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Trump slams critics, media at Coast Guard Academy

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Washington, May 18 : President Donald Trump slammed his critics and the “Washington media” while delivering a speech at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, the media reported.

“Over the course of your life, you will find things are not always fair, you will find things happen to you that you do not deserve and not always warranted but you have to put your head down and fight fight fight,” CBS News quoted Trump as saying on Wednesday at the academy in New London.

“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately. Especially by the media, no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly, you can’t let them get you down, you can’t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams,” the President said, adding, “I guess that’s why we won!”

“I didn’t get elected to serve the Washignton media or special interests…I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country and that’s what I’m doing.”

In the speech, Trump told cadets that “adversity makes you stronger, don’t give in, don’t back down and never stop doing what you know is right”, reports CBS News.

He then went on to list his various accomplishments he’s made in a “very short time as president,” including the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, providing “historic investments” in the defence budget and his plans to work on “major tax cuts for all”.

“We are setting the stage right now for many, many things to come and the people understand what I’m doing and that’s the most important thing.”

This was Trump’s first official appearance since the new reports that fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey was pressured by the President to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey himself.

Wednesday’s speech also comes just days after reports revealed that he divulged classified information to Russian officials during a White House Meeting.

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20,000 ex-NHS staff return to fight virus: UK PM

Johnson’s announcement on Monday comes a day after England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday that it could be six months before life returns to “normal”, the BBC reported.

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London, March 30 : Some 20,000 former staff of the UK’s National Health Services (NHS) have returned to work to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed in a video posted online on Monday.

Thanking the doctors, nurses and other former professionals who have returned to the NHS, as well as the 750,000 members of the public who have volunteered to help the country through the pandemic, Johnson said in the video posted on Twitter: “We are going to do it, we are going to do it together,” the BBC reported.

“One thing I think the coronavirus crisis has already proved is that there really is such a thing as society,” he said, while contradicting the view of late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, that “there is no such thing as society”.

Johnson, who is self-isolating after testing positive for the virus last week, said the public appeared to be obeying the restrictions set out by government to slow the spread of the virus, adding that train use was down 95 per cent and bus use down 75 per cent.

In another development, a Downing Street source confirmed on Monday that Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s chief adviser, has developed symptoms of the virus and was self-isolating at home.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive for the disease.

Johnson’s announcement on Monday comes a day after England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday that it could be six months before life returns to “normal”, the BBC reported.

Harries said this did not mean the country would be in “complete lockdown” for half a year, but distancing measures would be reviewed every three weeks and reduced gradually over a period of around three to six months.

However, she said it was “plausible” restrictions could continue for longer.

As of Monday, the UK has reported 19,784 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,231 deaths.

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Trump extends US ‘social distancing’ guidelines to April 30

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President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the national social distancing guidelines to April 30 after suggesting that the coronavirus death rate would likely peak in two weeks.

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won,” Trump said at an evening press briefing. “Therefore we will be extending our guidelines to April 30.”

The president has previously said he wants to reopen the country for business by Easter, on April 12, despite warnings from public health experts that loosening restrictions would result in unnecessary death and economic damage.

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US could see 100,000-200,000 deaths from COVID-19: Top health expert

Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases stand at 684,652 and more than 32,000 people have died of the disease.

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In a frightening warning, the US will see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the Trump administration’s topmost infection disease expert forecast on Sunday as the pandemic infected nearly 125,000 people in the country.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci said in an interview on CNN that the US will certainly have millions of cases of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths.

“Looking at what we are seeing now, I would say between 100,000-200,00 deaths from coronavirus.”
“We’re going to have millions of cases,” he said.

“But I don’t want to be held to that because the pandemic is such a moving target,” Fauci added.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, the US has 124,763 cases and witnessed 2,612 deaths as of Sunday morning.

A total of 2,612 patients have recovered, it said.

Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases stand at 684,652 and more than 32,000 people have died of the disease.

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