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Covid infected ‘more than 350,000 pet cats’ in Britain

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There has been one documented case of a person catching Covid from an infected cat, when a 10-year-old tabby living in Thailand caught the virus off its infected owners and then sneezed in a 32-year-old vet’s face while being swabbed.

The cat’s owners, a 32 and 64-year-old father and son pair, were sent, with their cat, to a hospital 900km away from their Bangkok home. The cat was tested and treated at a nearby vets while the owners were put into hospital isolation.

The cat caught the virus after sleeping on the owners’ beds and the vet wore a mask and gloves, indicating the virus may have infected her via her eyes during the 10-minute appointment. Both the animal and human patients made a full recovery.

Experts say cats do not shed much virus and are only infectious for a couple of days, making it much harder for them to infect someone than for a person.

Disease not well understood in animals

The latest data gives an indication as to how widespread Covid-infected cats were and has raised concerns about the virus’s impact on their health as well as the animals becoming a reservoir of disease where new variants may evolve before jumping back into people.

“This could have implications for feline health – the actual pathology of Covid in cats is not as well characterised as in humans but we know of some quite severe cases of fever and respiratory illness in cats as well as some complications such as cardiac problems,” Ms Tyson said.

“In some cases, these clinical manifestations can be fatal or lead to euthanasia of the cat. We do not yet know the long-term effects of Covid in cats.

“There was a recent case in Thailand of a cat sneezing on its vet and infecting them, confirming cat-to-human transmission, and cat-to-cat transmission has also been observed experimentally so there is a concern that cats may become a reservoir for the disease, particularly since they are in such close contact with humans as pets.

“The selective pressure on the virus that comes from zoonotic jumps may cause viral mutations to occur. This is part of the reason why we believe SARS-CoV-2 research at the human-animal interface is so vital.”

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Britney Spears fans left confused as star PRAISES ‘inspiring’ sister Jamie Lynn

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Britney Spears has offered her estranged sister Jamie Lynn Spears some rare praise despite previously calling her ‘scum’ and accusing her of ‘f***ing lying’ in her controversial memoir released earlier this year.

In an Instagram post shared Friday, the singer – who is celebrating her 41st birthday – congratulated her ‘brave’ and ‘inspiring’ little sister, 31, for baring her soul in a promo clip for her Fox’s Special Forces, a military-style competition show for celebrities.

Shortly after the post was published, fans of the Toxic singer expressed confusion in the comment section — even speculating that Britney may no longer be in control of her Instagram account.

‘It’s my b-day but you’re my heart so I’m thinking about you … congratulations on being so brave, inspiring, and showing guts and glory in your show !!!’ Britney began.

Rare: Britney Spears has offered her estranged sister Jamie Lynn Spears some rare praise despite previously calling her ‘scum’ and accusing her of ‘f***ing lying’ in her controversial memoir released earlier this year; Britney seen in November

She then appeared to reply to Jamie Lynn’s quote about wanting to feel ‘worth something’ and escape her sister’s shadow by ‘proving herself’ on the cut-throat program, which will premiere January 4, 2023. 

‘You ain’t alone … if anybody knows what that feels like … I get it’ wrote Britney, who was clearly alluding to her now-terminated conservatorship.

‘My baby sister !!! I love you !!!’ the pop star concluded.

Along with her heartfelt message, Britney included two photos of Jamie Lynn strumming a guitar and posing on a bar stool. 

Raw and real: In an Instagram post shared Friday, the singer - who is celebrating her 41st birthday - congratulated her 'brave' and 'inspiring' little sister, 31, for baring her soul in a promo clip for her Fox's Special Forces, a military-style competition show for celebrities

Raw and real: In an Instagram post shared Friday, the singer – who is celebrating her 41st birthday – congratulated her ‘brave’ and ‘inspiring’ little sister, 31, for baring her soul in a promo clip for her Fox’s Special Forces, a military-style competition show for celebrities

'It's my b-day but you're my heart so I'm thinking about you … congratulations on being so brave, inspiring, and showing guts and glory in your show !!!' Britney began

‘It’s my b-day but you’re my heart so I’m thinking about you … congratulations on being so brave, inspiring, and showing guts and glory in your show !!!’ Britney began

Confused: Fans expressed their confusion over Britney's post, with one user saying the singer was simply throwing shade at her younger sister

Confused: Fans expressed their confusion over Britney’s post, with one user saying the singer was simply throwing shade at her younger sister 

Explaining: Another user wrote that she was just 'being sarcastic' because 'Jamie Lynn always wants to make things about herself'

Explaining: Another user wrote that she was just ‘being sarcastic’ because ‘Jamie Lynn always wants to make things about herself’

Social media users and followers quickly jumped to the comment section to express their utter confusion in regards to Britney’s post. 

One wrote that the post, ‘has to be shade,’ while another stated, ‘The math ain’t mathing Brit.’ 

Others typed that they believed she was not in control of her own Instagram account, with one follower stating, ‘Her man has her account now. He’s part of the plan. I’m convinced dad hired him. I said what I said.’ Another jokingly wrote, ‘Jamie Lynn get off Britney’s ig,’ followed by a laughing emoji. 

‘Someone stole her account,’ a user expressed, with another follower penning, ‘Y’all she’s being sarcastic because Jamie Lynn always wants to make things about herself.’ 

Another appeared to be completely surprised, writing, ‘Oh y’all friends again?’  

Not in charge: One follower believed that her husband had taken over Britney's Instagram account

Not in charge: One follower believed that her husband had taken over Britney’s Instagram account 

Snaps: Along with her heartfelt message, Britney included two photos of Jamie Lynn strumming a guitar and posing on a bar stool

Snaps: Along with her heartfelt message, Britney included two photos of Jamie Lynn strumming a guitar and posing on a bar stool

Responses: Another jokingly typed out, 'Jamie Lynn get off Britney's ig,' hinting that the singer's younger sister had uploaded the post

Responses: Another jokingly typed out, ‘Jamie Lynn get off Britney’s ig,’ hinting that the singer’s younger sister had uploaded the post 

Surprised: Another follower appeared to be completely surprised, writing, 'Oh y'all friends again?'

Surprised: Another follower appeared to be completely surprised, writing, ‘Oh y’all friends again?’

Fans continued to scratch their head as the Louisiana native returned to the platform to post a topless selfie.

She lifted up her bust with her hands, but covered her nipples with a set of flower emojis, as she relaxed on the sand at a tropical destination.

Britney has publicly feuded with Jamie Lynn since speaking out about her alleged treatment while under her nearly 14-year conservatorship. This contention resulted in Britney not inviting her ‘baby sister’ to her wedding to actor Sam Asghari, 28, in June. 

Not buying it: Shortly after the post was published, fans of the Toxic singer expressed confusion in the comment section — even speculating that Britney may no longer be in control of her Instagram account

Not buying it: Shortly after the post was published, fans of the Toxic singer expressed confusion in the comment section — even speculating that Britney may no longer be in control of her Instagram account

The sisters seen in 2003

The sisters seen in 2003

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Georgia shatters single-day early voting record again

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Georgia topped its record for one-day early voting again on Friday, with more than 350,000 voters casting their vote in the runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Republican Herschel Walker. 

Gabriel Sterling, one of the state’s top election officials in his capacity as chief operating officer of the Georgia secretary of state’s office, announced on Twitter that 350,574 people had voted Friday as of 8 p.m. 

“That’s just an amazing number. Great job by the counties’ elections officials and voters,” he tweeted. 

The total on Friday broke the previous record for the state that was set on Monday, when more than a quarter of a million early voters cast their ballots. Before that, the record was about 233,000 on the last day of early voting in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Warnock led Walker by about 1 percentage point in the first round of the Senate race last month, but he was unable to win the majority he needed to avoid a runoff. A Libertarian candidate won about 2 percent of the vote. 

Democrats have already won continued control of the Senate but will try to increase their narrow majority to 51 seats. 

Early voting for the runoff started last weekend, and a spokesperson for the Georgia secretary of state’s office told The Hill earlier this week that more people voted on Sunday than on any Sunday in the 2021 Senate runoff and the 2018, 2020 and 2022 general elections. 

Polls conducted since the midterms have shown Warnock with a slight lead over Walker. The incumbent senator led his Republican opponent by 4 points in a CNN poll released Friday.

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Florida Man Stabs His Own Mother To Death ‘Because She Never Pushed Me To Be A Man’

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“On November 29, 2022, at approximately 4:13 PM, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible stabbing at a residence in Kissimmee,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Upon arrival, it was determined that one female was deceased, and another female had severe lacerations to her hands.”

A motion for pre-trial detention from Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, obtained by NBC News, revealed that the suspect’s sister was the one who was injured.

“The victim heard their mother screaming for her life,” the documents stated. “When the victim came out of her room, she observed the defendant stabbing their mother multiple times with a kitchen knife,” the motion said. “The victim attempted to intervene and sustained multiple deep lacerations to her hands from the defendant cutting her.”

Shortly after police arrived on the scene, they located the suspect, identified as Matthew Stewart Sisley, a short distance away from the home. The suspect was taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where he confessed to intentionally stabbing his mother and accidentally stabbing his sister.

The sheriff’s office released a partial transcript of the interview:

Detective: “Do you think your mom deserved to get stabbed?”

Suspect: “Yes.”

Detective: “Why?”

Suspect: “Because she never pushed me to be a man.”

Detective: “Do you regret doing it?”

Suspect: “No. I would do it again.”

Police went on to state that the suspect had been booked into the Osceola County Jail on the charge of domestic aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Additional charges would follow.

NBC News reported that as of Friday, the suspect was still in jail; an additional charge of premeditated murder had been added to his record. The suspect’s bond was set at $0; prosecutors in the motion for pre-trial detention had asked the court to hold the suspect without bail, NBC News added.

Elsewhere in Florida, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer saved the life of an infant drowning in a retention pond in June. Video posted by the JSO on Facebook showed Officer Me’Atia Sanderson rushing to help the child, pulling him out of the water, then performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

“As a patrol officer in Zone 4 (Westside), Ofc. Sanderson was working on June 9th of this year when JSO and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched to an infant drowning in a retention pond,” the office captioned the video. “Sanderson was the first to arrive on scene and was alerted that the infant was still in the water. Ofc. Sanderson, who does not know how to swim herself, without a second’s hesitation, entered the pond to retrieve the child and performed CPR until she was relieved by other responding officers. Her actions, while putting her own life at risk, undoubtedly saved the child’s life.”

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