Brit Playboy model, 30, miraculously cheats death after 170mph tornado smashes into her US home – The Sun

A BRITISH Playboy model has told how she cheated death when a 170mph tornado hit her house.

Lora Drammis, 30, was thrown on to her bedroom floor as the twister blew out her windows and ripped off the roof.

Six people were killed when the blast struck Nashville, Tennessee, in the middle of the night last month.

Lora, who lives alone with dog Araya, said: “It sounded like a nuclear bomb had gone off. The whole thing was terrifying.”

Lora, who has also posed for lads’ mags Nuts and FHM, moved to LA almost six years ago from Dorchester, Dorset, before relocating to Nashville in 2019.

She was in bed watching a lightning storm when tornado-warning sirens started.

But she then got a text from a friend saying: “Hide.”

Lora said: “I picked up my dog to get in the bath — because that’s where they say is the safest place.”

As she went to open her bedroom door, the F3 twister — the third-most destructive type — knocked her off her feet.

She said: “I rolled on top of Araya and managed to push my door closed with my feet.

"The pressure of it felt like the door was going to fall on top of us.

“It must have lasted about 30 seconds in total.

“All my windows smashed at once.

“It was the most frightening experience of my life.”

Lora then discovered her kitchen had caved in and she was trapped.

She said: “I was screaming. I thought everyone else on my street was dead.

“I was in my pyjamas and there was glass everywhere. My car was wrecked.”

She was eventually freed by a neighbour.

Lora added: “If I had opened the bedroom door two seconds earlier, I would have been in the room where the tornado did the most damage.

“My life was saved by not going through it.”

She is now staying at a pal’s but will not leave Nashville, saying: “My community is the most beautiful place.”

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10,000 NHS staff write to PM demanding proper protective equipement

10,000 NHS staff pen letter to Boris Johnson demanding proper protective equipment amid anger that a lack of supplies could be risking lives

  • Over 10,000 frontline NHS staff have written to PM over protective equipment
  • Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer, said there were ‘distribution issues’
  • She insists UK had enough personal protective equipment to cope with crisis

More than 10,000 frontline NHS staff have written to the Prime Minister to demand proper protective equipment amid growing anger that a lack of supplies is putting lives at risk.

Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer, last night admitted there had been ‘distribution issues’ but insisted the UK had enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to cope with the pandemic.

Millions of masks, gloves, aprons and other items were delivered to hospitals on Monday, the Government said, with the Army helping to get them out nationwide.

Import taxes on such clothing, ventilators and virus testing kits have also been waived to ease supply, the Chancellor said.

Nurses clean their hands before taking swabs at a Covid-19 Drive-Through testing station for NHS staff on March 30, in Chessington, UK

But, despite this, unions representing healthcare workers say their members are complaining in droves about shortages of safety equipment. The GMB said some social care staff were being expected to make visits with just a plastic apron and a pair of gloves – ‘the same protection that they use to make a sandwich.’

The letter to Boris Johnson has been co-ordinated by EveryDoctor, a membership organisation of UK doctors which campaigns on safety in the NHS.

It says NHS guidelines on what medics should wear to treat Covid-19 patients are not stringent enough and should be brought into line with World Health Organisation recommendations. The statement has been signed by more than 20,000 medics, including 10,000 who work in the NHS, in less than two days.

A member of hospital staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) outside St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster, London as the UK continues in lockdown 

A senior nurse yesterday told the Daily Mail community hospital staff had been left as ‘sitting ducks’ for coronavirus because of a lack of specialist masks and goggles.

The healthcare worker, who has more than 20 years’ experience, said she was forced to take blood from a suspected Covid-19 patient, who later tested positive, at the community hospital in North Wales where she works, with just a ‘flimsy’ paper mask and gloves. Only after managers complained and two more cases were confirmed were more staff measured up for the PPE equipment, she added.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: ‘The full weight of the Government is behind the PPE effort with PPE being sent out 24 hours a day and the Army helping with deliveries.’

A Royal Mint employee checks the fit of a full face visor where workers, who usually mint coins at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, Wales, are now making face visors for the NHS


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Mountain goats take over Welsh streets during coronavirus lockdown

This has goat out of hand!

Herds of wild goats have taken over a north Wales town now that the streets are theirs for the taking amid the coronavirus lockdowns, according to a report.

Video shows the mountain goats flocking over the weekend to the empty roads of Llandudno, where they’ve been grazing on hedges and gardens.

They are known as the Great Orme Kashmiri goats and usually reside on a nearby hill that overlooks the town, CNN reported.

“The goats live on the hill overlooking the town. They stay up there, very rarely venturing into the street,” resident Carl Triggs told the outlet.

North Wales police said the agency received a call Saturday about the goats, but didn’t need to intervene.

“We are not aware of officers attending to them as they usually make their own way back,” police told the outlet.

The goat takeover comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on UK residents to stay home last week to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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NY man hid coronavirus in delivery room, now wife showing symptoms

A New York man hid his coronavirus symptoms so he could be in the birthing room with his wife — who now is showing signs of the contagion, according to a report Tuesday.

The upstate expectant dad had been exposed to the deadly virus and began suffering symptoms related to it before he entered the maternity ward at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, the Democrat & Chronicle said.

He only came clean after his wife gave birth and began showing symptoms herself, the site said.

“The mother became symptomatic shortly after delivering. That’s when the significant other admitted his potential exposure and that he was feeling symptomatic,” Chip Partner, a spokesman for the University of Rochester Medical Center, which includes Strong Memorial, told the Democrat.

The situation helped prompt the hospital system Monday to begin mandating that any visitors entering its sites with maternity wards will get their temperature taken.

In terms of visitors reporting symptoms, “It was purely an honor system before,” Partner said.

Some New York hospitals, including in the Big Apple, had announced they were banning dads-to-be and other relatives from the delivery room earlier this month because of health-safety fears involving the virus.

Gov. Cuomo then blocked the move with a decree this past weekend.

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Fortitude Ranch: a no-frills pandemic bunker for preppers on a budget

Coronavirus is a ‘wake-up call’: Doomsday prepper shows off his pandemic-proof compound stocked with guns, surrounded by guard towers and full of food that has seen a surge in membership since the start of the outbreak

  • Fortitude Ranch is an affordable doomsday survival camp for preppers to hunker down in the event of a major catastrophe that would result in the breakdown of society and loss of law and order
  • Founder Drew Miller, a former Air Force intelligence officer and Ph.D. from Harvard has been a lifelong prepper and says that coronavirus has led to a ‘huge surge in interest’ in membership 
  • For just $1,000 per year; survivalists can buy into the basic ‘spartan’ membership program that provides for primitive bunk bed accommodations, they call it a ‘life insurance policy’ 
  • There are currently two Fortitude Ranch facilities tucked away in a secret location in southern Colorado and West Virginia but Miller is raising funds to expad; members must enter with a ‘challenging password’ 
  • Miller said:  ‘The first rule of prepping is never tell anyone that you’re a prepper’
  • The facilities can run ‘off-the-grid’ and stockpiled with enough toilet paper, ammunition canned goods and antibiotics to last for 25 years in the event of a pandemic or nuclear attack
  • Miller and assistant camp managers are armed, and members receive training in using AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, he said that that guns are crucial to defending your life during a collapse
  • Miller said that COVID-19 was a ‘wake-up’ call  but believes that the far more deadly ‘avian flu’ is in inevitable 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Drew Miller is ready for the end of the world.

The former Air Force intelligence officer with a Ph.D. from Harvard in operations research is the founding father of Fortitude Ranch; one of a growing number of heavily armed compounds preparing for the apocalypse.

Somewhere in the mountains of southern Colorado (Miller requires that the exact location remain secret) is a facility with all the fixings one might need to survive a pandemic, a nuclear attack and the collapse of democracy. At first glance, the sprawling 50 acres might look like any other Colorado ranch retreat, but the prison like guard towers and intimidating barb wire fences tell you this is no ordinary resort.

Underground bunkers are built to sustain a nuclear attack with eight inch reinforced concrete, steel plating and three feet of earth overhead. Steven Rene is a former Army chem-bio officer who spent 15 years living in Belarus working in humanitarian aid for the 1986 Chernobyl victims

Fortitude Ranch’s stockpiled food ranging from homemade preserves and pickles to cafeteria-sized cans of beans and buckets of emergency rations. The properties are  have a small greenhouse with genetically-modified seeds to withstand long shelf lives

A Fortitude Ranch member poses in the guard tower designed to keep watch of the property in the event of an attack. The locations for Fortitude Ranch are selected for strategic reasons, far from outside threats but close to natural resources for fishing, hunting and logging 

Dr. Drew Miller, a former Air Force intelligence officer is the founder of Fortitude Ranch – an affordable self-sustaining survival community created to weather a potential collapse in democracy and law in order. There are currently two locations with more on the horizon. Miller (above) poses with his gun at the Fortitude Ranch facility located in a secret location among the mountains of southern Colorado

Drew Miller and his growing army of preppers are not the tinfoil hat conspiracy kind, nor the Silicon Valley prototype with their $8million bunkers; instead Fortitude Ranch is meant to appeal to the middle class market with a bare bones operation that will ensure survival in the event of a crises.

‘We formed Fortitude Ranch to provide a safe and affordable place for people to survive in bad times and during good times – a place where they can come on vacation,’ said Miller to

Dr. Drew Miller has been a prepper for as long as he could remember but it was seven years ago when he realized that solo-prepping ‘just wasn’t very feasible,’ he told ‘For one, it’s too expensive; but more importantly – it’s just not safe.’

The economics of doomsday prepping has proven to be very costly. Costco recently began selling a $6,000 prepper kit that can feed a family of four for an entire year, though prices can soar into the many millions with companies such as Rising S who specialize in extravagant fortified homes for annihilation-conscious billionaires.

Miller saw the need for a survival community that was professionally run and not merely based on volunteers with a hope that people would band together and do the right thing during a crises. 

‘Survival communities tend to fall apart when they’re on volunteer base,’ he said. ‘I think as a military officer, you’re aware of the threats, plus you’re aware of how people react when things get bad and even good people can react badly in times of stress.’

For Miller, the worst case scenario during an apocalypse involves desperate, starving people ‘looting, marauding, stealing food and in some cases, even killing people.’ He added: ‘A prepper without a lot of guns, guards and ammo is not a good idea.’ 

‘A prepper without a lot of guns, guards and ammo is not a good idea,’ said Miller. In a situation where there is complete anarchy, ‘You absolutely need to have military rifles with clips that can shoot a lot of rounds at once in case you have a group of marauders that can outnumber you,’ explained Miller

A guard tower is pictured at the 100-acre Fortitude Ranch, West Virginia facility located in an undisclosed location just two hours outside of Washington DC. Fortitude Ranch also functions as a recreational resort year round for members to enjoy outdoor activities 10-days/ year, free of charge

Unlike most prepper packages and bunkers which can cost into the millions, Fortitude Ranch’s ‘Spartan’ package guarantees a bed and personal storage locker in the shared bunker rooms for roughly $1,000 per year

Above is considered a ‘mid-level accommodation’ at the Fortitude Ranch in the mountains of West Virginia which can house up to 500 people in its various shelters. Fortitude Ranch also provides arrangements for families, couples and allows for pets to  join as well

Both Fortitude Ranch locations have stockpiles of food, masks, toilet paper, cleaning products, medicines, guns and ammunition but will rely on fruit trees, livestock, hunting and fishing for  long term nourishment. Once ridiculed for stockpiling supplies, Fortitude Ranch has seen a surge in business amid the coronavirus crises

Staff members like Steven Rene, ranch manager of the West Virginia facility are constantly monitoring potential threats that can trigger a cataclysmic incident such as: a pandemic, a nuclear attack, the collapse of the electrical grid or a bio-weapon that wipes out the food supply. As well as various natural disasters like the eruption of Yellowstone’s mega-volcano, a tsunami or an earthquake

His 40-plus years as an Air Force intelligence officer becomes immediately apparent when asked about potential safety problems a DIY prepper faces at home in the event of a crises. ‘You really need to have enough guards on duty at night so it’s not feasible for a group of marauders to shoot your guards all at once and break in.’ 

‘If you only had two or three guards on duty, it would potentially only take three gunmen to take you out.’ He continued, ‘Especially if they’re skilled and smart and do it all at the same time while the rest of the group is sleeping inside.’

Security is just one of the complex logistics that Fortitude Ranch has figured out. They also regularly track a diverse laundry list of lethal threats that they refer to as ‘trigger events’ – a phrase they use to define potential cataclysmic incidents that could initiate the total collapse of democracy and law and order.

The index of impending perils runs the gamut from an accidental release of a virus to a bio-warfare attack, nuclear war and a pandemic. But also includes: climate change, a major earthquake, the eruption of Yellowstone’s mega-volcano, a North Korean electromagnetic pulse attack, an earth-shattering meteor shower, the collapse of the country’s electrical grid, artificial intelligence running amok, a tsunami, uncontrollable self-replicating nanotechnology and most recently, the upcoming 2020 election.

‘We added the election because it could be so nasty, you know, Trump supporters, could say ‘no we don’t accept that’ if the election is disputed. That’s just a speculation’ said Miller to

While the probability of any one of these events happening remains low, Miller said that it’s also ‘not insignificant’ when you add up all 46 different triggers. ‘There’s reasonable probability, one to two percent – maybe more that we could have a collapse.’ 

Looking to raise capital for expansion to new locations in Nevada and Wisconsin, Fortitude Ranch created a crypto-currency in 2018 at $100 per coin. Fortitude Tokens allow one to reserve a future place at Fortitude Ranch for a locked in price with priority to join over cash-paying members. ‘That is a big advantage when there is a crises and we have wait lists with hundreds of thousands of people hoping to join,’ said Miller. Currently the coins are trading at $160 

Miller stands in the kitchen at the Colorado facility next to the wood fire stove which serves as the primary source of heat and energy with supplemental power provided by solar panels and propane generators

Miller said that the 50-acre Fortitude Ranch facility in southern Colorado is ‘kinda like being in a country club.’ Because Fortitude Ranch also serves as a free recreational getaway for its members, Miller said that the best outcome is that a disaster never happens, ‘but at least you still got great place to vacation that is cheaper than renting a cabin in Colorado or West Virginia’ 

An exterior shot taken of the Fortitude Ranch survival camp in December 2019 reveals another guard tower. The location of each camp is selected for strategic reasons: ‘We generally locate in forested and mountainous areas as much as possible- pretty remote areas where we’ve got access to firewood, we can hunt for game and have the key supplies we need’

‘I’m not scared, I’m aware of threats like pandemics,’ answered Drew Miller when he was asked what frightened him most. He believes that COVID-19 is just  a rehearsal for the far more deadly avian flu. In the event of a serious pandemic, Fortitude Ranch is prepared to treat infected members and keep people spread out. All ‘Spartan’ bunkers are equipped with multiple air supplies, ‘most people when they think of survival facilities, they think of everyone in one underground shelter sharing the same air access. We don’t do that. We never have. We’ve always rejected that because we want to be ready for pandemic’

Fortitude Ranch isn’t in the business of stoking fear but proving peace of mind. For some lifelong preppers, joining is a no-brainer. Miller and his partners have already done all the hard planning that it would require a community to survive long term.

They have stockpiles of food, masks, toilet paper, cleaning products, antibiotics, guns and ammunition. They have fruit trees and livestock to provide long-term options for nourishment. The camps are strategically placed in remote areas near water for fishing and in heavily wooded areas that provide firewood and hunting grounds (elk in West Virginia, deer and turkey in Colorado). 

The underground bunkers are built to sustain a nuclear attack with eight inch reinforced concrete, steel plating and three feet of earth overhead. The communal areas are equipped with kitchens, books and board games for entertainment.

In the event of societal collapse, the front gate to Fortitude Ranch will be blocked off and only accessed by members with a password. A different set of protocols that screens members upon entry for illness are already in place during a pandemic.

Every member will be expected to contribute to the shared survival of the community whether its guard duty, collecting firewood, preparing meals or doing chores. The Fortitude Ranch staff (which comprised mostly of former military and law enforcement personnel) are in charge of making the big decisions and assigning tasks. 

‘But no one can be voted off the Island,’ assured Miller, ‘It’s a business and we promise everyone that will take care of you, and we will.’ 

Roughly $1,000 per year will guarantee you a spot in the entry-level ‘Spartan’ membership package which includes a personal storage locker in a shared room full of bunk beds. While the primitive accommodations make good on the ‘Spartan’ name, they more than rise to the occasion in the event of a crises.    

Steven Rene is a former Army chem-bio officer who spent 15 years living in Belarus working in humanitarian aid for the 1986 Chernobyl victims. He told that Fortitude Ranch  is ‘really a life insurance policy, unlike what most people have for life insurance – which really only pays to bury you – this is actually a life insurance policy that protects your life’

There are three different membership packages at Fortitude Ranch: Spartan, Economy, and Luxury. Drew Miller showcases an ‘Economy’ room that comes with private space and in-room storage

All bathroom facilities are Fortitude Ranch are communal however, different premiums can afford more personal space in  the living quarters such as the ‘Spartan’ room  (left) that comes with a small desk and storage area

Steve Rene poses in front of chopped firewood which is the primary source of energy for ‘off-the grid’ crises situations. All Fortitude Ranch locations are carefully selected to ensure that there are enough natural resources to sustain life after a collapse. The West Virginia facility buts up against the 1,800 acre  George Washington National Forrest

Dr. Drew Miller sits in the communal living space at Fortitude Ranch’s Colorado facility. He blames television shows like National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers for the negative stigma surrounding the prepper community

‘We use a country club membership model, so you pay a lot up front and then there is quarterly dues for multiyear memberships and an annual food restocking fee,’ said Miller. ‘The biggest payment is the initial fee to join but the more years you sign up for, the less your cost is per year.’ 

For a premium, potential members can also opt-in to more luxurious lodgings but they are still a far cry from the lavish subterranean mansions built for tech titans with 50,000 gallon swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters and fully equipped hospitals.

Fortitude Ranch is a different product, ‘It’s really a life insurance policy, unlike what most people have for life insurance – which really only pays to bury you – this is actually a life insurance policy that protects your life,’ said Steven Rene, manager at Fortitude Ranch’s West Virginia facility. 

Located just ‘two hours east of Washington D.C.’ the 100-acre West Virginia facility has seen a massive spike in interest amid the coronavirus pandemic: ‘We’ve seen probably tenfold the amount of inquiries and a good increase in membership. Colorado is already sold out, but we still have some spots here,’ said Rene to 

Now Miller and his partners invested in Fortitude Ranch are scrambling to raise capital in order to meet with the demand for expansion with preliminary plans to  expand into Nevada and Wisconsin next.  

Fortitude Ranch is unique in that it also functions as a recreational resort year round. All members are welcome to stay at the facility for up to ten days per year while enjoying the local outdoor activities: hunting, hiking, fishing and Frisbee golf. ‘Worst case (or best case) you join Fortitude Ranch and a disaster never happens. At least you’ve still got great place to vacation, it’s cheaper than renting a cabin in Colorado or West Virginia,’ said Miller.

‘Our motto is prepare for the worst, enjoy the present,’ said Rene. ‘It’s not like we wake up everyday thinking the world is ending.’

The Fortitude Ranch motto is ‘prepare for the worst, enjoy the present.’ Miller explains that a worst case scenario can result in desperate, starving people ‘looting, marauding, stealing food and in some cases, even killing people’

Milk goats, free range chickens and cattle are some of the important livestock that will allow the Fortitude Ranch survival community to sustain life long-term in the event of a ‘collapse’ which Miller defines as ‘a non-functioning economy and complete loss of law and order’

In the event of a crises or pandemic, the front entrance to the Fortitude Ranch (pictured above is the facility in West Virginia) will be closed off to the public and heavily guarded; members can only enter with a challenging password. A different sent of protocols exist in the event of a pandemic, where members will  be tested and isolated before being allowed to join the main community 

Fortitude Ranch is constantly adding more to their stockpile. ‘It’s the things you can’t really see coming is what you need to prepare for to a certain degree,’ said Rene. ‘Take 9/11 for instance, nobody saw that coming’

In the event of a nuclear attack or power plant meltdown, Steve Rene is the man for the job. The former Army chem-bio officer spent 15 years living in Belarus where he raised his four children while working in humanitarian aid for the 1986 Chernobyl victims.

Miller believes that guns are crucial for survival in anarchic situations. He told ‘I’ve said for a long time that the NRA does really a poor job of defending gun rights’ 

When pressed for an exact member count, both Miller and Rene are vague. ‘I’m not going to answer that,’ said Miller. ‘For reasons of security, we don’t get very specific, but I’d say a few hundred.’ 

Anonymity is crucial in the prepping community where the cardinal rule is: ‘don’t ever tell anyone that you’re a prepper.’ Miller explained that it’s because ‘you don’t want your neighbors coming to bug you and saying, ‘hey, give me food’ in a disaster situation. So you should always keep it secret.’

Miller disabuses the common accusation that preppers are ‘anti-government/ anti-establishment’ doomsayers. In fact, he argues that ‘preppers’ are more common than people think, ‘there are millions and millions of them in the U.S. and around the world and they are your neighbors, you just don’t know it.’

He blames television shows like National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers for the ill-conceived notion that preppers are a cluster of conspiracy minded- hysterics with hordes of canned beans in their basement. He concedes that the popular show did film ‘the crazy ones’ but contends that it’s because the vast majority of average preppers obey the central rule of apocalypse planning. 

‘So you tend not to see the average prepper on TV because they will never tell you that they are a prepper in the first place!’  

The coronavirus pandemic has legitimized an extreme survivalist’s raison d’etre. Once ridiculed for stockpiling supplies, preppers have a reason to feel vindicated. And while COVID-19 pandemonium has translated to a surge in business for Fortitude Ranch, Drew Miller hopes that it’s seen as a ‘wake-up call.’  

‘It’s the things you can’t really see coming that you need to prepare for to a certain degree,’ said Rene. ‘Take 9/11 for instance, nobody saw that coming.’ 

In the meantime, Dr. Drew Miller has set his sight on opening a Fortitude Ranch in Nevada next but is scrambling to raise capital in order to meet with the sudden demand for his brand of no-frills bunkers that are chock full of bullets, beans and band-aids. For Miller, the bottom line is simple: ‘The more locations we have more lives we can save.’

Pictured  is a bedroom in the ‘luxury package’ which offers the most space and privacy for members in West Virginia (left) while the kitchen in the former bed and breakfast showcases an assault rifle on the table. Miller prefers to call them ‘defense rifles’ 

The communal living space in the ‘luxury package’ at the Fortitude Ranch’s West Virginia facility was a former bed and breakfast

Among the many tools and supplies needed to survive the downfall of human civilization at Fortitude Ranch are hand radios and radiation detection equipment in the event of a nuclear attack.  Rene said that both ranches have the ability to survive on the grid and off the grid

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Tributes to HSBC banker and father-of-two, 57, who died of coronavirus

Tributes to well-known HSBC banker and father-of-two who died of coronavirus at 57

  • Jonathan Rutter, 57, died at Harrogate District Hospital, Yorkshire, last week
  • He was a well-known banking director for HSBC with a wife and two children
  • It is not known if he had any existing medical conditions before contracting virus
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Tributes have been paid to a banking director who died after contracting coronavirus.

Jonathan Rutter, 57, died at Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorkshire, last week.

Mr Rutter, from York, was HSBC’s relationship director for corporate banking in the north and was well-known in Yorkshire business circles.

He presented prizes at his local newspaper’s The Press Community Pride awards on several occasions and recognised the crucial role that businesses, large and small play in the economy of York and area and the UK as a whole.

He leaves a wife, Hillary, and two children, Jennifer and Benjamin.

Jonathan Rutter, 57, died at Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorkshire, from coronavirus last week

The family has said that, due to current circumstances, there will be a celebration of his life to take place at a later date.

Mr Rutter was also treasurer at Ripon Rugby Club and was a former governor of Ripon Grammar School.

In a statement, a Ripon Rugby Club spokesman said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our club treasurer and dear friend, Jonathan Rutter.

‘Jonathan was admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms late the week before last and unfortunately passed away on Monday March 23.

‘Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorkshire, where Mr Rutter died from coronavirus last week

‘All our thoughts and prayers reach out to Hillary, Ben and Jennifer at this most difficult time and it is important that they know that the fantastic community that is Ripon Rugby Club is there for them, now and in the future.

‘Jonathan worked very hard for many years on the club’s executive committee and his outstanding participation is greatly appreciated by us all.

‘There will be a time for all of us to come together to celebrate Jonathan’s life and contribution to Ripon life.

‘Sadly that cannot be today, but when this terrible illness is defeated we will join together in remembrance and share our thoughts and memories.’

It is not known whether Mr Rutter, who was originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, had any underlying health conditions.


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Italy sees small rise in number of coronavirus infections and deaths

Italy sees near-identical number of coronavirus infections and deaths as yesterday, as hopes remain that the country has flattened the curve

  • The death toll climbed by 837 to 12,428, the Civil Protection Agency said today
  • It is a similar figure to yesterday as it appears the rate of deaths is now flattening
  • The number of new cases was steady, growing 4,053 against 4,050 yesterday 
  • Some 5,217 new cases were registered on Sunday and 5,974 noted on Saturday 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Italy today saw a near-identical number of coronavirus infections and deaths for a second day – as hopes remain the country is past the worst of the virus.

The death toll climbed by 837 to 12,428, the Civil Protection Agency said, with the daily tally rising, albeit slightly, for a second day running.

The number of new cases was broadly steady, growing by 4,053 against 4,050 yesterday, and bringing total infections since the outbreak came to light on February 21 to 105,792.

Today’s figures show a slight decline in the rate of infections and deaths from the virus indicating the country is starting to recover from the worst of the outbreak. 

Some 5,217 new cases were registered on Sunday and 5,974 on Saturday, suggesting the growth curve of new infections is flattening.

Personal healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prepare to transport infected Coronavirus (COVID 19) patients at the Verduno Hospital today

A worker sanitizes the staircase of Altar of the fatherland (Altare della Patria) during the Coronavirus emergency today

The death toll climbed by 837 to 12,428, the Civil Protection Agency said, with the daily tally rising, albeit slightly, for a second day running

The number of new cases was broadly steady, growing by 4,053 against 4,050 yesterday, and bringing total infections since the outbreak came to light on February 21 to 105,792

The daily tally of deaths in Lombardy, the worst-affected region, declined sharply, and new infections were also down for at least the third day running, suggesting the situation is improving there faster than elsewhere in the country.

In neighbouring Piedmont, on the other hand, the daily death toll of 105 was up sharply from the day before.

Of those originally infected nationwide, 15,729 had fully recovered on Tuesday, compared to 14,620 the day before. There were 4,023 people in intensive care, up from a previous 3,981.

Italy has registered more deaths than anywhere else in the world and accounts for around 30 per cent of all global fatalities from the virus.

Italy’s largest daily toll from the five-week-old epidemic was registered on Friday, when 919 people died. There were 889 deaths on Saturday, 756 on Sunday and 812 on Monday.

It comes as the head of Italy’s national institutes of health says the country has hit the ‘plateau’ in its coronavirus infection rate, three weeks into a national lockdown, and should start to see a decline in new cases.

 Employees of a private company prepare to spray disinfectant in a building in Rome today

A Carabinieri officers checks a driver’s documents during a control in Rome, Italy today

Dr. Silvio Brusaferro said today that it would be folly to relax Italy’s productivity shutdown and stay-at-home restrictions now, even though the rate of new virus infections is slowing.

But he said, ‘The curve suggests we are at the plateau. We have to confirm it, because arriving at the plateau doesn’t mean we have conquered the peak and we’re done. It means now we should start to see the decline if we continue to place maximum attention on what we do every day.’ 

Brusaferro confirmed that Italy’s R0, the average number of people who will get infected from one contagious person, is nearing one, down from estimates as high as two or three. Officials are aiming to get the R0 under one to rein in the epidemic.

In the absence of a virus vaccine that would bring that rate closer to zero, Brusaferro said governments around the world will have to come up with a mixture of measures to keep the infection curve down while gradually allowing some activity to restart.

It comes as the country’s former Prime Minister warned Italy must reopen its schools at the start of May or risk causing mass protests and riots.

Matteo Renzi, leader of the Italia Viva party who led the country from 2014 to 2016, called for factories to be reopened by Easter and for millions of children to return to classrooms on May 4 to ease the pressure on hard-hit families and the economy.

‘Italy cannot hibernate for another month because this is how the social revolt ignites,’ he said. ‘The balconies will soon turn into pitchforks; the songs of hope, into desperate protests.’

But health experts poured cold water on his idea, insisting that it is still too early to talk about relaxing draconian restrictions that has seen all-but essential businesses shuttered and people banned from leaving the house. 

Italian and EU flags flly at half-mast in tribute to the Covid-19 victims, at Palazzo Chigi, in Rome today

Renzi spoke out on Saturday, as it became clear that Italy’s rate of new coronavirus cases had begun falling. 

But Giovanni Rezza, an infectious disease expert who has been helping to lead the country’s response, said it needs to fall further still before measures can be eased.

Speaking at the weekend, he said the average Italian coronavirus patient is now infecting just over one person with the virus.

That is down from 2.5 people on average before the lockdown was put in place.

‘But it must fall further,’ he said, ‘below one before the alarm is over.’

Pierluigi Lopalco, another disease expert, agreed. ‘Thinking about reopening schools on May 4th is madness and making proclamations at this time is wrong,’ he said.

Renzi made his remarks in an interview with Italian newspaper Avvenire, in which he insisted that life must be allowed to carry on during the pandemic – albeit differently than usual.

‘The coronavirus season has a before, an after, but also a during,’ he said. ‘And in the course of the course we will have to deal with reality. 

‘For a year we will no longer shake hands. We will no longer be attached to the tables in a pizzeria, we will go to the cinema and the theater keeping the safety distance. 

‘Crowded places will be avoided and more work will be done from home. We will live differently, but we will live. We must start again, however. Because the alternative is to shut yourself in and die.’

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Italia Viva party, called on schools to reopen on May 4 – and warned the country risks rioting if people are locked up for too long

Members of the military stand guard outside the Michelangelo hotel in Milan, which is being used to house quarantined coronavirus sufferers

Medical personnel and patients are pictured at a newly set up intensive care unit in the physiotherapy assistance gym of the Poliambilanza hospital in Brescia

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NYC doc ‘fighting for life and struggling for every breath’ after he was coughed on by coronavirus-infected patient – The Sun

A NEW York City doctor is struggling for his life after a coronavirus patient coughed on him, passing along the deadly virus.

Dr. Arnold Weg, 63, saw the patient roughly a month ago, and 10 days later, he tested positive for the coronavirus.

“A patient came in with a cough before everything hit the fan. He saw the patient and the patient coughed in his direction," his wife, Susan Weg, told the New York Daily News.

"My husband was not wearing a mask, because people weren’t really wearing masks at that time."

She said days later, he began to experience coronavirus symptoms and was rushed to the hospital.

Weg, a primary care physician and gastroenterologist, “is on the brink of being intubated and is struggling for every breath,” his son, Dr. Russell Weg, told WPIX over the weekend.

“He is scared for his life and we are scared for him as well."

As of Sunday, Weg — an avid runner who was training for a marathon in Milan when he got sick — was in critical condition.

The doctor has worked at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan for 30 years.

Weg has been separated from his family to prevent the spread of the virus. He missed his 38th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

The Weg family previously said the doctor was “waiting to be in a [drug] trial that is closed, that is limited to only 400 patients,” but they appealed and were ultimately able to get help for the doctor.

Weg is now being treated with remdesivir, his wife said on Monday.

“We’re happy that he got the remdesivir yesterday and that’s hopeful for the other patients," she said. “Hopefully it’s helping. The virus is so new that nobody really knows how anything works."

She said doctors have been “taking great care of him, he’s very well-loved there. The doctors and nurses have been incredible.”

Susan Weg noted it’s an odd turn that the doctor is now the patient, calling it “the other side of the coin.”

The wife said after Weg's story was shared online, their family received thousands of messages from around the world.

“Patients saying that they’re praying for him, that he saved their lives… it’s been quite overwhelming for all of us,” Susan Weg said.

"We’re up all night trying to say thank you to all of them. He’s an old-time doctor that you’re not going to see anymore these days.”

Weg is one of many doctors and nurses who have contracted the coronavirus while working on the front lines to combat it.

Several medics have died from it.

The virus has infected more than 164,000 people and killed more than 3,100 in the U.S.

In New York, the country’s epicenter of the outbreak, at least 914 people have died and more than 67,000 people have been sickened.

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Federal Reserve predicts 32% unemployment rate thanks to coronavirus

The St. Louis district of the Federal Reserve is predicting the worst of the economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak will result in a higher unemployment rate than at the worst point in the depression.

Economists at the Fed’s St. Louis district said in a recent analysis that the US will lose 47 million jobs, resulting in an unemployment rate fo 32.1%, a considerable increase from the 24.9% unemployment rate during the worst point of the Great Depression.

The projections also go beyond the 30% unemployment rate originally predicted by St. Louis Fed chair James Bullard.

“These are very large numbers by historical standards, but this is a rather unique shock that is unlike any other experienced by the U.S. economy in the last 100 years,” St. Louis Fed economist Miguel Faria-e-Castro, who wrote the most recent estimates, remarked on the findings.

On Thursday, the US Department of Labor said that a record-shattering 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits within a single week.

That number is expected to be even higher than what was reported due to multiple state unemployment agencies being overwhelmed by the number of individuals applying for unemployment and not being able to process them all.

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Pompeo: Countries need to ‘step up’ and provide accurate coronavirus data

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on a number of countries to provide clear and accurate data about the coronavirus outbreak within their borders so that the worldwide risk from the pandemic can be estimated.

“When you hear doctors Fauci and Birx talk about risk and talk about fatalities trying to think about how to model, what they need is data. And they need data from Italy, data from China, data from Iran,” Pompeo told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday, referring to White House task force members Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.

“We need every country to step up and provide accurate, transparent information. And we can’t have that if we have disinformation instead. More lives will be at risk not only today but in the weeks ahead as we battle this enormous challenge,” he added.

China, where the virus broke out in December in the city of Wuhan, has reported 82,272 cases, according to the Communist Party. The Chinese government has said that the outbreak is beginning to stabilize, but those claims are being met with skepticism.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has called out Beijing for spreading disinformation and said coronavirus cases in the country have been downplayed by a “factor of 15 to 40 times.”

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