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World’s oldest man, 112, says secret is to keep on smiling

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112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe poses next to the calligraphy reading 'World's Number One' after being awarded as the world's oldest living male by Guinness World Records, in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan February 12, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT.
Sitting next to a sign saying ‘world’s number one’, Chitetsu Watanabe is almost 112 (Picture: Reuters)

A Japanese man with a sweet tooth who believes in smiles has become the world’s oldest male at 112 years and 344 days old, according to Guinness World Records.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born in Niigata in northern Japan in 1907, received a certificate for his accomplishment on Wednesday at a nursing home in the city. The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, another Japanese, died last month. The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

Until about a decade ago, Watanabe used to do bonsai, the Japanese traditional art of raising small sculpted trees, and had his work exhibited. These days, he loves desserts such as custards and cream puffs, Guinness said.

Watanabe graduated from agricultural school and then moved to Taiwan to work at Dai-Nippon Meiji Sugar on sugar cane plantation contracts.

112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe celebrates after being awarded as the world's oldest living male by Guinness World Records, in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan February 12, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT.
He revealed that he has a sweet tooth and likes custards and cream puffs (Picture: Reuters)

He lived in Taiwan for 18 years. He married Mitsue and they had five children, Guinness said in a statement.

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After the end of World War II, Watanabe returned to Niigata and worked for the prefectural government until retirement. He also grew fruit and vegetables on the family farm.

Asked about the secret to longevity, Watanabe has this advice: Don’t get angry and keep smiling.

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Cancer patient tries to kill herself after coronavirus crisis delays treatments

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Paramedics and healthcare workers in New York have been completely overrun by coronavirus cases. Pictured (right)is a makeshift triage center for coronavirus patients (Picture: AP/Reuters)

A cancer patient tried to kill herself by drinking a whole liter of vodka after her treatments were delayed amid the worsening coronavirus crisis.

The woman, who was not named, lives in New York City which has become the country’s epicenter for the outbreak as paramedics and health care workers have been overwhelmed by surging cases. Her treatment was delayed as hospitals have been clearing beds to handle the crisis.

No update has been given on her condition.

As of Sunday morning, New York state has more than 53,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 883 deaths related to the disease.

The New York Times reported that if the rate of cases in New York continues, it will suffer a worse outbreak than those seen in Wuhan, China, where the first coronavirus case was reported, or the Lombardy region of Italy, which is the hotspot for the disease in the country that has seen over 10,000 deaths caused by of coronavirus.

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The rapid spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, in New York has overwhelmed paramedics and hospital workers who have likened the crisis to a ‘war zone.’

epa08324851 EMTs in protective masks bring a person into the emergency room at Elmhurst hospital center, which has seen a large proportion of the city's coronavirus related deaths, in Queens, New York,, 26 March 2020. A statewide shut down of all non-essential businesses and a ban on all non-solitary outside activities is currently in place to stop the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. City and state officials around the city, and the country, are hoping these measures will help to avoid overwhelming hospital systems that are already straining with the volume of patients needing intensive care. EPA/JUSTIN LANE
EMTs in protective masks bring a person into the emergency room at Elmhurst hospital center, which has seen a large proportion of the city’s coronavirus related deaths, in Queens, New York. (Picture: EPA)

Paramedics in New York City reportedly took more than 7,000 calls on Thursday, which was a record-high amount last seen during 9/11, according to The Times.

‘I’m terrified. I honestly don’t know if I’m going to survive. I’m terrified of what I’ve already possibly brought home,’ Phil Suarez, who has been a paramedic for 26 years said.

Another paramedic said she responded to so many cardiac arrests throughout one shift that the battery on her defibrillator died.

‘It does not matter where you are. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. This virus is treating everyone equally,’ said the paramedic, who chose to remain unnamed.

To assist New York’s healthcare system, which is expected to be further besieged by increasing cases, Donald Trump and the federal government have sent the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and eight ICU beds.

‘We are marshaling the full power of American nation economic, scientific, medical and military to vanquish the virus,’ Trump said at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on Friday in front of the ship set to take off toward New York.

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‘This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York,’ he continued.

Despite the naval reinforcements, New York is still expected to have a major shortage in hospital beds.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly said state health officials are predicting that 140,000 beds will be needed although the state only has 53,000.

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London streets are eerily quiet as bustling pubs and bars lie empty on first Saturday of lockdown

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The normally bustling streets of London were eerily quiet on Saturday night as Britons stayed at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The capital’s many bars, pubs and clubs would on any other weekend be full to the rafters but instead they sat closed and empty. 

On Monday, Boris Johnson ordered the public to remain at home and to only go outside when absolutely necessary.

The normally bustling streets of London were eerily quiet on Saturday night as Britons stayed at home during the coronavirus lockdown

The normally bustling streets of London were eerily quiet on Saturday night as Britons stayed at home during the coronavirus lockdown

The normally bustling streets of London were eerily quiet on Saturday night as Britons stayed at home during the coronavirus lockdown

Shaftesbury Avenue, where a number of Britain's most famous theatres are based, lies empty after the government lockdown announcement earlier in the week

Shaftesbury Avenue, where a number of Britain's most famous theatres are based, lies empty after the government lockdown announcement earlier in the week

Shaftesbury Avenue, where a number of Britain’s most famous theatres are based, lies empty after the government lockdown announcement earlier in the week

Britons have been told to stay at home and only leave when it is absolutely necessary, but a number of public transport services are still running

Britons have been told to stay at home and only leave when it is absolutely necessary, but a number of public transport services are still running

Britons have been told to stay at home and only leave when it is absolutely necessary, but a number of public transport services are still running

The drastic measures mean the public is spending its Saturday night at home in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious virus.

The drastic measures mean the public is spending its Saturday night at home in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious virus.

The drastic measures mean the public is spending its Saturday night at home in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious virus.

People can leave home for essential food and medicine shops, exercise or work. 

The drastic measures mean the public is spending its Saturday night at home in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious virus.

Restaurants and drinking establishments across the country have been forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future.

Boris Johnson is writing to every household in the UK to urge the public to obey the lockdown and stay home during the ‘national emergency’. 

A number of people have flouted the new orders by going outside unnecessarily, leading to rumours the Government will enforce even stricter rules.

The capital's many bars, pubs and clubs would on any other weekend be full to the rafters but instead they sat closed and empty

The capital's many bars, pubs and clubs would on any other weekend be full to the rafters but instead they sat closed and empty

The capital’s many bars, pubs and clubs would on any other weekend be full to the rafters but instead they sat closed and empty

The West End, normally full to the rafters on a Saturday, has been closed but takeaway services are still supplying many British households

The West End, normally full to the rafters on a Saturday, has been closed but takeaway services are still supplying many British households

The West End, normally full to the rafters on a Saturday, has been closed but takeaway services are still supplying many British households 

A sign hangs over the Prince Charles Cinema reading 'We'll be Back' on the first Saturday night in London after the government lockdown

A sign hangs over the Prince Charles Cinema reading 'We'll be Back' on the first Saturday night in London after the government lockdown

A sign hangs over the Prince Charles Cinema reading ‘We’ll be Back’ on the first Saturday night in London after the government lockdown

A deliveroo rider waits in a deserted Piccadilly Circus, normally one of the busiest hubs of the capital

A deliveroo rider waits in a deserted Piccadilly Circus, normally one of the busiest hubs of the capital

A deliveroo rider waits in a deserted Piccadilly Circus, normally one of the busiest hubs of the capital 

The Prime Minister, who is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, will warn ‘things will get worse before they get better’ as he stresses the need to stay indoors to support the NHS by slowing the spread.

It comes as Britain’s coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 on Saturday as the UK suffered its worst day yet and saw a huge spike in victims. 

Across the country a total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and a whopping 17,089 have come back positive for Covid-19. 

Restaurants and drinking establishments across the country have been forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future

Restaurants and drinking establishments across the country have been forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future

Restaurants and drinking establishments across the country have been forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future

Boris Johnson is writing to every household in the UK to urge the public to obey the lockdown and stay home during the 'national emergency'

Boris Johnson is writing to every household in the UK to urge the public to obey the lockdown and stay home during the 'national emergency'

 Boris Johnson is writing to every household in the UK to urge the public to obey the lockdown and stay home during the ‘national emergency’

The Prime Minister, who is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, will warn 'things will get worse before they get better' as he stresses the need to stay indoors to support the NHS by slowing the spread

The Prime Minister, who is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, will warn 'things will get worse before they get better' as he stresses the need to stay indoors to support the NHS by slowing the spread

The Prime Minister, who is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, will warn ‘things will get worse before they get better’ as he stresses the need to stay indoors to support the NHS by slowing the spread

Britain's coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 on Saturday as the UK suffered its worst day yet and saw a huge spike in victims

Britain's coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 on Saturday as the UK suffered its worst day yet and saw a huge spike in victims

Britain’s coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 on Saturday as the UK suffered its worst day yet and saw a huge spike in victims

Across the country a total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and a whopping 17,089 have come back positive for Covid-19

Across the country a total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and a whopping 17,089 have come back positive for Covid-19

Across the country a total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and a whopping 17,089 have come back positive for Covid-19

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Police break up house parties amid coronavirus lockdown

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Police break up house parties amid coronavirus lockdown (Picture: Derbyshire Police)
Someone put on quite the buffet (Picture: Derbyshire Police)

Pubs are shut and we’ve all been told to stay at home – but some people have been holding house parties.

Two police forces had to break up large gatherings yesterday, sparking concern that people are not adhering to the lockdown.

Derby West Response tweeted: ‘Officers have just attended an address in absolute shock to find 25 adults and children having a massive party with speakers and karaoke. Everyone dispersed and hosts dealt with.

‘It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the Government advice and rules.’

Meanwhile, Surrey Police’s Spelthorne Beat posted on Facebook: ‘We have responded to reports of a house party in Stanwell this evening.

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‘It is not acceptable to invite your friends over to celebrate a birthday. All guests have been sent on their way.

‘Thank you to all those continuing to be responsible and enjoy their Saturday night in.

‘Please continue to report your concerns to us. We are here to keep everyone safe.’

Responding on Facebook, one woman wrote: ‘And this is why we will head to a tighter lockdown. This is happening all over the country because people fail to understand how serious this is or don’t think it will happen to them.’

Another said: ‘It was my mum’s birthday yesterday and my neice’s birthday on Thursday but it was cancelled. Wake up people take it seriously.’

Last Monday, Boris Johnson announced that people would have to stay in their homes except for going out to work, essential shopping, exercise or for medical reasons.

Those who flout the rules risk a fine from police.

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