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Ron Johnson becomes the third GOP senator in 24 hours to test positive for COVID 

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Wisconsin Sen Ron Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the third Republican senator to test positive within the past 24 hours. 

Johnson’s office confirmed his diagnosis on Saturday, saying that he came in contact with an infected individual in Washington, DC, sometime after September 29 and received his test results on Friday.  

The 65-year-old ‘feels healthy’ and is not experiencing any symptoms, aides said, adding that he will remain isolated until he tests negative and that his office will go all-virtual for the foreseeable future. 

Two other GOP senators – Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – also tested positive on Friday. 

It’s believed Lee and Tillis may have contracted the virus after attending Amy Coney Barrett’s ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend. Johnson did not attend that event.   

The three diagnoses threaten to derail Barrett’s confirmation process as the senators would not be able to attend the Senate confirmation hearing which is scheduled to begin in-person on October 12.   

As of Saturday, at least seven members of Donald Trump’s inner circle have tested positive for COVID-19, including the president himself. 

Wisconsin Sen Ron Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus , becoming the third Republican senator to test positive within the past 24 hours

Wisconsin Sen Ron Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus , becoming the third Republican senator to test positive within the past 24 hours

Wisconsin Sen Ron Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus , becoming the third Republican senator to test positive within the past 24 hours

Two other GOP senators - Thom Tillis of North Carolina (pictured) and Mike Lee of Utah - also tested positive on Friday

Two other GOP senators - Thom Tillis of North Carolina (pictured) and Mike Lee of Utah - also tested positive on Friday

It's believed Tillis and Lee (pictured) may have contracted the virus after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

It's believed Tillis and Lee (pictured) may have contracted the virus after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

Two other GOP senators – Thom Tillis of North Carolina (left) and Mike Lee of Utah (right) – also tested positive on Friday. It’s believed Tillis and Lee may have contracted the virus after attending Amy Coney Barrett’s ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

Johnson’s office said he spent two weeks in quarantine after learning he had been exposed to someone with coronavirus on September 14.  

The senator, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, tested negative twice during that quarantine period, according to a news release from his director of communications. 

He returned to Washington on Tuesday and shortly after was exposed to another person who has since tested positive for the virus, his aides said.    

Johnson’s diagnosis came as:

  • President Trump was taken to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday afternoon after confirming that he and first lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19
  • Reports claimed the president was having ‘trouble breathing’ 
  • Eleven people involved in the set-up and planning of Tuesday night’s presidential debate tested positive for COVID-19
  • Seven people who attended Amy Coney Barrett’s ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, giving rise to fears that it was a ‘super-spreader event’
  • Among the top Trump officials who have tested positive are: Former presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, top aide Hope Hicks, campaign manager Bill Stepien and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel 
  • Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump expressed their well-wishes for their father
  • New Jersey contact tracers are struggling to work out the names of all of the people who were present at a fundraiser the president attended on Thursday just hours before he was diagnosed with the virus
  • The president will work from the presidential suite at Walter Reed that is specially outfitted with protective devices and communications gear

Trump, 74, announced his diagnosis early Friday morning, hours after his top aide Hope Hicks was revealed to have tested positive after traveling with the president to Cleveland on Marine One and Air Force One for the first presidential debate on Tuesday.    

Hours later the president was transported to Walter Reed hospital as reports claimed that he was having ‘trouble breathing’. The White House has not confirmed those rumors, saying that he was being admitted for tests ‘out of an abundance of caution’ after he developed a fever, congestion and a cough. 

Trump took to Twitter on Friday night, sharing an upbeat message from his hospital bed. 

‘Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!’ he wrote after a CNN report quoted an unnamed presidential adviser claiming that there is ‘reason for concern’ about his condition and that the president was having ‘trouble breathing’ following his positive coronavirus test.     

The president’s physician said that he is ‘doing well’ and is undergoing a range of treatments including a polyclonal antibody cocktail made by Regeneron that is not available to the public, remdesivir – an ebola drug that has already been shown to work against the virus – and vitamin D.

He is also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (the generic name for Pepcid AC), melatonin and daily aspirin.   

Before traveling to hospital, Trump had released an 18-second video message to the nation, saying he was being hospitalized but ‘I think I’m doing very well.’

‘We’re going to make sure that things work out,’ he said, adding that the first lady was also ‘doing very well’.

Johnson's diagnosis came as Trump was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday after he and first lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) prior to being hospitalized

Johnson's diagnosis came as Trump was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday after he and first lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) prior to being hospitalized

Johnson’s diagnosis came as Trump was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday after he and first lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) prior to being hospitalized  

The president tweeted Friday night that he believed his treatment was 'going well'

The president tweeted Friday night that he believed his treatment was 'going well'

The president tweeted Friday night that he believed his treatment was ‘going well’

A timeline of Trump's movements and who he has come into contact with in the last week. Both he and presidential aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday

A timeline of Trump's movements and who he has come into contact with in the last week. Both he and presidential aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday

The president gave a ‘thumbs up’ as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn’t speak. 

Trump’s ‘nuclear football’, the briefcase which could trigger doomsday, was loaded onto Marine One with him.  

While Trump and his aides maintain that he is doing well, rumors have swirled that his condition is much more serious than they are letting on.  

The president is at greater risk of developing a severe case of coronavirus because of his age.  

‘This is serious,’ an anonymous Trump adviser told CNN, stating that the president was ‘very tired, very fatigued’ and that his condition was much more severe than Melania’s.  

The source added that his condition is not deteriorating and the public should not be alarmed.   

Trump 74, gave a ‘thumbs up’ as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak

Trump 74, gave a ‘thumbs up’ as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak

Trump 74, gave a ‘thumbs up’ as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn’t speak

WHO HAS TRUMP BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AND WHO AMONG THEM IS INFECTED

Hope Hicks, counselor to the president – POSITIVE

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump – NEGATIVE   

Barron Trump – NEGATIVE   

Tiffany Trump – NEGATIVE

Eric Trump, Lara Trump – NEGATIVE

Donald Trump Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle – NEGATIVE

Vice President Mike Pence – NEGATIVE 

Joe Biden and Jill Biden – NEGATIVE 

Dan Scavino, Social Media Director – NEGATIVE 

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel – POSITIVE  

Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff – NEGATIVE 

Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary – NEGATIVE  

KellyAnne Conway, Trump’s former advisor  who attended Saturday’s announcement of SCOTUS nominee – POSITIVE 

Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court nominee – NEGATIVE (She had the virus in the summer)

Rev John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame who attended Saturday’s announcement of SCOTUS nominee – POSITIVE 

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina who attended Saturday’s announcement of SCOTUS nominee – POSITIVE 

Mike Lee, Utah Republican senator who attended Saturday’s announcement of SCOTUS nominee – POSITIVE  

Bill Stepien, campaign manager – POSITIVE    

Chris Christie, helped with debate prep – POSITIVE 

John McEntee, Director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office – UNKNOWN 

Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney. Giuliani had spent the weekend at the White House doing debate prep – UNKNOWN   

Mitch McConnell – UNKNOWN

Lindsey Graham – UNKNOWN  

Robert Ford, CEO of Abbott Laboratories, who was at the White House on Monday – UNKNOWN 

Admiral Brett Geroir, assistant Health and Human Services secretary – UNKNOWN 

Alex Azar, HHS secretary  – UNKNOWN 

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The news of a coronavirus cluster within Trump’s inner circle came just under a month ahead of the presidential election as polls show the incumbent trailing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in several key battleground states.    

Cleveland officials said at least 11 people involved in the set-up and planning of Tuesday night’s debate have tested positive for coronavirus, but said that no city residents appear so far to have contracted the virus as a result of the event. 

The cluster may have emerged three days prior to the debate when Trump announced Barrett as his pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. 

The September 26 gathering attracted around 100 people – many of them not wearing face masks and all sitting close. 

Attendees were photographed hugging, shaking hands and chatting without face masks – giving rise to fears that it was a ‘super-spreader event’.

At least seven attendees – Trump, Melania, Hicks, Conway, Sens Mike Lee and Tom Tillis, and Notre Dame University President John Jenkins – have now all tested positive for COVID-19.

Many of the other high-profile figures who attended have not yet been given the all-clear.  

Among them are Attorney General Bill Barr, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie.  

All were seen in close proximity to infected people, and are yet to confirm their negative test results. 

Christie, who also helped Trump prepare for Tuesday night’s debate, tweeted on Friday that he is awaiting test results.  

‘I want to thank all who have called and texted in the last few hours to check on my health. I feel fine and have no symptoms,’ he wrote. 

‘I was last tested for COVID on Tuesday (it was neg) and was tested this morning. No results until tomorrow. I will let you know the results from here.’ 

Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, received the results of his positive test on Friday night, Politico reported, citing a senior campaign official who said he is suffering ‘mild flu-like symptoms’.  

The 42-year-old campaign manager had traveled to Cleveland with Trump and his team on Tuesday for the first presidential debate, where he was seen in close proximity to the president’s top aide Hope Hicks, who also tested positive. 

He also attended debate prep sessions with former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who announced on Friday that she was also infected.  

The senior official who spoke to Politico said Stepien will work remotely while Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark – who tested negative – is expected to oversee the campaign’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.   

Advisers stressed that Stepien, who became campaign manager in July when Trump replaced Brad Parscale, will maintain control of the campaign, Politico reported. 

But his diagnosis undoubtedly throws a wrench into the Trump team as yet another head of the president’s re-election effort, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, also revealed on Friday that she too is infected.  

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Finnair is selling business class meals in a local supermarket

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Finland’s national carrier, Finnair, has started selling its business class meals in a supermarket to prevent job cuts at its catering unit due to Covid-19.

The airplane meals have quickly turned into a hit, Finnair said, with 1,600 meals sold within days at the supermarket, which is located near Finnair’s main hub – Helsinki Airport. It plans to sell in more outlets.

‘There are redundancies and layoffs going on already at Finnair and we are trying our best to find new innovative ways,’ head of Finnair Kitchen Marika Nieminen told Reuters.

Finnair has started selling its business class meals in a supermarket to prevent job cuts at its catering unit due to Covid-19. Pictured is the carrot and cheese mousse starter (€5.90) and smoked char main €12.90

Finnair has started selling its business class meals in a supermarket to prevent job cuts at its catering unit due to Covid-19. Pictured is the carrot and cheese mousse starter (€5.90) and smoked char main €12.90

Finnair has started selling its business class meals in a supermarket to prevent job cuts at its catering unit due to Covid-19. Pictured is the carrot and cheese mousse starter (€5.90) and smoked char main €12.90

The meals are currently being sold at the K-Citymarket Tammisto in the city of Vantaa. 

For €5.90 (£5.36/$6.97) customers can buy the roasted carrot and blue cheese mousse with hazelnuts starter. 

There are two main dishes on offer, a smoked char with chanterelle risotto and beef with teriyaki-radish sauce, spring onion and rice. Both are €12.90 (£11.71/$15.24). 

The two main course options are available throughout the week from Monday to Sunday, with the appetiser available from Friday to Sunday. The menu will change every two weeks. 

‘We have had very much positive feedback from our customers and this product has become one of the best-selling products in our store,’ Kimmo Sivonen, a shopkeeper at the supermarket said. 

While Mika, a customer at the store, added: ‘In this desperate remote work environment this is a small, nice taste of normal life.’  

Finnair says it plans to introduce new dishes, including reindeer meat from Finnish Lapland and Japanese-style pork shoulder, for supermarkets. 

Finnair Kitchen head of product development, Juha Stenholm, said the food’s high quality justified the relatively high price for a packed takeaway meal.

Finnair, Finland's national carrier, said last Tuesday it would cut around 700 jobs by March 2021

Finnair, Finland's national carrier, said last Tuesday it would cut around 700 jobs by March 2021

Finnair, Finland’s national carrier, said last Tuesday it would cut around 700 jobs by March 2021

‘Our unit is focusing on business class food so … premium raw materials,’ he said. 

In 2017, the airline stopped outsourcing its catering services by buying LSG Sky Chefs, a company that operated at Finland’s main airport, from a Lufthansa subsidiary and renamed it Finnair Kitchen.

A year later, Finnair Kitchen produced some 12,000 meals a day, but the numbers collapsed when the Covid-19 pandemic hit air travel.

Finnair said last Tuesday it would cut around 700 jobs by March 2021. 

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Coronavirus UK: Student fined £6,600 for failing to quarantine

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A student has been fined £6,600 after being caught breaching self-isolation rules by posting a picture of herself eating out on Instagram. 

Carys Ann Ingram, 22, failed to quarantine on arrival to Jersey from Manchester, visiting a restaurant, a friend’s house, and shopping, a court heard.

She was seen in the seafront area of First Tower of the island and then at El Tico restaurant in St Ouen’s Bay, where she shared a pictured to her social media.

Ingram flew into Jersey on a flight from Manchester to visit family on October 12 and failed to isolate until she had received a second negative test, which was due to be taken on day five.

Carys Ann Ingram, 22, failed to quarantine on arrival to Jersey from Manchester, visiting a restaurant, a friend's house, and shopping, a court heard

Carys Ann Ingram, 22, failed to quarantine on arrival to Jersey from Manchester, visiting a restaurant, a friend's house, and shopping, a court heard

Carys Ann Ingram, 22, failed to quarantine on arrival to Jersey from Manchester, visiting a restaurant, a friend’s house, and shopping, a court heard

Three days after arriving from the city, which at the time was an amber zone, she was caught shopping in St Helier in her first breach.

It was later found that someone sitting near her on the flight had tested positive, and so she was contacted and told she must self-isolate and would have to undergo a further test eight days after her arrival.

The authorities made a number of attempts to contact her at her home address but they got no answer.

The El Tico restaurant in St Ouen's Bay, where Ingram shared a pictured to her social media

The El Tico restaurant in St Ouen's Bay, where Ingram shared a pictured to her social media

The El Tico restaurant in St Ouen’s Bay, where Ingram shared a pictured to her social media

Locals and tourists in pavement cafes and artisan shops in Halkett Street by St Helier Central Market in Jersey, Channel Isles (before covid-19 times)

Locals and tourists in pavement cafes and artisan shops in Halkett Street by St Helier Central Market in Jersey, Channel Isles (before covid-19 times)

Locals and tourists in pavement cafes and artisan shops in Halkett Street by St Helier Central Market in Jersey, Channel Isles (before covid-19 times)

She was caught breaching the regulations four times – when out shopping, out for a meal at a restaurant, visiting a friend’s house, and not being at home when the enforcement team visited her. 

Ingram, of Salford was finally reached by phone by the Contact Tracing Team and subsequently arrested.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching self-isolation regulations and was fined a total of £6,600, a fine of £600 for the first breach and £6000 for the subsequent three – with the alternative of 24 weeks imprisonment.

First Tower, Jersey, where Ingram was seen breaching the covid-19 quarantine rules

First Tower, Jersey, where Ingram was seen breaching the covid-19 quarantine rules

First Tower, Jersey, where Ingram was seen breaching the covid-19 quarantine rules

The Strategic Lead for Contact Tracing, Monitoring and Enforcement, Caroline Maffia, said: ‘It is regrettable that someone should endanger the health of other Islanders after being informed of the need to self-isolate.

‘This fine demonstrates that we will pursue prosecution for those found flouting the law. Anyone identified as a direct contact of a COVID positive person must understand the importance of following public health advice and abiding by the law.’

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Apple iPhone 12 drop test shows it’s ‘most durable smartphone ever’

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Apple’s new iPhone 12 boasts a Ceramic Shield that the tech giant says is ‘tougher than any smartphone glass’ – and Allstate put this claim to the test.

The American insurance company dropped both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on a rough sidewalk from six feet in the air.

The smartphones were landed face-down, back-down and side-down to see if the shield actually provides up to four times the drop protection, as Apple has stated.

The tests reveal that the improved display helped the iPhone 12 withstand the drop ‘significantly better’ than the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20 families, and Allstate says the ‘iPhone 12 is the most durable smartphone’ they have tested.

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The tests reveal that the improved display helped the iPhone 12 (pictured) withstand the drop ‘significantly better’ than the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20 families, and Allstate says the ‘iPhone 12 is the most durable smartphone’ they have tested

The tests reveal that the improved display helped the iPhone 12 (pictured) withstand the drop ‘significantly better’ than the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20 families, and Allstate says the ‘iPhone 12 is the most durable smartphone’ they have tested

The tests reveal that the improved display helped the iPhone 12 (pictured) withstand the drop ‘significantly better’ than the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20 families, and Allstate says the ‘iPhone 12 is the most durable smartphone’ they have tested

Apple revealed the new iPhone 12 family on October 13 during an livestreamed event, saying the smartphones has a new design with rounded edges and a Ceramic Shield that ‘increase drop performance by four times.’

The shield adds more protection using a new high temperature crystallization step that grows nano-ceramic crystals within the glass matrix.

Allstate set out to see just how durable the new design is with a series of Breakability Drop Tests, which dropped the devices three different ways onto a sidewalk.

The iPhone 12 landed face-down for the first test, which caused a few small cracks and scuffed the edges.

Allstate dropped both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on a rough sidewalk from six feet in the air. The smartphones were landed face-down, back-down and side-down to see if the shield actually provides up to four times the drop protection, as Apple has stated

Allstate dropped both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on a rough sidewalk from six feet in the air. The smartphones were landed face-down, back-down and side-down to see if the shield actually provides up to four times the drop protection, as Apple has stated

Allstate dropped both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on a rough sidewalk from six feet in the air. The smartphones were landed face-down, back-down and side-down to see if the shield actually provides up to four times the drop protection, as Apple has stated

‘This is significantly better than both its predecessor, the iPhone 11, and the Samsung Galaxy S20,’ Allstate shared in a press release.

The iPhone 12 Pro, which is 25 grams heavier, cracked across the lower half when dropped in the same manner.

However, the device was still functioning as normal – and the insurance company said it still outperformed the iPhone 11 Pro.

The iPhone 12 landed face-down for the first test, which caused a few small cracks and scuffed the edges

The iPhone 12 landed face-down for the first test, which caused a few small cracks and scuffed the edges

The iPhone 12 landed face-down for the first test, which caused a few small cracks and scuffed the edges

The iPhone 12 Pro, which is 25 grams heavier, cracked across the lower half when dropped in the same manner

The iPhone 12 Pro, which is 25 grams heavier, cracked across the lower half when dropped in the same manner

The iPhone 12 Pro, which is 25 grams heavier, cracked across the lower half when dropped in the same manner

The next portion of the study dropped the smartphones back-down.

The iPhone 12 was ‘virtually unscathed,’ but the iPhone 12 resulting in loose glass because it is not designed with the shield on the rear.

‘The damage was not catastrophic, and the iPhone 12 Pro functionality did not appear to be impacted,’ Allstate shared.

The next portion of the study dropped the smartphones back-down. The iPhone 12 was ‘virtually unscathed

The next portion of the study dropped the smartphones back-down. The iPhone 12 was ‘virtually unscathed

The next portion of the study dropped the smartphones back-down. The iPhone 12 was ‘virtually unscathed

The iPhone 12 resulting in loose glass because it is not designed with the shield on the rear. ‘The damage was not catastrophic, and the iPhone 12 Pro functionality did not appear to be impacted,’ Allstate shared

The iPhone 12 resulting in loose glass because it is not designed with the shield on the rear. ‘The damage was not catastrophic, and the iPhone 12 Pro functionality did not appear to be impacted,’ Allstate shared

The iPhone 12 resulting in loose glass because it is not designed with the shield on the rear. ‘The damage was not catastrophic, and the iPhone 12 Pro functionality did not appear to be impacted,’ Allstate shared

The final experiment dropped the devices on their sides and both only suffered minor scuffing along the edges after hitting the rough sidewalk.

Jason Siciliano, vice president, and global creative director at Allstate Protection Plans, said: ‘The Ceramic Shield front is a huge improvement.’

‘That said, both phones were damaged when dropped on a sidewalk.

‘Given their hefty repair costs, we encourage everyone to use a protective case and treat their new iPhone 12 with the care you would give an expensive camera.’

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