A 60-year-old woman has died after taking part in a cake-eating contest during Australia Day celebrations in Queensland.
It was reported that the woman choked and had a seizure during the event at a hotel in the south east of the territory. She was given CPR at the scene and taken to hospital but later died.
Video of the event at the Beach House Hotel in Hervey Bay, shows contestants speed-eating lamingtons – cubes of sponge cake covered with chocolate and dessicated coconut. Participants were required to eat as many lamingtons as possible within a short time frame, which led to contestants ‘shovelling’ the cake into their mouths.
Glasses of water are next to contestants to help them wash down the cake, and crowds of people are cheering the competitors on.
Police are investigating the death and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Eating competitions are a popular game during Australia Day, a national holiday marking the arrival of the first Europeans to Australia.
Coronavirus: Wuhan Begins To Return To Everyday Life
After more than two months of isolation, residents of Wuhan, China where it is believed to be the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, have been allowed to leave their homes for the first time in months as authorities are easing the city-wide lockdown that kept Wuhan’s 11 million residents at home.
Although, many shops are still closed after numbers of new cases of covid-19 have fallen dramatically, sidewalk vendors can be seen wearing face masks and gloves as they sold pork, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables to shoppers on Friday.
Since the lockdown on January 23, many restaurants, shops and other businesses shut down in the city as residents relied on online groceries and government-organized food deliveries.
Residents have been slowly trickling back on to the streets of Wuhan which recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus cases. At least 3,000 persons died in Hubei province from coronavirus.
Volunteers in protective suits disinfected public areas in preparation for an increase in activity. Officials are concerned about the possibility of a second wave of infections, warning people to remain vigilant as it orders local health authorities to step up detection, monitoring and supervision.
A total of 81,589 confirmed cases have been reported in China, which exclude asymptomatic patients, and 3,318 deaths from the outbreak.
Globally, the number of cases has topped 1 million, with at least 52,000 deaths.
US President Donald Trump Says New Recommendations On Face Masks Are Coming
The Trump administration says it is ready to join forces with local officials to advise Americans to wear masks when leaving their houses as covid-19 cases escalate in the US.
For the first time, the death toll in the country rose by one thousand in a single day.
A member of president Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx said at a White House briefing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would add a recommendation on masks to guidelines on protective measures in the coming days.
U.S. Covid-19 death toll, as of Thursday, stood at fifty-eight hundred with more than 243,000 cases across all 50 states.
The Trump administration, CDC and public health officials have all wavered on the issue of face masks since the pandemic broke out, initially telling healthy people such measures were unnecessary or even counter-productive.
Global Coronavirus Cases Top One Million, Deaths Surpass 50,000
The number of coronavirus infections reached more than one million globally on Thursday as death toll topped 50,000 around the world.
As the pandemic spreads further in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, nearly 53,000 persons have died and more than 210,000 have recovered worldwide.
The US reported the highest daily death toll of any country so far at nearly 1,200. It now has more than 6,000 fatalities while Spain reported a record one-day number of deaths, 950, bringing its overall toll to 10,003 from 9,053 as the number of infections rose to 110,238, up from 102,136 a day earlier.
Meanwhile, Italy on Thursday recorded 760 more deaths for a total of 13,900 fatalities as the contagion spreads.
Coronavirus was first recorded in China late last year, since then the pandemic has spread to many countries around the world, prompting governments to close businesses, ground airlines and order hundreds of millions of people to stay at home to try and combat the spread of the virus.
More than 1,013,000 persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19 globally with Spain the second-worst hit in terms fatalities.
Spain has lost nearly 900,000 jobs and the US is also feeling the economy impact as the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefit has surged to 6.65m in the week ending March 28, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics figure released on Thursday.
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