British singer James Blunt offers his music to hunt anti-vaxxers in New Zealand

Refilwe Moloto talks to UK correspondent Adam Gilchrist about stories that are making headlines in the UK and Europe.

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As Covid-19 cases reach levels never seen before in New Zealand, authorities have adopted some interesting methods in an attempt to dissuade anti-vaxxers from protesting outside parliament.

Protests against compulsory vaccines began on Tuesday, and while 120 people were arrested for trespassing during the week, several hundred people continued to occupy the grounds outside Parliament over the weekend.

Officials then redoubled their efforts to disperse them by playing music by Barry Manilow and Celine Dion, among others, on a loop on a loudspeaker.

The playlist so far, The Macerena, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Frozen’s Let It Go, and Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits.

Adam Gilchrist, UK Correspondent

British singer James Blunt heard about this story and he offered his own hit ‘You’re Beautiful’ to the New Zealand authorities…even admits to him that it’s really, really boring!

Adam Gilchrist, UK Correspondent

The vast majority of New Zealanders, 94 per cent, are fully immunized against Covid-19, according to the country’s Department of Health, but Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has warned that the current outbreak of cases “is unlike anything what we have known”.

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