The mother of France’s youngest coronavirus victim has spoken of the “unbearable” loss of her 16-year-old daughter, as the country reported its highest daily toll from the pandemic.French authorities said on Thursday that 365 people had been killed by COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours, taking the national total of those who have died in hospital to 1,696.The figure does not include those who died from the virus at home or at retirement homes, top French health official Jerome Salomon told reporters. Her condition deteriorated and her death was announced on Thursday, with health officials emphasizing that severe cases are very rare in young people.”From the start, we were told that the virus doesn’t affect young people. We believed it, like everyone else,” Sabine said. Her daughter had no known underlying health problems. The teenage girl named Julie A died in Paris, becoming the youngest French victim of the disease that more often afflicts the elderly or people with underlying health conditions.”It’s unbearable,” the girl’s mother Sabine told AFP by phone from her home in the Parisian suburbs. “We were meant to have an ordinary life.”A week ago, Julie developed a mild cough but on Saturday she began to feel short of breath, her mother said.She underwent scans in hospital and several tests for COVID-19, the disease first detected in China late last year that has now killed more than 23,000 worldwide. Train evacuation France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to slow the spread of the epidemic and officials have repeatedly warned it will take time for the measures to bear fruit.Salomon said 29,155 people had tested positive for the virus so far nationwide — adding that the real number of cases was likely far higher as testing was reserved for high-risk patients.He said 3,375 patients were currently in intensive care out of nearly 14,000 people hospitalized after becoming infected.Data showed 42,000 people had been registered by their GP as having the coronavirus over the last week alone, Salomon added — again revealing that testing in France has only revealed a minority of cases.People in the country are only allowed to step outside for pressing matters, such as shopping.”It is very difficult to estimate when the peak will come… people who are ill now were infected before the confinement began,” explained Salomon.”Now there is less contact, people are going out less and get infected less. So we hope there will be fewer people getting sick next week,” he said.French President Emmanuel Macron said he had held a “very good discussion” with his US counterpart Donald Trump about the pandemic.”In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are preparing with other countries a new strong initiative in the coming days,” he tweeted early Friday, without elaborating.The first train evacuation saw 20 coronavirus patients moved from the country’s hard-hit east to help relieve overstretched hospitals.The specially adapted high-speed train, whose carriages were transformed into intensive care units, took the group to the western Atlantic coast where they will be treated.Another evacuation is planned for Friday, this time by air. Topics :
Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Bio Latest Posts Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School swimmer Talor Hamilton was named Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner on Monday.To qualify, candidates must be high school seniors, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and have proven themselves role models in their community.One female and male state finalist will be selected as national Heisman winners later this month.In the 2015 Class B state championship, Hamilton set a state record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.2 seconds. He also won the 100 butterfly, was part of a championship-winning 200 medley relay team and was named performer of the meet.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe female state winner chosen was Maeve McGowan — a cross-country and track and field runner at Morse High School in Bath.McGowan and Hamilton were selected from Maine’s group of 17 state finalists, which also included Ellsworth volleyball player Rachel Bunker.
“When I’m in the zone, it feels like the whole venue belongs to me,” said Issei. “All I’m thinking about is kicking my opponent’s butt.”Known for his dynamic power moves and sinew-stretching freezes, Issei admits he was surprised when he heard breakdancing could become an Olympic sport.“People can criticise the decision to bring hip hop culture into the Olympics if they want to, but bring it on,” he said.“I would love to win that first gold medal.”Fellow Red Bull member Ami Yuasa last year became the first female world champion at the sports marketing giant’s inaugural B-Girl World Finals in Zurich.– Scrapes and bruises –But it could have been so different for the pint-sized dancer, who had wanted to be a ballerina after being seduced by the tiaras and frilly tutus.Instead she followed her elder sister into breakdancing at elementary school.“I used to get a lot of scrapes and bruises,” said the 20-year-old, who goes by her first name. “You can pull your hair out too — but if I start going bald, I’ll quit!”Ami says breakdancing is a good fit for the Olympics, noting that points-based sports such as figure skating and synchronised swimming have long been accepted.“I used to think of dance more as a form of individual expression, like art or photography,” she said after showcasing an array of lung-bursting windmill spins at a Tokyo studio.“It’s amazing to think it could become an Olympic sport. If I get the chance to compete for the gold medal, I’ll go for it.”A hundred years after British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell inspired the movie “Chariots of Fire” at the 1924 Paris Olympics, the Games look set for a modern-day makeover with Japan’s breakdancers hoping to make history.“For something born out of gang rivalry to be accepted as an Olympic sport is a great chance for breakdancing to endure as a culture,” said Shigekix.“Every day for the next five years I’ll be working hard to reach my peak for the 2024 Paris Olympics. It’s the biggest goal in my life.”Share on: WhatsApp Japanese breakdancer Ami Yuasa has designs on competing at the Paris 2024 OlympicsTokyo, Japan | AFP | For Japanese breakdancer Shigeyuki Nakarai, the prospect of winning a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics has become something of an obsession.The proposal by Paris organisers in February to include the street dance lit a fire under the 17-year-old, aka Shigekix, who took bronze at last year’s Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.“I still have a lot of regrets at failing to win gold,” he told AFP after showing off some crazy-legs breaking moves in the shadow of Tokyo Bay’s Rainbow Bridge.“I’ve thought about that night every day since,” added the snake-hipped b-boy from Osaka, dressed in blue jeans and a baggy white T-shirt.“But my time will come — at the 2024 Olympics I’ll be trying to turn this frustration into positive energy.”The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted to approve the addition of breakdancing, which grew up alongside hip hop in the South Bronx of New York in the 1970s.The decision still has to be rubber-stamped at the IOC’s executive commission in December next year, but after accepting hipster sports skateboarding and surfing into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it’s widely seen as a done deal.Arguably Japan’s best Olympic hope, Shigekix has unfinished business.In his sights is Russian foe Sergei Chernyshev, known as Bumblebee, who beat him in their semi-final in Argentina, where breakdancing made its Youth Olympic debut.“Our rivalry fuels me,” said the floppy-fringed breaker. “In a face-to-face battle the plan is to knock your opponent out.”He added: “But breakdancing is also like a game of poker — you have to calculate the level of risk you need to take to get the win.”– ‘Wild Style’ –Japan caught breakdancing fever following the release of the 1983 hip hop movie “Wild Style” — featuring cultural icons such as DJ Grandmaster Flash and breaking group Rock Steady Crew.Hollywood hit “Flashdance”, which appeared soon after, also depicted scenes of moonwalking street dancers, further popularising the urban craze among Japanese youth.“Breakdancing is a mix of acrobatics, dancing and gymnastics,” explains Issei Hori, who became Japan’s first winner of the Red Bull BC One World Finals — and de facto world champion — in 2016.“For me it’s a culture, a lifestyle, it’s all I do. When I was small it blew me away seeing people spinning on their heads. I wanted to be just like them.”The 22-year-old, born in Fukuoka, southern Japan, started breakdancing in kindergarten and used to clash with his parents for skipping school to dance.