Coronavirus live news: Japan concerned over nascent fourth wave; North Korea withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Coronavirus live news: Japan concerned over nascent fourth wave; North Korea withdraws from Tokyo OlympicsApril 6, 2021

Possible fourth wave in Japan; North Korea pulls out of Games to ‘protect athletes’; Indian states seek widening of vaccinations

  • North Korea pulls out of Tokyo Olympics, citing coronavirus fears
  • Philippines man dies ‘after doing 300 squats for breaching Covid curfew’
  • Amazon found to have illegally fired workers who advocated for Covid safety measures
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My colleague Andrew Sparrow has recently opened up our UK politics and Covid live blog for today, so if you want to follow the latest developments in the UK you’ll want to head over to here: UK Covid live news – Labour hardens opposition to ‘digital ID card’ Covid passports plan

Related: UK Covid live news: Labour hardens opposition to ‘digital ID card’ Covid passports plan

Chris Moss writes for us this morning on one silver lining of Covid pandemic measures in cities – that they provide an opportunity for the flâneur – an aimless stroller or ambler. Moss writes:

One can roam and ruminate equally in Cardiff, Dundee, Liverpool or Belfast. As urban consumer culture spreads, in the shape of delivery vans, Deliveroo bikes, “artisan” coffee shops and the like, you can arguably be a flâneur (there’s also a verb, flâner, to stroll) in towns, villages and countryside.

But to do so requires discipline. Ambling is best enjoyed slowly, daydreaming. “A dandy does nothing,” Baudelaire wrote. The pandemic-struck city, with its permanent Sunday-state, is ideal for leisurely meandering. Use it while it lasts.

Related: Why cities emptied by Covid are perfect for modern flâneurs

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