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Doctor says NHS applause is leading to spike in injuries

And other stories from the stranger side of life

An A&E medic is warning that the weekly nationwide clap for NHS staff has resulted in a spike in accidents and injuries. Dr Richard Pilling, a consultant surgeon in Yorkshire, says there have been “interesting little peaks in accident rates” following the rounds of applause on Thursday nights. In one incident, a woman fell and cut her knee. Dr Pilling urges people to “be a bit more cautious”. 

Covid-19 test kits get positive results from goat and pawpaw

The president of Tanzania has blamed the rise in coronavirus cases in the East African nation on faulty imported test kits, after samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw returned positive results. President John Magufuli’s government has faced criticism after he asked Tanzanians to simply pray the panemic away.

Gravedigger buried alive in New Jersey 

A worker at a New Jersey cemetery was left trapped in a grave after the sides collapsed on him while he was measuring the 8ft-deep hole. The 59-year-old gravedigger was up to his knees in dirt for around half an hour during the incident at Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst. Colleagues who heard his cries for help finally freed the prematurely buried worker, who was taken to hospital with chest and back pain.

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