FROM TV presenter Phillip Schofield announcing he is gay, to the fox who ran amok through the Houses of Parliament, This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Friday 7th February 2020.
Phillip Schofield, the co-presenter of ITV's This Morning programme but who leapt to fame in the broom cupboard, has come out as gay.
In a statement released on This Morning's Twitter account, the presenter, who has been married to his wife for almost 27 years, paid tribute to his family.
He said: "With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay". He wrote about his "inner conflict" but at the same time talked of "a world that has changed so much for the better."
He added: “Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those who have been brave and open in confronting their truth - so now it's my turn to share mine".
Schofield married Stephanie Lowe in 1993 and they have two adult daughters, Molly and Ruby.
A British man on his honeymoon aboard a cruise ship docked at a port in Japan has tested positive for Coronavirus. Princess Cruises confirmed a total of 61 people holidaying on the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus including the honeymooner, who will now be separated from his wife and taken off the ship for treatment.
Fellow passenger David Abel, via video link expressed his sympathy for the man, who has not been named, saying: "He will almost certainly be leaving the ship today - real, real shame. I have no idea how he must be feeling - they're on their honeymoon."
The man's new wife is to stay on board the ship as she is not displaying any symptoms.
This news follows reports the Chinese doctor, Li Wenliang, who attempted to raise the alarm about the Coronavirus epidemic back in December - but was detained by police for "spreading false rumours” - has died from the virus. Chinese social media lit up with posts accusing the government of a cover up and demanding freedom of speech, but they were systematically deleted.
Local councils across the UK have been told to ditch the policy for flying the union flag for Prince Andrew's birthday on 19th February. The flag is traditionally flown for all royal birthdays as well as the Queen and Prince Philip's wedding anniversary. However, it has been decided this tradition will be put on hold for the Duke of York's 60th birthday after he agreed to step back from royal duties for the foreseeable future due to his entanglement with the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal.
This Reporter has been unable to confirm reports that alternative arrangements have been made to fly the union flag from Pizza Express in Woking.
And finally, a fox caused what has been branded "chaos" after wandering into Parliament on Thursday evening. The fox was spotted by staff ascending the escalator up to Portcullis House, evading police capture as he went. MPs tweeted under the hashtag #Foxontherun, including MP Julia Lopez who typed: "We have seen some strange things in Parliament since 2017, but this tops it", whilst MP Kerry McCarthy informed the internet, the fox had left "droppings" outside her office.
Police finally caught up with the fox on the fourth floor, removing him from the building on a wooden panel covered by a blue box - in manner, to This Reporter's mind, of a giant spider.