The London mayoral election appears to be closer than anticipated, as Labour brace for a tight finish. Londoners across the city voted for their favourite candidates on Thursday May 6, with the final result expected this weekend.
Labour’s Sadiq Khan – the former MP for Tooting – has been the mayor of London for the past five years.
He’s bidding for another four years in charge, and is narrowly ahead in the race.
Khan was expected to completely wipe the floor with the other candidates, but the Conservatives’ Shaun Bailey has drawn more votes than anticipated.
Bailey has already won in both Ealing and Hillingdon, and Brent and Harrow – both of which were under Labour control five years ago.
But, we won’t know for sure who’s won the keys to City Hall until at least Saturday night – possibly from 8.30pm.
Vote counting has been taking longer this year to cater for Covid restrictions.
Puja Changoiwala is an award-winning independent journalist and author based in Mumbai. She writes about the intersections of gender, crime, human rights, social justice, and development in India.This story originally featured onUndark.
When 55-year-old Shrirang Gavde began gasping for breath at his home in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on April 24, his wife and son sat him in an auto-rickshaw and commenced their desperate search for a hospital bed. Over the next few hours, they visited roughly 15 facilities near their village in the Palghar district of the state, only to be turned away each time. Eventually, Gavde’s oxygen saturation levels plummeted, and by the time they’d arrived at a hospital that seemed promising, he was already dead.
For two hours, the family stayed with the body in the auto-rickshaw, waiting for a doctor to check him. No one came.
During the first wave of the pandemic last year, such scenes were initially limited to India’s densely populated cities. But as a second wave of COVID-19 now ravages the country, wide swaths of rural India—home to nearly 900 million people, often with far fewer resources—now find themselves in the pandemic’s grip. “A lot of people are trying to run around and access care,” sats Anant Bhan, a global health researcher affiliated with the Kasturba Medical College in Karnataka, “because our health system is relatively much weaker in rural India.”
The escalating scourge and the shortage of available emergency services has prompted a sort of mass migration, with thousands of villagers flowing toward urban centers—sometimes in other states—in a desperate attempt to find care. Others, seeing few options, are turning to pseudoscientific healers for unproven treatments. And as the death toll rises, those who are not yet ill face a wrenching loss of livelihood, as renewed COVID-19 restrictions confine them to their homes and push them deeper into poverty.
“There are many patients here, whom their families rushed to hospitals. However, there were no beds, oxygen cylinders, and ventilators available,” says Jatin Kadam, a 39-year-old schoolteacher in Saphale, another village in the Palghar district—a mostly rural region and among the worst hit areas of the state, with more than 88,000total cases as of this week, and only a few thousand hospital beds. Intensive care spots are filled to capacity, and there are currently no ventilators available, according to government data.
“There has been such an increase in the number of deaths,” Kadam says, “that we don’t even remember all their names.”
As of India’s 2011 census, the village of Saphale has a population of 4,396 people. That number has been rapidly growing, according to Amod Jadhav, head of the village. However, Saphale still does not have a government hospital. A primary health center (PHC) acts as a referral unit, but it is unequipped to handle COVID-19 cases. Jadhav said Saphale’s PHC also caters to about 15 other villages in the region, with a total population of 85,000 to 100,000.
“In this second wave, we have more cases in a month than we had in six months during the previous wave,” Jadhav says.
“Last year, even those who were admitted for a month, they recovered and returned home,” he adds. With this wave, he said, death comes more quickly.
With Palghar situated some 17 miles away, poor Saphale villagers hoping to find care face a long journey—and a high likelihood of being turned away. Other larger cities, like Vasai or Virar, are 30 miles away. For the gravest health issues—and a fast-rising number of cases are grave—villagers would have to try their luck in Mumbai, which requires a 55-mile journey. “People are used to it that if there is an emergency,” says Swapnil Tare, who heads an educational organization in Saphale, “there is no option other than Bombay,” referring to the city by its former name.
The schoolteacher, Kadam, suggests that the situation ought to have been avoided. The population of Saphale has grown steadily over the last decade, he says. But essential services and infrastructure have not kept pace, leaving villagers acutely vulnerable to a virus that, for want of locally available health infrastructure, many would survive. “Because there was no hospital, they could not be saved,” Kadam says of a few patients in the village, who, he believes, would have lived, had they received timely medical intervention.
At the closest government hospital to Saphale, the Government Rural Hospital in Palghar, Rajendra Raut, a local driver, sat on a pavement outside, praying for his 40-year-old brother’s recovery. Raut had searched numerous hospitals before finding a place for him here, after his brother’s blood oxygen saturation levels had dropped to 37 percent. (The normal range for adults is 95 to 100 percent.)
Nearby, Amrit Shrivastava, stood in the hospital compound. He had struggled for a full night before he found a bed for his 69-year-old father, who had developed a fever and needed oxygen. “Since the workload is so much,” Shrivastava says, even the doctors “are crippled.”
Nikhil Mestry, a Palghar-based journalist, estimates that a single doctor caters to 300 to 400 people in the city. Health workers in the district, he says, are now working round the clock, often without time for even the briefest of breaks. Doctors are “wearing diapers for urination,” Mestry says, “ones that old people wear.”
It didn’t have to be this way, Mestry adds. District authorities knew that the number of patients would likely rise exponentially in April, Mestry says. And yet, they did nothing to prepare.
In the early days of the pandemic, misinformation was rampant—particularly in far flung villages like Saphale. Tare says that many villagers were convinced that COVID-19 is a hoax. And because families of deceased COVID patients are unable to see or examine their loved-ones’ bodies—a tack designed to prevent further disease spread—rumors of illicit organ harvesting have been rampant.
Owing to press reports about deaths that followed inoculation drives in India, many villagers were fearful of vaccine shots, and many villagers who did fall ill were more inclined to visit faith healers peddling dubious “cures” than to seek help from a trained medical facility. Some locals have even been gripped by rumors that a menstruating woman receiving a vaccine will never menstruate again.
But according to Jadhav, as infections have climbed during the second wave, villagers have begun to recognize the seriousness of the pandemic. Resistance to vaccines, too, has eased with the second wave, Jadhav says—in part due to messages distributed by the village council via WhatsApp, as well as by a loudspeaker mounted on an auto-rickshaw, which went around the village debunking vaccine-related myths.
To cater to the rising infections, Saphale has now turned a few classrooms at a local school into quarantine centers with a total capacity of 50 beds—30 for men, 20 for women. When asked about the lower allocation for women, Jadhav simply says: “Some villagers don’t allow their women to leave home for quarantine.”
After the nationwide lockdowns were instituted last year, the rural economy of the country crashed, and unemployment remains high. Prior to COVID-19, Manjula Maskar, a 50-year-old resident of Saphale, would work as a domestic helper, cleaning homes and utensils for a living, earning a maximum of 500 INR ($ 6.75) per month. The COVID restrictions, however, have left Maskar struggling to put food on the table for her grandchildren.
“Even last year, we were sitting at home because of corona, and then, they came to disconnect our electricity connection. I had to draw loans from multiple people to pay the bill,” says Maskar.
“The government has helped us with nothing,” she says. “They should have helped us, transferred some money into our bank accounts, or helped with groceries. They did nothing. What do we do now? For how long do we stay hungry?”
Maskar’s daughter, 32-year-old Neema Hadal, too, has lost work as a domestic worker. Despite the surge, she still ventures out at times, working in fields, or picking up garbage, earning about 150 rupees ($ 2) for eight to 10 hours of work. A pile of sticks sits outside her house—to cook food on a brick stove, as she cannot afford to pay for cooking gas anymore.
Hadal has two children—a 14-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, who are also working to make ends meet. “They walk to the highway a few kilometers away and pluck blackberries from trees, Hadal says. “They sell it, and with the 10 to 20 rupees they earn, they buy something to eat.”
Maskar, the grandmother, suggests there were few other options. “Children are desperate for food. Everyone is desperate,” she says, “I’m not afraid of corona. They have driven the fear out of me.
“We’re going to die either way,” she adds, “whether we stay home or go out to fill our stomachs.”
Apex Legends servers are reportedly down again tonight following a bumpy start to Season 9 earlier this week.
Gamers report issues with connecting to live servers and receiving error messages stating that no servers could be found.
One affect user commented: “I get home from a day at work, sit down and turn on some Apex, which I’ve been thinking about all day due to the new season, and I’m met with a can’t connect to servers error. This is unacceptable for such a large company; it’s not just one server down.”
Another adds: “If you are on PC, most likely you can connect to servers. Those on consoles are the ones it would seem having the most trouble.”
The good news is that while thousands of comments are online backing up this latest server outage report, it appears it could be short-lived.
While many found themselves unable to play during the launch of Apex Legends Season 9, today’s outage has already seen a drop in reports, meaning that things could be solved very quickly.
Capcom has big plans in May, with the release of Resident Evil Village offering a brand new adventure in the famous franchise.
RE8 will also come with a special multiplayer experience called Resident Evil Re:Verse, an option that will come bundled with your new download.
However, while Resident Evil Village will become fully playable later this week, Re:Verse has been delayed until Summer.
So if you’re having issues with hard drive space, it might be worth cancelling this part of the new Resi download.
Meanwhile, Resident Evil Village is set to expand on the RE: Biohazard story, featuring Ethan Winters as the protagonist.
“The creeping dead of the village is the least of Ethan’s worries as he plunges further into the unknown,” the official RE8 description reads.
“In order to rescue his kidnapped daughter and seek answers to haunting questions, Ethan will have to face bitter truths about why his life was once again shattered, and why the heroic Chris Redfield has taken such a dark turn.
“Who, or what, will Ethan find waiting for him at the end of his journey, and what terrifying foes will he encounter along the way?
“You’ll be facing a wide variety of foes, which will require different approaches if you want to fight back effectively. You’ll also have new ways to engage with enemies by kicking them away to create some space to escape or fight back. while blocking makes a return from Resident Evil 7 biohazard.
“A Deluxe version of the game is available that includes multiple bonus items, including a Samurai Edge weapon, an option to replace the save room music and the typewriters you save on with the music and tape recorder from Resident Evil 7 biohazard, and other bonuses.
“Those looking for the ultimate conversation starter can grab the Collector’s Edition from select retailers, which offers everything in the Deluxe Edition plus a Chris Redfield statue, poster, art book, and SteelBook case in a special Collector’s Edition box.”
Meanwhile, the Microsoft Store suggests that Resident Evil Village will become playable at 7pm on May 6, which likely means Midnight on May 7 in the UK.
Until then, the Resident Evil Village will remain playable for those who haven’t started playing it yet.
Demo access will last a full week, meaning you can play through the full 60 minutes until May 10.
The original 24-hour window starting 5PM PDT May 1 (1AM BST May 2) has been increased by a week, and now ends at the same times on May 9 PDT (May 10 BST).
As mentioned above, this demo has been available on PS4 several times over the past few weeks but it will be the first instance when it has launched on Xbox and PC platforms.
UPDATE: No new PS5 stock was released on May 4 in the UK, meaning fans will have to wait a little longer for PlayStation 5 restocks at Argos, GAME, Very and Amazon UK.
A message from the PS5 Instant Twitter account reads: “PS5 Stock for Amazon should still be 10-17th. PS5 shipments are starting to arrive at warehouses across the UK.”
ORIGINAL: May looks set to be a big month for PS5 sales in the UK, with several retailers linked to large shipments.
April was dominated by severe delays that left many gamers unable to find a next-gen console to buy.
That’s on top of the normal shortages that have left many scrabbling after every PS5 restock in the UK.
The good news is that thousands of consoles are expected to be available from Argos, Very, Amazon and GAME over the coming weeks.
We don’t know the order, but it looks like Argos and GAME will be among the first to bring new stock.
Very and Amazon are also expected to offer limited releases this month, as will Smyths Toys.
It’s still unclear how others will fare, but Currys and John Lewis are usually involved at some point too.
One source has suggested that John Lewis will be offering PlayStation 5 stock next week, between May 11 and May 13.
This comes from PS5 Stock UK on Twitter, who posted this week: “John Lewis expects PlayStation 5 shipments to arrive between 3rd-8th May. There is no information on stock count. They should be going live with a drop between 11th-13th May.”
Meanwhile, this week should see at least one stock drop from either Argos, Very or GAME.
Argos usually posts its latest stock very early in the morning, meaning we might not see anything new until Wednesday, May 5 at the earliest.
And other stock tracker accounts have also suggested that these leading UK retailers will have something to offer gamers between now and May 12.
As usual, gamers will need to take this latest news with a pinch of salt until something official is announced.
PlayStation 5 consoles remain highly sought after, and even with several large stock drops expected in May, it’s unlikely that supply will keep up with demand.
Gamers have been warned several times that it could be months before there are enough next-gen consoles to go around, meaning some in the UK will be waiting until Summer.
However, other recent reports suggest that it could take longer, meaning problems could continue into the busy November season.
Knowing that more PlayStation stock is coming is important, but console hunters should also know the best ways to get stock from each platform.
Here are a few examples of how best to try and buy a PlayStation 5 console from leading UK retailers:
AMAZON UK: Amazon UK runs better under strain but still comes with a few kinks worth mentioning. Having an account set up with your card details is a good start, and gamers should also try adding a console to their wishlist before checking out.
GAME: GAME is a UK retailer that offers the most regular stock updates for PS5 consoles. However, console hunters have been warned to use Guest Checkout, as this option is less likely to crash when completing a purchase. GAME is currently expected to get its next major restock during May 2021.
ARGOS: The Argos website is notorious for crashing and being unable to complete purchases when site traffic is high. Stock trackers suggest using the mobile Argos app and keeping an eye on local store listings. Argos is not expected to receive any more stock until May 5 at the earliest.
Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its suspension of sailing through June 30.
Cruises are set to resume from July 2021.
In a statement on its website, the cruise line explains: “Guests who had an active reservation on a suspended cruise will automatically receive a refund of their cruise fare in the original form of payment for the amount paid by June 1st for our April 6 suspension, and June 22 for our April 28 suspension.
“Additionally, a 10 percent off coupon will be automatically added to the guest’s account, if the guest has not already received one for a previously cancelled sailing or an account that currently has a 10 percent coupon.
“For affected reservations paid via a previously issued Future Cruise Credit, the full value of the FCC used will be re-applied to the guest’s Latitudes account within seven days. This is done automatically, and no further action is required on the guest or travel advisor’s part.”
P&O Cruises has been forced to cancel a number of its initially planned cruises.
In a statement on its website, the cruise line explained: “We are sorry to announce that cruises on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have been cancelled until the end of August 2021 and on Britannia and Iona until late September 2021.”
However, the cruise line will be operating some coastal UK sailings in the summer.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Following recent Government announcements and as the vaccine programme is rolled out across the globe we can all begin to feel a sense of reassurance and hope that this current lockdown period in the UK will come to an end. Life can, we hope, slowly return to some semblance of our previous normality as hospitality opens up and summer holidays can be booked with confidence.
“Whilst holidays here in the UK will be the first to become a reality we will, of course, gradually see the return of international travel but first we want guests to be able to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea with the best in relaxation, entertainment and dining choice.
“These sailings will leave from our home port in Southampton and sail around UK coastal waters enjoying the summer sunshine.”
UK Cruises onboard Britannia will operate from June through to September.
UK Cruises onboard Iona will operate from August through to September.
Princess Cruises outlined plans to resume some cruises from June 30.
However, restart dates are dependent on the ship and its departure port. Cruise restarts are also in line with travel advisories at that time.
New short cruises will resume from the UK from July 3 onboard Regal Princess.
Regular UK cruises are planned to restart from late September.
“Like so many facets of life, travel has been hit hard by recent events,” reads a statement on the company website.
“It is with a heavy heart that Princess Cruises has made the extremely difficult decision to temporarily pause our global ship operations.
“We know you were looking forward to sailing with us, and we apologise and share in your disappointment over these cancellations.
“You don’t need to take any action to receive the default compensation offer.”
To discover full refund options, and more information on “default compensation” customers should check the details provided for their specific cruise on the Princess Cruises website.
Texas will close the books on its current budget cycle with an extra $ 725 million in the bank — which is welcome news as Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar had predicted in January that the state would suffer a $ 1 billion shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hegar on Monday revised the revenue estimates for both the current budget cycle and the 2022-2023 biennium. Hegar increased the projection for state funds available for the 2022-2023 budget by $ 3 billion — to a total of $ 116 billion — as lawmakers race during the final weeks of the Legislature hammering out the spending plan.
“Our revised revenue forecast assumes continued economic growth through the next biennium, but uncertainty remains about the ultimate course of the economy and thus state revenue,” Hegar said during a Monday press conference. “Texas remains well-positioned to recover from the COVID outbreak and return to its norm of economic growth in excess of the national rate — if we haven’t already.”
The estimate doesn’t take into account all of the federal relief that has been sent to Texas over the past year by Congress through pandemic relief packages. State lawmakers have wrestled with how and who has the authority to spend that money. But Hegar’s estimate of all funds available for the budget includes federal money that could flow through state government. That “all funds” total of available revenue is now $ 294 billion, up from the $ 270.5 billion in his January estimate.
Last week, state officials announced they were releasing $ 11 billion of those federal funds designated to the state’s public schools, after several weeks of outcry by school officials.
In a letter to state leaders, Hegar said the revisions are based on increased state revenue projections, particularly increased tax revenue collected from oil and natural gas producers.
In July, as Texas was in the throes of the pandemic and many businesses were suffering, Hegar announced that the state was on track to end the biennium with a nearly $ 4.6 billion deficit. In January, he offered a slightly brighter picture and instead predicted a $ 1 billion shortfall, while estimating lawmakers would have $ 112.5 billion for the upcoming biennial budget..
Hegar pointed to an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses and a rebounding economy in Texas and across the nation as reasons to be “optimistic about the near term” financial outlook. But he cautioned that Texas’ economy is also heavily reliant on international trade. Other countries have been dogged by vaccine shortages and some are facing devastating rises in COVID-19 cases.
“Supply-chain bottlenecks remain a problem for many industries, and rising case counts in other nations could make it more difficult to resolve issues connected with trade,” Hegar wrote to state leaders.
The announcement comes as members of the Texas Senate and House this week begin to hash out differences in the state’s 2022-2023 spending plan that has already been passed by both chambers.
Hegar said he doesn’t anticipate Monday’s announcement will “substantially change” the Legislature’s spending plan this year.
“It would possibly just put them in a better position when they enter back in next legislative session,” Hegar said.
Holidays to Turkey are on hold for now amid the UK’s current travel ban. Though UK arrivals are permitted into Turkey, in line with specific rules, travel for leisure purposes from the UK is banned until May 17.
One of these rules is a PCR testing requirement, however, the nation has recently amended regulations so that transmitting passengers may not require a PCR test.
Instead, this will only apply if they have been in a specific set of countries within the previous 14 days.
It is not clear whether or not Turkey will be granted “green” status under the UK “traffic light system” once travel resume.
Despite this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) keeps its travel advice pages updated for Britons who are currently travelling for permitted reasons or who are looking to travel in the future.
“Passengers transiting Turkey from India, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure to Turkey.”
Currently, UK citizens are permitted to enter Turkey and are not required to self-isolate.
The FCDO further explains: “Direct flights between UK and Turkey are currently operating. Before boarding, all passengers aged six years and above will be required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
“There is currently no requirement to self-isolate once in Turkey.
“All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel.
“This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.”
Though it is not yet clear which nations will be on the UK green list from May 17, travel experts have predicted Turkey will be categorised as “amber”.
This means holidaymakers will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days upon their arrival back in the UK.
They will be offered the option to shorten their self-isolation period with the “Test to Release” scheme.
Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency predicted which nations he believes will be classified as “green” and “amber” when the Government “announce their traffic lights on May 6 or 7”.
In a Twitter post, he predicted Turkey to remain in the “amber zone”.
However, he also suggested Malta, Jamaica, Portugal, Barbados, Israel, Morocco, Gibraltar and Grenada would make it onto the “green” list.
Following a new leak this week, fans are hopeful that the official Battlefield 6 release date and first trailer are going to be shared very soon.
For those who might have missed this weekend, two new images have appeared online which appear to be part of an upcoming teaser campaign.
Tom Henderson, a noted Battlefield insider, has confirmed that the new images are real, telling his followers on Twitter:
“I’m not going to RT or share for obvious reasons… But yes, the 2 #BATTLEFIELD images that have been leaked in the past hour are real.”
The new Battlefield 6 leaks don’t contain a large amount of information and look to be low quality but they could point to something much more exciting for fans.
While it’s been a long time since a new Battlefield game was revealed, it appears we could be very close to something happening soon.
Both images might have been sourced from a new BF6 trailer that will be part of the reveal, meaning we could be very close to a full announcement.
Fans already know that the Battlefield 6 release date has been set for Summer 2021, but any new trailer is expected to provide a full schedule.
This will mean knowing the exact month we can expect the big new Battlefield project to launch across platforms.
Earlier rumours have suggested that May 7 will be the date we get to see the big Battlefield 6 trailer, but this remains unverified at this point.
Earlier this week fans spotted that the Battlefield Twitter and YouTube accounts had changed the banner on its profiles, with the banner currently being displayed just showing the Battlefield logo.
This follows on from the official Battlefield Twitter dropping the surprise announcement that the next Battlefield game would be getting revealed “soon”.
And details on Battlefield 6 were revealed in a blog post as well, with fans teased of an upcoming “jaw-dropping” experience for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.
The recent message from developers DICE teases the biggest game so far in the series, telling fans:
“First, we’re really excited to have the biggest Battlefield development team ever working on our console and PC game for this Holiday season, and second…we have something very exciting to talk about on mobile!
“2021 is an exciting time for us here at DICE. Working with more world-class development studios within Electronic Arts, we have our biggest team ever on a Battlefield game for console and PC.
“Our friends at Criterion and DICE LA are working with us on our shared vision for the game, while the team in Gothenburg is taking technology in the game to the next level. Together, we are creating a jaw-dropping experience for you to enjoy later in 2021.
“We’re in daily playtesting mode right now: polishing, balancing, and making the best possible Battlefield game we can. I can tell you it is a bold step. It has everything we love about Battlefield – and takes all of it to the next level. Epic scale.
“All-out military warfare. Crazy, unexpected moments. Game-changing destruction. Massive battles, packed with more players and mayhem than ever before. All brought to life with the power of next-gen consoles and PCs.”
May could end up being a huge month for PS5 restocks. We’re coming off the back of an extremely barren run of PS5 restocks in the UK, with April – bar a surprise Smyths Toys stock drop right at the end – providing little opportunity for PlayStation fans in Blighty to purchase Sony’s in-demand next-gen console. But rumour has it May will be a totally different story with the “biggest” PS5 shipment so far heading to UK retailers.
That’s according to the @PS5Instant Twitter who said more stock than “ever before” is heading to stores in the UK.
The PS5 stock tracker account, who has been bang on the money when revealing unannounced info before, also urged PlayStation gamers not to get tempted by scalpers as new stock is on its way.
The account went on to talk about when other retailers will be getting new PS5 stock and how many consoles will be up for sale.
The @PS5Instant Twitter said Argos is getting “record” levels of new stock while GAME will be taking orders for the PS5 twice in May.
The account also said Amazon has a sizeable PS5 restock that will be dropping in the middle of the month.
Argos typically drops stock in the early hours of the morning, with the past restock going live at 1am.
The major high street retailer offered click and collect with previous PS5 restocks, and if you found stock got snapped up at lightning fast speeds things may be a bit different next time.
The @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter posted: “Alongside the Ireland/UK split up in the upcoming May 11th Argos drop, some plans have been put into place for the UK side of things. Areas/regions that have had less stock previously compared to other regions will get more stock this time round.”
The PS5 stock tracker account also delivered news on the next John Lewis restock, which is rumoured to be going live around the time of the Argos restock.
The @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter said: “John Lewis expects PlayStation 5 shipments to arrive between 3rd-8th May. There is no information on stock count. They should be going live with a drop between 11th-13th May.”
The upcoming May PS5 restocks come off the back off a surprise Smyths Toys restock at the end of April, which “many” PS5 stock hunters managed to be successful with.
According to the PS5 Stock UK Twitter, click and collect was available at “loads of locations” with the most recent Smyths Toys restock.
From the sounds of it, with the last Smyths stock drop it was genuine PS5 fans instead of scalpers that had the last laugh – and hopefully this trend continues with the upcoming May restocks.