Government is “fairly cautious” of Green List countries, says George Eustice
Boris Johnson has given hope to Britons who want to vacation abroad this summer, saying there is a “real opportunity to open travel” this summer for those who are fully vaccinated.
The Prime Minister said: “I think the real opportunity we all have now is to open up travel through the double jab. If you look at this, we have over 60 percent of our population that has now had two. jabs, I think 83 percent had a jab, we’re really on our way now.
“The crucial thing is to show up and get your second jab.”
Meanwhile, George Eustice, the Secretary of the Environment, has said he will not wear a face mask once coronavirus regulations are lifted on July 19.
“What we want to do on July 19, and the Prime Minister said the data looks good to be able to do that, is remove all legal restrictions,” the Environment Secretary told Sky News .
He said the question of “whether some people might choose to wear masks” or whether face coverings may be advised in certain contexts is “a separate issue.”
Scotland and Northern Ireland expand their green travel lists
Scotland and Northern Ireland have expanded their green travel lists, with the changes due to take effect on Wednesday morning.
This means travelers won’t have to self-quarantine when they return to Scotland and Northern Ireland after vacations in Malta, Madeira or the Balearic Islands.
Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: ‘From the start we said that caution was required with international travel and that people should think very carefully about traveling abroad, as situations can arise. suddenly change.
“We continue to work closely with other countries of origin and cautiously support exploring options for easing restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Amber List countries – but only if advice clinics are supporting it and whether systems are in place to ensure the safety of the wider Scots population.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 7:43 PM
New Zealand nationals ordered to leave UK despite unable to book return flights
New Zealand nationals whose UK visas are about to expire have been left behind as they have been told to leave the country but cannot book return flights due to high demand.
Under New Zealand’s coronavirus rules, people can only book flights to the country if they have a voucher confirming their place in managed isolation upon arrival. As this service is oversubscribed, some Kiwis have not been able to quarantine themselves, which means they are not allowed to fly.
Our social affairs correspondent May Bulman has more details:
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 7:20 PM
Welsh football fans denounce travel ban against coronavirus in Netherlands
Welsh football fans who traveled to Amsterdam for their team’s Euro 2020 game against Denmark on Saturday said it was “hopelessly unfair” that more of their compatriots could not join them.
As the Netherlands has banned non-essential travel from the UK, only people who have traveled from Schengen countries or elsewhere in Europe can attend the match.
Tim Hartley, 61, who traveled to Amsterdam from Rome, told PA: “I’m so sorry for all those Welsh fans who wanted to come to Amsterdam. It seems so unfair that the rules have always been difficult to follow and were changed at the very last minute. It is desperately unfair.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 7:00 PM
Covid cases increase in nearly 90% of English local authorities
Coronavirus cases have increased in nearly 90% of England’s 315 local authorities, the latest data show.
In the week to June 20, 273 of those areas saw an increase in infections, five unchanged and 37 seeing a decrease in numbers.
Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire has the highest Covid-19 rate of 515.7 cases per 100,000 people, a slight reduction from the previous seven days.
The areas with the largest increases in the week to June 20 were Newcastle upon Tyne (148.3 to 306.1 per 100,000) and Darlington (47.8 to 181.6 per 100,000).
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 6:40 PM
Biden travels to North Carolina to encourage vaccination
Joe Biden is traveling to North Carolina today to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The president’s trip comes as the vaccination rate in the United States slows, with the White House admitting it will not meet its goal of partially immunizing 70% of the country’s adults by July 4.
In North Carolina, only 55% of the state’s adult population has had at least one jab, despite incentives such as a million dollar lottery.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 6:20 PM
Swiss data shows fully vaccinated people rarely affected by Covid-19
Swiss data taken between January and June show that very few fully vaccinated people contract the coronavirus.
Of the 180,000 infections recorded in the country between January 27 and June 21, only 209 were found in people who received both doses of the vaccine.
“There is currently no evidence that the Delta variant leads to more vaccine breakthroughs than Alpha,” added a spokesperson for the Swiss Ministry of Health.
As part of its easing of restrictions, Switzerland will allow public events of more than 10,000 people from Saturday.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 6:00 PM
San Francisco city workers must have a jab
San Francisco will be the first city in the United States to require its municipal workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to local media.
The policy will affect 35,000 city employees, who could be fired for failing to meet the requirement, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
According to the proposal, workers will have 10 weeks to get vaccinated
Carol Isen, Director of Human Resources for San Francisco, said, “It really is a decision for the health and safety of our employees and the public we serve. It’s about protecting the city as an employer from what we see as an unacceptable risk.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 5:40 PM
EU lowers estimate of vaccine deliveries
Last month, the European Commission predicted that members of the bloc would receive nearly a billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the second half of the year.
However, an internal document now shows that estimate has been lowered to around 900 million jabs.
Around 500 million of these will come in the third quarter of 2021 from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 5:20 PM
Welsh football fans denounce travel restrictions in the Netherlands
Welsh fans who traveled to Amsterdam for their national team’s knockout game against Denmark on Saturday said it was “hopelessly unfair” that more of their compatriots could not join them.
As the Netherlands have banned non-essential travel from the UK, only those traveling to Amsterdam from other European countries can watch the game.
Tim Hartley, 61, who made it to Amsterdam from Rome, told PA: “I’m so sorry for all those Welsh fans who wanted to get to Amsterdam. It seems so unfair that the rules have always been difficult to follow and were changed at the very last minute. It is desperately unfair.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 5:00 PM
Ireland at the point of “uneasiness” in the fight against Covid
Ireland is at a stage of “unease and apprehension” in its battle against the coronavirus, its health chief has admitted.
Explaining what he meant by the comment, Paul Reid said there was “no certainty” about what would happen with the virus and its variants.
There were some promising signs in the country’s latest Covid-19 data, however. In the past fifteen weeks, the number of infections has fallen by 22%, with 84% of new cases in people under 45, a sign that the vaccination program is working.
Earlier, Ireland’s Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said international travel would be allowed from July 19.
Rory sullivanJune 24, 2021 4:40 PM