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Oslo plans to reduce corona testing capacity

In the autumn, the coronavirus testing capacity in Oslo will be reduced. According to Health Councilor Robert Steen (AP), this will mean a reduction in the number of employees at the test stations.

According to the Health Agency, a total test capacity of 4% is planned from October 1, 2021. In other words, 4% of Oslo’s population will be able to be tested weekly, newspaper Avisa Oslo writes.

At present, the capacity is 5%.

“This means a reduction from 364 to 155 employees at the test stations,” Steen noted.

Phasing out

The further phasing out will take place through the closure of the test stations at Aker Hospital and Bryn fire station. The opening hours at Mortensrud, Rommen, and Adamstuen on the weekends will be limited.

“Between October 1 and the turn of the year, there is a need to have some capacity with private actors for contingency reasons, among other things. It gives us more legs to stand on and increased flexibility for the inhabitants by giving them access to testing spread around the city,” Steen added.

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News: Jet2.com boosts new green list capacity

With Croatia and Bulgaria being added to the green list for UK travellers, leisure operator Jet2.com is adding thousands of seats to these destinations to meet demand.

This includes two new routes to Bourgas (Bulgaria) from Glasgow and Leeds Bradford for the peak summer holiday season, as well as more summer flights to Dubrovnik (from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, London Stansted and Newcastle) and Split (Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted).

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said: “If customers have been fully vaccinated, this announcement changes nothing whatsoever.


“These customers (and children travelling with them who are under-18) can continue to enjoy, or look forward to enjoying, quarantine-free flights and holidays from across the UK to any destination on the green or amber List this summer.

“From the demand we are seeing this is most certainly the case, with customers looking to enjoy the benefits of the successful vaccination programme by getting away to the sunshine.”

He added: “That said, it is frustrating that decisions continue to be made about international travel whilst the criteria for these decisions are withheld from us.

“Once again, we call on governments to be transparent, both with the data and their parameters for making decisions.”

Jet2.com added, as Turkey is still on the red list, the company had decided to suspend all flights and holidays up to and including August 11th.

All affected customers will have their booking cancelled with a full refund, a statement added.

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‘Ludicrous’ travel testing rules could be axed for double-jabbed – ‘not capacity for it’

Under the current traffic light system for travel, Britons returning from amber list countries must endure 10 days of quarantine, as well as pay for and take two PCR tests on day two and day eight. These tests carry a price tag that can add hundreds on to the cost of a holiday.

However, there could be good news ahead, with the revelation Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to axe quarantine rules for double-jabbed Britons returning from amber list countries.

“We will work with the travel industry towards removing the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to isolate on return,” Mr Johnson confirmed at a press conference on Monday evening.

A further update is expected later this week, though some travel experts suggest there could even more good news.

According to Simon Calder and Paul Charles, who discussed the latest announcement on their Travel Radio show, the Government may also reconsider testing rules for those returning from amber list countries.

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Mr Calder said: “Anybody who is lucky enough to have been double-jabbed and waited two weeks will be regarded as having come from a green country but it’s still not clear whether you’ll still need the two PCR tests on days two and day eight.

“There’s not the capacity for it. It might reduce to one.”

The travel expert described the requirement for two tests as “a ludicrous u-turn” from the Government, which this time last year did not require holidaymakers to test at all.

“I remember this time last summer the Government started saying and carried on saying for months testing was completely pointless because it could not identify people who were not symptomatic,” he said.

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“Now they are saying testing is really useful because it can identify people who are symptomatic. It’s a ludicrous U-turn.

“That’s going to put hundreds and hundreds of pounds for a family holiday just on these tests.”

Instead, Mr Calder called for the Government to simply introduce one test for passengers to take ahead of travel to the UK.

Similarly, Paul Charles called for fewer tests for fully-vaccinated holidaymakers.

Already, a number of nations across Europe are allowing fully-vaccinated Britons to enter.

Spain, Iceland, Malta and Portugal are all allowing those who have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 jab to enter the country.

However, even if the UK does push ahead with similar plans, the travel experts believe a traffic light system will remain in place.

“We think the traffic light system will stay in place in some form,” said Mr Charles.

“I don’t think it will necessarily change hugely because they need those colour categories to guide them but it is effectively dead because you’re either jabbed or not jabbed and that will dictate how you come back from a country.”

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Stadiums and events can be full capacity from July 19

Sports stadiums and events across England will be able to operate at full capacity from July 19 after the government set out the next stage in the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, alongside chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, outlined the latest proposals at a press conference on Monday.

And with social distancing set to end, full stadiums will be permitted for the start of the football season in August.

Fans will be able to attend if required tests are met and will also be able to stand, cheer and sing without breaching any regulations.

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Tokyo Olympic organizers to allow 50% capacity, 10K max at venues

The Tokyo Games are set to open on July 23. Fans from abroad were banned several months ago.

TOKYO, Japan — The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday.

Organizers set a limit of 50% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Olympic venues.

The decision was announced after so-called Five Party talks online with local organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government and the government of metropolitan Tokyo.

The decision contradicts the country’s top medical adviser, Dr. Shigeru Omi, who recommended last week that the safest way to hold the Olympics would be without fans. He had previously called it “abnormal” to hold the Olympics during the pandemic.

The Tokyo Games are set to open on July 23.

Local organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said it was important to acknowledge the uncertainty around the pandemic during the games.

“We need to be very flexible. If there is any abrupt change in the situation, we will hold five-party meetings again to make other decisions,” Hashimoto said. “If there is an announcement of a state of emergency during the games, all the options like no-spectator games will be examined.”

Fans from abroad were banned several months ago. Officials say local fans will be under strict rules. They will not be allowed to cheer, must wear masks, and are being told to go straight home afterward.

Organizers say between 3.6-3.7 million tickets are in the hands of Japanese residents.

Having fans in the venues presents a risk of spreading the COVID-19 infections, and not just at the venues, since it causes more circulation on commuter trains, in restaurants and other public spaces.

Tokyo and other areas are under “quasi-emergency” status until July 11. This replaced a tougher full state of emergency that was in effect until last weekend. The new rules will allow restaurants to serve alcohol during limited hours.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has favored allowing fans, said before the official announcement that he would bar fans if conditions change.

“If a state of emergency is necessary, I will be flexible and open to no fans in order to achieve that the games give top priority to safety and security for the people,” Suga said. ”In case of a state of emergency, it is quite possible … for safe and secure (games) I will not hesitate to have no fans.”

He said he took “seriously” Omi’s recommendations but did not follow them.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike also said before the the talks that fans may need to be banned if conditions changes.

“Under this COVID-19 pandemic, people in Tokyo, people in Japan, are feeling very uneasy. We have concerns and the experts are also making recommendations about the risk of spreading the infection,” Koike said. “If there should be a major change in the sanitary situation, or infection situation, we need to revisit this matter among ourselves and we may need to consider the option of having no spectators in the venues.”

In recent polls, support seems to be increasing for holding the Olympics, though opposition is strong, depending how the question is worded. An Asahi newspaper poll of June 19-20 of almost 1,500 people showed 62% supported another postponement or cancellation of the games. But about one-third supported holding the Olympics, up from 14% in May in the same poll.

In the same survey, 83% said they “feel uneasy” that the Olympics might spread the virus. The poll said 53% wanted no fans and 42% said attendance should be limited.

The seven-day average for new infections in Tokyo is about 400 daily. The curve has flattened but health officials fear the Olympics and new variants will drive it up.

About 6.5% of Japanese are fully vaccinated, and 16.5% have had at least one shot, according to figures from the prime minister’s office. More than 14,000 deaths in Japan have been attributed to COVID-19.

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Petco Park set to return to 100% capacity for Padres games June 17

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres sit just one game out of first place in the NL West.
And, soon, you’ll be able to see them from a packed Petco Park. 
With California set to reopen June 15, the ballclub announced shortly after the state’s update Friday that they plan to have Petco Park at 100% capacity for the team’s 5:40 p.m. matchup on June 17 against the Cincinnati Reds. 
The Padres are calling the festivities “San Diego’s Opening Day.” 
The team announced that also beginning on June 17, all Padres Season Ticket Members will return to their regular seat locations. 
Single-game tickets for San Diego’s Opening Series and the remainder of the 2021 Padres home season will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 4.
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Disney to increase park capacity; CEO hints that mask mandates could be lifted by summer

ORLANDO — Good news for Disney fans! Its California and Florida theme parks are already increasing capacity, and CEO Bob Chapek said he expects “an immediate increase in the number of folks that we’re able to admit into our parks.”Chapek shared this news on the company’s second-quarter earnings call Thursday, around the same time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it is easing mask-wearing and social-distancing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

He also hinted its parks’ mask mandates could be lifted by the summer, saying not having to wear masks would be a “bigger catalyst for growth in attendance” and “make for an even more pleasant experience.”Disneyland in Anaheim, California, reopened on April 30 after a 13-month closure. For now, the park and neighboring Disney California Adventure are restricted to operating at 25% capacity under state health rules.

The state of California is aiming to fully reopen June 15.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida, a state with fewer COVID-19 restrictions, has been operating at a lower-than-usual capacity since July 2020.

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Joe Biden to rely on ‘world class’ Royal Navy as UK capacity hailed ‘better than France’

Last week, two Royal Navy ships – HMS Severn and HMS Tamar – were deployed to Jersey following a protest by roughly 60 French fishermen over post-Brexit rights in the waters surrounding the Crown dependency. It came after France threatened to cut off electricity to Jersey and saw Paris send two of its own vessels to the area “in a spirit of responsibility”. It sparked some concerns that the situation could escalate and led to comparisons between the British and French Navy.
But former Army officer Mr Drummond told Express.co.uk there was no comparison between the two, stating “our capabilities are better than the French”.

He explained: “Our submarine force is modern and extremely capable, even more so when we get the new Dreadnought nuclear submarines.

“We’ve got two aircraft carriers, not one like they are going for – they don’t have the footprint that we have.

“Our frigates set the bar very high – the Type 45 destroyer is a wold class ship.

“We have got mass in our fleet, that they don’t have and of course the Royal Marines who are incredibly capable.

“The Royal Navy is ahead of the French Navy, it’s not bad, we just have a better navy being an island nation.”

Mr Drummond believed his view is reciprocated across the Atlantic, stating that the US President “would almost certainly” believe “our navy is superior to the French”.

He noted how US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters flew over 5,000 miles last week for an upcoming deployment aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The fighter jets flew from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona to RAF Lakenheath for final training before next month’s deployment.

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It has eight RAF and 10 US Marine Corps F-35Bs on board and will be accompanied to Asia by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a company of Royal Marines.

Earlier, other members of the strike group, destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, also left the naval base in Hampshire.

They will be joined by US destroyer USS The Sullivans and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen while carrying out visits to India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

And Mr Drummond believes it will mark the start of blossoming ties with Washington.

He added: “By us having a carrier strike group we relieve some of the pressure off the Americans in the Middle East and North Atlantic.

“They want theirs to be focused on Asia, so it’s a huge capability we’ve added to support them.”

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Wimbledon 2021: Djokovic, Nadal and Federer to play to 25 per cent capacity crowds at SW19

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Wimbledon will rip up an old tradition by scheduling play on the “Middle Sunday” for the first time from next year, the All England Club announced today. The day has traditionally been a rest day for players and the grass courts before “Manic Monday,” where all fourth-round matches are staged.

But the All-England Lawn Tennis Club has today announced that the Grand Slam will become a 14-day event in line with the other three Majors.

Chief executive Sally Bolton said: “We are always changing, always staying the same.

“We want more of this wonderful event to be shared around the world.

“It will be a new tradition and one we want to be proud of.”

“Middle Sunday” has only seen play in past years to play any backlogged matches after rain delays in the first week.

Chairman Ian Hewitt added, “Wimbledon should be able to be watched and attended throughout the weekend. I am sure the change will do justice to the tennis and the event.”

Wimbledon hopes to run at 25 per cent capacity this year – but this could be increased with Government plans to end the lockdown on June 21.

The Championships start on June 28. Decisions on mask wearing, social distancing and prize money will be made at a later date before the tournament commences.

But players will have to stay in a tournament hotel and only be allowed to travel to Wimbledon even if all other restrictions in the country are lifted.

The Championships were cancelled last year for the first time since the Second World War because of COVID-19.

Pandemic insurance paid out £180 million, with £36 million going to the Lawn Tennis Association.

Petco Park crowd capacity increased in some sections to 67% with proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test

Fans 13 years of age or older must be prepared to show proof of vaccination plus a photo ID, or a negative COVID-19 test to sit in select sections.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres announced Tuesday that Petco Park’s attendance limits have been increased to 33% of capacity in accordance with San Diego County’s move to the orange tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening system.

The changes will take place beginning Friday, when the Padres begin a homestand with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The updated limits will also make select sections of the ballpark available at 67% capacity for fans who are either fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the first game they plan to attend. Fans 13 years of age or older must be prepared to show photo ID, plus proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

There were mixed reactions from fans.
“I’m all about let’s go, let’s get back,” said Shelby Hudack.
On social media, some fans called it “stupid” and said it’s ruining the season.
Tickets are still pricey. StubHub, a ticketing partner with MLB shows the cheapest tickets for Saturday’s game are in Gallagher Park for $ 800 each and tickets are nearly $ 1,000 in the nosebleeds. 
“If you want to watch a baseball game you got to pay for it at the end of the day,” said Oscar Minaya. 
Masks will continue to be mandatory for all guests 2 years of age or older unless actively eating or drinking. Attendance also remains limited to California residents.

Fans may also now order concessions at contactless stands available on all levels of the park, though mobile ordering via the MLB Ballpark app will remain available for in-seat delivery. Cash will not be accepted, and fans are asked to use credit cards, Padres Pay, or other forms of digital payment.

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