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'Once a nurse, always a nurse': 20,000 former UK medics return to battle coronavirus
Bev Vaughan (LONDON) -- After a long and successful 39-year career as a nurse working for Britain’s National Health Service, Bev Vaughan never thought that she would be dusting off her uniform after she retired in 2016. The coronavirus pandemic changed all of that. “My uniform is clean, my shoes are polished and I am ready to go back,” said Vaughan. A 58-year-old retired matron from Portsmouth on the southern coast of the United Kingdom, Vaughan is one of an estimated 20,000 former or retired members of the NHS who have heard the call of duty and are returning to...
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and health minister test positive for coronavirus
Peter Summers/Getty Images (LONDON) -- The prime minister of the U.K., Boris Johnson, and the most senior lawmaker in charge of the country's health service have tested positive for coronavirus after developing mild symptoms.In a video posted on his official Twitter page, the prime minister said he was tested for the illness after suffering a high temperature and a persistent cough, and will now be self-isolating. Johnson will continue to lead the government via video-conference calls.Health Secretary Matt Hancock also announced that he too has tested positive for coronavirus and will continue working from home while he self-isolates."After experiencing mild...
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Princess Charlotte and Princes George, Louis clap for medical professionals
Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Princess Charlotte and Princes George and Louis are paying tribute to people on the front lines of the fight against the novel coronavirus.Kensington Palace shared a video of Prince William and Duchess Kate's three children clapping for first responders and others in the medical field.The video is part of the viral Clap for Our Carers campaign, which, according to the BBC, is meant to be a morale booster for those on the giving and receiving ends of the applause."To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working...
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Prince Harry and Meghan relocate to Los Angeles, reports say
Samir Hussein/WireImage (NEW YORK) -- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are reportedly making California their new home.People magazine and The Sun reported Thursday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Vancouver Island, Canada, where they’d been staying since the royal couple announced their decision to step back as members of the royal family, for a permanent spot in Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles.Their move occurred before the border between Canada and the U.S. closed last Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources told the publications.According to People magazine, the royal couple has "been living in a secluded compound and haven’t...
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23 sailors on US Navy aircraft carrier test positive for coronavirus
JSABBOTT/iStock (NEW YORK) -- At least 23 sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have become infected by the novel coronavirus, according to two U.S. officials.The spike in the number of cases from three earlier this week is leading the Navy to order the ship to stop in Guam, so all 5,000 sailors aboard can be tested for exposure to the virus. It is a major cause of concern for defense officials, as the tight quarters in aircraft carriers hold the potential for even more infections among the ship's crew.On Tuesday, officials disclosed that there were three cases...
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American held by Iran hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms amid worsening outbreak
omersukrugoksu/iStock (NEW YORK) -- An American detained by Iran for over 600 days on spurious charges has been hospitalized with symptoms consistent with the novel coronavirus, according to his family's spokesperson.Michael White, 48, has not yet been confirmed to have the virus, known as COVID-19, but there are deep concerns about his safety as Iran struggles to contain its outbreak, with over 29,000 Iranians infected and over 2,200 killed.His family has spent weeks expressing concern about his health, saying his immune system is compromised by cancer and urging Iranian authorities to return him to the U.S. One week ago, he...
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86-year-old Italian woman's recovery from COVID-19 offers glimmer of hope
oonal/iStock (CASALPUSTERLENGO, Italy) -- An 86-year-old woman in the crisis-hit region of Lombardy, Italy, has made a full recovery after being hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, offering a rare glimmer of hope as the country continues to struggle with the pandemic. The elderly woman, identified as "Gianna" by Elia Delmiglio, the mayor of Casalpusterlengo, had been hospitalized for seven weeks after contracting COVID-19 during an unrelated hospital stay.Delmiglio captured the moment on video when Gianna was finally released from the town's local hospital on Tuesday, saying that “among the many stories of pain and suffering, Gianna's recovery gives us a...
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Federal prosecutors to announce drug charges against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro
DNY59/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in New York will announce drug charges Thursday against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other government officials, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.The charges include narco-terrorism conspiracy, cocaine importation conspiracy and weapons possession conspiracy. Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, will formally discuss the charges at a news conference.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Retired FBI agent, missing in Iran since 2007, died in captivity: Family
BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The family of retired FBI Special Agent Bob Levinson, who vanished in Iran 13 years ago, said Wednesday they are now convinced he died in captivity, though when is not clear.Levinson's wife Christine and their children said the U.S. government had informed them he was likely dead and they had accepted it -- even as President Donald Trump, who has made Levinson's case a cudgel to hammer the Iranian regime with, said at a White House briefing Wednesday evening, "No, I don't accept that he's dead. I don’t accept it."In a statement,...
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Pompeo pushes 'Wuhan virus' label to counter Chinese disinformation
Oleksii LIskonih/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said he no longer needs to refer to the novel coronavirus as the "Chinese virus," but his top diplomat is continuing to tie the outbreak to the Chinese city where it first exploded, as a way to push back on what he called the Chinese Communist Party's "disinformation campaign."In brief remarks after hosting the G7 foreign ministers' meeting on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his department's war of words with Chinese officials as the pandemic continues to claim lives and costs economies around the world.His push seems to have caused a...
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Pentagon halts overseas travel of US troops for up to 60 days to mitigate spread of coronavirus
Ivan Cholakov/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon is halting all overseas travel for U.S. troops for up to 60 days in an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a top U.S. official.Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the order applies to all servicemembers, Defense Department civilian personnel and their families. However, there will be some exceptions, including the partial drawdown of American forces already underway in Afghanistan, as outlined in a deal signed by the U.S. and the Taliban last month."The purpose is to make sure that we're not bringing the virus back home, infecting others, that...
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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, 'remains in good health'
Tim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first member of Britain's royal family to announce a positive test for the COVID-19 virus."He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual," a Clarence House spokesperson said in a statement. "The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.""In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now...
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