Bizarre TV interview with 'Grim Reaper' goes viral

A Florida man is protesting beaches being re-opened in the US during the coronavirus pandemic by dressing up as the Grim Reaper.

Bizarre TV interview with 'Grim Reaper' goes viral

A man is protesting beaches being re-opened in Florida during the coronavirus pandemic by dressing up as the 'Grim Reaper'. The eye-catching costume got even more attention after a recent interview with a local TV station.

Florida lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder wore a long black robe, black mask and hood, holding a scythe, as he stalked beaches near his area in Walton County, protesting their re-opening ahead of the initial May 4 schedule, as the USA continues to struggle to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Mr Uhlfelder was interviewed on ABC13 by reporter Faith Graham about his protest, making for a bizarre scene.

"I'm here today to try to make a point that I think it's premature to open our beaches," he said after being handed the microphone by the reporter.

"I'm a huge proponent of public beaches and I've been fighting for that for years.

"But I think the danger of bringing all the people here to our area and spreading the virus, I think it's going to prolong the recovery.

"We should take better measures.

"It's too soon and it's not appropriate."

Reporter Faith Graham from ABC13 News in Florida

Mr Uhlfelder then awkwardly remained in the frame behind the journalist as she wrapped up her report.

The public are now able to access Florida's beaches, and restaurants and retailers are permitted to open at 25 percent capacity. This, while Florida has had 34,728 positive COVID-19 cases in the state and 1314 deaths from the virus.

Mr Uhlfelder proudly posted photos and videos online of his exploits at the Florida beaches during his protest.
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NSW Health Minister says NRL players not exempt from quarantine rules

New Zealand's NRL team the Warriors not receive any "special treatment" under NSW lockdown laws, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has said.

NSW Health Minister says NRL players not exempt from quarantine rules

New Zealand's NRL team the Warriors not receive any "special treatment" under NSW lockdown laws, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has said.

Mr Hazzard said the NRL players will not be provided with any exemptions from NSW isolation restrictions despite being approved to fly directly to Tamworth tomorrow by the federal government.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton confirmed the Australian Border Force has granted 36 members of the Warriors team an exemption to fly to Australia.

The players are expected to arrive in Tamworth tomorrow and will be allowed to train outdoors despite the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine period for overseas arrivals.

Mr Hazzard admitted he "agonised" over the decision to allow the team to play however there would be no exemptions made and the team will still be required to isolate consistent with the state's quarantine restrictions.   

New Zealand Warriors react to the NRL 2020 season suspension

"NSW Health has sent a very clear message, you won't get an exemption … you're going to do exactly what everyone else is doing," he said.

Mr Hazzard said the team was yet to provide NSW Health with a detailed plan as to how the safety of all players and the broader community would be ensured.

"How they're managing that I don't know … I'm not giving them special treatment that's for sure," Mr Hazzard said.

NSW remains firm on lockdown restrictions

NSW has remained firm on lockdown restrictions keeping the majority of rules in place despite the dropping infection rates.

The state recorded five new cases of COVID-19 overnight, taking the state's total to 3031.

Nearly 9000 people have been tested in the last 24 hours – the second highest number of tests since the pandemic began.

The highest number of tests was conducted in March with 8835 tests taken in a 24-hour period, producing 212 positive cases.

NSW social distancing coronavirus

The latest testing and infection rates show a 40 times better outcome since the end of March.

NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said he was "delighted" by the results however those experiencing any symptoms must not attend work and should come forward to be tested.  

"About 80 per cent have very mild symptoms but its sill a reminder, no matter how mild your symptoms are, you must not go to work. You must not. You must go out and get tested," he said.

NSW has acquired a significant supply of rapid testing kits which produce results to a COVDO-19 test within an hour.

"That's going to make a big difference for those urgent and priority cases where people need to know if someone has the virus," Dr Catherine Pitman from NSW Pathology said.

The rapid testing kits have previously been in short supply however NSW has now secured a high number of the kits and will make them available for a greater number of pathology clinics.

Nurse Rachael Macfarlane working at the St Vincent's Hospital new Covid-19 testing clinic at East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, Darlinghurst.

"This won't be for everyone," NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

The testing kits will be reserved for important and high priority cases such as aged care workers, health care workers and others where its critical for that timely public health response.

The kits will also be used for rural and regional communities that may normally take significantly longer to deliver results than in metropolitan areas.

Rapid testing has also been identified as a possible way to tackle outbreaks quickly and effectively.

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