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While relationships can be tough at the best of times, the coronavirus lockdown only made things ten times harder by forcing people to communicate over text.

A collection of some of the most awkward examples of people oversharing in a bid to keep their romance alive has been shared by Instagram account @TFLN.

Amongst the amusing exchanges, shared by people from across the globe, includes one person who admitted they swiped right due to ‘desperation,’ and an overprotective wife who mistook a kebab delivery driver for her husband’s possible love interest.

Elsewhere, a further admitted that they once ‘high-fived’ their love interest after having ‘good sex’.

This man, from an unknown location, had to ask his friend to remind her mother that he was gay and so wouldn't be marrying her

This man, from an unknown location, had to ask his friend to remind her mother that he was gay and so wouldn't be marrying her

This man, from an unknown location, had to ask his friend to remind her mother that he was gay and so wouldn’t be marrying her

Another, from an unknown location, tried to flirt by making a joke about marriage - but unfortunately it went straight over the recipient's head

Another, from an unknown location, tried to flirt by making a joke about marriage - but unfortunately it went straight over the recipient's head

Another, from an unknown location, tried to flirt by making a joke about marriage – but unfortunately it went straight over the recipient’s head

When asked why she was on a dating app, one girl, from an unknown location, offered a very brutally honest response

When asked why she was on a dating app, one girl, from an unknown location, offered a very brutally honest response

When asked why she was on a dating app, one girl, from an unknown location, offered a very brutally honest response

This person, from an unknown location, revealed the 'worst' dm they've ever received, which featured someone pretending a dog has wandered into their messages

This person, from an unknown location, revealed the 'worst' dm they've ever received, which featured someone pretending a dog has wandered into their messages

This person, from an unknown location, revealed the ‘worst’ dm they’ve ever received, which featured someone pretending a dog has wandered into their messages

A singleton, from an unknown location, explained the harsh reason they liked someone's old photo from 2017

A singleton, from an unknown location, explained the harsh reason they liked someone's old photo from 2017

A singleton, from an unknown location, explained the harsh reason they liked someone’s old photo from 2017

Another person, from an unknown location, explained why they are now sofa surfing - after their girlfriend and friend with benefits found out about each other

Another person, from an unknown location, explained why they are now sofa surfing - after their girlfriend and friend with benefits found out about each other

Another person, from an unknown location, explained why they are now sofa surfing – after their girlfriend and friend with benefits found out about each other

Another person, from an unknown location, failed at romance when they admitted to eating the last quesadilla their lover was saving in the fridge

Another person, from an unknown location, failed at romance when they admitted to eating the last quesadilla their lover was saving in the fridge

Another person, from an unknown location, failed at romance when they admitted to eating the last quesadilla their lover was saving in the fridge

While discussing what to wear for a fancy dress party ,one person from an unknown location, suggested their love interest go as a 'homewrecker'

While discussing what to wear for a fancy dress party ,one person from an unknown location, suggested their love interest go as a 'homewrecker'

While discussing what to wear for a fancy dress party ,one person from an unknown location, suggested their love interest go as a ‘homewrecker’

Texts From Last Night shares exchanges between people who often overshare intimate details - including one, from an unknown location, who admitted 'high-fiving' the person they just had sex with

Texts From Last Night shares exchanges between people who often overshare intimate details - including one, from an unknown location, who admitted 'high-fiving' the person they just had sex with

Texts From Last Night shares exchanges between people who often overshare intimate details – including one, from an unknown location, who admitted ‘high-fiving’ the person they just had sex with 

One overprotective wife, from the US, mistook a kebab delivery driver for someone else in this frank text exchange

One overprotective wife, from the US, mistook a kebab delivery driver for someone else in this frank text exchange

One overprotective wife, from the US, mistook a kebab delivery driver for someone else in this frank text exchange

Another person, from an unknown location, explained the awkward moment they were caught talking to a sock while doing laundry

Another person, from an unknown location, explained the awkward moment they were caught talking to a sock while doing laundry

Another person, from an unknown location, explained the awkward moment they were caught talking to a sock while doing laundry

In this exchange, one person, from an unknown location, tried to explain why they were getting back together with their ex-partner. However, she received a very awkward response

In this exchange, one person, from an unknown location, tried to explain why they were getting back together with their ex-partner. However, she received a very awkward response

In this exchange, one person, from an unknown location, tried to explain why they were getting back together with their ex-partner. However, she received a very awkward response

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Around 200 ‘murder hornets’ will be ‘extracted alive and killed’ after first US nest was found

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Murder hornets from the first nest discovered on US soil have been successfully sucked out of a tree cavity and placed on ice after experts located the nest in Washington state this week by attaching radio trackers to the bugs. 

The so-called murder hornets, known for their potentially fatal sting to humans and their ability to wipe out an entire bee hive in a matter of hours, were vacuumed out of the tree into a long plastic tube before being killed, marking the culmination of a complex removal process Saturday morning. 

Workers from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) were seen sporting protective suits and working under the cover of darkness early Saturday to destroy the nest that was the size of a basketball and home to up to 200 of the critters.

The dead hornets were placed on ice so they can be kept for research purposes, as experts remain baffled about how the bugs first entered the US. 

WSDA entomologists first discovered the Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine, Whatcom County, close to the US-Canada border Thursday.

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on.  

Its removal marks the first successful attempt to both locate and destroy a nest of the Asian giant hornets in America since the critters were first sighted in the country at the end of last year.  

Murder hornets from the first nest in the US have been successfully sucked out of a tree cavity and placed on ice after experts discovered the nest in Washington state

Murder hornets from the first nest in the US have been successfully sucked out of a tree cavity and placed on ice after experts discovered the nest in Washington state

Murder hornets from the first nest in the US have been successfully sucked out of a tree cavity and placed on ice after experts discovered the nest in Washington state

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working in pre-dawn darkness illuminated with red lamps, vacuum up a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working in pre-dawn darkness illuminated with red lamps, vacuum up a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working in pre-dawn darkness illuminated with red lamps, vacuum up a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree

A Washington State Department of Agriculture workers holds two of the dead Asian giant hornets vacuumed from the nest in the tree Saturday

A Washington State Department of Agriculture workers holds two of the dead Asian giant hornets vacuumed from the nest in the tree Saturday

A Washington State Department of Agriculture workers holds two of the dead Asian giant hornets vacuumed from the nest in the tree Saturday

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success.  

‘Got ‘em,’ the department tweeted alongside a video of dozens of the insects trapped inside a clear, one-metre cylinder.

‘The WSDA Pest Program vacuumed numerous specimens out of the Asian giant hornet nest located in a tree cavity near Blaine, WA,’ the department said in a statement. 

WSDA workers were pictured wearing thick protective suits in pre-dawn darkness Saturday illuminated with red lamps as they worked to vacuum the nest from the tree. 

The suits were necessary to prevent the pesky insects hurting the experts with their 6-millimeter-long stingers – which have been known in severe cases to kill humans.  

Workers also wore face shields to prevent the trapped hornets spitting a painful venom into their eyes. 

Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist for the Agriculture Department, on Friday outlined the careful plan for Saturday’s extermination. 

The cavity of the tree was filled with foam and covered with plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping.

Then, a tube was inserted to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside and deposit them in a collection chamber.

Workers pull on protective suits before attempting to eradicate the nest. 'The WSDA Pest Program vacuumed numerous specimens out of the Asian giant hornet nest located in a tree cavity near Blaine, WA,' the department said in a statement

Workers pull on protective suits before attempting to eradicate the nest. 'The WSDA Pest Program vacuumed numerous specimens out of the Asian giant hornet nest located in a tree cavity near Blaine, WA,' the department said in a statement

Workers pull on protective suits before attempting to eradicate the nest. ‘The WSDA Pest Program vacuumed numerous specimens out of the Asian giant hornet nest located in a tree cavity near Blaine, WA,’ the department said in a statement

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, smiles as he walks with a canister of the dead Asian giant hornets after their successful removal

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, smiles as he walks with a canister of the dead Asian giant hornets after their successful removal

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, smiles as he walks with a canister of the dead Asian giant hornets after their successful removal 

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success after a spokesman earlier said it could go on past one day. Pictured the tree is wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping after the cavity was filled with foam

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success after a spokesman earlier said it could go on past one day. Pictured the tree is wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping after the cavity was filled with foam

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success after a spokesman earlier said it could go on past one day. Pictured the tree is wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping after the cavity was filled with foam 

A worker is seen inserting a tube into the cavity to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside before depositing them them in a collection chamber

A worker is seen inserting a tube into the cavity to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside before depositing them them in a collection chamber

A worker is seen inserting a tube into the cavity to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside before depositing them them in a collection chamber

Spichiger said Friday: ‘We extract them alive. We will kill them.’

He said the tree would then be cut down to extract newborn hornets and learn if any queens had left the hive already. 

Officials suspect more nests may be in the area and they will keep searching for the pesky insects.

‘It’s still a very small population, and we are actively hunting them,’ Spichiger said. 

Hector Castro, a spokesperson for WSDA, told DailyMail.com early Saturday the department was unsure if the full extermination would be completed in a single day. 

Around 200 murder hornets were 'extracted alive and killed' Saturday. An Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday

Around 200 murder hornets were 'extracted alive and killed' Saturday. An Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday

Around 200 murder hornets were ‘extracted alive and killed’ Saturday. An Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on (pictured)

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on (pictured)

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on (pictured)

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) workers hold an antenna as they follow a hornet wearing a tracking device to the nest Thursday

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) workers hold an antenna as they follow a hornet wearing a tracking device to the nest Thursday

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) workers hold an antenna as they follow a hornet wearing a tracking device to the nest Thursday

However by around 10:30 a.m. local time the department said it had been a success.   

The original extermination plan was delayed from Friday due to the weather. 

WSDA is expected to hold a news conference Monday to provide more details on the removal of the nest. 

The net closed in on the pesky insects this week when experts captured and attached tracking devices to some of the hornets. 

Workers with the state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets.

Two Asian giant hornets were collected Wednesday using a new type of live trap and two more were caught in another trap Thursday morning.

Entomologists then attached radio trackers to three insects using dental floss and waited for one of them to lead them to the nest. 

The second hornet was traced to the nest late Thursday afternoon where experts then watched dozens of hornets entering and exiting the tree.

‘While Asian giant hornets normally nest in the ground, they are occasionally found nesting in dead trees,’ the WSDA said in a statement. 

Experts are seen attaching tracking devices to the bugs to lead them to the nest. Experts discovered the Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine, Whatcom County, close to the US-Canada border Thursday

Experts are seen attaching tracking devices to the bugs to lead them to the nest. Experts discovered the Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine, Whatcom County, close to the US-Canada border Thursday

Experts are seen attaching tracking devices to the bugs to lead them to the nest. Experts discovered the Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine, Whatcom County, close to the US-Canada border Thursday

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on

The nest in the tree was about the size of a basketball and contains an estimated 100 to 200 hornets

The nest in the tree was about the size of a basketball and contains an estimated 100 to 200 hornets

The nest in the tree was about the size of a basketball and contains an estimated 100 to 200 hornets

The WSDA planned to protect native honeybees through a complex extermination plan. Pictured a hornet with a tracker Thursday

The WSDA planned to protect native honeybees through a complex extermination plan. Pictured a hornet with a tracker Thursday

The WSDA planned to protect native honeybees through a complex extermination plan. Pictured a hornet with a tracker Thursday

‘Dozens of the hornets were seen entering and exiting the tree while the WSDA team was present.’

It was about 300 yards (274 meters) from the traps in the cavity of a tree on private property, officials said. 

Dozens of the hornets were seen buzzing in and out of the tree about 7 or 8 feet (2 meters) above the ground. 

The owner gave the state permission to eradicate the nest and remove the tree.  

Officials have said it’s not known how they arrived in North America.

The discovery of the nest comes after officials in Washington have been trying to track down a murder hornet nest for months – ever since the first bug was spotted on US soil earlier at the end of last year.   

The first confirmed detection of the hornet in the US was in December near Blaine and the first live hornet was trapped this July. 

Just over 20 have been caught so far, all in Whatcom County.  

The invasive insect is normally found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries.  

The WSDA filled the cavity of the tree with foam and covered it with plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping

The WSDA filled the cavity of the tree with foam and covered it with plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping

The WSDA filled the cavity of the tree with foam and covered it with plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping

A tube was then inserted to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside and deposit them in a collection chamber

A tube was then inserted to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside and deposit them in a collection chamber

A tube was then inserted to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside and deposit them in a collection chamber

Entomologist pictured attaching radio trackers to the insects before waiting for one of them to lead them to the nest

Entomologist pictured attaching radio trackers to the insects before waiting for one of them to lead them to the nest

Entomologist pictured attaching radio trackers to the insects before waiting for one of them to lead them to the nest

Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia are the only places the hornets have been found on the continent.

In the last month, there have been several sightings of the invasive pests in the Blaine area of the state. 

It is not clear how they arrived in America.  

The Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest hornet at two inches and can decimate entire hives of honeybees, which are already under siege from problems like mites, diseases, pesticides and loss of food. 

A small group of the hornets can kill an entire honeybee hive in hours, and they have already destroyed six or seven hives in Washington state, officials said.

Farmers in the northwestern US depend on those honey bees to pollinate many crops, including raspberries and blueberries. 

Despite their nickname, the hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asia, and experts say it is probably far less but they do deliver painful stings to humans.

Hornets, wasps and bees typically found in the US kill an average of 62 people a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   

The insects were traced using the radio trackers (attached above) and found to have set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on land that had been cleared to build residential property on

The insects were traced using the radio trackers (attached above) and found to have set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on land that had been cleared to build residential property on

The insects were traced using the radio trackers (attached above) and found to have set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on land that had been cleared to build residential property on

A hornet after it was captured this week by the WSDA to be used to locate the nest

A hornet after it was captured this week by the WSDA to be used to locate the nest

A hornet after it was captured this week by the WSDA to be used to locate the nest

Murder Hornet statistics

Latin name: Vespa mandarinia 

Adult length: 1 3/4 inches

Wingspan: Three inches

Sting length: Quarter of an inch

Description: Yellow face and large black and yellow striped abdomen. Large jaws and a noisy flier. 

Asian giant hornets are more than double the size of honeybees, and have a wingspan measuring more than three inches

Asian giant hornets are more than double the size of honeybees, and have a wingspan measuring more than three inches

Asian giant hornets are more than double the size of honeybees, and have a wingspan measuring more than three inches

Natural habitat: Across Asia

Venom: It administers seven times more venom than a honeybee when it stings. This acts as a neurotoxin and can lead to seizures and cardiac arrests. The sting is described as incredibly painful.

Behavior: Insect emerges in April and nests in the ground. It predates on many insects, but particularly targets honeybees.

Risks: Has a habit of sacking bee hives, decapitating the workers and stealing the young. The European honeybee has no defense against the invader. Its stings could also prove fatal to Americans.

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Biden digs at Trump at Pennsylvania rally saying ‘we don’t want to become superspreaders’

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Joe Biden called Donald Trump supporters ‘chumps’ when they tried to crash his drive-by Pennsylvania rally Saturday morning as he defended its small size and made a thinly veiled dig at the president saying he doesn’t want his events to be ‘superspreaders’. 

The Democratic candidate vowed to ‘take back our democracy’ and insisted he would protect Pennsylvania jobs by creating ‘millions’ of green energy jobs, as he told supporters the election could be won or lost by the state.

Biden made his first of two stops in his native state Saturday at Bucks County Community College, in Bucks County, Bristol, as the two hopefuls ramp up their campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until the election. 

He opted for a drive-by rally in order to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus that has so far killed more than 228,000 Americans this year.  

Around 100 cars decorated with Biden 2020 signs gathered in the parking lot for the socially distanced event. 

Joe Biden made a thinly veiled dig at Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania (pictured) telling supporters he doesn't want his events to be 'superspreaders' as he vowed to 'take back our democracy' and told the supporters the election could be won or lost by the state

Joe Biden made a thinly veiled dig at Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania (pictured) telling supporters he doesn't want his events to be 'superspreaders' as he vowed to 'take back our democracy' and told the supporters the election could be won or lost by the state

Joe Biden made a thinly veiled dig at Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania (pictured) telling supporters he doesn’t want his events to be ‘superspreaders’ as he vowed to ‘take back our democracy’ and told the supporters the election could be won or lost by the state

Around 100 cars decorated with Biden 2020 signs gathered in the parking lot for the socially distanced event in Bucks County, Bristol

Around 100 cars decorated with Biden 2020 signs gathered in the parking lot for the socially distanced event in Bucks County, Bristol

Around 100 cars decorated with Biden 2020 signs gathered in the parking lot for the socially distanced event in Bucks County, Bristol

The Democratic candidate made his first of two stops in his native state Saturday at Bucks County Community College, in Bucks County, Bristol, as the two hopefuls ramp up their campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until the election

The Democratic candidate made his first of two stops in his native state Saturday at Bucks County Community College, in Bucks County, Bristol, as the two hopefuls ramp up their campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until the election

The Democratic candidate made his first of two stops in his native state Saturday at Bucks County Community College, in Bucks County, Bristol, as the two hopefuls ramp up their campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until the election

Biden hit out at a group of Trump supporters who had flocked to a parking lot close to his rally in Bucks County where they waved Trump flags and honked their horns and shouted through a megaphone to try to disturb his event. 

‘We don’t do things like those chumps out there with the microphones, those Trump guys,’ he said. 

However, he vowed that he would still ‘work as hard’ for them if he is elected, despite their opposition. 

‘I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as those who do, including those chumps out there with a microphone’ he said.

Biden told his supporters he misses up-close campaigning, but that distance is ‘necessary’ because he doesn’t want his events to ‘superspreaders’. 

‘I don’t like the idea of all this distance, but it’s necessary,’ he said. 

‘We don’t want to become superspreaders.’

Biden appeared to be taking aim at Trump who is plowing ahead with three large rallies Saturday despite the US recording a new grim record Saturday for the highest number of new cases in a single day. 

Trump’s rallies are known to draw in crowds of maskless supporters with social distancing and face coverings not enforced at the events. 

The president himself contracted the virus after holding an apparent ‘superspreader’ event in the Rose Garden at the end of September after which multiple attendees tested positive and Trump was hospitalized for four days.

Biden also hit out at Trump over reports of the president’s Chinese bank accounts. 

‘He’s paid 50 times more in taxes in Beijing than he’s paid in America,’ he said.

The New York Times revealed this month that Trump owns an undisclosed bank account in China and has paid nearly $200,000 in taxes in the country.

This undermines his own claims of Biden’s son Hunter’s alleged business dealings there. 

Biden told supporters he misses up-close campaigning, but that distance is 'necessary' because he doesn't want his events to 'superspreaders' in a dig at Trump who is plowing ahead with three large rallies Saturday despite the US recording a new grim record for COVID cases

Biden told supporters he misses up-close campaigning, but that distance is 'necessary' because he doesn't want his events to 'superspreaders' in a dig at Trump who is plowing ahead with three large rallies Saturday despite the US recording a new grim record for COVID cases

Biden told supporters he misses up-close campaigning, but that distance is ‘necessary’ because he doesn’t want his events to ‘superspreaders’ in a dig at Trump who is plowing ahead with three large rallies Saturday despite the US recording a new grim record for COVID cases

Biden at the rally with wife Jill. Biden also hit out at Trump over his Chinese bank accounts saying 'he's paid 50 times more in taxes in Beijing than he's paid in America'

Biden at the rally with wife Jill. Biden also hit out at Trump over his Chinese bank accounts saying 'he's paid 50 times more in taxes in Beijing than he's paid in America'

Biden at the rally with wife Jill. Biden also hit out at Trump over his Chinese bank accounts saying ‘he’s paid 50 times more in taxes in Beijing than he’s paid in America’

The Democrat urged Americans to 'take back our democracy' and channeled JFK's 'man on the moon' speech as he promised to lead America out of hardship

The Democrat urged Americans to 'take back our democracy' and channeled JFK's 'man on the moon' speech as he promised to lead America out of hardship

The Democrat urged Americans to ‘take back our democracy’ and channeled JFK’s ‘man on the moon’ speech as he promised to lead America out of hardship

It also comes as Trump reportedly paid just $750 of tax in America for the years 2016 and 2017.   

Biden urged Americans to ‘take back our democracy’ and channeled President John F. Kennedy’s ‘man on the moon’ speech as he promised to lead America out of the pandemic, the racial injustice and economic hardship. 

‘He said we’re gonna do it because we refuse to postpone. I refuse to postpone the work we must do,’ Biden said of Kennedy as people honked their car horns loudly in a show of support.  

Biden acknowledged the nation’s current state of division and promised to reunite the country, also echoing the message of his former colleague Barack Obama when he won the presidential election in 2008. 

‘We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division. Science over fiction. Truth over lies. And yes, honor and integrity over lying,’ said Biden. 

'We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division,' Biden told supporters who honked their horns in support

'We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division,' Biden told supporters who honked their horns in support

‘We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division,’ Biden told supporters who honked their horns in support

Pennsylvania is a key battleground state and Biden told the crowd 'it may come down to Pennsylvania. And I believe in you'

Pennsylvania is a key battleground state and Biden told the crowd 'it may come down to Pennsylvania. And I believe in you'

Pennsylvania is a key battleground state and Biden told the crowd ‘it may come down to Pennsylvania. And I believe in you’

Some areas of Pennsylvania are heavily dependent on the energy sector. Biden angered some oil industry advocacy groups by suggesting during this week's presidential debate the US will have to transition away from fossil fuels. He addressed the concerns Saturday saying he would 'protect Pennsylvania jobs, period' and create 'millions' of new green jobs

Some areas of Pennsylvania are heavily dependent on the energy sector. Biden angered some oil industry advocacy groups by suggesting during this week's presidential debate the US will have to transition away from fossil fuels. He addressed the concerns Saturday saying he would 'protect Pennsylvania jobs, period' and create 'millions' of new green jobs

Some areas of Pennsylvania are heavily dependent on the energy sector. Biden angered some oil industry advocacy groups by suggesting during this week’s presidential debate the US will have to transition away from fossil fuels. He addressed the concerns Saturday saying he would ‘protect Pennsylvania jobs, period’ and create ‘millions’ of new green jobs

‘It’s time to stand up. Let’s take back our Democracy now. We can do this. There’s nothing we cannot do.’   

He was joined at the rally by his wife Jill, former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy, and Christina Finello, the Democrat candidate running to replace Republican US Representative Brian Fitzpatrick who all also spoke at the event.  

Biden will head to another rally in the state in Luzerne County where he will be joined by music star Jon Bon Jovi who has pledged support for the candidate.   

Bon Jovi is set to perform at the drive-in rally, reminding some of election day eve in 2016, when he was part of a huge outdoor concert with the Obamas and then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia – hours before Clinton lost to Trump. 

Bernie Sanders will also campaign for Biden in Pittsburgh Saturday as the former Democrat presidential candidate competitor gets behind Biden.  

Barack Obama went to the state earlier this week for his first in-person campaign event on behalf of his former vice president. 

Pennsylvania is a key battleground state that Biden hopes to secure the backing of as election day looms ever closer.  

The Democratic presidential nominee is a Scranton native.  

Bucks County, southeast of Allentown, voted narrowly Democratic in 2016.

Meanwhile Luzerne County, northwest of Bucks County and close to Scranton, went easily Republican four years ago. 

Biden told the crowd in Bucks County Saturday that the future of the country could rest in their hands. 

Biden will head to another rally in Luzerne County where he will be joined by music star Jon Bon Jovi who has pledged support for the candidate

Biden will head to another rally in Luzerne County where he will be joined by music star Jon Bon Jovi who has pledged support for the candidate

Biden will head to another rally in Luzerne County where he will be joined by music star Jon Bon Jovi who has pledged support for the candidate

Biden insisted he would not ban fracking. 'I'm not banning fracking in Pennsylvania or anywhere else,' said Biden. 'And I'm going to protect Pennsylvania jobs, period'

Biden insisted he would not ban fracking. 'I'm not banning fracking in Pennsylvania or anywhere else,' said Biden. 'And I'm going to protect Pennsylvania jobs, period'

Biden insisted he would not ban fracking. ‘I’m not banning fracking in Pennsylvania or anywhere else,’ said Biden. ‘And I’m going to protect Pennsylvania jobs, period’

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves during the campaign stop at Bucks County

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves during the campaign stop at Bucks County

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves during the campaign stop at Bucks County

‘It may come down to Pennsylvania,’ Biden told the crowd. 

‘And I believe in you. I believe in my state.’   

Some areas of Pennsylvania are heavily dependent on the energy sector. 

The former vice president angered some oil industry advocacy groups by suggesting during this week’s presidential debate that the US will have to transition away from fossil fuels eventually if it is going to get serious about climate change.   

Biden has insisted the process would be very gradual and that he has a post-coronavirus pandemic economic plan that can create ‘millions’ of new green jobs by shifting the energy sector onto a more sustainable path.  

‘I’m not banning fracking in Pennsylvania or anywhere else,’ said Biden. 

‘And I’m going to protect Pennsylvania jobs, period.’  

On an episode of ‘Pod Save America’ released Saturday Biden warned that climate change is ‘the number one issue facing humanity’.

‘Unchecked, it is going to actually bake this planet,’ he said.

‘We cannot discount the concerns of people, what it means for their well-being and not only in the future and now, but what about how they make a living?’

Biden said some unions have endorsed his economic plan to retrofit infrastructure to make it more environmentally friendly. 

Trump is also going after battleground states Saturday holding three rallies in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin as he attempts to draw in votes with 10 days to go until the election.

Polls show the race in all three states is tight.  

He spoke to a few thousand people in North Carolina at the first event – many of them maskless and not social distancing.

This comes as the US has hit a daily record of coronavirus cases with more than 83,000 reported infections. 

The US death toll has topped 228,000 with more than 8 million infections.  

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has become the latest leader to test positive for Covid-19 as the nation tries to avoid a full-scale coronavirus lockdown amid rising unrest in the county.  

Mr Duda, 48, said on Saturday in a recording published on Twitter that he was not experiencing coronavirus symptoms ‘but unfortunately, the test result is absolutely unambiguous.’

In a message on social media the leader said: ‘I would like to apologise to all those who are exposed to quarantine procedures because of meeting me in recent days. 

‘If I had had any symptoms of coronavirus, please believe me, all meetings would have been cancelled.’

The president’s diagnosis comes amid a surge in confirmed cases of coronavirus-related deaths in Poland, a nation of 38 million that saw very low infection rates in the spring. 

It also come as hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Warsaw today to protest the new virus restrictions after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared the entire country a ‘red zone’.  

Polish President Andrzej Duda, 48, said on Saturday that he had tested positive for coronavirus

Polish President Andrzej Duda, 48, said on Saturday that he had tested positive for coronavirus

Polish President Andrzej Duda, 48, said on Saturday that he had tested positive for coronavirus

On Friday, the president bestowed state honours on Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old Polish tennis player who won the French Open this month

On Friday, the president bestowed state honours on Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old Polish tennis player who won the French Open this month

On Friday, the president bestowed state honours on Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old Polish tennis player who won the French Open this month

A smoke grenade is set off in the streets as police officers wearing protective gear and holding shields clash with protesters

A smoke grenade is set off in the streets as police officers wearing protective gear and holding shields clash with protesters

A smoke grenade is set off in the streets as police officers wearing protective gear and holding shields clash with protesters

A protester is detained by police officers as demonstrators flood onto the streets in Warsaw amid the coronavirus pandemic

A protester is detained by police officers as demonstrators flood onto the streets in Warsaw amid the coronavirus pandemic

A protester is detained by police officers as demonstrators flood onto the streets in Warsaw amid the coronavirus pandemic

Yesterday Europe’s daily cases crossed 200,000 in a day for the first time after doubling in just ten days, with many countries setting records and governments torn between fighting the virus and keeping the economy alive. 

Poland on Saturday reported 13,628 new confirmed cases and a record 179 daily number of Covid-19 deaths. The daily case count was the nation’s second-highest of the pandemic after a record number set Friday. 

On Friday, the European leader visited the National Stadium in Warsaw, which is being transformed into one of the field hospitals. 

He also bestowed state honours on Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old Polish tennis player who won the French Open this month, and her father and trainer, Tomasz Swiatek. 

Duda and the Swiateks wore masks and gloves but stood very close and shook hands as the president fastened honorary pins on them. 

Iga Swiatek said she and others on her team had no symptoms but would go into quarantine following Duda’s positive test. She said they are tested regularly and would be tested again in three days. 

The Polish president now joins a handful of leasers, including American President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who have caught the virus.

On Saturday, police used pepper spray on angry demonstrators, many of whom were not wearing protective masks, as they took to the streets in protest to the new virus restrictions, 

Police said some protesters threw bottles and other objects at them, and that they were forced to respond. 

A police officer holds up a pepper spray can at a group of protesters as hundreds take to the street this weekend

A police officer holds up a pepper spray can at a group of protesters as hundreds take to the street this weekend

A police officer holds up a pepper spray can at a group of protesters as hundreds take to the street this weekend

Hundreds of protesters take to the streets as the government strengthen their coronavirus restrictions

Hundreds of protesters take to the streets as the government strengthen their coronavirus restrictions

Hundreds of protesters take to the streets as the government strengthen their coronavirus restrictions 

A group of demonstrators chant as they take part in a demonstration against the coronavirus restrictions in Warsaw

A group of demonstrators chant as they take part in a demonstration against the coronavirus restrictions in Warsaw

A group of demonstrators chant as they take part in a demonstration against the coronavirus restrictions in Warsaw

Officers hold down a demonstrator as hundreds take to the street in Warsaw amid rising unrest in the country

Officers hold down a demonstrator as hundreds take to the street in Warsaw amid rising unrest in the country

Officers hold down a demonstrator as hundreds take to the street in Warsaw amid rising unrest in the country 

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At the same time, people took to the streets in Warsaw and other cities for a third day to protest a Polish court ruling that declared the abortions of foetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional. 

The decision further restricted what was already one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws.

Critics accuse Poland’s right-wing ruling party of using the cover of the pandemic and a constitutional court it has filled with loyalists to impede abortion access in a legally dubious manner. 

They also accuse the Law and Justice party of seeking to exacerbate social conflicts to distract attention from soaring coronavirus infection rates.

The fast spread of the virus is pushing Poland’s strained health system to the breaking point, with doctors saying patients are dying not only from Covid-19 but from other illnesses that overwhelmed hospitals are unable to treat.

The government is preparing to open field hospitals, but it is not clear where it will find the doctors and nurses to staff them.

The country currently has some 11,500 patients hospitalised with coronavirus and 911 of them on respirators, the Health Ministry said. 

In other scenes, thousands took to the street in Warsaw to protest a Polish court ruling that declared abortions of foetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional

In other scenes, thousands took to the street in Warsaw to protest a Polish court ruling that declared abortions of foetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional

In other scenes, thousands took to the street in Warsaw to protest a Polish court ruling that declared abortions of foetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional

Women hold signs in the air as they walk through the streets of Warsaw and protest a Polish court ruling on abortion laws

Women hold signs in the air as they walk through the streets of Warsaw and protest a Polish court ruling on abortion laws

Women hold signs in the air as they walk through the streets of Warsaw and protest a Polish court ruling on abortion laws

The decision made by the Polish court further restricted what was already one of Europe's strictest abortion laws

The decision made by the Polish court further restricted what was already one of Europe's strictest abortion laws

The decision made by the Polish court further restricted what was already one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws

A woman holds a sign in the air reading 'The right to choice is a human right' as she takes part in a protest against imposing further restrictions on abortion laws

A woman holds a sign in the air reading 'The right to choice is a human right' as she takes part in a protest against imposing further restrictions on abortion laws

A woman holds a sign in the air reading ‘The right to choice is a human right’ as she takes part in a protest against imposing further restrictions on abortion laws 

Europe saw more than 200,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time on Thursday, only 10 days after the continent first reached the 100,000 mark, although the true figures were likely far higher than the official numbers in the spring

Europe saw more than 200,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time on Thursday, only 10 days after the continent first reached the 100,000 mark, although the true figures were likely far higher than the official numbers in the spring

Europe saw more than 200,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time on Thursday, only 10 days after the continent first reached the 100,000 mark, although the true figures were likely far higher than the official numbers in the spring 

Deaths in Europe as a whole are still lower than during the spring, although there are some countries in Eastern Europe that are seeing more deaths than ever before

Deaths in Europe as a whole are still lower than during the spring, although there are some countries in Eastern Europe that are seeing more deaths than ever before

Deaths in Europe as a whole are still lower than during the spring, although there are some countries in Eastern Europe that are seeing more deaths than ever before 

The scenes come as protesters erupted onto the streets of Naples last night to oppose tougher measures being imposed to tame the virus as new infections hit a record high.

Videos showed crowds of people chanting and marching through the city centre, with car horns tooting in the background, while smoke filled the air as demonstrators looked to make their case against the curfew.

Police cars were attacked by protestors using baseball bats while other missiles were thrown at officers who used tear gas in response as tensions quickly boiled over.   

Covid-19 cases across Italy have risen seven-fold since the start of the month, jumping to 19,143 on Friday and raising fears that the pandemic is spiralling out of control. 

Meanwhile, France has surpassed one million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach the mark.

The national health agency announced 42,032 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 1.04 million cases. 

Protestors clash with police in Naples over curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus as a second wave bites in Europe

By Tom Pyman for MailOnline

Prostestors set garbage cans on fire and clashed with police in Naples tonight as a curfew was imposed to curb the growing spread of coronavirus.

Violence erupted as hundreds of activists, many wearing face coverings, took to the city’s streets this evening to oppose tougher measures being imposed to tame the virus as new infections hit a record high.

Videos show crowds of people chanting and marching through the city centre, with car horns tooting in the background, while smoke filled the air as demonstrators looked to make their case against the curfew.

Police cars were attacked by protestors using baseball bats while other missiles were thrown at officers who used tear gas in response as tensions quickly boiled over.  

They were the first such demonstrations in Italy since the start of its coronavirus outbreak eight months ago.

Covid-19 cases across Italy have risen seven-fold since the start of the month, jumping to 19,143 on Friday and raising fears that the pandemic is spiralling out of control.

As a result, restrictions are being imposed not just in Naples but also in Milan and Rome. 

There were flames and smoke in Naples this evening as a mass protest took place against the city's new Covid curfew

There were flames and smoke in Naples this evening as a mass protest took place against the city's new Covid curfew

There were flames and smoke in Naples this evening as a mass protest took place against the city’s new Covid curfew

Prostestors clashed with police in Naples tonight as a curfew was imposed to curb the growing spread of coronavirus

Prostestors clashed with police in Naples tonight as a curfew was imposed to curb the growing spread of coronavirus

Prostestors clashed with police in Naples tonight as a curfew was imposed to curb the growing spread of coronavirus

Hundreds of activists, many wearing face coverings, took to the city's streets this evening to oppose a lockdown being imposed to tame the virus as new infections hit a record high

Hundreds of activists, many wearing face coverings, took to the city's streets this evening to oppose a lockdown being imposed to tame the virus as new infections hit a record high

Hundreds of activists, many wearing face coverings, took to the city’s streets this evening to oppose a lockdown being imposed to tame the virus as new infections hit a record high

Meanwhile, France has surpassed one million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach the mark.

The national health agency announced 42,032 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 1.04 million cases.

Health experts say the actual numbers are likely higher because of a lack of testing, asymptomatic cases and reporting issues. 

In Italy, the number of deaths is also climbing, albeit at a slower rate and less constantly. Fatalities totalled 91 on Friday, down from 136 the day before and far fewer than at the height of the first wave in March and April, when a daily peak of more than 900 deaths was reached.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he wants to avoid the sort of nationwide lockdown introduced when the disease first flared, warning that renewed, rigid restrictions would devastate an already fragile economy.

But Italian law gives regional leaders leeway to establish their own curbs. Vincenzo De Luca, the head of Campania, based in Naples, has set the pace, shutting schools and announcing a nighttime curfew. Today, he said even more was needed.

‘Current data on the contagion make any kind of partial measure ineffective. It is necessary to close everything, except for those businesses that produce and transport essential goods,’ De Luca said on Facebook.

‘We need to make one last effort to get things under control. We need to shut everything down for a month, for 40 days,’ he added, without saying when the shutdown would begin.

The governor of Lombardy, which includes Italy’s financial capital Milan, said on Friday his region faced a ‘dramatic situation’ and urged locals to respect a curfew that runs from 11pm to 5am, amongst other measures.

Lombardy, the epicentre of Italy’s initial outbreak, remains the hardest hit region, accounting for 4,916 of the new cases on Friday. Campania was the second-worst hit, with 2,280.

Underscoring the growing concern, a group of prominent scientists and researchers urged the government to take immediate, forceful action at a national level, warning that hundreds might die each day without a tougher strategy.

‘The longer you wait, the measures you eventually take will have to be tougher, last longer and thus inflict a greater economic impact,’ the 100 academics wrote in an open letter to Conte.

By contrast, the streets of Rome and Paris were deserted tonight, as the Italian and French capitals’ own restrictions appeared to be followed far more smoothly. 

Italian authorities tonight began enforcing a five-hour curfew for the next 30 days in Rome, as police flooded the capital’s streets to move on anyone still in the city after 9pm.

In Paris, where rules prohibiting people leaving their homes between 9pm and 6am without a valid motive have been in place since October 14, the roads were again eerily quiet, with famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower left deserted.

Mirroring scenes in Cardiff earlier today, where a 17-day firebreaker lockdown began, pubs and restaurants packed away outdoor seating and shut up shop at a time on a Friday night where business would normally be booming. 

French President Emmanuel Macron called on citizens to respect a nightly curfew and other measures to fight the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Mr Macron says cases are ‘very strongly accelerating’, with coronavirus patients occupying more than 42% of ICU beds nationally and 64% in the Paris region.

The government announced a six-week curfew from 9pm to 6am in 46 regions and Polynesia.

France has more than 34,200 deaths, the fourth-highest death toll in Europe behind Britain, Italy and Spain.

Police set up a united front as protestors took action against the new curfew being imposed in the city of Naples tonight

Police set up a united front as protestors took action against the new curfew being imposed in the city of Naples tonight

Police set up a united front as protestors took action against the new curfew being imposed in the city of Naples tonight

Police in Marseille check that stores in the French city are abiding by the curfew, put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus

Police in Marseille check that stores in the French city are abiding by the curfew, put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus

Police in Marseille check that stores in the French city are abiding by the curfew, put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus

Police were out on the streets of Rome this evening as a strict new 9pm curfew came into effect for the next 30 days

Police were out on the streets of Rome this evening as a strict new 9pm curfew came into effect for the next 30 days

Police were out on the streets of Rome this evening as a strict new 9pm curfew came into effect for the next 30 days

It comes as the number of cases across the continent hit 200,000 in a day for the first time.

Cases have doubled in just 10 days, with many countries setting records, and governments left torn between fighting the virus and keeping the economy alive.

WHO figures say Europe is now accounting for nearly half of the world’s new cases, partly because of mass testing. 

The continent first reported 100,000 cases in a day on October 12, and has now hit the milestone of 200,000 in a day, although the true figures in the spring were likely far higher than the official peak of 38,000 on April 4. 

Cases have continued to climb exponentially with France, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and others setting new 24-hour records in recent days after governments massively increased their testing capacity following the first wave.   

As a result, Europe is reporting more cases per capita than the United States for the first time since America’s outbreak began to spiral out of control in March.  

Infections in Europe are also growing faster than in India and Brazil, which were the summer pace-setters along with the US but where cases are now falling. 

Hospitals are coming under strain again in much of Europe, although in many places they are less badly hit than during the first wave.   

Deaths in Western Europe are also lower than in the spring, but many countries in the eastern half of the continent are seeing record death tolls.  

A WHO expert said on Monday that Europe and North America should follow the example of Asian countries by persevering with anti-Covid measures and quarantining anyone who comes into contact with infected people.

The heart of the Italian capital was lit up by sirens as authorities made sure the new 9pm curfew was being correctly followed

The heart of the Italian capital was lit up by sirens as authorities made sure the new 9pm curfew was being correctly followed

The heart of the Italian capital was lit up by sirens as authorities made sure the new 9pm curfew was being correctly followed

Revellers in Paris finish their drinks at a bar terrace shortly before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew in the French capital

Revellers in Paris finish their drinks at a bar terrace shortly before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew in the French capital

Revellers in Paris finish their drinks at a bar terrace shortly before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew in the French capital

A street is deserted near the Eiffel Tower, at 9pm as part of a city-wide night time curfew in Paris, which continued tonight

A street is deserted near the Eiffel Tower, at 9pm as part of a city-wide night time curfew in Paris, which continued tonight

A street is deserted near the Eiffel Tower, at 9pm as part of a city-wide night time curfew in Paris, which continued tonight

People sit at cafes in the old part of Bucharest, Romania, where the daily tally of coronavirus infections rose above 5,000 for the first time

People sit at cafes in the old part of Bucharest, Romania, where the daily tally of coronavirus infections rose above 5,000 for the first time

People sit at cafes in the old part of Bucharest, Romania, where the daily tally of coronavirus infections rose above 5,000 for the first time

Spain this week became the first country in Western Europe to reach a million cases, while France is set to follow today after reaching 999,043 on Thursday. 

France reported an all-time high of 41,622 new cases last night, a mark which few countries have ever surpassed. 

French PM Jean Castex announced an extension of curfew rules to more than two-thirds of the population on Thursday as cases continue to spiral out of control.

Deaths in France have risen to more than 150 per day, taking the total past 34,000, while there are more people in intensive care than at any point since mid-May. 

Germany, which reported more than 10,000 daily cases for the first time on Thursday, extended travel warnings for Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, most of Austria and some Italian regions including Rome.

Angela Merkel’s health minister Jens Spahn, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, is quarantining at home. 

The Netherlands also saw a new record on Thursday with more than 9,000 cases, according to the country’s public health institute. 

Meanwhile, Poland is telling over-70s to stay at home and drafting in military reservists to help deliver food to their homes as the country tries to avoid a full-scale coronavirus lockdown.

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki declared the entire country a ‘red zone’ today after total infections doubled in two weeks while deaths reached a record 168 on Thursday. 

With seven out of 10 deaths in Poland coming among over-70s, Morawiecki urged the elderly not to go out unless necessary and promised a ‘senior support corps’ to get them through the crisis. 

The ‘senior protection’ programme will include a mixture of government employees, volunteers, emergency workers and military reservists as Poland’s government tries to keep over-70s safe without shutting down the entire economy. 

The government-funded support package also includes a dedicated helpline which seniors can call to request help with food or hygiene supplies.

‘Volunteers will deliver shopping to seniors, but also help with household chores or simply talk to an elderly person,’ the Polish government promises.   

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