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As many as 60 bodies found in trucks outside Brooklyn funeral home | Coronavirus

As many as 60 bodies found in trucks outside Brooklyn funeral home | Coronavirus

bodies found in U-Haul trucks outside NYC funeral home
bodies found in U-Haul trucks outside NYC funeral home

Up to 60 bodies found in four trucks outside Brooklyn funeral home

Police in New York City have discovered dozens of bodies stored in four trucks parked outside a Brooklyn funeral home after someone alerted them to a bad smell. 

NYPD investigators who responded to a 911 call on Wednesday found that the home had rented four trucks to hold almost 60 corpses, an official said. 

At least one of the trucks was unrefrigerated, according to one law enforcement official. One source said the bodies were put on ice.

Comments made to CNN by another NYPD official claim that fluids were also reported dripping from the trucks parked outside The Andrew Cleckley Funeral Home in Brooklyn.

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“They were like almost everyone doing their best to cope,” one source said.

The city has been the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak for weeks, with 17,589 confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths, according to the city website.

Authorities are waiting for tarps and equipment to move the bodies into a larger truck, two sources said.New York has freezer trucks that funeral homes can use if they are overwhelmed, and the city sent one to hold the bodies, CNN affiliate WABC reported.

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, told the New York Daily News: “While this situation is under investigation, we should not have what we have right now, with trucks lining the streets filled with bodies.”

He added, “it was people who walked by who saw some leakage and detected an odor coming from a truck.”

John DiPietro, who owns a neighboring property, said he had seen the bodies being stored for several weeks.

“Funeral directors are required to store decedents awaiting burial or other final disposition in appropriate conditions and to follow their routine infection prevention and control precautions,” said the state health department regarding the incident on Wednesday.

Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

Doctors warn coronavirus might cause sudden strokes in young adults

The new coronavirus appears to be causing sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not otherwise terribly ill, doctors reported Wednesday.

New York doctors are warning that the coronavirus may cause sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not severely sick.

The doctors at Mount Sinai Health System believe there is growing evidence that COVID-19 can cause the blood to clot in unusual ways, resulting in an uptick in strokes among patients who don’t typically suffer from them, CNN reported

“The virus seems to be causing increased clotting in the large arteries, leading to severe stroke,” neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Oxley told CNN.

Oxley and his colleagues said they typically record fewer than two strokes per month from people under the age of 50, but in a two-week period during the pandemic they treated five.

Their findings are to be published in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Our report shows a seven-fold increase in incidence of sudden stroke in young patients during the past two weeks,” he added.

“Most of these patients have no past medical history and were at home with either mild symptoms (or in two cases, no symptoms) of COVID.

“All tested positive. Two of them delayed calling an ambulance.”

The report could be particularly troubling in New York, where officials have advised against calling 911 unless they come down with severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing, in order to not further overwhelm already inundated EMS.

Some, meanwhile, have been reluctant to visit a hospital in fear that they might catch the virus there.

Oxley said his team urged people to watch themselves for symptoms of coronavirus and to call 911 if they believe they’ve suffered a stroke.

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5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies of coronavirus

‘It’s coming for you’: Detroit 5-year-old dies of coronavirus; parents try to warn others

The 5-year-old daughter of two first responders has died in Michigan after a coronavirus infection left her likely brain-dead on a ventilator, her family says.

Little Skylar Herbert first complained a month ago about bad headaches — with COVID-19 causing a form of meningitis that caused swelling of her brain, her parents told the Detroit News.

“We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain-dead,” her mother, LaVondria Herbert, told the paper Sunday.

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“We basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” said the 46-year-old mom, a Detroit cop for 25 years.

Skylar had initially tested positive for strep throat on March 23, with her pediatrician sending her home with antibiotics. But her parents took her to the ER after she stayed up “crying all night and saying the headache would not go away,” her mom recalled.

Skylar’s oxygen levels were fine, and she didn’t display any signs of respiratory distress, but she was diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis due to complications from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus. On April 3, doctors put Skylar on a ventilator as a precaution.

“So even the doctors were baffled, but they really reached out and tried to find something to do to help her,” LaVondria Herbert said.

Skylar died Sunday with her parents — as well as the doctors and nurses of the pediatric intensive care unit who looked after her — surrounding her.

“You have doctors out here trying and nurses out here trying,” Ebbie Herbert said. “And they get attached. They were crying, too. It’s hard on everybody.”

“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy,” Beaumont Hospital said in a statement. “We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus.”

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Hundreds swarm Florida beaches following reopening amid pandemic | Coronavirus Update

Hundreds swarm Florida beaches following reopening amid pandemic | Coronavirus Update

St. Johns County beach-goers set up along the Duval County line where beaches were closed last week
St. Johns County beach-goers set up along the Duval County line where beaches were closed last week

#FloridaMorons trends after people flock to reopened Florida beaches

Florida’s governor on Friday gave the green light for some beaches and parks to reopen if it can be done safely, and north Florida beaches became among the first to allow people to return since closures because of the coronavirus.

Mayor Lenny Curry said Duval County beaches were reopening Friday afternoon with restricted hours, and they can only be used for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets and surfing.

The beaches will be open from 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Curry said in a video posted to social media.

Gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited and people must still practice social distancing.

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“This beach will be open from 6am to 11am, and from 5pm to 8pm each evening,” local station WJAX said.

Sunbathing is not permitted. Other restrictions include prohibitions on towels and blankets, coolers and grills, and beach chairs, as well as “lingering on the beach without moving”, and gatherings exceeding 10 people.

“Folks, this could be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life, but please respect and follow these limitations,” said the Jacksonville mayor, Lenny Curry. “We’ll get back to life as we know it but we must be patient.”

Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez said during a Saturday news conference that his county would also move forward with reopening beaches but didn’t say when that would happen.

DeSantis also announced Saturday that K-12 schools in the state will be closed for the remainder of the school year due to the pandemic. 

Florida was one of the last states to implement a stay-at-home order. As of Saturday, the Florida Department of Health has reported more than 25,000 coronavirus cases and 740 deaths.

The New York Times reported that people fell ill with coronavirus in Florida, and then returned home with the virus.

Florida’s beach reopenings also come amid Trump’s calls to reopen the US economy and growing protests in some states, driven by rightwing figures, about social and business restrictions.

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Lions seem to be enjoying the empty roads of South Africa’s Kruger National Park with all the humans in lockdown |Coronavirus Pandemic

Lions seem to be enjoying the empty roads of South Africa’s Kruger National Park with all the humans in lockdown |Coronavirus Pandemic

WITH SOUTH AFRICA ON LOCKDOWN, THE LIONS ARE TAKING IT VERY EASY
WITH SOUTH AFRICA ON LOCKDOWN, THE LIONS ARE TAKING IT VERY EASY
Lions nap on road during South African lockdown
Lions nap on road during South African lockdown

Big cats nap on road in South Africa amid lockdown

Whether it’s goats in Wales or wild boar in Italy, animals around the world appear to be adjusting well to life without humans during the coronavirus outbreak.

Even lions are enjoying the peace and quiet, a set of new photos from South Africa’s Kruger National Park shows.

Lions and other wild animals have been taking advantage of the peace and quiet in South Africa’s vast Kruger national park as the country’s strict lockdown continues.

On Thursday, park ranger Richard Sowry took photographs of a pride of at least eight lions, including a few young cubs, snoozing on the tarmac just outside one of the park’s rest lodges.

Lions in Kruger National Park have been taking advantage of the quiet roads during lockdown in South Africa. Here you…

Posted by Kruger National Park on Friday, 17 April 2020
Pride of eight lions photographed snoozing on tarmac in Kruger National Park


The images show a pride of lions lounging on a road, seemingly unperturbed by the presence of the photographer, park ranger Richard Sowry.

“This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see,” tweeted Kruger Wednesday. “This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.”

On a normal day, the area would be busy with tourists, but Kruger has been shut since March 25 as part of South Africa’s nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus.

Although visitors are banned, food delivery, fuel provision, security and emergency services as well as wildlife crime operations are continuing, South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement.

“Everybody realises the importance of the lockdown and the rangers are there to do their normal duties,” says media officer Isaac Phaala. “To maintain the infrastructure takes quite a bit of work so that when the park opens, you don’t start from scratch.”

As for the lions, he adds, “normally they would be in the bushes because of the traffic but they are very smart and now they are enjoying the freedom of the park without us”.

But why anyway, you might ask, would lions prefer tarmac to the softness of grass?

Probably for the simple reason that it had been raining on Tuesday night and, as Mr Phaala explained, “The tar was drier than the grass at the time – big cats and water don’t mix.”

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