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It is regularly cited as the most hated word in the English language and even Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has visibly struggled while using it. But now the word “moist” is being deployed for good – in a song written by a New Zealand school principal that aims to helps children observe social distancing guidelines.

Shirley Șerban of Lake Brunner school in the South Island penned the song Moist Breath Zone as a health and safety message for students returning to school after the Covid-19 lockdown.

In case you missed it – this fantastic song by Lake Brunner School principal Shirley Șerban was made to help children understand the expectations when they are back in school in Alert Level 2.

Ka mau te wehi – fantastic work, Shirley! https://t.co/oVqDwX0klh

Related: ‘Stay out of my moist breath zone’: Covid-19 anthem takes the drool out of school

Japan is expected to lift the state of emergency for 39 of its 47 prefectures on Thursday, local media reported, while the capital Tokyo is set to keep restrictions in place until it sees a convincing containment of the coronavirus, Reuters reports.

The world’s third-largest economy declared a nationwide state of emergency a month ago, urging citizens to reduce person-to-person contact by 80% in an effort to slow the pace of new infections and ease the strain on medical services. The government had said it would reassess the situation in mid-May.

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