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Zoo visitor faces losing her arm after she was mauled by a jaguar

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A zoo visitor faces having her arm amputated after she reportedly crossed a security line to take a selfie with a caged jaguar.

The animal managed to attack Noemi Rosas Fragoza, 30, from the central Mexican state of Puebla, in front of shocked onlookers.

She was visiting the Zoologico Bio Zoo in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico, when she reportedly got too close to the jaguar while attempting to take a selfie.

The animal managed to attack Noemi Rosas Fragoza, 30, (pictured) from the central Mexican state of Puebla, in front of shocked onlookers

The animal managed to attack Noemi Rosas Fragoza, 30, (pictured) from the central Mexican state of Puebla, in front of shocked onlookers

The animal managed to attack Noemi Rosas Fragoza, 30, (pictured) from the central Mexican state of Puebla, in front of shocked onlookers

She was visiting the Zoologico Bio Zoo in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico, when she reportedly got too close to the jaguar (pictured) while attempting to take a selfie

She was visiting the Zoologico Bio Zoo in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico, when she reportedly got too close to the jaguar (pictured) while attempting to take a selfie

She was visiting the Zoologico Bio Zoo in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico, when she reportedly got too close to the jaguar (pictured) while attempting to take a selfie

The zoo’s legal representative Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz said the victim crossed the security line to approach the animal, and ended up getting close enough for the animal to bite her arm and scratch her face.

According to reports, the big cat managed to severe a tendon and there is a risk the victim may lose her arm.

Local media said that zoo visitors who witnessed the incident managed to drag her away from the jaguar’s cage, and she was first treated by staff members before Red Cross paramedics arrived on the scene.

She was first treated by staff members before Red Cross paramedics (pictured) arrived on the scene

She was first treated by staff members before Red Cross paramedics (pictured) arrived on the scene

She was first treated by staff members before Red Cross paramedics (pictured) arrived on the scene

According to reports, the big cat (pictured) managed to severe a tendon and there is a risk the victim may lose her arm

According to reports, the big cat (pictured) managed to severe a tendon and there is a risk the victim may lose her arm

According to reports, the big cat (pictured) managed to severe a tendon and there is a risk the victim may lose her arm

The 30-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she is said to be in a serious condition. Pictured: Paramedics at the scene carrying the victim

The 30-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she is said to be in a serious condition. Pictured: Paramedics at the scene carrying the victim

The 30-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she is said to be in a serious condition. Pictured: Paramedics at the scene carrying the victim

The 30-year-old woman was then taken to a nearby hospital where she is said to be in a serious condition.

According to reports, the zoo has agreed to pay for the woman’s medical bills as the animal was still in its cage when the incident took place.

However, Rodriguez Diaz emphasised that zoo rules forbid visitors from placing their hands inside the cages to touch or feed the animals.

He also said that no further action will be taken against the jaguar as the woman crossed the security line and placed herself at risk while the wild cat was simply following its natural instincts, according to local media.

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Physician who shook hands with Vladimir Putin a week ago tests positive for coronavirus 

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A major scare over Vladimir Putin‘s health emerged today as Russia‘s top coronavirus doctor was stuck down with Covid-19 – one week after meeting and shaking hands with the Kremlin leader.

Denis Protsenko, 44, heads Konnunarka infectious diseases hospital, which was visited by Putin last week.

The pair were seen close to together and twice shook hands without protective gear.

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with chief physician Denis Protsenko (left) as he visits a hospital for patients with suspected COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the Kommunarka settlement in New Moscow, Russia last week

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with chief physician Denis Protsenko (left) as he visits a hospital for patients with suspected COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the Kommunarka settlement in New Moscow, Russia last week

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with chief physician Denis Protsenko (left) as he visits a hospital for patients with suspected COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the Kommunarka settlement in New Moscow, Russia last week

Putin is pictured walking along the halls of Kommunarka hopsital in New Moscow, accompanied by the country's chief physician Denis Protsenko (right), last week

Putin is pictured walking along the halls of Kommunarka hopsital in New Moscow, accompanied by the country's chief physician Denis Protsenko (right), last week

Putin is pictured walking along the halls of Kommunarka hopsital in New Moscow, accompanied by the country’s chief physician Denis Protsenko (right), last week 

During the tour, neither man wore personal protective equipment, in New Moscow, Russia last week

During the tour, neither man wore personal protective equipment, in New Moscow, Russia last week

During the tour, neither man wore personal protective equipment, in New Moscow, Russia last week

They were also in a meeting in Protsenko’s office with other top officials including Russian deputy premier Tatiana Golikova, 54, in overall charge of Russia’s coronavirus policy.

The Kremlin sought to reassure Russians today by saying that Putin was regularly tested for coronavirus and ‘everything is okay’.

However, symptoms take time to develop.

Putin hasn’t been seen in public so far today.

Putin is pictured in very close proximity to infected senior physician Denis Protsenko (pictured behind the president) last week in New Moscow

Putin is pictured in very close proximity to infected senior physician Denis Protsenko (pictured behind the president) last week in New Moscow

Putin is pictured in very close proximity to infected senior physician Denis Protsenko (pictured behind the president) last week in New Moscow

There had been concern in recent days at a lapse in security around the Russian president over the virus.

Putin wore a hazmat suit and elaborate mask when he toured the coronavirus wards but there was no protective clothing when he was in other parts of the hospital with the chief motor and his team.

Chief hospital nurse Lyudmila Larionova said she was ‘shaken’ by Putin’s decision to enter the coronavirus wing which is treating 350 victims, and where two died at the weekend.

Protsenko, pictured with Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (right), is still carrying out his duties, according to reports

Protsenko, pictured with Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (right), is still carrying out his duties, according to reports

Protsenko, pictured with Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (right), is still carrying out his duties, according to reports

Protsenko is being treated in his own hospital while also telling Podyom media he was still carrying out his duties.

‘I am working’, he said.

There is no clear plan for Putin’s succession if the all-powerful Russian leader is incapacitated long term.

Putin has been either president or prime minister since 1999.

Little known technocrat premier Mikhail Mishustin, 54, would temporarily take over the Kremlin if Putin was seriously ill or died.

But experts forecast a raging battle as competing secret services, defence and business clans vie for power at the end of the Putin era.

Little known technocrat premier Mikhail Mishustin, 54, would temporarily take over the Kremlin if Putin was seriously ill or died. Pictured: Putin speaks with Protsenko during the tour of the facility last week in Moscow

Little known technocrat premier Mikhail Mishustin, 54, would temporarily take over the Kremlin if Putin was seriously ill or died. Pictured: Putin speaks with Protsenko during the tour of the facility last week in Moscow

Little known technocrat premier Mikhail Mishustin, 54, would temporarily take over the Kremlin if Putin was seriously ill or died. Pictured: Putin speaks with Protsenko during the tour of the facility last week in Moscow 

People queue in front of a post office, not following safe-distancing recommendations, in Moscow today. Russian authorities imposed a week long home quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 disease. Eighteen deaths and 2,365 cases of the COVID-19 disease have been confirmed in Russia

People queue in front of a post office, not following safe-distancing recommendations, in Moscow today. Russian authorities imposed a week long home quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 disease. Eighteen deaths and 2,365 cases of the COVID-19 disease have been confirmed in Russia

People queue in front of a post office, not following safe-distancing recommendations, in Moscow today. Russian authorities imposed a week long home quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 disease. Eighteen deaths and 2,365 cases of the COVID-19 disease have been confirmed in Russia

One candidate might be Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, 61, who warned after the Kummunarka hospital meeting: ‘Nobody is safe.’

Putin’s spokesman on Sunday defended his visit to the hospital on 24 March.

‘He always prefers to see with his own eyes how things are going ‘on the frontline,’ said his spokesman and close aide Dmitry Peskov on nationwide TV.

‘Putin would not be Putin if he did not decide to go there.’

He claimed ‘all safety precautions were taken’ – but critics dispute this, pointing to Putin shaking hands with medics and holding hospital meetings without protective gear or social distancing.

A Russian police officer is pictured wearing a surgical face mask in Red Square, Moscow today

A Russian police officer is pictured wearing a surgical face mask in Red Square, Moscow today

A Russian police officer is pictured wearing a surgical face mask in Red Square, Moscow today

Protsenko is an internationally recognised medic who was in contact with other doctors around the globe over Covid-19.

Real said this week before his infection was known: ‘I took a very hard decision to stop talking to my parents.

‘I deprived myself from happiness of seeing my elderly parents.

‘I have self-isolated myself from the family.’

An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask sits in a metro train in Moscow today

An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask sits in a metro train in Moscow today

An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask sits in a metro train in Moscow today 

He has been an open critic of the ‘British herd immunity’ theory.

He said: ‘What guarantee do we have that the herd immunity will actually start?’

He publicly supported extra protection measures saying it was ‘better to be safe than sorry’.

 

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Passengers burst into applause as British Airways repatriation flight from Peru lands at Gatwick

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Relieved passengers burst into applause after a British Airways repatriation flight from Peru landed at Gatwick this morning – but thousands of Brits still stranded abroad.

The flight was one of two BA flights that took off from Lima on Monday evening and arrived safely in the UK on Tuesday morning.

Footage posted on social media showed the appreciation of stranded Brits who started clapping as they landed back on UK soil.

Kate Harrisson, British Ambassador to Peru, said: ‘With the departure of 2 more BA planes today (5 since Wednesday) we have enabled the evacuation of over 1000 British nationals, around 160 Irish nationals and a range of EU nationals in less than a week.

‘I want to thank my team for making this possible. A more than stellar effort.’ 

But tens of thousands of Britons are still stuck all over the world due to the coronavirus lockdown in countries such as  India, Thailand, the Philippines and New Zealand.

It prompted Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to announce yesterday that £75 million would be set aside to charter flights to bring stranded Britons home from areas where commercial routes were no longer running. 

Passengers that travelled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport in Sussex as the government continues to help tens of thousands of Britons that remain stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic

Passengers that travelled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport in Sussex as the government continues to help tens of thousands of Britons that remain stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic

Passengers that travelled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport in Sussex as the government continues to help tens of thousands of Britons that remain stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic

British Ambassador to Peru, Kate Harrisson, said they have enabled the evacuation of more than 1000 British nationals from the country.

British Ambassador to Peru, Kate Harrisson, said they have enabled the evacuation of more than 1000 British nationals from the country.

British Ambassador to Peru, Kate Harrisson, said they have enabled the evacuation of more than 1000 British nationals from the country.

Passengers that travelled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport today

Passengers that travelled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport today

Passengers that travelled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport today

A Twitter used called Mark posted a short video showing people clapping as they landed at Gatwick today

A Twitter used called Mark posted a short video showing people clapping as they landed at Gatwick today

A Twitter used called Mark posted a short video showing people clapping as they landed at Gatwick today

It came as a British mother stranded in India fears her children will go hungry during the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown as they plead with authorities to fly them home.

Gabrielle Marshall, her husband and their four children have been living in Patnem, Goa, for six months after taking them out of school for a year.

But after President Narendra Modi banned people from leaving their homes with just four hours’ notice on March 23 and grounded all domestic and international flights, they are running out food and clean water and are desperate to get back to the UK.

Mrs Marshall told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘This past week has been incredibly stressful. I’m extremely anxious, not sleeping.’

She claimed that police are beating people for being outside and the few supermarkets still open are mobbed with crowds of people with no social distancing. 

Two people with masks arrive back in the UK this morning after a flight from Peru

Two people with masks arrive back in the UK this morning after a flight from Peru

Two people with masks arrive back in the UK this morning after a flight from Peru

The mother-of-four is terrified of her family catching the virus and fears the death toll could be worse than Italy.

She told The Times: ‘Currently migrant workers are walking home via state highways and the virus will inevitably spread fast [given] the crowds gathering to collect food.

‘Hunger is more pressing compared to the fear of the virus for many. We need to be repatriated, and urgently, while we still have a window.’

The Marshall family originally planned to travel north to see other parts of India, but now they just want to go home.

She told the Today programme: ‘It’s the concern of getting food. Initially we were told we could get food from shops, but now the shops are closed.

‘There were reports of police beating people for being outside.

‘The food is beginning to get through after getting stuck at the border, but we’re scared to go out and get it over fears of police brutality.

‘When you do go to large shops, you’ve got 60 people outside one shop with very little sign of social distancing, which is a really worry in terms of health.’

Police are pictured wearing facemasks in Goa, where British mother Gabrielle Marshall is stuck with her family

Police are pictured wearing facemasks in Goa, where British mother Gabrielle Marshall is stuck with her family

Police are pictured wearing facemasks in Goa, where British mother Gabrielle Marshall is stuck with her family 

Crowds are pictured inside Goa Airport in south India on March 15 before the country was put on lockdown with just four hours' notice

Crowds are pictured inside Goa Airport in south India on March 15 before the country was put on lockdown with just four hours' notice

Crowds are pictured inside Goa Airport in south India on March 15 before the country was put on lockdown with just four hours’ notice 

She added that clean drinking water is becoming very scarce, saying bottles in shops are almost impossible to find and they are unable to filter tap water properly.  

There are 1,251 reported cases of coronavirus in India and 32 deaths from the infection.

But with reporting difficulties and migrant workers spreading the virus from urban areas to more rural parts, the actual figures are believed to be much higher. 

Mrs Marshall said: ‘If you look at what’s happening in Italy, with a population over 1.3billion, the numbers here are going to be more like 1million.

‘Our concerns really are health – if we get sick – how are we going to get help, with such a low ratio of doctors to people.’

Their other worry is how they’re going to get back to the UK.

She added: ‘They [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] have been saying for two weeks now that they’re working on it.

‘What the hell does ‘working on it mean’. Why is there this problem with picking up the British people?

British tourist Kate Fielder (pictured on Good Morning Britain via video link on Tuesday) is also stranded in Goa

British tourist Kate Fielder (pictured on Good Morning Britain via video link on Tuesday) is also stranded in Goa

British tourist Kate Fielder (pictured on Good Morning Britain via video link on Tuesday) is also stranded in Goa 

‘I have friends that left on the German flight, next it’s the Poles. 

‘It would be really helpful for our state of mind to know what they’re doing and when they’re going to do it.  

‘I know of four people who think they might have the virus in this area.

‘There’s no testing. The numbers are just going to get bigger and bigger. 

‘Getting enough food is not a problem the west have to deal with. Yes they have coronavirus but they don’t have to worry about starvation.

‘We have a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep. The British Government benefited hugely from the Raj financially and needs to start paying India back.’

There are thousands of Britons currently stranded abroad amid the global coronavirus crisis.

Kate Fielder is also stuck in Goa and told Good Morning Britain today: ‘The Russians, the Poles, the Germans, the Italians and the Israelis ahve all been repatriated.

‘All the meanwhile, I’ve just heard a load of nonsense about what Dominic Raab is going to. But the reality is I’m still stuck here.’   

FCO advice to those stuck in India reads: ‘We are working with the Indian authorities and airlines to support British nationals who want to leave India and return to the UK.

‘To support this we need to collect information on British nationals currently in India to advise when commercial flights to the UK become available.’ 

Yesterday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab unveiled a massive £75million repatriation plan to bring home ‘tens of thousands’ of Britons stranded abroad.

He said the UK government will now step in to provide ‘special charter flights’ from parts of the world where commercial flights are no longer in operation. 

The government has struck a partnership deal with British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2 and other airlines to provide the planes for the effort, he added. 

Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus press conference at 10 Downing Street yesterday, Mr Raab said: ‘Under the arrangements that we are putting in place we will target flights from a range of priority countries, starting this week.’ 

But Mr Raab said in countries where commercial flights are still in operation, the instruction is still for Britons to buy tickets home ‘as soon as possible’.  

‘Where commercial routes remain an option, airlines will be responsible for getting passengers home,’ he said.  

‘That means offering alternative flights at little to no cost where routes have been cancelled.’  

British family who relocated to Thailand a week before coronavirus crisis hit are now homeless and unemployed

A dive-obsessed British family relocated to Thailand a week before coronavirus chaos closed down the country –  and now they are homeless and unemployed. 

Lauren Edwards immigrated to Koh Phangan with husband Greg Wiseman, 45, and their two boys Ifor, three, and Gryff, one, on March 2.

Having worked on the island as dive instructors in 2015, the pair thought they knew what island life would involve.

But three days after Greg started his job as a dive instructor, all the island’s businesses closed due to coronavirus.

Lauren Edwards immigrated to Koh Phangan with husband Greg Wiseman, 45, (pictured together) and their two boys Ifor, three, and Gryff, one, on March 2

Lauren Edwards immigrated to Koh Phangan with husband Greg Wiseman, 45, (pictured together) and their two boys Ifor, three, and Gryff, one, on March 2

Lauren Edwards immigrated to Koh Phangan with husband Greg Wiseman, 45, (pictured together) and their two boys Ifor, three, and Gryff, one, on March 2

Lauren, 29, said: ‘It’s kind of Chinese whispers at the moment – it’s hard to get reliable information so we are on a beach and kind of in a little bubble at the moment, and trying to think of what to do next.’

‘We were living in Devon and decided to just have a complete change so we sold everything. We really wanted to do something fun and adventurous before the boys got to the age where we were really stuck, like they needed to be at school.

‘Initially we decided to do a little bit of round the world travel – we thought that Greg could dive in places and earn a bit of money, and I could teach some English.

‘Then he got offered the job back with the company we had worked for before and we were like ‘okay, we’ll go and base ourselves there for a while.’

‘We know the island – we know that there’s infrastructure, we know there’s hospitals and pharmacies so it was kind of piece of mind with two young children, knowing where we’re going.

Greg Wiseman is pictured with his son in Thailand before the coronavirus crisis hit

Greg Wiseman is pictured with his son in Thailand before the coronavirus crisis hit

Greg Wiseman is pictured with his son in Thailand before the coronavirus crisis hit 

‘That’s what brought us here – knowing roughly where we were going. Our plan after this, if we had funded ourselves, would be maybe to go on to somewhere else.

‘But three days after he started work, everything got shut down. Now we’re not sure what it’s going to bring – if we use all the money that we had put by then we will just have to come home.

‘The plan was to be self-sufficient – we planned on earning some money. But it’s deadly quiet – the beach that we’re living on, Thong Nai Pan Yai, 20 resorts are spread along that little village and one of them is left open.

‘For a while we thought we’d ride it out and then it got much more serious back in the UK and we weren’t that sure what to do. However we thought if we go home, we have no home.’

Ms Edwards is pictured with her sons Ifor and Gryf in Thailand where they are now stuck

Ms Edwards is pictured with her sons Ifor and Gryf in Thailand where they are now stuck

Ms Edwards is pictured with her sons Ifor and Gryf in Thailand where they are now stuck

After three weeks the pair decided it was best to return to the UK – but they had sold everything ahead of the move, including their home in Exeter and their car.

Living with their family was not an option either.  

Lauren said: ‘My mum has been working at a school, but obviously now they’re locked up.

‘And Greg’s parents are in their mid-70s so we couldn’t really go to them.

‘So we just decided that we might be better to stay here – as far as we know, there’s only been one case of coronavirus on the island.

‘We’re trying to make ends meet here by teaching a little bit of English online, but it’s sort of $8-$10 dollars a day.

‘We can cover a little bit of our costs but it’s hard – it’s hard to know what to do. We go in waves – we go from thinking ‘we’re in the best place, this is fantastic, we’re doing the right thing for the boys and we’re safe.’

‘And then we think ‘what happens after all of this, what happens in 30 days or if we’re stuck here for two or three months.’ We’ll have no money left by that point.’

The pair have been able to extend their visas, they claim thanks to a letter from the British Embassy that asks for British citizens to be allowed to stay an extra 30 days.

Little Ifor, three, is pictured wearing a facemask to protect himself against the virus

Little Ifor, three, is pictured wearing a facemask to protect himself against the virus

Little Ifor, three, is pictured wearing a facemask to protect himself against the virus 

However this came with a £500 price tag – meaning the pair are now eating into the money they had saved to set up their life on the island.

Although Lauren claims the locals have helped them massively: ‘We have got a little house on the beach, purely because the local people have been so amazing.

‘They know that we were here to work and that all fell through. Everyone has been so kind – someone has given us a house for a quarter of what it would be going at.

‘All the restaurants have now closed down but they are delivering food to everybody.

‘We’re really being looked after and it feels like a really nice place to be – but obviously that could change because when businesses start closing down, there isn’t really any government help.

‘Things could potentially turn nasty quite quickly – we don’t really know what the next few weeks hold.’

For the pair, the ideal scenario would be to stay on the island, with business returning to normal.

‘In an ideal world, we will stay here and in a couple of months it will all blow over.

‘The borders will reopen and the dive job will be available again. Realistically after this, I know the economy is going to be really bad and so who knows?

‘We don’t want to come back to the UK because we have nothing there now. We gave up everything. For us to come back, we’d be starting absolutely from scratch.’

Source: BBC – Daily Mail

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Police station escapee found in freezer

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A detained man who allegedly gave northern NSW police the slip has been found hiding in a freezer.

Police will allege the 37-year-old escaped from Walgett Police Station on Monday.

After extensive inquiries, officers found him hiding in a freezer in a Walgett home on Tuesday afternoon.

He was taken back to the police station and charged with inmate escape from lawful custody and contravene prohibition in AVO (domestic).

The man is due to face the Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday.

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