The Welsh band Stereophonics has serious problems deciding to make huge appearances during the pandemic, while Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi joked at one of his arena shows: “We probably all have corona virus.”
The rock band played full concerts in Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff over the weekend. Her UK tour started on February 28 and ended on Sunday.
Coronavirus deaths in the UK have reached 104 since the first death on March 5, and a total of 2,626 cases of respiratory disease have been confirmed.
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Internet users in China were shocked when a clip from one of the stereophonics shows was released on the popular microblogging website Weibo.
“Don’t ask for help from China when it gets bad. You got into this mess,” said one person South china Morning post.
The Stereophonics Facebook page was also flooded with comments describing the appearances as “completely irresponsible”, “loveless” and “incredible”.
A man said he had tickets to her Nottingham concert, which took place at Motorpoint Arena on March 7, but he didn’t go because he “didn’t want to take the risk.”
“We have tickets for Bangor in July; that will not be allowed. Think you got it wrong tonight. Big time. I’m afraid you’ll never find your good name again, ”he wrote.
The Stereophonics were scheduled to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25 after playing the first fundraising show back in 2000.
However, the venue was closed until March 17, and the shows were postponed.
The decision was made “in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic and on the recommendation of the government”.
“Ultimately, the safety of our artists, the public and the staff is all that matters,” said the Royal Albert Hall.
“Our doors are designed to be open to the world, so it is against everything in our nature to close them. But these are not normal times and we are in a unique situation where closing our doors is the best way to take care of the world. “
The Stereophonics have since defended their decision to end their arena tour.
“Together with the rest of the country, we have seen the Prime Minister and senior science and medicine officer inform the nation Thursday night about government policy and advice on coronavirus,” the band said in a statement to NME.
“The UK government believed that no ban on large public gatherings was required at that time.
“Following these instructions, we continued the last three shows on our UK tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as did many other events in the entertainment industry.”
“We have probably all got CORONAVIRUS“
Lewis Capaldi played a sold-out gig in front of 11,000 spectators in Aberdeen, Scotland on Sunday – the same evening as the last Stereophonics show.
“We probably all have corona virus,” said the Someone you loved The singer-songwriter made the crowd laugh. He also encouraged her to wash her hands.
Keep talking Good morning Britain On Monday, host Piers Morgan criticized both performances.
“This is really what you should be doing, isn’t it?” He asked, “if the rest of the world turns off, that’s what Britain is doing.
“Lewis Capaldi played in Scotland last night. We had the half marathon yesterday.
“I understand all the arguments, they collect money for charity, I understand all of that, but you know what? We are in a war.
“Nobody can tell me that the rest of the world is so far away that you can’t go to bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms anymore, what do thousands of people who gather at an event like this are a good idea? “
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A Capaldi spokesman told NME that the last show on his arena tour was “in full compliance with the mass meeting advisory document that the Scottish government issued at 1:00 p.m. the same day.”
The instructions now ask the organizers of all major events – inside or outside – to cancel or postpone.
“By advising organizers not to hold large gatherings of 500 or more people in Scotland, we are allowing services to prioritize their resources where they are most needed,” said Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The Glastonbury Festival 2020 with headliners like Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift, which are planned for June, has since been canceled.
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Britain has ordered schools, kindergartens and colleges to be closed to millions of children until further notice after criticizing that the government is too slow to respond to the spread of the corona virus.
Most schools will close on Friday, although some will be asked to stay open to help the children of key workers, such as health workers, Education Minister Gavin Williamson told Parliament.
“I know that the situation is becoming increasingly difficult. I said before that if science and advice changed so that it was no longer in the best interests of children and teachers to keep schools open, we would act, ”he said.
“We are now in this phase. The peak of the virus is growing faster than expected. “
Schools close after the deaths of 99 people who tested positive for coronavirus in England rose to 99, an increase of 48 percent from the previous day.
Williamson said that some schools will remain open to support the children of important workers such as doctors, the police, and deliverers, even during the upcoming Easter holidays.
– W.with wires