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Sarah Ristevski could have received a QUARTER of a million dollars for 60 Minutes interview

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The daughter of wife killer Borce Ristevski could have received as much as $250,000 for her controversial interview with 60 Minutes.  

Ms Ristevski told the program she wasn’t ’emotionally ready’ to accept her father brutally killed her mother – and insisted she would love and support him when he walks free from prison.

But viewers of the high-priced 60 Minutes interview were left wondering whether it was money well spent after the hour-long exclusive failed to shed any new light on the case.

The TV interview windfall comes as the family home, where  Karen Ristevski, 47, was most likely killed, is rented out for $750 a week.

Dress shop owner Karen disappeared from the family home in Avondale Heights, north-west Melbourne, on June 29, 2016. Pictured with Borce and Sarah

Dress shop owner Karen disappeared from the family home in Avondale Heights, north-west Melbourne, on June 29, 2016. Pictured with Borce and Sarah

Dress shop owner Karen disappeared from the family home in Avondale Heights, north-west Melbourne, on June 29, 2016. Pictured with Borce and Sarah

Borce Ristevski and his daughter Sarah in 2016 before he was convicted of killing his wife

Borce Ristevski and his daughter Sarah in 2016 before he was convicted of killing his wife

Borce Ristevski and his daughter Sarah in 2016 before he was convicted of killing his wife

The body of Mrs Ristevski was found in bushland in Mount Macedon, north of Melbourne, in January 2017 — eight months after she went missing. 

Ristevski has never disclosed how or why he killed his wife of 27 years.

‘I don’t like to talk about what happened. We don’t talk about it. We don’t think about it,’ Ms Ristevski told 60 Minutes. 

‘Even though he’s pleaded guilty I find it hard to comprehend that he is guilty. I think if he were in my position he would support me.’

Channel 9 spokesman Terry Stuart said the network would not comment on whether ‘interview talent’ on any of its programs had or had not been paid for their appearance. 

As reporters scurried to interview Ms Ristevski following her father’s last-minute decision to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter last year, speculation was rife that she had been ‘snapped-up’ by a high paying news program. 

Industry insiders told Daily Mail Australia the figure being discussed for the interview was between $150,000 and $250,000. 

‘It would have got them some viewers, but most of them would have thought it was garbage and won’t come back next time when they do one of those promos,’ a well-heeled insider said. 

‘They ran it over the full hour, even though she said nothing … they wasted their money.’

Borce Ristevski (pictured) was a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife Karen in March 2017

Borce Ristevski (pictured) was a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife Karen in March 2017

Borce Ristevski (pictured) was a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife Karen in March 2017

An emotional Sarah Ristevski told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes (pictured) she still struggles to comprehend her father's role in her mother's death

An emotional Sarah Ristevski told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes (pictured) she still struggles to comprehend her father's role in her mother's death

An emotional Sarah Ristevski told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes (pictured) she still struggles to comprehend her father’s role in her mother’s death

Karen Ristevski was likely killed inside the couple's Avondale Heights home where detectives converged outside on February 21, 2017 (pictured)

Karen Ristevski was likely killed inside the couple's Avondale Heights home where detectives converged outside on February 21, 2017 (pictured)

Karen Ristevski was likely killed inside the couple’s Avondale Heights home where detectives converged outside on February 21, 2017 (pictured)

High-priced payments to ‘worthwhile talent’ by flagship current affairs programs are nothing new. 

Lindy Chamberlain, the Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb, and survivors and families of the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney all reportedly received large payments for interviews. 

In 2018, Barnaby Joyce and his partner Vikki Campion’s tell-all interview with 60 Minutes reportedly netted them $150,000. 

The family of Colombian drug mule Cassie Sainsbury was rumoured to have scored about $200,000 for their 60 Minutes interview in 2017.  

But while viewers may feel none-the-wiser after watching the Ristevski interview, television bosses at Nine are likely to be declaring the money well spent, another insider said. 

‘Nationally, 60 Minutes’ ratings are up about 100,000 viewers week on week – 688,000 versus 772,000 last night – so they will consider it money well spent,’ a source said. 

While Ms Ristevski is rumoured to have cleaned-up over the interview, the former media figure said the cash might have been closer to the the  $100,000 mark. 

‘With (Channel Seven’s) Sunday Night and Today show shutting and the decline of the magazines, it means the market – and therefore the prices – for these interviews has come down a lot in recent years,’ he said. 

‘Five years ago she might have got $250,000, but these days more like $80,000 or maybe $100,000 given it is the second Sunday of the ratings year.’

Whatever the actual figure, Ms Ristevski –  a graphic designer – is likely to be cashing in on the high-priced rental value of the former family home where he mum met her fate. 

Pictured: Sarah with her father, Borce, as a young girl. She said she has always loved her father and always will

Pictured: Sarah with her father, Borce, as a young girl. She said she has always loved her father and always will

Pictured: Sarah with her father, Borce, as a young girl. She said she has always loved her father and always will

The house currently demands as much as $750 a week, which is a couple of hundred less than it was taking-in in 2018 before being outed as the Ristevski death house. 

While Ms Ristevski gave little insight into what was going through her father’s mind when he killed her mum, Daily Mail Australia revealed the killer was struggling to remain financially afloat as police closed in on him. 

As debt collectors chased Ristevski over an extraordinary $51,102.18 Westpac credit card bill, he was working at a construction site in Flemington – just north of Melbourne – managing traffic.

‘He was a lollipop man,’ a source told Daily Mail Australia. 

In August, Daily Mail Australia revealed the killer failed to pay a cent off a whopping $28,666.77 Westpac bill for four years until debt collector, Credit Corp Services Pty Ltd, took him to court.

The credit card had an interest rate of 19.99 per cent and the interest mounted until he was left owing an extra $22,000 in payments in 2017.

The credit card lawsuit may have been the final straw for the Bella Bleu shop that he had continued to operate after Karen’s death.

Television reporter Cameron Baud (right) boldly asked Borce Ristevski (centre) if he had killed Karen, bringing a media conference to a tearful end. His interview informed viewers more about Borce than a rumoured high-priced 'tell all' with his daughter

Television reporter Cameron Baud (right) boldly asked Borce Ristevski (centre) if he had killed Karen, bringing a media conference to a tearful end. His interview informed viewers more about Borce than a rumoured high-priced 'tell all' with his daughter

Television reporter Cameron Baud (right) boldly asked Borce Ristevski (centre) if he had killed Karen, bringing a media conference to a tearful end. His interview informed viewers more about Borce than a rumoured high-priced ‘tell all’ with his daughter

In chains: Borce Ristevski is led into court in March last year. He remains in isolation in jail for fear he will be bashed again

In chains: Borce Ristevski is led into court in March last year. He remains in isolation in jail for fear he will be bashed again

In chains: Borce Ristevski is led into court in March last year. He remains in isolation in jail for fear he will be bashed again 

He shut down the shop, at Watergardens shopping centre, that same month.

A massive credit card bill wasn’t the only bad debt Ristevski had.

The Australian newspaper has previously claimed that a rag trade business run by Ristevski and his brother, Vasko, collapsed owing $600,000 in debts more than a decade ago. 

Ristevski reportedly lost a $290,000 loan he made to the business. A caveat was also reportedly placed on his family home.

Daily Mail Australia has been told the wife killer continues to do hard time in jail. 

On his first day in prison, in December 2017, he was assaulted while in the yard of the Melbourne Assessment Prison. 

‘He copped a quilting,’ an insider told Daily Mail Australia. 

It is understood Ristevski continues to be kept isolated from other inmates for his own protection, with prison guards keeping a close watch on the 55-year old, who was initially given nine years jail but was increased to 13-years with a minimum of 10 after an appeal by prosecutors.

Karen was killed by her husband at their home in Avondale Heights, Melbourne, in June 2016.

Sarah Ristevski led the procession at the funeral, holding a framed picture of her shop owner and fashion designer mum

Sarah Ristevski led the procession at the funeral, holding a framed picture of her shop owner and fashion designer mum

Sarah Ristevski led the procession at the funeral, holding a framed picture of her shop owner and fashion designer mum

Mystery remains about why Karen Ristevski (pictured) was killed by her husband Borce, who pleaded guilty to her manslaughter

Mystery remains about why Karen Ristevski (pictured) was killed by her husband Borce, who pleaded guilty to her manslaughter

Mystery remains about why Karen Ristevski (pictured) was killed by her husband Borce, who pleaded guilty to her manslaughter 

Borce Ristevski, 55, killed his wife Karen (left) at their home Avondale Heights, Melbourne, in June 2016, before dumping her body in a regional park. Pictured with their daughter Sarah, who was 21 at the time

Borce Ristevski, 55, killed his wife Karen (left) at their home Avondale Heights, Melbourne, in June 2016, before dumping her body in a regional park. Pictured with their daughter Sarah, who was 21 at the time

Borce Ristevski, 55, killed his wife Karen (left) at their home Avondale Heights, Melbourne, in June 2016, before dumping her body in a regional park. Pictured with their daughter Sarah, who was 21 at the time

He feigned innocence, lied to the police, the public and his daughter, and even carried his wife’s coffin at her funeral, until admitting to manslaughter on the eve of his murder trial in 2019. 

In the 60 Minutes interview, Ms Ristevski said she ‘wouldn’t go there’ when further pressed on her father’s guilt.

Channel 7 reporter Cameron Baud had put the very same question to Borce himself the day after his wife vanished. 

Known as the ‘Harvester of Sorrow’ among news reporters, Baud’s questioning remains the most compelling insight into the killer’s mind even though he didn’t answer the question. 

‘He got more out of it with no answers than an hour of bulls**t last night,’ an insider said.     

KAREN RISTEVSKI: HOW THE MYSTERY UNFOLDED

June 29, 2016

* Karen Ristevski last seen at her Melbourne home in Avondale Heights

* Her mobile phone pings off a tower in the Macedon Ranges

* A car similar to her black Mercedes SLK coupe spotted by CCTV cameras near Diggers Rest railway station

December 19, 2016

* Police search grassland, waterways, creeks and farms

February 20, 2017

* Karen Ristevski’s body found at Mount Macedon Regional Park

A hiker stumbled upon Karen's body between two logs in the Mount Macedon National Park on February 20, 2017

A hiker stumbled upon Karen's body between two logs in the Mount Macedon National Park on February 20, 2017

A hiker stumbled upon Karen’s body between two logs in the Mount Macedon National Park on February 20, 2017

March 6, 2017

* Funeral service held with husband Borce Ristevski a pallbearer, while daughter Sarah leads the procession

August 31, 2017

* Police recreate the journey of Ms Ristevski on the day she went missing in a black Mercedes, identical to hers

December 13, 2017

* Borce Ristevski charged with murder and faces court where a lawyer indicates a not-guilty plea. He is remanded in custody

April 18, 2018

* Ristevski returns to court where it’s revealed detectives tapped phone calls and planted listening devices as they investigated the alleged killing, compiling a 22,000-page evidence brief

* Ristevski is granted state-funded legal aid as he fights the allegations

Locked up: Borce Ristevski

Locked up: Borce Ristevski

Locked up: Borce Ristevski

March 12, 2019 

* Prosecutors suffer a major setback. 

A Supreme Court judge rules evidence about Ristevski’s conduct after Karen’s death could not be used as evidence of he had alleged ‘murderous intent’ 

March 13, 2019

* Ristevski’s charge is downgraded and he pleads guilty to Karen’s manslaughter death

April 18, 2019

* Ristevski is sentenced to a nine year jail term, with a six year non-parole period

May 13, 2019

* Prosecutors launch bid to increase Ristevski’s jail term, labelling his sentence ‘manifestly inadequate’. 

His sentence is increased to 13 years, with a non-parole period of 10.   

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Coronavirus is hitting our financial lives like nothing in modern history. Here, we answer some of the many questions you have raised – on everything from work to home, cars and lifestyle. 

We answer readers' coronavirus-related financial questions: From work, to money and life

We answer readers' coronavirus-related financial questions: From work, to money and life

We answer readers’ coronavirus-related financial questions: From work, to money and life

YOUR WORK…AND YOUR RIGHTS 

H.A. writes: I work for a restaurant which closed last week and we have all been sent home. When will I be paid? 

Sarah replies: Some companies are keeping staff on full pay while business is suspended but others are waiting for the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to kick in. 

This means furloughed staff – those without work to do but who remain on the company’s payroll – will be paid up to 80 per cent of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. 

The money will be backdated to the start of March, be distributed via your employer and should be available in weeks. The scheme covers everyone on the payroll including full and part-time staff, agency contractors and those on flexible or zero-hours contracts. Your employer does not have to top up the other 20 per cent. 

M.R. writes: I’m still employed but too sick to work. What are my rights to sickness pay?

Sarah replies: You can get £94.25 per week statutory sick pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work or if you are self-isolating as part of your household. 

Talk to your employer about claiming the benefit – and also look at gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay. 

G.R. writes: I am self-employed and have seen my income dramatically fall thanks to coronavirus. What help is there for me? 

Sarah replies: Alongside the Government’s support for employees who are being furloughed, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a similar scheme for most of Britain’s five million self-employed. 

They will get a taxable grant worth up to 80 per cent of average profits from the last three tax years up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. 

The scheme will open for at least three months and is available to anyone with trading profits of up to £50,000. If you haven’t yet filed your 2019 return (due at the end of January), you have been given four weeks to file those so you can be considered. 

HMRC is contacting everyone who is eligible, with the scheme to be up and running by the start of June. 

H.B. writes: What if I need funds now rather than waiting until the Government’s schemes start paying out? 

Sarah replies: The Department for Work and Pensions is focusing on processing universal credit applications as soon as possible but payments are understood to be taking five weeks to come through. 

However, the Chancellor said people can apply for an advance payment which is payable almost immediately.

P.T. writes: My boss has asked us all to work for free during the crisis to help keep the company going. What are my rights? 

Sarah replies: You cannot be forced to work for nothing. If you cannot or do not want to work for free, you’re effectively being made redundant and are entitled to notice pay, accrued holiday pay and statutory redundancy if you have been there for two years or more. 

Your boss could also risk an investigation by Revenue & Customs for not paying staff the minimum wage. 

H.H. writes: I’ve been made redundant and my boss doesn’t want to take advantage of the Government’s furlough scheme. What can I do? 

Sarah replies: You can’t force your boss to furlough you, so if you have been made redundant then the usual statutory regulations on redundancy still apply. 

L.E. writes: I have been furloughed by my employer but I am still able to work. Can I go and find a temporary job somewhere else? 

Sarah replies: Yes definitely – it’s a great way to boost your earnings while furloughed. Supermarkets are desperate for extra staff. 

KEEPING A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD 

R.M. writes: I can’t afford my rent – will I be evicted? 

Sarah replies: Universal credit including housing benefit might help with your rental costs. If you claim benefits and rent privately, then local housing allowance (LHA) will pay for at least 30 per cent of market rents in your area. 

The Government has said no one can be evicted from private or social housing for the next three months. Your landlord is also able to request a three-month mortgage payment holiday from their lender. 

The National Housing Federation says housing associations will not evict tenants hit by the virus and who fall behind on payments. Find out more at gov.uk/housing-benefit/ how-to-claim. 

H.F. writes: I’m in the middle of moving house. What should I do? 

Sarah replies: The Government says that home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving while measures are in place to fight coronavirus. 

It adds: ‘If you have already exchanged contracts and the property is currently occupied then all parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve this matter.’ 

If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons or parties are unable to reach an agreement then it must be done following coronavirus guidelines on distancing. Mortgage lenders are working on plans to allow customers who have exchanged contracts to extend their mortgage offer for three months.

A.P. writes: My tenancy is coming to an end. I am worried I could be homeless. 

Sarah replies: If you have plans to move during the lockdown, official advice is to delay. Contact your old and new landlords regarding the start and end dates of both tenancies. 

If you’ve already signed a tenancy agreement, you could negotiate a new start date so you don’t have to start paying rent before you can move. Your current tenancy will roll over in to a periodic tenancy if your fixed term contract ends while you still live there. Charity Shelter offers lots of useful advice at shelter.org.uk. 

PROBLEMS WITH YOUR FINANCES 

D.W. writes: I’m struggling financially. What can I do? 

Sarah replies: Many banks have put into place measures such as interest-free overdrafts, increased overdraft limits and free cash withdrawals on credit cards but these do attract a higher interest rate. Try not to take on high-interest debt if possible. 

You can get advice on debt and money worries at: Money and Pensions Service (moneyadviceservice.org.uk); Citizens Advice (citizensadvice.org.uk); and StepChange (stepchange.org). Turn2Us has a useful calculator to see what benefits you might be entitled to. Visit turn2us.org.uk. 

O.J. writes: I cannot afford to pay my mortgage this month. What should I do? 

Sarah replies: Contact your mortgage provider. The Government has told lenders to offer a three-month mortgage holiday to people who are in financial difficulty as a result of coronavirus. Ma

ny lenders have set up an online application form so go to their website for the link, otherwise call them directly but be prepared to wait. Customers are also being offered the chance to switch to an interest-only mortgage for 12 months. 

S.W. writes: I can’t afford my minimum credit card payment. Will I get penalised? 

Sarah replies: Many banks are waiving late payment penalties but you should contact your lender as soon as possible to discuss your payments options such as deferring payments or switching to a lower-interest credit card. See if you can switch high-interest cards to a zero or lower interest rate via a comparison website such as MoneySavingExpert. 

ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN BUSINESS 

E.N. writes: I run my own business. What help is there for me? 

Sarah replies: The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is aimed at helping small and medium-sized companies borrow up to £5million at preferential rates. Companies with a larger turnover can access the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility. For more information go to gov.uk. 

On hold: Weddings are not permitted so couples will have to postpone the big day

On hold: Weddings are not permitted so couples will have to postpone the big day

On hold: Weddings are not permitted so couples will have to postpone the big day

WEDDINGS, CARS AND HOLIDAYS 

D.C. writes: I’m due to get married next month. Am I still allowed to? 

Sarah replies: The Government has stopped all weddings as well as baptisms so check your wedding insurance, if you have it, and contact your provider. Some might not pay out if there is a clause against law changes.

Some venues are offering couples the chance to postpone which makes the best financial sense as neither the couple nor the venue might be able to claim on their insurance. 

P.G. writes: Is it worth taking out life assurance or income protection insurance? 

Sarah replies: IF you already have life assurance, you will be covered for infectious diseases. If you now try to take some out, you may find premiums have risen and any underlying health conditions or recent travel which make you more susceptible to Covid-19 might cost you more, or cause your application to be rejected. 

If you already have mortgage or income protection cover you might be able to claim for redundancy or sickness although as the effects of the coronavirus seem to be relatively short-lasting, illness might not extend beyond any policy waiting period for benefit to kick in. 

E.F. writes: I can’t afford the payments on my car leasing agreement. Any advice? 

Sarah replies: Speak to your finance provider. They could allow you to defer payments or may be willing to extend the loan period to reduce the cost of the monthly payments. 

If you have a personal contract purchase (PCP) or hire purchase (HP) deal, you’re allowed to hand the car back to the finance company if you’ve already paid off 50 per cent of the loan, including interest and fees. 

 If you’ve yet to pay off 50 per cent, you’ll have to make up the difference and if you’ve paid more you won’t get the extra money back. 

T.W. writes: I’m stranded abroad – what financial help is there for me? 

Sarah replies: The Government has said it will offer emergency loans for those stranded – and people should contact the local consulate or embassy although many are finding it difficult to get through. 

C.N. writes: The MOT on my car is about to run out, but I still need the vehicle for essential travel. What should I do? 

Sarah replies: Cars are being given a six-month extension for their MOT date as of tomorrow, meaning you are covered to drive for a further six months after your MOT date expires. This offer will be in force for 12 months. 

But you must still ensure your motor insurance and car tax are kept up to date and your car is roadworthy. 

W.Y. writes: What if my MOT ran out in the last few weeks? 

Sarah replies: Any vehicles where the MOT ran out before March 30 still need a test certificate. Mechanics have been granted key worker status so you should find a garage open. Just do not go within two metres of anyone there. 

Will coronavirus sink house prices? 

The property market has been frozen as estate agents are instructed not to do viewings and valuations and surveys can’t happen.

Meanwhile, banking giants Barclays and Halifax have axed a big chunk of their mortgage ranges – only offering new deals through brokers to those with the largest deposits – and the industry says it has been overwhelmed with requests for mortgage holidays.

Amidst all this, many are asking the inevitable question: ‘What will happen to house prices?’

On this podcast, Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost look at what buyers and sellers can do, how the freeze is affecting those due to move, and explore what could happen next for the property market. 

Press play above or listen (and please subscribe if you like the podcast) at Apple Podcasts, Acast, Spotify and Audioboom or visit our This is Money Podcast page.  

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Thief steals NHS worker’s bike as she works overtime during coronavirus crisis

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A thief has been caught on camera stealing a bike belonging to an NHS staff member working on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis.

The man was filmed ripping the bike from a gate outside the Leicester Donor Centre, where its owner works as a housekeeper, at 6.10pm on March 24.

Karen Ellis, the manager of the Donor Centre, said the man also swore at the member of staff as he pedalled away. The woman used her bike to get to work everyday, and had been working extra hours in the effort against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ms Ellis said: ‘It literally took 15 seconds for the bike to be gone. It’s very worrying. This member of staff was only at work at this time of day because she was doing additional hours to help us during the Covid-19 crisis.

A bike belonging to a frontline NHS staff member was stolen from outside the Leicester Donor Centre. The member of staff, who wished to not be named, is part of the housekeeping team and was working extra hours to help in the effort against the coronavirus. She uses the bike every day in order to get to and from work and locks it to the gate outside of the front door.
The thief made off with the bike on March 24 (Credits: BPM MEDIA)

‘With the city on lockdown, it seems that more opportunists are in the area, taking advantage that there are fewer people on the street to witness their crimes.

‘It makes essential workers who have to come into the city feel very wary of their safety and we are working hard to ensure people are safe to continue doing their essential roles.’

Ms Ellis described how the owner of the bike had shouted at the thief ‘hey that’s my bike’, to which he replied: ‘Well it’s not now!’.

She told Leicestershire Live: ‘Now the shock has worn off there is an underlying sense of anger about the situation – what gives people the right to behave like this to anyone?

A bike belonging to a frontline NHS staff member was stolen from outside the Leicester Donor Centre. The member of staff, who wished to not be named, is part of the housekeeping team and was working extra hours to help in the effort against the coronavirus. She uses the bike every day in order to get to and from work and locks it to the gate outside of the front door.
He swore as staff as he escaped (Picture: BPM Media)

‘We are living in a time when we all need to support each other and pull together and it’s very saddening that a small fraction of the community is taking advantage of the situation.

‘If this person had not been an NHS employee she would have been safe at home when this happened – it almost feels like essential workers are now being targeted because we have to go to work each day and it is frightening.’

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Leicestershire Police say no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The bike is described as an Optima mountain bike, with a predominately white and silver frame and a pink section towards the front wheel.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Guildhall Lane or speak to police via 101.

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Donald Trump ‘considers’ quarantine of New York but says it ‘won’t be necessary’

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Coronavirus cases in the US now exceed 100,000 (Credits: AP)

Donald Trump has rejected ordering a lockdown for the coronavirus hotspots of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, saying a quarantine ‘will not be necessary’.

Mr Trump announced in a tweet that the quarantine, would not go ahead and a travel advisory would be issued instead.

It urged residents of the three states to avoid all but essential travel for two weeks.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo had said earlier that roping off states would amount to ‘a federal declaration of war’.

Meanwhile, Mr Cuomo postponed his state’s presidential primary from April to June as nurses made anguished pleas for more protective equipment and rebuffed officials’ claims that supplies are adequate.

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The governors of Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas have ordered people arriving from the New York area to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival.

In a more dramatic step, Rhode Island police have begun pulling over drivers with New York plates so that the National Guard can collect contact information and inform them of a mandatory, 14-day quarantine.

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The US leads the world in reported cases with more than 115,000. There were roughly 1,900 deaths recorded by Saturday.

All 50 states have reported some cases of the virus but New York has the most, with over 52,000 positive tests for the illness and more than 700 deaths.

About 7,300 people were in New York hospitals on Saturday night, including about 1,800 in intensive care.

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