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People Are Linking Former Presidential Candidate's Death To Trump's Rally

"We'll never know."

Herman Cain, a former business executive, Tea Party activist and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has sadly died from COVID-19 at age 74 about one month after attending Trump’s rally in Tulsa.

A statement on his website reads, “We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Hermain Cain has gone to be with the Lord.”

“We knew when he was first hospitalised with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” the statement reads. “He had trouble breathing and was taken to hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”

“We all prayed so hard every day,” the update continued. “We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”

Herman Cain’s team confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 29th. Earlier this month they said there was “no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus,” however many social media users have linked his fatal diagnosis to Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally he attended on June 20th. 

According to PEOPLE, Cain – as well as many other attendees – were seen without masks or social distancing at the rally. TIME also stated that the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a record number of COVID-19 cases in the state three weeks after Trump’s rally. “On the day of the event, it was revealed that six staffers on the Trump campaign tested positive for the coronavirus,” TIME reports

“I realise people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of travelling in the past week,” Cain’s friend Dan Calabrese wrote on his website in early July. “I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”

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Calabrese also told PEOPLE that he believes Cain contracted the virus while on a plane given his recent travels.

“Where he got it, it’s kind of neither here nor there, but I wish people would stop trying to turn it into a political angle in that way,” he added. “I know he did wear a mask and I know he encouraged people on his show to wear a mask.”

This tragic loss is incredibly heartbreaking for Hermain Cain’s family and friends, and a clear reminder that the world is still very much grappling with this devastating pandemic.

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Self-Isolation Lies Copped These QLD Teens COVID-19 And Thousands In Fines

"I'm absolutely furious."

As Victoria battles through a second lockdown and NSW attempts to contain growing clusters of COVID-19, following social distancing rules and restrictions has never been so important. Sadly, that didn’t stop two teens from triggering QLD’s first community transmission of COVID-19 in more than a month.

According to multiple reports, two 19-year-olds were each fined $4,000 this week after allegedly lying to authorities about where they’d been and failing to self-isolate.

The pair travelled from Melbourne to Brisbane where they reportedly visited a large number of public places and then failed to follow the strict 14-day quarantine rule. News.com.au reports the pair also live in large households, leading to family transmission of the virus.

One of the teens even returned to work as a cleaner at Parklands Christian College in QLD for three days before later being diagnosed with the COVID-19. Staff and students have been since issued a warning.

“The staff member was on site last week and then rang in sick and then that’s when the trace program started,” school Principal Gary Cully told The Courier Mail.

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“As far as I’m aware they were not symptomatic while they were onsite and then called in sick the following day and then the next week they were tested,” he added.

Apparently, Chatswood Hills State School has also been closed for deep cleaning after one of the women worked there. 

“I’m absolutely furious that this has happened,” QLD’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. “These two have gone to Victoria, have come back and have given misleading information to authorities.”

QLD’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said that there is a police investigation underway, and that “the initial investigation is indicating that there were incorrect details on their declaration passes.”

It’s just another reminder to – and we cannot stress this enough – get tested if you’re feeling sick, stay home and if you have to travel, follow the rules and self-isolate.

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After 13 Years, There's Been A Breakthrough In The Madeleine McCann Case

A groundbreaking development.

On the 3rd of May 2007, three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann went missing from a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal where she was staying with her family. After 13 years, there has just been a groundbreaking development in her case.

According to multiple reports, police are currently searching a garden in the German city of Hanover in connection with a suspect they’re investigating as part of the disappearance of McCann.

Footage shows police using an excavator to dig, as well as rakes and shovels to clear the land, however there has been no confirmation as to what authorities are specifically looking for.

“The operation is occurring in conjunction with our investigation into murder by the 43-year-old suspect,” a spokeswoman for state prosecutors in Braunschweig told German media.

Earlier last month, German authorities said they have “some evidence” that McCann is dead and announced they were investigating convicted sex offender Christian Brückner in connection with her disappearance.

Brücker is currently serving a seven-prison sentence for a sex crime and according to reports had a “vile and disgusting” shack about 3km from where the McCann family was staying in Praia da Luz.

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Reports also state that after McCann’s disappearance, investigators claimed to have found a mobile phone in the area around her hotel room which was allegedly used by Bruckner.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Prosecutor Christian Wolters said, “we don’t have the body and no parts of the body, but we have enough evidence to say our suspect killed Madeleine McCann,” adding that authorities knew of her death about two years ago.

Whether police find anything in the garden they’re investigating, it’s heartbreaking to know that Madeleine McCann is presumed dead by authorities. We can only hope this development sheds light on other crimes committed against innocent children.

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