The Vegas show, titled Weekends With Adele, was first announced in late November and was scheduled to have the Tottenham-born singer perform two shows every weekend until April at legendary venue Caesars Palace’s Colosseum. With tickets ranging from £60 ($85) to a whopping £500 ($685), fans were eager to catch a performance, as the singer hasn’t done a live concert in five years. Yet with bitter disappointment, and fighting back the tears, Adele continued to say: “It’s been impossible to finish the show. I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted.”
With a promise that dates will be rescheduled, the 15 time Grammy Award winner added that half of her team have Covid and with delivery delays, they have run out of time to perfect the performance.
Apologising profusely to the fans, the star said: “I’m sorry, it’s last minute. I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s travelled again.
“We’re going to reschedule all the dates, we’re on it right now. And I’m going to finish my show.
“I want to to get it to where it’s supposed to be [but] we’ve been up against so much and it just ain’t ready [sic].”
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With lots of bitterly disappointed fans, this is not the only time that the Hello singer has cancelled tour dates.
Back in 2017, the star had to cancel the final two dates at Wembley Stadium of her previous tour due to damaging her vocal cords.
One fan, who was already on her flight to Las Vegas from New York told the BBC: “I was furious that Adele waited until the last minute to make this call.
“I recognise it’s not a call any artist wants to make but she would’ve known yesterday that the show wouldn’t be ready by tomorrow. Her lack of notice is astounding. I’m angry and frustrated.”
Here in the UK, Covid continues to cause disruption.
Despite the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing yesterday that restrictions such as mandatory face mask wearing, put in place to try and stop the spread of the virus, will be relaxed, he remained cautious, saying that the pandemic was “not over”.
Others in the education sector and health sector remain wary about the effect the virus is having on key aspects of society. School leaders’ unions said Covid remained a challenge for schools, with high numbers of staff and pupils absent.
Meanwhile the Royal College of Nursing commented that the government’s actions to “drop Plan B” would do “nothing to ease pressure on the NHS”.
The latest data provided on January 20 showed that there were still 107,364 daily cases of Covid and 330 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
Although cases were down 32 percent in the last seven days, the death rate was up by 1.8 percent. And with 1,905 patients still being admitted to hospital daily, many will be wondering if the PMs “robust plan to live well with Covid” is going to be good enough.
With individuals reporting daily on the ZOE COVID app about symptoms they are experiencing, the current top five symptoms have been deciphered. These symptoms differ depending on whether individuals have been vaccinated, and how many doses they have received.
Generally, either one or two vaccinations, those who tested positive for Covid were experiencing the following:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Persistent cough.
For those who remain unvaccinated, symptoms were similar, but were ranked in a slightly different order, with the unvaccinated suffering more severely with headaches and sore throats and the addition of a fever.
Loss of smell and shortness of breath was also reported, indicating that symptoms that have previously been recorded as significant, were changing along with the evolving variants.
Amid the changing rules on what to do if you have Covid, with self-isolation requirements due to expire on March 24, it can be tricky to know what to do if you start showing symptoms.
The ZOE COVID study website explains that currently individuals can only get a NHS Covid test if they have a cough, fever or loss of smell. It goes on to recommend that those who start excessively sneezing after having had their vaccination should try and stay home and get a Covid test as sneezing is a key way that the virus spreads.
It goes on to advise that doing lateral-flow and adhering to “hands, face, space” is still critical in protecting family, friends and colleagues no matter what your vaccination status.