRST TREATED FOR COVID?

Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday that he was speaking ’48 hours after’ the first Regenron treatment was given to Trump. That would mean on Thursday morning. 

And another doctor – Brian Garibaldi – said: ‘About 48 hours ago the president received a special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus. We are working very closely with the company to monitor him in terms of that outcome. Yesterday evening he received his first dose of IV Remdesvir.’ 

But the public were not told he was even ill until Friday at 1am, and no drug treatment was disclosed until Friday afternoon. 

After Dr. Conley spoke, a White House source spoke ‘on background’ and said: ‘The Doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs, Regeneron administered later that night (2 days ago), not 48hrs ago.’ 

Then in a statement Dr. Conley said Regenron was first administered on Friday – but not when. That means two doctors are now being said by the White House to have misspoken.  

DO WE KNOW ALL THE PRESIDENT’S UNDERYING CONDITIONS?  

We do not know if we do. The last medical report in June said he was clinically obsess but had health cholesterol, resting heart rate and blood pressure., normal kidney, liver and thyroid function, normal blood count and normal Vitamin V12 and Vitamin D levels. ,

But the White House has never explained fully his mystery trip to Walter Reed in November 2019 when Mike Pence was told to be on ‘standby’ to assume the powers of the presidency. 

Since then Trump’s struggle to walk down a ramp at West Point and his strange drinking of water with two hands has been the subject of widespread speculation about cognitive issues. He has denied having ‘a series of mini-strokes’ in an angry tweet but his physician has never fully addressed the visit or his cognitive state. 

Trump is at a is 74 years old and at 244lbs and 6ft 3, is technically obese which puts him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus. 

Older men are at great risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 and are twice as likely to die than women of the same age, according to an analysis by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

When asked about any other risk factors Conley said Trump is overall healthy, saying his health and cholesterol are ‘great’.  

DID HE GO TO ANY EVENTS WHEN DOCTORS SUSPECTED HE WAS UNWELL OR HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CLINICAL SYMPTOMS OF COVID?

The White House doctors and series of statements offer no insight into when Trump first felt unwell; when anyone suspected he was unwell; when he was first tested; and if a doctor had seen clinical signs of COVID before he was nasally swabbed. 

That means that Trump could have gone to any or all of a Minnesota fundraiser and rally; a White House South Lawn event; and a New Jersey fundraiser with doctors suspecting he had COVID or even having tested him for it.  

HAS THE PRESIDENT EVER BEEN ON OXYGEN?

Conley sparked confusion in regards to if the president was ever on supplemental oxygen. The coronavirus affects a person’s breathing and some patients end up on ventilators.

‘He’s not needed any this morning today at all,’ he said grinning, refusing to admit if Trump was ever on oxygen.

‘Yesterday and today he is not on oxygen,’ he said. 

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

About an hour later the New York Times and Associated Press reported Trump was given oxygen at the White House residence. 

Two people close to the White House told the New York Times in separate interviews that Trump had trouble breathing on Friday and doctors put him on supplemental oxygen after his oxygen level dropped while he was still at the White House.  

There has been no official denial or confirmation but Dr. Conley had left that possibility open. Why he would not confirm it is unknown. 

Conley said, ‘all indicators are that he’ll remain off of oxygen going forward’. 

WHAT TEMPERATURE DID THE PRESIDENT’S FEVER SPIKE AT?

This simple question was not answered. It is a crucial clinical indication but all Dr. Conley would say is that he has been fever-free for 24 hours. Given that the White House now disputed Dr. Conley’s use of 48 and 72 hours, even that cannot be taken as true.

On Friday Conley and White House aides said Trump was suffering from a low-grade fever. 

On Saturday when asked a specific fever temperature, Conley said, ‘I’d rather not give any specific numbers but he did have a fever Thursday into Friday and since Friday morning he’s had none.’ 

DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE HEART OR LUNG DAMAGE? 

Conley was asked about lung damage and said: ‘We’re following all of that. We do daily ultrasounds. We do daily lab work. The team is tracking all of that.’ But that does not say if there is any damage to his lungs.’ He simply ignored a question about Trump’s heart. 

DO WE KNOW EVERY DRUG OR TREATMENT HE HAS TAKEN?

The White House in two statements has detailed drugs Trump has been given. 

On Friday’s afternoon it said he was given the experimental Regeneron antibody ‘cocktail’ as well as zinc, Vitamin D and the histamine-blocker famotidine. 

Then late on Friday night a statement from Dr. Conley said he had been given the antiviral Remdesvir. But Dr. Conley refused to answer if Trump was on steroids. He did not say if he is on any other drugs. 

Trump previously took hydroxychloroquine in late May and early June despite its use at the time being at best questionable and at worst risky. In June Dr. Conley said Trump takes three daily drugs: 40mg of Rosuvastatin, a statin; 1mg of finasteride, the hair-loss drug generally marketed as Propecia; and 81mg of aspirin.

Trump had asked about hydroxychloroquine in his treatment, which he famously repeatedly touted as a cure to the virus, but Conley said, ‘he’s not on it now’.

WHO IS TREATING THE PRESIDENT?

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley, who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday. 

But the White House has not answered questions on the names of his full team. It has also not said if he or Dr. Conley have consulted other doctors on the coronavirus task force including Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both renowned specialists. And it has not said if he has consulted Dr. Scott Atlas the controversial member of the taskforce who has spoken in favor of ‘herd immunity’ and minimized the importance of masks, and been called an ‘outlier’ who gives ‘bad information’ by Dr. Fauci. 

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday 

Also unaddressed is whether Dr. Conley has reached out to Admiral Ronny Jackson, Trump’s last White House doctor. He quit after his nomination to run Veterans Affairs was withdrawn and an investigation opened into whether he was drunk on the job and gave out prescription drugs to staffers, earning the nickname ‘Candyman.’ He had previously claimed the president could ‘live to 200. 

On Friday he tweeted that the president was ‘asymptomatic’ which quickly became plainly untrue. He is running for Congress as a Republican and it is unclear if he retains a medical registration

IS THE PRESIDENT’S DOCTOR OVERWORKED?

Given that we do not know exactly who was treating the president in the White House, we do not know if Dr. Conley has had adequate sleep, or adequate backup. 

He has been dealing with an escalating crisis since at least Thursday morning when Hicks tested positive but possibly for longer – and we do not know how long, given his changing version of events. White House staff are working around the clock and on Friday when Trump got on Marine One appeared both shellshocked and exhausted. But Dr. Conley went with him to Walter Reed, and it is unclear if he was relieved by other doctors or has worked around the clock. Dr. Conley however is a commander in the Navy and would be expected to be aided by multiple specialists to perform his task. 

Doctors are trained not to become over-tired and to recognize the need to get rest. His superior officers would emphasize that to him and at Walter Reed, Trump could have been attended by specialists who could take over to let Dr. Conley rest – but we do not know if that happened.

HAS ANY CONTACT TRACING BEEN DONE BY THE WHITE HOUSE IN ANY FORM?

The White House medical unit in conjunction with the CDC and local health departments are conducting contact tracing. 

On Friday, more than 24 hours after the New Jersey fundraiser ended, contact tracers in the state had not been given a complete list of everyone who attended the event.

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump's positive COVID-19 result

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump's positive COVID-19 result

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump’s positive COVID-19 result 

The Republican National Committee sent the names of those it knew had attended the event to Governor Phil Murphy’s office at 2:30pm.

However, the list may not include people who were working at the event including golf club workers and outsider vendors that were brought in to help stage the event. 

HAS THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE ELSE ORDERED DOCTORS NOT TO BE FULLY TRANSPARENT – AND DID DR. CONLEY WRITE HIS OWN STATEMENT?

This is simply unknown. Dr. Conley has never before spoken to reporters, and read initially from a prepared statement. 

He has had lengthy time with the president and as a patient, the president has veto over any aspect of revealing his medical information, such as when and how he was diagnosed, his use of oxygen and his maximum temperature. Also present at Walter Reed is Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. He does not formally control Dr. Conley who is in the military chain of command, but is a member of the Cabinet and would be seen as having authority to act on the president’s behalf to control the release of information.

IF THE PRESIDENT IS TWEETING IS THAT A GOOD SIGN?

Multiple people can access Trump’s twitter account, but it is principally run by Dan Scavino, his director of social media. Under CDC guidelines Scavino should be self-quarantining after extensive contact with Trump and Hicks although it is unknown if he is. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, hinted Friday that Trump was not in control of his account when he said that ‘we decided to put out that tweet’ of the 1am Friday tweet saying: Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’ So a tweet Saturday from Trump cannot be taken as proving he is well, or disproving that he is unwell.

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Fears Queensland’s incompetent snake catchers putting their lives and those of customers at risk 

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Snake catchers with very little understanding of their trade are putting their lives – and those of homeowners – at risk because of lax regulations governing the industry, experts have warned. 

Seasoned Brisbane herpetologist Jonathan Lucas said aspiring snake handlers and re-locators can now get automatically approved to respond to call-outs by the Queensland government’s online system.

He said the application would go through straight away even if the person submitting had uploaded blank documents into the portal.

‘Basically you submit your first aid certificate and accreditation from a snake handling course to an online portal and it’s approved straight away,’ the Fauna Solutions director told Daily Mail Australia.

Pictured: Brisbane herpetologist Jonathan Lucas. He said lax government checks meant snake catchers could get approved to respond to call-outs

Pictured: Brisbane herpetologist Jonathan Lucas. He said lax government checks meant snake catchers could get approved to respond to call-outs

Pictured: Brisbane herpetologist Jonathan Lucas. He said lax government checks meant snake catchers could get approved to respond to call-outs

‘No-one contacts the course either so there’s no checks and balances – it’s all trust. Any man and his dog can get approval.’

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science has conceded it does not routinely inspect snake handlers in the field, saying it is up to the permit holder to manage safety issues for themselves and their customers. 

The department said though authorised snake catchers were generally ‘highly knowledgeable and provide a high-quality service’. 

‘It’s like getting your driving licence. You’re getting your P-plates but you’re not going to drive a Formula One car – you have to understand the limitations of your training,’ Mr Lucas said.  

The veteran snake handler added the issue also stemmed from inadequate vetting for course providers, who he claimed were setting up shop without having enough knowledge about the dangers involved.

When Mr Lucas started offering handling courses in 2006, he said the accreditation process was rigorous and featured an in-person interview but that had softened in the years since for the standard one or two-day courses.

‘People signing up to some of these lacklustre courses are trusting they’re going to be competent,’ he said. 

‘There’s definitely a group of providers who are not experts on the topic. People I’ve trained have been approved the next year to run their own courses.’

Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation handler Steven Brown said snake catching courses did not cover enough in-field situations that could happen in the field. Pictured is one of Mr Brown's catches

Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation handler Steven Brown said snake catching courses did not cover enough in-field situations that could happen in the field. Pictured is one of Mr Brown's catches

Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation handler Steven Brown said snake catching courses did not cover enough in-field situations that could happen in the field. Pictured is one of Mr Brown’s catches

One Brisbane snake handler said many one-day courses did not cover enough situations they would encounter in the field, and only taught students how to use snake hooks.

Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation handler Steven Brown said the hook technique did not work in hotter months when brown snakes are more active and can easily evade the devices.

‘You need to use your bare hands — gloves make it hard to feel what they’re going to do,’ he told Westside News.

Mr Lucas (pictured) said snake catchers needed to understand the limitations of their training.  'You're getting your P-plates but you're not going to drive a Formula One car,' he said

Mr Lucas (pictured) said snake catchers needed to understand the limitations of their training.  'You're getting your P-plates but you're not going to drive a Formula One car,' he said

Mr Lucas (pictured) said snake catchers needed to understand the limitations of their training.  ‘You’re getting your P-plates but you’re not going to drive a Formula One car,’ he said

The state’s Department of Environment and Science told Daily Mail Australia would-be handlers must submit evidence they have passed an approved snake handling course and have valid first aid training.

‘There is no routine inspection or review of operators in the field but, generally, authorised snake catchers are highly knowledgeable and provide a high-quality service,’ a spokesman said.

‘It is the responsibility of the authority holder to take appropriate steps to manage all the relevant safety issues for themselves and their customers during the removal of the snake.

‘That responsibility is subject to the obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act, which can carry considerable penalties for any breaches of that Act.’ 

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Australian cyclist Jai Hindley finishes second in Giro d’Italia after breakthrough performance

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Jai Hindley has agonisingly missed out on his bid to become the first Australian cyclist to win the prestigious Giro d’Italia.

The 24-year-old from Perth finished entered Sunday’s final stage with a narrow lead but wound up 39 seconds behind his British friend Tao Geoghegan Hart after the decisive final-day time-trial.

In one of the closest finishes ever seen in the race, Hindley – who had only been expected to be a ‘domestique’ who does the hard work to set up a teammate for victory – almost became the second Australian ever to win on of Europe’s ‘grand tours’, following 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Hindley and Geoghegan Hart had started the final 21st stage on effectively level on time with the Australian just 0.86 seconds ahead of his British rival, and with the advantage of riding last in the 15.7km time trial.

Cyclist Jai Hindley (pictured left with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wilco Kelderman) finished runner up at the Giro d'Italia in Italy

Cyclist Jai Hindley (pictured left with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wilco Kelderman) finished runner up at the Giro d'Italia in Italy

Cyclist Jai Hindley (pictured left with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wilco Kelderman) finished runner up at the Giro d’Italia in Italy

The West Australian gave everything in a courageous ride as he powered through the streets of Milan yet it was quickly evident at the interim time checks that he was losing time to Geoghegan Hart.

The Briton had beaten Hindley 7-2 in their previous time trials and once again proved too accomplished when it mattered.

It all left Hindley, who could only finish 38th in the time trial, feeling downcast as he reflected on how he had almost joined the winner’s list on the historic event.

‘It’s pretty hard to take because I was so close,’ he said. ‘But when I look back, I’ll be super-proud of what I’ve achieved.

‘These are massive steps forward in my career. These are three weeks that I’ll never forget.’

Hindley said he was thrilled with all the messages of support he had received from fans throughout Australia. 

‘I want to thank everyone who stayed up to watch me,’ he said. ‘It’s really unbelievable the support I’ve had.’

By achieving the best-ever result by an Australian in the Giro, Hindley has transformed his standing in the sport over the past week.

As he cycled into sight of Milan’s famous Duomo cathedral, Britain’s former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, commentating on Eurosport, declared: ‘We’re going to be talking about this man a lot for the next 10 years. He’s been fantastic.’

Hindley rides past the gothic cathedral in Milan during the final stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday

Hindley rides past the gothic cathedral in Milan during the final stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday

Hindley rides past the gothic cathedral in Milan during the final stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday

Hindley’s Team Sunweb teammate Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands was third overall at the end of the three-week race.

Geoghegan Hart’s Ineos Grenadiers teammate Filippo Ganna won Sunday’s stage in a time of 17 minutes 16 seconds.

Like Hindley, Geoghegan Hart, who finished 13th on the stage, had expected only to play a support role for his Ineos team leader Geraint Thomas but when the Welshman crashed out, everything changed.

‘It’s incredible,’ he said. ‘It was impossible for me to even think about winning the Giro when we started in Sicily.

‘All of my career I have dreamt of being top 10 or top five in a race like this. During the ITT (individual time trial) my DS (sports director) told me I was faster than Jai Hindley.

‘When my DS told me not to take risks in the final part I understood I was close to the victory.’

Hindley (pictured during the second last stage) started the final day less than one-second ahead of rival Tao Geoghegan Hart

Hindley (pictured during the second last stage) started the final day less than one-second ahead of rival Tao Geoghegan Hart

Hindley (pictured during the second last stage) started the final day less than one-second ahead of rival Tao Geoghegan Hart

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Fridges, TVs and iPads are set to sell for just $10 in an online auction but there’s a catch 

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A haul of fridges, TVs, iPads and dishwashers are selling in an online auction for as little as $10 each after their packaging was infested by beetles – but they are no longer under warranty.

More than 2,000 items worth $2million – including washing machines and dryers – will go up for sale on Monday at 7pm.   

The appliances were shipped from Thailand to Australia earlier this year but couldn’t be sold in department stores once beetles were discovered in the containers.

Chief Operating Officer for Hilco Global Michael Hayes, who has been charged with  auctioning the items, said the products were in perfect condition and have been safely fumigated.

‘We’ve got everything from refrigerators to Apple iPads, earphones, we’ve got freezers, 82-inch TVs, dishwashers and washing machines,’ Hayes told Sunrise

At least $2million worth of white goods and electronics (pictured) will be auctioned off online for as little as $10 after a beetle infestation was discovered in their shipping containers

At least $2million worth of white goods and electronics (pictured) will be auctioned off online for as little as $10 after a beetle infestation was discovered in their shipping containers

At least $2million worth of white goods and electronics (pictured) will be auctioned off online for as little as $10 after a beetle infestation was discovered in their shipping containers 

The beetle infestation was only discovered when a woman from Canberra purchased one of the fridges and opened the packaging at home to find it was full of insects.     

Retailers were forced to pull both the infested stock and the goods stored with those items from store shelves.   

All of the products were then inspected and cleared by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.  

‘If you were an expat moving to Australia they would fumigate your household products with the same thing they’ve done here,’ Hayes said. 

The appliances include TVs, fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers and include well-known brands like Apple, Samsung, KitchenAid and Phillips (pictured above)

The appliances include TVs, fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers and include well-known brands like Apple, Samsung, KitchenAid and Phillips (pictured above)

The appliances include TVs, fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers and include well-known brands like Apple, Samsung, KitchenAid and Phillips (pictured above)

Shoppers can expect to purchase goods from beloved brands like Apple, Sony, Samsung, Canon, Bosch and KitchenAid. 

Customers preparing to purchase the goods at a reduced rate will be given the original boxes they were shipped in but they won’t be covered by the original warranty. 

‘There’s no reserves, everything starts at $10. There’s no warranty, hence no reserve,’ he said.

Hayes urged potential buyers to register on the Hilco Global website in order to participate and said purchasing an item was as simple as ‘highest bidder wins’. 

The goods will be auctioned off on the Hilco Global website from 7pm AEDT on Monday until 9pm on Saturday.  

The auction (appliances pictured) will run from Monday evening through to Saturday night

The auction (appliances pictured) will run from Monday evening through to Saturday night

The auction (appliances pictured) will run from Monday evening through to Saturday night 

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