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It's A Sin: Nathaniel Curtis on importance of showing aspects of gay sex - Metro.co.uk
Russell T Davies' Channel 4 drama didn't waste any time exploring aspects of gay sex that aren't often spoken about in the mainstream.
Its A Sin quickly schooled viewers on the importance of douching (Picture: Channel 4) Channel 4s Its A Sin didnt waste any time in exploring aspects of gay sex that arent often spoken about in the mainstream. Approximately 16 minutes into tonights first episode of Russell T Davies long-awaited drama, Olly Alexanders character Ritchie is awkwardly told by Nathaniel Curtis Ash that he needs a bit of a wash before the two can go to bed, and is sent off to have a shower. Confused as to why he needs to have his second shower of the day, Ritchie soon learns the important lesson of anal douching, which in simple terms, is flushing out the rectum with water in order to clean it. No, down there. Your arse, Ash explains. You need a good wash, okay? Metro.co.uk caught up with Nathaniel about the significance of the scene and how Its A Sin shines a guiding light on pockets of LGBTQ+ life that so often goes unsaid. Not only is that moment hilarious, but its also very important as hygiene in general with sex is not really discussed, he told us. You have this incredibly passionate moment with Ritchie where hes seen this guy across a crowded room and hes got this opportunity and Ash is just throwing himself around and is happy to be there. Nathaniel Curtis spoke to Metro.co.uk about the importance of queer sex education (Picture: Channel 4) I wasnt taught about it in school, Nathaniel added. I wasnt taught about it in history and science. The sex education that I received didnt even touch upon homosexual sex. The scene provides an important lesson for those not well-versed in the ins and outs of gay sex, but thats not to say Nathaniel wasnt left cringeing over it. Please, God, dont let my mother watch this! I think was the first thought, he recalled. But its funny. What an entrance! I was happy with that. Im not going to forget that scene! Its A Sin follows the lives of a group of young men and their experiences of the HIV/Aids crisis during the 80s. I think its important that this series shows that these people, no matter what was thrown at them and the challenges outside of HIV/Aids, theyre a group of young people trying to get by in life, who love each other so ferociously that theyd do anything for each other, Nathaniel added. It is about a group of people, a group of friends who are a family and their love can endure anything. The one thing Id want people to take away from this is the stunning endurance that these people had. Its A Sin airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4 with the entire box set available to stream on All 4. Got a story? If youve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page wed love to hear from you.
Manchester weather: Major incident declared ahead of Storm Christoph - Metro.co.uk
'We want to make it clear that, should members of the public need to evacuate to protect themselves due to flooding, then that is the priority.'
Greater Manchester Police have declared a major incident ahead of Storm Christoph (Picture: Mercury Press) Police have declared a major incident in Greater Manchester as the area prepares for heavy rain and flooding brought by Storm Christoph tonight. An amber weather warning for heavy rain was issued by the Met Office this morning and is expected to last until midday on Thursday. The warning covers a large area of northern England, including Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield and Peterborough. Forecasters said residents can expect heavy rainfall, combined with some snowmelt across the hills which is likely to lead to flooding. Today Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey stated that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) had declared a major incident due to the weather conditions. He said the force was continuing to work with partner agencies across the region. Some people may have to evacuate their homes due to the flooding (Picture: Mercury Press) He went on: Whilst we appreciate that everyone has been told to stay home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we want to make it clear that should members of the public need to evacuate to protect themselves due to flooding then that is the priority and you should follow your local authoritys advice regarding evacuation. Coronavirus remains a threat to everyones health and people should not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential, but where there is a risk of flooding, that is clearly essential and were working with our partners to ensure that people can do this as safely as possible. The heavy rainfall will last until Thursday (Picture: Mercury Press) Flooding across parts of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield is likely Anyone who does need to evacuate their homes is asked to remain aware of Covid restrictions in place, such as limiting their contact with other people, Mr Bailey went on. He added: We would continue to urge anyone with concerns about flooding in their area to contact their local authorities who will be able to sign-post you to the most appropriate information and support. Partner agencies are working hard on local plans to ensure that people living in potentially vulnerable areas are notified at the earliest opportunity. Heavy rainfall is expected from later today and that could cause flooding in several areas across Greater Manchester we are preparing for this and are continuing to monitor the situation very closely. We will continue to provide updates as often as we can. Fast flowing water is likely, which may be a danger to life, forecasters warned (Picture: metro.co.uk) York has already seen some areas become flooded (Picture: PA) Earlier today a major incident was also declared in South Yorkshire as a result of flooding, with some families told to prepare to evacuate their homes. High risk homes were inspected over the past 36 hours, and sandbags have been handed out. The Met Office has warned the severe weather could cause homes and businesses to be flooded, creating damage to buildings and fast flowing water, which may be a danger to life. Travel is also expected to be disrupted, and some communities may find they are cut off from others due to flooded roads. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.
The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world - Metro.co.uk
Around 16 people in every million are dying from the virus, new data has revealed.
The UK now has the highest death rate in the world, research shows (Picture: Getty/ PA) The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world, new figures have revealed. According to Our World in Data, a University of Oxford research platform, the UK had an average of 935 daily deaths over the past week equating to around 16 people in every million dying with the virus. The UKs Sunday death toll then caused the nation to overtake the Czech Republic in having the highest rate in the world, experts said. The nations official figures also tend to be lower on Sunday and Monday due to a weekend lag in reporting. On Sunday, there were 671 deaths with Covid recorded, while today, a further 599 people lost their lives to the virus. The total number of confirmed deaths from coronavirus now stands at 89,243. A further 599 deaths with the virus were recorded today (Picture: Getty Images) This is the highest cumulative death toll in Europe, and is only behind the US, Brazil, India and Mexico on a global scale. However, the UKs death rate is higher, as those countries have much larger populations. Max Roser, the founder of Our World in Data, said other nations had taken quicker and more decisive action during the start of the pandemic, resulting in a much lower death toll overall. Other countries took more decisive action than the UK, experts said(Picture: PA) The UK is one of the countries leading the vaccine race (Picture: Rex) New Zealand, for example, has not had a death from the virus since mid-September, he wrote on social media. Our World in Data also revealed that the UK is currently fourth in the list of countries who have vaccinated the highest proportion of their population. Israel has vaccinated nearly 20% of its population, while the UAE has vaccinated 19.04. Son's tribute to 'caring' dad swept out to sea with his dog Bahrain is then in third place, having vaccinated 8.32%, while the UK had vaccinated 6.34% as of January 16. This percentage is likely to rise this week, with Public Health England (PHE) confirming today that 4,062,501 people have now received their first dose of a Covid-19 jab. However, Boris Johnson has warned the UK is still in a pretty precarious position for the time being, with ministers preparing for the easing of lockdown restrictions from around early March. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.
One in eight 'recovered' Covid patients 'die within 140 days' - Metro.co.uk
A third of people were back in hospital within five months of first being diagnosed.
A new Covid patient is being admitted to hospital every 30 seconds and many more may be readmitted months later, according to a new study (Picture: Barcroft/PA) A third of people who recovered after suffering from severe Covid were readmitted to hospital within five months with complications including heart problems, diabetes and chronic liver and kidney conditions. New research has shown the devastating long term impact of the virus with one in eight people dying within five months of diagnosis. The University of Leicester and the Office for National Statistics found that out of 47,780 people discharged from hospital in the first wave, 29.4% were back in hospital within 140 days and 12.3% died. Covid survivors were three and half times more likely to be readmitted to hospital and die compared to other conditions. The study which has not yet been peer reviewed is believed to be the largest yet that looks at what happened to people discharged from hospital after Covid. It indicates the overall death toll from the pandemic is far higher than the 89,261 deaths currently recorded. Study author Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at Leicester University, told the Telegraph: People seem to be going home, getting long-term effects, coming back in and dying. We see nearly 30% have been readmitted, and thats a lot of people. The numbers are so large. Professor Khunti said the findings show the NHS needs to introduce a monitoring system for those who leave hospital after having suffered from Covid. The ICU ward in St Georges Hospital in Tooting, south-west London (Picture: PA) He said people could be placed on protective drugs such as statins and asprins to try to stop them from developing serious conditions. He said: We dont know if its because Covid destroyed the beta cells which make insulin and you get Type 1 diabetes, or whether it causes insulin resistance, and you develop Type 2, but we are seeing these surprising new diagnoses of diabetes. The Government currently registers a death as Covid-related if the patient dies up to 28 days after a positive test. There have been nearly 8,000 deaths by this measure in the last seven days. In December, the ONS estimated one in 10 people who caught Covid went on to suffer long Covid with symptoms lasting three months or more. Paramedics transport a patient from the ambulance to the emergency department at the the Royal London Hospital in London (Picture: Barcroft) Study author Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at Leicester University These often include extreme tiredness, shortness of breath and problems with memory and concentration. Responding to the study, Christina Pagel, director of the clinical operational research unit at University College London, tweeted: This is such important work. Covid is about so much more than death. A significant burden of long-term illness after hospitalisation for Covid. Yesterday NHS England boss Sir Simon Stevens revealed a new Covid patient is being admitted to hospital every 30 seconds with 15,000 new admissions since Christmas Day. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.
Ian Wright reacts to Timo Werner's miss v Fulham and sends advice to Chelsea striker - Metro.co.uk
The German has failed to score in his last ten league games.
Timo Werner spurned a late chance to double Chelseas lead at Fulham (Picture: Getty) Ian Wright says he hopes Timo Werner manages to find his scoring boots again after the strikers late miss in Chelseas 1-0 win over Fulham and has urged the striker to ensure hes consistently hitting the back of the net in training so the muscle memory is there on matchdays. Werner had a strong start to life at Chelsea following his high-profile £47.5million move from Leipzig in the summer, scoring eight goals in his opening 12 games, but the 24-year-old has fired in a blank in his last ten Premier League matches and was named on the substitutes bench at Craven Cottage this weekend. Mason Mount fired the Blues in front with a driven half-volley past Alphonse Areola in the 78th minute and Werner had a golden chance to double the visitors lead at the death after replacing Olivier Giroud. Werner was consoled by Chelsea boss Lampard after his missed chance (Picture: Getty) But Werners frustrations continued as he once again missed the target and Match of the Day pundit Wright insisted the German literally got everything right before his wayward finish. I was willing him to score this because he looks like one of those strikers that once he gets going, he really does, the legendary ex-Arsenal and England forward said. He does literally everything right here but when he gets to the end, its almost behind him a little bit. Its almost like in golf, hes blocked it. The ball needs to be a little more in front of him so he can get that whip on it and unfortunately, up until that point, he had done everything right. Its just unfortunate that he got too much on it and it went wide but hopefully hell keep going and hell get his goals. Ex-Arsenal striker Wright was willing Werner to find the back of the net (Picture: BBC Sport) Asked what he used to do during bad spells in front of goal, Wright replied: I just kept trying to score in training because if you do that, then the muscle memory will be there in the game. Obviously the crowd come in and you do get a few nerves but I didnt really! [laughs] Werner replaced Giroud with 15 minutes remaining at Craven Cottage (Picture: Getty) Speaking after Chelseas victory, Frank Lampard said he was confident Werner would soon improve in front of goal. I dont know, I think its normal, I think if you dont score as regularly as you want, he scored last week in the FA Cup, the Chelsea head coach told Sky Sports. But those are goals Ive seen him score many a time. His bread and butter is going through like that and scoring and it happens. He has to just keep working, its the only way out of it. Weve all been there if youre a goalscorer or a striker, everyone will say the same, get back on the training pitch, [be] pleased youre getting in there, go again. More: UK Itll go in for him because hes high quality. I was delighted to see him to get through [on goal], he likes to be in those positions, were getting him in positions there when he came on and he will score. Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. MORE : Frank Lampard promises Callum Hudson-Odoi will get many minutes for Chelsea after Fulham win MORE : Jamie Redknapp names four of Frank Lampards undroppable stars after Chelsea beat Fulham
Dimitar Berbatov's Premier League predictions including Liverpool vs Man Utd - Metro.co.uk
A huge game at Anfield this weekend.
Dimitar Berbatov predicts the outcomes of this weekends games including Liverpool vs Man Utd (Picture: Metro / Rex) Theres absolutely no letup in the schedule with the some huge Premier League matches to look forward to this weekend. All eyes will be on Anfield come Sudnay when champions Liverpool take on arch rivals and current leaders Manchester United. Elsewhere, Pep Guardiolas Manchester City side have quietly crept back into contention and will look to extend their recent good run against Crystal Palace, while there is an intriguing west London derby between Fulham and Chelsea to look forward to as well. As ever, Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk Wolves v West Brom Things havent gone to plan for Big Sam at West Brom (Picture: Getty) I cant see things getting any easier for Big Sam at West Brom. Football has changed, you can only count on long balls and getting the ball into the box and trying to win the headers hoping it goes into the back of the net, you need to be more clever on the pitch these days and with the quality that West Brom have in their side they arent really performing to the standards they should be, its going to be really tough for them and I cant see them surviving, I think Wolves will get the better of them in this one. Prediction: 2-0. Betfair Exchange Odds: Wolves 5/8, Draw 14/5, West Brom 13/2 West Ham v Burnley I think this one will be a win for West Ham, Burnley can play well on their day and they have had a number of good results this season but I think West Ham should be able to take this one. Prediction: 2-1. Betfair Exchange Odds: West Ham 10/11, Draw 13/5, Burnley 4/1 Leeds v Brighton Leeds will be hurting from their embarrassment at the weekend and they need to bounce back from that. They arent in a bad position in the league and I think Bielsa will shake them up a bit for this one. Prediction: 3-1. Betfair Exchange Odds: Leeds 5/4, Draw 11/4, Brighton 5/2 Fulham v Chelsea Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea following a poor run (Picture: Getty) What is going on at Chelsea? If they lose this one I think Frank Lampard will definitely be in trouble. They have a lot of new players that arent producing as people expect them to, this along with bad luck results in where they are at the moment, I think its a momentum thing and once they break out of it they will be fine. That being said, I think its a good opportunity for Fulham and I can see them putting even more pressure on Chelsea, so Im going for a surprise. Prediction: 1-0. Betfair Exchange Odds: Fulham 6/1, Draw 7/2, Chelsea 4/7 Leicester v Southampton Leicester are up there and are going under the radar in a way. Southampton are also having a good season and this match promises to be a good game. I think both sides may cancel each other out in this one, so Im going for a draw. Prediction: 2-2. Betfair Exchange Odds: Leicester 5/6, Draw 14/5, Southampton 4/1 Sheffield United v Spurs I was so happy to see Sheffield United win, I know they are having a terrible season, but that win will have lifted a big weight from their shoulders. I dont see them beating Spurs and in my opinion Mourinhos side can still surprise a lot of people, the season is long and the focus has shifted away from them at the moment, which will suit Mourinho. Prediction: 0-2. Betfair Exchange Odds: Sheffield United 11/2, Draw 3/1, Spurs 5/7 Liverpool v Man United Paul Pogba helped Man Utd move three points clear at the top follwoing their win at Burnley (Picture: Getty) I want to see United make the most of the position they are in and increase their lead at the top to six points clear of Liverpool. Its going to be a tough game and there is a lot at stake. I think it will be a tactical battle but I dont care how they do it, I just want to see United win, and I think they will continue to surprise people. Prediction: 1-2. Betfair Exchange Odds: Liverpool Evens, Draw 3/1, Man United 11/4 Man City v Crystal Palace City are up there as well in the title race, you can not write them off. They have two games in hand and they are lurking in the shadows. I know this fixture has thrown up some surprises in the past but I think this time City will be far to strong for Crystal Palace. Guardiola wont be giving up on the title and they will know that they are in a strong position. Prediction: 3-0. Betfair Exchange Odds: Man City 2/11, Draw 8/1, Crystal Palace 19/1 Arsenal v Newcastle Arsenal have turned a corner and they are looking a lot better recently. Although they needed extra time against Newcastle in the cup last weekend, I think they will get the job done in 90 minutes in this one. They are playing catch up and they cant afford any more slips. Prediction: 2-0. Betfair Exchange Odds: Arsenal 1/2, Draw 4/1, Newcastle 7/1 MORE : Jurgen Klopp bites back at Mark Clattenburg over referee mind games jibe MORE : Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at role for new signing Amad Diallo ahead of Liverpool showdown Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Chelsea news: The team Frank Lampard should pick to kick-start season - Metro.co.uk
The Blues are losing ground on their title rivals.
Find out how busy your hospital is as critical care units fill up - Metro.co.uk
NHS figures show beds for the sickest patients are 40% fuller this year compared to January 2020.
The graph shows the ten trusts in England which cared for the most Covid patients per day on average in the week ending January 10 (Picture: Metro.co.uk) Specialist wards designed to care for seriously ill patients were completely full at a fifth of all hospitals in the UK last week, new NHS data has shown. Critical care units at 27 of the 140 major NHS trusts had no space at all on January 10 while 12 were full throughout the week. It appears hospitals in the North East and Yorkshire which had been among the least affected going into the third lockdown are now filling up again. Six of the 12 full hospitals were in this region while five were in the South East and Midlands, four were in the South West and London, and two were in the East of England and North West, according to an analysis by MailOnline. NHS figures show critical care units are 40% fuller this year compared to the second week of January last year. However no hospitals had filled their general and acute beds, where less ill patients are cared for. This may be because capacity at most hospitals has increased in response to the pandemic and social distancing measures mean some beds must remain empty. Several hospitals came very close to full capacity. Meanwhile, 5,513 patients waited longer than an hour to be handed over from ambulance teams to A&E staff at hospitals in England in the week to January 10 the highest weekly figure so far this winter. A handover delay does not always mean a patient has waited in the ambulance, they may have been moved into an A&E department but staff were not available to complete the handover. Hospitals have continued to cancel surgeries in response to the crisis. Yesterday, the University Hospitals Birmingham trust said it would have to suspend kidney transplants for the foreseeable future. East of England London Midlands North East and Yorkshire North West South East South West Figures published yesterday showed a total of 4.46 million people were waiting to start hospital treatment in England at the end of November 2020, the highest number since records began. Patients were also waiting longer. The number of people having to wait more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment in England stood at 192,169 in November 2020, the highest number for any calendar month since May 2008. In November 2019 the number having to wait more than 52 weeks to start treatment stood at just 1,398. NHS England said that A&E visits were 50% higher in December than during the first Covid peak in April, showing essential services were being maintained. A member of the emergency services unloads a patient from an ambulance at the Royal London hospital in east London (Picture: Getty) Some patients were kept in ambulances because of delays admitting them into A&E (Picture: Getty) NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: Despite there being almost 23,000 people with Covid in Englands hospitals at the end of December 20% higher than the April peak 50% more people still came forward for urgent care in our A&Es, twice as many elective treatments were delivered and around three times as many diagnostic checks were carried out, showing that essential non-Covid care was being maintained even as the virus began to get out of control. The NHS has cared for nearly a quarter of a million Covid-positive patients already, who collectively spent more than two million nights in hospital, while also keeping emergency care running. These figures are a stark reminder that the NHS is facing an exceptionally tough challenge, and that while still millions of people are getting care for non-Covid health problems in the NHS in England indeed for every Covid patient in hospital, the NHS is treating three people for other conditions there is no doubt that services will continue to be under additional pressure until and unless this virus is under control, which is why its so important that everyone practises social distancing and follows national guidance. The trusts without any space on their critical care units by January 10 included University Hospitals Birmingham in the Midlands, which had all 147 beds filled, and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in the South East, where patients were occupying all 17 of its beds. In London, Lewisham and Greenwich hospitals had all 51 of their beds filled, and in the North East and Yorkshire, all 75 beds were in use at Leeds Teaching Hospital. Hospitals with full critical care wards must either commandeer other parts of the hospital to use for intensive care or send patients to other hospitals nearby. In general beds, the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust in the North West was closest to having all of its beds full. There were 339 patients in 347 beds, taking it to 98% capacity. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.
Another 48,682 people test positive for Covid as deaths data delayed - Metro.co.uk
The figures mark a drop from yesterday's record number of deaths.
Covid denier fined £200 for uploading pictures of 'empty' hospitals - Metro.co.uk
Hannah Dean, 30, wandered around several hospitals and uploaded images encouraging others to do the same.
Dancing On Ice 2021 will go ahead despite 'coronavirus on set' - Metro.co.uk
The show must go on.
Dancing On Ice will launch this Sunday (Picture: ITV) Dancing On Ice 2021 will launch as planned this Sunday despite reports claiming that five members of the crew have tested positive for coronavirus. It was thought the new series was in jeopardy over the alleged outbreak on set, but its been confirmed that the show will go on, and presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will introduce the 12 celebrity contestants in four days time. Bosses have ensured that a number of strict Covid-19 rules have been put in place to make sure the competition can go ahead safely. An ITV spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority. We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production. The show will go on with strict coronavirus rules in place (Picture: ITV) Besides This Mornings Holly and Phil returning to host the show, skating icons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will lead the judging panel alongside John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo. As well as plenty of changes behind the scenes to remain Covid-secure, there are a few differences in the format on Dancing on Ice this year. Like normal, six celebrities will take part in the first show of the series, followed by the remaining six the week after. The couples at the bottom of their respective leaderboards after both weeks will take part in a Skate Off, where theyll compete again in a bid to keep their place in the competition. But in a new twist, this year, judges will have the power to award their newly created Golden Ticket, which has the power to send one couple through to the next stage making them safe from the vote. Dancing On Ice kicks off on Sunday at 6pm on ITV. Got a story?If youve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page wed love to hear from you.
Eight gorillas catch Covid and are showing same symptoms as humans - Metro.co.uk
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has seen eight gorillas which live together test positive for coronavirus.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has seen eight gorillas which live together test positive for coronavirus (Picture: San Diego Zoo Global / EPA) Several gorillas have coronavirus in what is thought to be the first known cases among primates in the world. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has seen eight gorillas that live together test positive for Covid-19, with several of them coughing. They believe the infection came from a member of the parks wildlife care team, who also tested positive for the virus but has been asymptomatic and wore a mask at all times around the gorillas. Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well, the parks executive director, Lisa Peterson, said. The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking. We are hopeful for a full recovery. Vets are monitoring the gorillas and they will remain in their enclosure at the park, which is north of San Diego. So far they are being given vitamins, fluid and food but no specific treatment for the virus. Although other wildlife is known to have contracted coronavirus, including minks and tigers, this is thought to be the first known transmission to gorillas in the world. They have been coughing but are otherwise doing well (Picture: San Diego Zoo Global / EPA) Lisa Peterson from San Diego Zoo said staff are handling the situation (Picture: SanDiegoZoo.org) It is unknown what kind of reaction they could have to the virus and wildlife experts have previously expressed concern about what effect it could have as they share 98.4% of their DNA with humans. The gorillas at the San Diego safari park are western lowland gorillas, which are critically endangered and the population has declined by more than 60% over the last 20 years. The safari park tested some faecal samples of the gorillas after two of the troop started coughing on January 6. The US Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories yesterday confirmed the positive results. So far they are being given vitamins, fluid and food but no specific treatment for the virus (Picture: San Diego Zoo Global / EPA) The test results confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in some of the gorillas and does not definitively rule out the presence of the virus in other members of the troop, it said. Zoo staff say they are talking to experts who have been treating Covid-19 in humans, in case the gorillas develop more severe symptoms. This is wildlife, and they have their own resiliency and can heal differently than we do, Peterson said. The group will be kept together since separating them could be harmful to their community dynamic. The safari park has been closed to visitors since early December after cases started to surge in southern California. All workers are required to wear personal protective equipment such as masks when near the gorillas, but new precautionary measures have been added including face shields and eye goggles. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.