Thousands raised for young UK coronavirus doctor after car smashed

Dr Abdul Farooq's car was smashed with rocks, stopping him reaching his hospital to care for coronavirus patients. (JustGiving)
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Updated 03 April 2020

Thousands raised for young UK coronavirus doctor after car smashed

LONDON: Donations have poured in for a British junior doctor working on the front lines of coronavirus after vandals smashed his car with rocks.

Dr Abdul Farooq, who works at a hospital in central England, discovered his badly damaged car on Monday, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

He was forced to cancel his shift at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton to arrange to get the car towed away.

"It was totally smashed up," Farooq, 24, said. "All the windows were smashed and the rear view mirrors had been pulled out.”

In stepped stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas, who when he heard what happened to the vehicle, set up a fundraiser to help the doctor.

The fund has now reached almost £3,500. 

In the meantime, Farooq has been taking Uber taxis to work.

“It shows the kindness that people are showing to NHS staff,” he said of the donations. “We are being recognised now and people are starting to value the healthcare system a lot more during this crisis."


Trump signs order targeting social media giants' legal protections

Updated 47 min 26 sec ago

Trump signs order targeting social media giants' legal protections

  • President lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump escalated his war on social media companies, signing an executive order Thursday challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.
Still, the move appears to be more about politics than substance, as the president aims to rally supporters after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.
Trump said the fact checks were “editorial decisions” by Twitter and amounted to political activism. He said it should cost those companies their protection from lawsuits for what is posted on their platforms.
Trump and his allies, who rely heavily on Twitter to verbally flog their foes, have long accused the tech giants in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley of targeting conservatives on social media by fact-checking them or removing their posts.
“We’re fed up with it," Trump said, claiming the order would uphold freedom of speech.
It directs executive branch agencies to ask independent rule-making agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to study whether they can place new regulations on the companies — though experts express doubts much can be done without an act of Congress.