19 March 2020 20:39
ES Lifestyle newsletter The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive trends and interviews from fashion, lifestyle to travel every week, by email Update newsletter preferences With world governments implementing social distancing in a bid to curb the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, a wave of optimism has emerged online in the form of #smallcomforts. The hashtag, which is now trending, was sparked by author Caitlin Moran who on Tuesday morning tweeted: 'Today I am re-Tweeting the #smallcomforts of the crisis, to give tiny reminders of how the world keeps turning, and humanity just keeps on...' Followers immediately responded by sharing things that were keeping them going, ranging from kind gestures from brands and retailers to the simple pleasures of spending time with loved ones. Many of the responses spoke to the scarcity of supermarkets with users expressing relief over being able to purchase household essentials like toilet paper and tinned foods. This comes after rationing measures were put into place by leading chains like Tesco and Waitrose to quash panic buying.
Animals living their best lives in the absence of humans was a popular #smallcomfort with noticeably clearer waters and the return of swans to Venice canals. Italy's lockdown of ferry transport also allowed for the rare appearance of dolphins near the ports. Videos from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago warmed hearts as penguins were free to roam around on their own little adventures. While the government on Monday urged the British public to work from home where possible, a few Londoners who were still required to brave rush hour took comfort in seat availability. For those who are able to work from home, time spent bonding with pets and children was a common small comfort with some parents getting stuck in with old hobbies for the first time in decades.
Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus, palace officials have announced. In a statement released on Thursday, the Prince's Palace of Monaco said that the 62-year-old's state of health is not a cause for concern. He will continue to work from his apartment while under quarantine, the palace added, and will be treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, named after his US actress mother. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines The news comes after the monarch unveiled a series of containment measures for the principality as authorities attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19. Speaking two days earlier, Prince Albert announced an indefinite ban on group gatherings within the principality and said that only limited travel, for healthcare and food shopping, would be permitted.
"The way out of this health crisis will depend on your ability to comply with the measures applied," he told Monaco's population. It was also announced on Thursday that the Monaco Grand Prix will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. To date, the principality has reported nine cases of infection. LINDA Lusardi today said she has "never felt so ill EVER" as she continues to battle coronavirus symptoms. The 61-year-old former Dancing On Ice star and one-time Page 3 girl revealed yesterday she had the bug on her Twitter account. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Linda Lusardi has today revealed she has 'never been so ill' as she battles coronavirus (seen here in 2018) Credit: PA:Press Association However, the former pin-up said this afternoon that she was really starting to feel the affects of the deadly bug. Linda has been keeping her fans updated on her current condition, having self-isolated with COVID-19 symptoms, with her husband Samuel Kane. She took to Twitter on today to post: "I want to thank you all for your good wishes. Sam and I have had COVID-19 symptoms and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. "We are taking it one-day-at-a-time, that's all we can do. But let me tell you we've never felt this ill, EVER! 4 Linda is in quarantine with husband Sam Kane (seen here in 2019) Credit: Getty Images - Getty "I wouldn't wish this on anyone. So stay safe everyone and follow the advice of the experts - please take care of yourselves, loved ones and each other xx" Yesterday Linda revealed she was struggling with coronavirus symptoms as recorded cases of the highly contagious virus continue to rise across the United Kingdom. Replying to a fan who asked for a message from Linda for her granddad, she replied: "Sorry Kerry. I am extremely ill with Corona at the moment." Many were stunned by the news, with one follower posting: "Sending you all our love and hope you feel better soon love you very much." 4 The star explained she was 'extremely ill' with coronavirus on Twitter 4 Linda heading in to Loose Women's London studios in 2017 Credit: Getty - Contributor 4 Linda on Dancing On Ice with skating partner Daniel Whiston Credit: ITV Another wrote: "Bloody hell. Get well soon Linda." Linda was a once a regular on the Loose Women panel. She also appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2008, finishing in sixth place with pro dancer Daniel Whiston. The Londoner became a household name in the Seventies and Eighties, and in 2005 was voted the UK's most popular Page 3 girl ever. In 2018, she stripped off to mark her birthday nearly four decades since she first appeared in The Sun. She said: "I still look sexy at 60 and my husband thinks so too — he reckons I'm the best thing since sliced bread." In 1998, Linda married actor Samuel Kane and they have two children, a son called Jack and daughter called Lucy. Legendary Page 3 girl Linda Lusardi on her 20 years as a glamour model Got a story? email [email protected] or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours. Prince Albert II has become the first head of state to test positive for the coronavirus as the worldwide pandemic spreads. The Prince's Palace of Monaco announced the diagnosis in a Thursday statement, which said the 62-year-old monarch was tested earlier in the week and that he is being treated by doctors for the illness, although his condition is not a cause for concern. Since his diagnosis, Albert has reportedly continued to work and has been in contact with other officials in the small European country. "His Serene Highness urges the people of Monaco to respect containment measures and to limit contact with others to a minimum," the statement said. "Only the rigorous observance of these containment rules will stop the spread of the virus." Monaco has had seven confirmed cases of the flu-like virus in the country of fewer than 40,000 people. Albert became ruler in 2005 after the death of his father and is one of the wealthiest royals in the world. Other world leaders have been tested for the virus, including President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Both tested negative. Worldwide, there have been at least 230,000 cases of the coronavirus, about 84,500 recoveries, and at least 9,358 deaths, according to the latest reading by the Johns Hopkins University tracker.