The anguished families then turned to the next best thing: an Englishman living in the Landing area, a pensioner with a big heart and a small hole in his agenda.
For years, 66-year-old Steven Oldrid had helped with D-Day events around the beaches where British soldiers had landed – and often left their lives behind – whether it was parking, playing pipers or getting sponsors for veterans’ dinners.
However, laying wreaths seemed special, reserved for families and close friends.
But during a pandemic, pandemic rules apply. Oldrid was contacted for the first time in March.
“I was strangled when I received the first request,” he said. “I’m still on the other side. Still in the background. ”
“They asked‘ Steven, can you drop our crown? Well, they sent me five, and then another said, “Can you drop one for my grandpa? ‘” Can you ask one for my father “? ”
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The disruption to D-Day commemorations comes as the global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 395,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, more than 6.7 million people have been infected with the virus.
In Canada, there are 95,016 confirmed and suspected cases of coronarvirus on Saturday, including 33,638 active cases and 53,582 cures at 12:00 p.m. ET. According to a CBC count, 7,761 Canadians died of the coronavirus on Saturday morning. There were 610 new cases in Canada on June 5.
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In the USA., more than a third of Americans have used cleaners and disinfectants to try to prevent coronavirus infection, according to a survey shortly after President Donald Trump publicly asked if injecting such products could treat COVID-19. Washing food with bleach, using household cleaning or disinfecting products on bare skin, and intentionally inhaling or ingesting these products were some of the most commonly reported “high risk” practices in an investigation May 4 online with 502 American adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
In the United States, more than 109,000 people have died from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with nearly 1.9 million cases across the country.
Europe may have free travel zone operational again by the end of this month, but travelers from further afield will not be allowed until Julysaid a European Union commissioner on Friday after talks between the bloc’s interior ministers.
Free movement is a jewel in the crown that helps businesses flourish, and many European officials feared that the very future of the Schengen area would be threatened by restrictions on the movement of coronaviruses. This added to the border pressures already caused by the arrival in Europe of more than a million migrants in 2015.
“I personally believe that we will return to the full functioning of the Schengen area and to the free movement of citizens no later than the end of June”, said European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on Friday after the meeting by videoconference.
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In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday defended his government’s decision to partially withhold official data on the magnitude of the world’s second-largest coronavirus epidemic.
Late Friday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health removed a website showing the evolution of the epidemic over time and by state and municipality. The ministry also stopped reporting a total of confirmed cases, which exceeded 645,000 – more than anywhere else in the United States – and its overall death toll, which has just overtaken Italy, with more than 35,000 .
Sri Lanka says it will reopen for international tourists from August 1 after a “successful containment” of the new coronavirus. The country’s airports have been closed since March due to the global pandemic.
Sri Lanka Tourism said on Saturday that only online visa applications will be accepted and that all tourists must prove that they have tested negative for the virus 72 hours before arriving in Sri Lanka. Visitors must also have a confirmed travel itinerary, a return air ticket and travel insurance with health and hospitalization coverage. There will be mandatory screening and health tests at the airport. Tourists will be accommodated in a nearby hotel pending the results of the COVID-19 test which should be expected within 24 hours.
In Spain the capital, Madrid, residents wearing masks queued two meters apart to be among the first visitors to the city’s famous galleries on Saturday, while the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums -Bornemisza have reopened after almost three months of coronavirus lockout.
Spain has so far recorded 27,134 deaths and 240,978 cases of coronavirus. This will make locking in Madrid and Barcelona even easier from Monday, when customers of bars and restaurants are allowed to sit inside rather than on the outside terraces.
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In Turkey, people flocked outside on Saturday for their first non-locking weekend with coronaviruses in almost two months, the day after President Tayyip Erdogan’s sudden cancellation of a home stay order.
Cafes, restaurants and other facilities reopened on Monday, as the rate of infection slowed and restrictions on long distance travel were lifted as the rate of infection slowed. But Erdogan intended to maintain the weekend lockout, which has been applied to major cities since April 11, until a public backlash.
Russia reported 8,855 new cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to 458,689. Authorities said 197 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 5,725 in all the country.
Indonesia reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Saturday, with 993 new cases, bringing the total to 30,514, said a ministry of health official. The official, Achmad Yurianto, reported 31 new deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Indonesia to 1801.
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India reported a record number of 9,887 new cases of coronavirus in one day on Saturday and overtook Italy as the sixth epidemic in the world, two days before the release of a closure with the reopening of shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship.
With a total number of cases of more than 236,000, India now has fewer infections than only the United States, Brazil, Russia, Great Britain and Spain, according to an assessment of Reuters.