IMAGE: A man wears a protective mask amid the coronavirus outbreak in front of the giant Olympic rings in Tokyo, A man wears a protective mask amid the coronavirus outbreak in front of the giant Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters Tokyo Olympic organisers plan to prepare 300 hotel rooms for athletes who test positive for the coronavirus at this summer's Games but show no or minor symptoms of COVID-19, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday. Japan's government is placing Tokyo under a month-long state of 'quasi-emergency' from Monday to combat surging infections, less than a month after a broader state of emergency was lifted for the capital and Olympic host. The Tokyo organising committee plans to reserve an entire hotel located a few kilometres away from the athletes' village in the Harumi waterfront district, which will likely cost several million dollars, Kyodo said, citing several unnamed sources. Coronavirus-positive athletes and other Games … [Read more...] about Hotel will house Tokyo Olympic athletes with COVID-19
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Before Brandi Carlile was a folk-rock superstar, she was a high school dropout spending her time in a lakeside shed with her first real band, which comprised Carlile, her brother Jay, and a pair of thirty-something locals from Carlile’s native Washington State. Carlile’s teenage years days were full of uncertainty and exploration: In just a few short years, she would begin gigging relentlessly around Seattle and meet her future musical collaborators, the Hanseroth Twins . But before then, she spent much of her time narrowly avoiding trouble with siblings Jay and Tiffany, falling in love with her first girlfriend, Jessica, and tending to her horse named Sovereign, which she purchased for $75 at the age of 17. Related Stories Brandi Carlile Covers Joni Mitchell, Talks 'Broken Horses' Memoir on 'Colbert' How Leslie Jordan Helped Us Survive Quarantine and Made a Gospel Album in the Process Related Stories The 50 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time … [Read more...] about How a Teenaged Brandi Carlile Quit School, Overcame Tragedy, and Met Her First Love
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APRIL 12 marks the next phase of lockdown easing – including a cheeky loophole which means you can go INSIDE a pub. A handful have a 24-hour license – and are gearing up to welcome punters back as soon as the clock strikes 12, as Brits are set to sink 15million pints next week. Non-essential shops, hairdressers and theme parks, as well as restaurants with outdoor space, reopen in England on Monday. A legal loophole means even pubs without gardens can fling open their doors to customers. Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can utilise any outdoor space available to them as a makeshift drinking and dining area - an initiative first mooted last June. Pub-goers will be able to soak up the sun in beer gardens across the UK, with a ‘mini-heatwave’ expected. It comes as the single-dose Janssen vaccine is set to be approved in DAYS with the UK's fourth Covid jab expected to help widen the rollout to under-50s. A decision by the health regulator is expected to be made within … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news UK – Legal loophole means Brits CAN go inside pubs tomorrow as lockdown restrictions end at midnight
Each UK nation has set out a roadmap out of lockdown with specific dates. From Monday 12 April, England's lockdown eases significantly. Here are the timetables for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in each UK nation: England There are four steps to easing England's lockdown. Advertisement The prime minister hopes to be able to lift the majority of rules by 21 June, but this is dependent on cases, deaths and hospital admissions continuing to fall so the dates are the earliest any of the stated rules could be lifted. There will be no regional tier systems - England will be treated as one in the easing of lockdown. Step one was completed in two parts on 8 and 29 March. Boris Johnson has confirmed England will progress to the next planned stage of lockdown lifting from Monday as he said the roadmap was on track. The next steps are as follows: Step Two - 12 April: Mr Johnson has confirmed this will take place on 12 April thanks to a … [Read more...] about COVID-19: What’s allowed from 12 April as lockdown eases in England?
This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. It is less than a fortnight until the quarantine-free bubble between New Zealand and Australia begins, on a state-by-state basis. The New Zealand Government has developed a traffic light system to give an idea of what could happen if community Covid-19 cases emerge. Australian Federation of Travel Agents chairman Tom Manwaring told Checkpoint he was seeing good early numbers on airfares between Australia and New Zealand. RNZ Pack your bags, book your flights – the trans-Tasman bubble will be open for business within a matter of weeks. READ MORE: Get ready for plenty of Australian performers when travel bubble opens Trans-Tasman bubble: The real cost of a trip to Australia Trans-Tasman bubble: Timing of opening could hurt some regions, economist says Who benefits more from a trans-Tasman travel bubble - NZ or Australia? “Reaction has been … [Read more...] about Trans-Tasman bubble: Australians ‘pent-up’ for travel, NZ told to expect visitors