Have YOU tried a Dalgona? New creamy coffee drink sparks viral craze

Have YOU tried a Dalgona yet? New creamy coffee drink sparks viral craze – with thousands whipping up the Instagrammable beverage while in lockdown

  • Drink originated in South Korea before going viral after video shared on TikTok
  • Involves 3 ingredients – instant coffee, hot water and sugar – whisked together
  • Frothy, creamy mixture is then added to hot or cold milk with ice cubes in a glass
  • Thousands have shared snaps of their homemade Dalgona coffees on Instagram 

With the majority of cafes closed during lockdown, many Brits are getting creative in the kitchen – and not just when it comes to cooking and baking.

A new type of coffee, called a Dalgona, which requires minimal ingredients, is sweeping the internet – with many self-made baristas sharing snaps of their Instagrammable brews online. 

The simple recipe involves three key elements – two tablespoons of instant coffee, hot water and sugar, which are combined and whisked together.

The frothy mixture is then scooped on top of a glass of warm or cold milk with ice, turning it into a delicious latte-style drink.

A new type of coffee, called a Dalgona, which requires minimal ingredients is sweeping the internet – with many self-made baristas sharing snaps of their Instagrammable brews online (pictured)

Dalgona coffee originated in South Korea – though it’s arguably very similar to the traditional Greek Nescafé Frappé. 

It’s now a viral trend after videos of people making the creamy drink were widely shared and watched on TikTok. The hashtag ‘coffeewhip’ has more than 1.4million views on the platform.

The hashtag #dalgonacoffee has been used nearly 73,000 times on Instagram, with thousands sharing photos of their perfected drinks.

To really froth up the coffee mixture, it’s easier (and less time-consuming) to use an electric whisk.

Some people have opted to modify their Dalgonas, adding coffee liqueur and adding half milk, half Baileys. Here FEMAIL tries the original recipe – with satisfying results… 

‘An indulgent afternoon treat – but beware the caffeine hit!’: FEMAIL’S verdict on the Dalgona coffee

Femail reporter Hayley Richardson’s homemade Dalgona coffee

Having enjoyed many a Greek Frappé back in the good old days when we were still allowed to go on holiday (damn you, coronavirus), I was excited to try this new treat, as it sounded very similar.

In our house we only had Douwe Egberts Pure Gold Medium Roast Instant Coffee, which I combined with two tablespoons of white sugar (I have to admit I winced as I dropped that in – that’s a LOT of sugar) and two tablespoons of water.

I think used an electric mixer to whisk it up, which it did in under a minute (though the noise of the machine certainly irked my boyfriend, who passively aggressively turned up the volume of his Formula One documentary). 

The mixture turned to a glossy, golden-coloured whip which I then spooned over two small glasses of milk and ice cubes. The effect was what I’d seen on Instagram, a satisfying layered drink which looked like the reverse of a Cappuccino. Make sure you make it in a glass for maximum Insta-impact.

I’d definitely recommend giving it a good stir before you drink it, and also if possible using the finest ground instant coffee you can find – ideally powdered. 

Our mix did leave a few large grains of coffee which have the texture and taste of bitter toffee. If you’ve only got thicker granules, try using a spoon to crush the grains against the glass and break them down after adding the water before whisking it.

I’d also experiment with using less sugar, as this mixture really does make it quite sweet. And beware the serious caffeine hit…

Instagram users from around the world have shared their own Dalgona attempts online…

One Instagram user from an undisclosed location whipped his mixture into stiff peaks, adding a stylish element to his drink

Sarah Chan, originally from Singapore and living in Sevilla, used decaf Nescafe Gold and muscovado sugar for her Dalgona, adding slightly less sweetener for a more dominant coffee taste, and topped it over soy bean milk before dusting it with a little cocoa powder

Double trouble! Instagram user Varun Ansh, from India, prepared two Dalgona coffees using tall glasses to hold more milk

Coffee enthusiasts teamlost, from Bremen, decided to try out a Dalgona to see if it could become their new summer drink – with mixed reviews

Instagram user Katrina, from an unknown location, shared a snap of her Dalgona after giving it a stir 

Blogger Sandrex, from Sorsogon in the Philippines, shared this snap of his delicious Dalgona with the hashtags #sweet and #bitter

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Coronavirus could have already infected 1.6million people with most cases outside London, new study claims – The Sun

SOME 1.6million people in England could ALREADY be infected with coronavirus – and more than half of those people live outside London, according to a new study.

By the end of today, that figure could have risen to 2.8m, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

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Researchers say the deadly bug has a daily growth rate of 20 per cent.

According to work by Edge Health, although the number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the UK is 17,000, the actual number of infections in England alone is likely to be at least 1,614,505.

The country's worst-hit area is London. The capital is likely to have some 760,590 Covid-19 cases – just under half of the total.

In Southwark, one out of every six people is likely to have the deadly bug, according to the researchers.

Although the borough had 253 recorded cases as of Thursday, it is believed the actual number of infected people could be as high as 49,139.

In six other London boroughs, more than one in 10 people now carry the virus, according to the scientists.

These are Lambeth, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Harrow, Wandsworth and Westminster.

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However, most cases are now outside of London. The Midlands is thought to be hosting a further 282,954 infections.

In Wolverhampton, one in 15 people are believed to be infected.

Researchers from Edge Health say they calculated the expected number of cases by looking at the total number of recorded deaths in each region.

They assumed a mortality rate of 0.7 per cent in London and 0.9 per cent outside the capital, where the population is older.

The figures were revealed as Boris Johnson writes to Britain's 28m households.

His letter, which will be sent this week, says the Government will do "whatever it takes to help you make ends meet".

Mr Johnson has been in total isolation since testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

The coronavirus death toll hit 1,019 yesterday, a rise of 260 and the biggest daily leap in fatalities.



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The Sussexes Have Hired Melinda Gates’s Top Staffer to Run Their Charity

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are actively planning their post-royal life.

According to Page Six, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a major hire for their in-the-works charity venture. Reportedly, Meghan and Harry have hired Catherine St-Laurent, a top staffer from Melinda Gates’s Pivotal Ventures organization, to oversee and run their upcoming charitable foundation.

In an email obtained by the outlet, St-Laurent announces her exit from Pivotal Ventures and shares that she will be joining Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s team to help spearhead their philanthropic projects.

“Beginning next week I will be acting as Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the new non-profit enterprise for Meghan M and Harry,” St-Laurent reportedly wrote in the email, per Page Six. “They are embarking on a new chapter themselves and I am thrilled to be able to play a supporting role in realizing their vision and enabling them to achieve impact on the issues that matter most to them.”

The news of the Sussexes’ top hire follows confirmation that the royal couple have officially relocated to Meghan’s home state of California. People reported that the pair are currently staying in a secluded compound in Los Angeles with their young son Archie, staying safe amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The move precedes the couple’s official transition away from royal life, beginning March 31st.

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Vitamin C sales have TRIPLED in a week amid coronavirus cure claims

Britons are flocking to buy vitamin C as supplement firm says sales have TRIPLED in a week amid claims the nutrient can protect against coronavirus

  • Supplement firm Healthspan revealed sales have tripled in the past week alone 
  • Vitamin C has long been touted as a remedy for the common cold and flu 
  • It is now being trialled in China on 120 patients, with results expected in months 
  • A New York state doctor said patients given vitamin C recovered better
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Brits are flocking to buy vitamin C supplements in a desperate bid to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

Companies selling the supplements say they’ve seen soaring demand for the vitamins, which have long been touted as an immune system booster.   

Healthspan, based in the UK, revealed its sales had tripled in the past week alone, while high street retailer Superdrug has seen a ‘significant rise’ in sales.

Social media has been flooded with posts encouraging others to take vitamin C, sometimes exceeding recommended amounts at dangerous levels. 

Doctors in New York and China are trialling the effects of extremely high doses of the vitamin but the amounts produced in supplements cannot treat any illness. 

People should not take large amounts of vitamin C because it can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, cramps and headache. 

Supplement suppliers say they’ve seen a spike in demand of vitamin C sales after claims the nutrient can treat coronavirus (stock image)

Vitamin C is a naturally occurring nutrient which helps the body to grow properly and maintain good health.

Most people get enough of it from their diet – it comes in foods including oranges, red peppers and broccoli, for example – but it is a popular supplement because of its reputation as an immune system booster.

It does have a role in the immune system, but a balanced diet containing a wide range of vitamins is essential for the body to fight off infections. 

As the COVID-19 disease develops across the UK, people are increasingly looking for ways to protect themselves.

Superdrug said in a statement: ‘We’ve seen a significant sales increase for immune defence vitamins, which include Vitamin C.

‘We do currently have vitamins in stock however we are continually monitoring availability and are working closely with suppliers to do our best to meet current demand.’

Rob Hobson, Healthspan’s head of nutrition said: ‘Over the last week we have seen sales of vitamin C products triple.’

Coronavirus aside, vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that protects the body against the effects of harmful agents.

Vitamin C supplements are available in many forms, but there is little scientific evidence that any one form is better absorbed or more effective than another. 

Chinese doctors are trialling its use against COVID-19 in 120 patients at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University for several reasons.

They write that early clinical studies have shown that vitamin C can prevent inflammation, which is feared to play a role in the deterioration of COVID-19 patients.

In addition, vitamin C can help to eliminate fluid on the lungs, the team claim. 

Vitamins can effectively shorten the duration of the common cold, and may even prevent it in extreme conditions, according to the scientists. Studies show that for adults who take vitamin C regularly, their cold will be shortened. But using vitamin C supplements after cold symptoms start does not appear to be helpful.

A few studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency – when a person does not have enough in their body – is related to the increased risk and severity of influenza infections.

Overall there study conclusions are different which is why more research needs to be done before vitamin C can even be considered an aid to treat coronavirus.  

The news that Chinese doctors are conducting a trial of vitamin C in the fight against coronavirus is likely to have driven sales.

Scientists at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, in the city where coronavirus first emerged, are testing its effects on 120 patients who have the virus.

They will be given daily infusions of 24g of vitamin C for seven days – a dose which is around 60 times that recommended by the NHS.

The NHS recommends healthy adults consume 40mg of the vitamin daily, while the National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends 75mg for women and 90mg for men.

The study is expected to be completed at the end of September, according to information on the US National Library of Medicine’s website, so the results have not yet been published.

The regime prompted doctors in New York state to give vitamin C a try on their own critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Dr Andrew Weber, a Long Island based pulmonologist and critical-care specialist with Northwell Health, shared that he has been immediately giving his intensive-care patients 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C – again, far higher than the recommended amount.

Those patients are then re-administered the doses of the powerful antioxidant three or four times a day, the doctor explained to the New York Post.

‘The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,’ Dr Weber said.

‘It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.’

Jason Molinet, a spokesman for Northwell, said that Vitamin C is being ‘widely used’ as a coronavirus treatment throughout the NY health system.

Doctors’ encouraging comments left social media users hailing supplements as a prevention tool against the coronavirus. 

One user said he had been taking 3,000 to 4,000mg every day for two weeks, far higher than the 2,000mg limit set by the NIH.

Taking too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps.  

Dr Mike Skinner, a virologist at Imperial College London, says that despite ongoing research, we won’t know vitamin C’s value against the novel coronavirus for some time – either to prevent or treat it.

What’s more, the dose being tested is ‘massive’ and far greater than what would be consumed at a normal level.

Social media has been flooded with posts encouraging others to take vitamin C, sometimes exceeding recommended amounts (pictured)

 

The British Dietetic Society busted the myth that supplements will be able to prevent you catching coronavirus – but many have rushed to buy it

The British Dietetic Society busted the myth that supplements will be able to prevent you catching coronavirus.

It says: ‘Simply put, you cannot “boost” your immune system through diet, and no specific food or supplement will prevent you catching COVID-19/Coronavirus.’

But as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, Healthspan’s Rob Hobson said interest in vitamins have increased across the board.

‘Sales of vitamin D have risen two fold over the last two weeks and are continuing to rise as are the Healthspan Multivitality 70 plus multivitamins – which may be the result of our most vulnerable groups looking for ways to optimise their health during lock-down,’ he said.

‘Diet should always come first but supplements do have a role to play when this is compromised in any way.’

Mr Hobson believes Vitamin D sales have risen because the public are being urged to stay indoors. The nutrient is boosted with exposure to sunshine.

Pharma Nord, which manufactures and supplies pharmaceutical quality dietary supplements, said the company is trying to cope with a sharp rise in demand and enquiries.

Bent Henriksen, managing director of Pharma Nord UK, said: ‘We know from talking to pharmacies and health food stores that they are dealing with a huge wave of enquiries about these kind of product.

‘Our telephone and technical support teams have been kept extremely busy answering questions from concerned customers.

‘We can see that it is tough out there for a lot of people so we are trying to do our best to play our part in helping people through this.

‘Our team has been working exceptionally hard to ensure that supplies of our products get to where they are needed.’

It follows supermarkets and pharmacies being wiped of over-the-counter medications amid the coronavirus crisis.

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More than 4,000 people have now died in Spain from coronavirus

More than 4,000 people have now died in Spain from coronavirus as new footage from inside one struggling hospital shows patients lined along corridors

  • Spain confirmed 655 deaths from coronavirus Thursday, bringing total to 4,089
  • Country also registered 8,578 new infections, bringing total cases to 56,188 
  • Spain is now the world’s second-worst affected country, behind only Italy 
  • Meanwhile footage showed patients packed into corridors of badly-hit hospital 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Spain’s death-toll from coronavirus has risen to more than 4,000 people while new infections have also increased by almost a fifth.

The country announced that 655 people died from the virus between Wednesday and Thursday, taking the total number from 3,434 to 4,089.

The number of new infections also rose from 47,610 on Wednesday to 56,188 – an increase of 8,578, or around 20 per cent.

Meanwhile harrowing images from a hospital in Albacete, 85 miles west of Valencia, showed patients lining the corridors of a hospital waiting to be treated.

Spain’s death toll from coronavirus has topped 4,000 – with 655 new fatalities registered overnight bringing the total to 4,089


 Video taken at Albacete hospital, 85 miles west of Valencia, showed patients lining corridors after they ran out of beds and people laying on the floor from exhaustion

Spain is now the second worst-affected country with coronavirus, having surpassed China’s death toll Wednesday and now lags only behind Italy.  

Thursday’s death figure is dramatic but significantly better than this time yesterday, when the country posted a record-breaking 738 deaths in 24 hours – on par with Italy’s worst days.

Spain confirmed 7,937 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday – an increase of 20 per cent – meaning Thursday’s figures are roughly in line with expectations.

The clip was recorded in the Hospital of Albacete in the central Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha where 88 patients were hospitalised on Tuesday.

In the video, patients in gurneys can be seen lining the corridors of the hospital, with others sitting on chairs. 

The woman recording can be heard saying ‘people are lying on the ground because they said they were exhausted’.

She says that she was sharing the images as a call for the authorities to react to the situation as the patients cannot make their voice heard. 


 The video was taken by a medic who can be heard urging the government to provide more beds and protective equipment for staff

Ambulance workers in full protective gear arrive with a patient at the Severo Ochoa Hospital during Spain’s coronavirus outbreak

She says the hospital is a bottleneck for the local health centres, adding that more beds are needed for the huge number of patients being admitted.

The health worker complains that there is not enough protective equipment ‘so we keep putting our health and our loved ones at risk’.

The Integrate Attention Management of Albacete, which belongs to the Health Service of the regional government of Castilla La Mancha said the increase in the number of patients in the hospital had put a lot of pressure on the emergency services.

Reports state new measures were implemented on Tuesday after the video was shared with one floor of the hospital previously dedicated to other patients now being used for those coming from the emergency room.

Another ward from the nearby Perpetuo Socorro Hospital is also available for use.

Local media report that health centres in Albacete are changing and adapting their facilities in order to attend to coronavirus patients.

Despite a national lockdown imposed on March 14, which parliament on Thursday agreed to extend until April 11, both deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officials warning this week would be particularly bad.

Spain also confirmed 8,578 new infections between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total from 47,610 to 56,188 (pictured, a policeman is tested for the virus in Madrid)

Spain is now the second-worst affected country in the world with coronavirus behind only Italy, after overtaking China’s death toll on Wednesday

A health worker carries a body on a stretcher outside Gregorio Maranon hospital in Madrid

But the rise in the number of new deaths was smaller than that recorded on Wednesday when the figure rose by 738 or 27 percent.

Health authorities are hoping it will soon become clear whether the lockdown is having the desired effect.

The Madrid region has suffered the brunt of the epidemic with 17,166 infections – just under a third of the total – and 2,090 deaths, or 51 percent of the national figure.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose wife is infected with the virus, has said this is the country’s most difficult moment since its 1936-39 civil war.

‘Only the oldest, who knew the hardships of the civil war and its aftermath, can remember collective situations that were harsher than the current one. 

‘The other generations in Spain have never, ever had to face as a collective something so hard,’ he said when he imposed the state of emergency on March 14.

Spain’s demographics partly explain why it has been one of the worst-affected nations.

The country has one of the longest life expectancies in Europe and the pandemic has taken a high toll on its large elderly population, who are especially vulnerable to the disease.

Pensioners on coronavirus evacuation buses are pelted with ROCKS in Spain after locals ambush them to stop them arriving from area affected by the virus

Elderly coronavirus patients came under attack from angry youths who threw stones at a fleet of ambulances moving them to a new home in Spain.  

The Civil Guard convoy was ambushed when it arrived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion near Gibraltar, bringing 28 patients to a new care home. 

Angry locals obstructed the convoy and stoned the vehicles before throwing Molotov cocktails at police who were guarding the home.  


A gang of people, many of them wearing masks and hoods, assembled in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion to confront an ambulance convoy bringing elderly residents to their town

The hostile reception was in stark contrast to the cheers and applause which had greeted the convoy when it evacuated the sick patients from the town of Alcala del Valle, after a virus outbreak at their previous care home.  

Two men were arrested in La Linea de la Concepcion after parking a car across the road in a bid to stop the pensioners moving in, the Spanish government said. 

Around 50 youths then surrounded their new residence, which is called Tiempo Libre or Free Time. 

The locals also appeared to be breaching coronavirus lockdown rules which ban people from leaving their homes unnecessarily. 

The Civil Guard convoy was ambushed when it arrived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion near Gibraltar, bringing 28 patients to a new care home

Local reports said the men involved had been sharing WhatsApp messages before the attacks in which they had threatened to set up barricades with burning tyres.   

A National Police spokesman said: ‘Several youths gathered at the entrance to the town and threw stones at the ambulances as well as leaving a vehicle across the road to try to prevent it reaching its destination.

‘Officers arrested the two occupants of the vehicle, two men aged 32 and 35.

‘Once the elderly people were taken into the home, police had to establish a security cordon around the residence as around 50 people outside threatened to cause problems.

 

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