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Covid UK news live: Vaccinated EU and US travellers set to skip quarantine

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Expert warns of resurgence in Covid cases

Ministers are set to allow vaccinated EU and US travellers to enter the country without the need to quarantine, it has been suggested.

The move, which would come as a welcome relief to the travel sector, could start from as early as next week.

It is unclear whether the change would also extend to the devolved nations of the UK.

The relaxation of rules follows a 10-day pilot scheme involving 250 passengers on flights from Jamaica, New York and Los Angeles. All bar two of these travellers showed authentic vaccination credentials.

The trial gives “the evidence the government needs” to drop quarantine requirements for passengers from low risk countries, BA chief executive Sean Doyle said.

Elsewhere, companies have criticised the government over its scheme to exempt essential workers from having to self-isolate when they are pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app.

The plan has been labelled a shambles, as small businesses warned of delays and difficulties in registering their staff.


Coronavirus deaths jump by 21 per cent, WHO says

The number of global coronavirus deaths was 21 per cent last week than it was the previous one, the World Health Organisation has said.

Increases were seen in every region except Europe, with coronavirus infections rising by 8 per cent over the same period. There have now been almost 194 million cases globally since the start of the pandemic.

The WHO warned that “if these trends continue, the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next two weeks.”

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 11:30


How anti-vaxxers triggered another Covid wave in the US

Coronavirus cases in US have tripled in just three weeks.

Andrew Buncombe looks at the effect anti-vaxxers have had on the country’s latest Covid-19 wave:

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 11:10


Italy approves use of Moderna jab for children as young as 12

The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine can be administered to children aged between 12 and 17, Italian regulators have said.

The country’s drug agency AIFA has also endorsed the Pfizer and Spikevax shots for adolescents.

Some European countries think it is important to vaccinate children to stem the spread of the contagious Delta variant.

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 10:50


Labour urges ‘safe’ approach to easing travel restrictions

Travel restrictions should only be relaxed if it safe to do so, Labour has said.

Responding to reports that England will ease measures for US and EU travellers, shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds MP said: “Everyone wants to see international travel open up, but safety has to come first. The last thing our country needs is to be exposed to yet more dangerous variants – repeating the fiasco that allowed the Johnson variant to cause such damage.”

He added that the government’s border policy has been “reckless and dangerous” throughout the pandemic, while calling for a new “robust strategy”.

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 10:36


Barring unvaccinated from mass events is ‘wrong’, Scottish minister says

Refusing unvaccinated people entry to large events is the “wrong” approach, Scotland’s deputy first minister has said.

John Swinney’s comment contrasts with cabinet minister Michael Gove, who indicated that vaccine passports could be required at events like football matches.

Responding to Mr Gove’s words, Mr Swinney told BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I think it’s the wrong way to handle it.”

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 10:10


South Korea records highest daily increase in Covid infections

South Korea has announced a further 1,896 coronavirus cases, the highest daily figure the country has reported during the pandemic.

This comes amid a fourth wave of outbreaks, fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Tighter rules are in force across the country for the next fortnight, including a 10pm dinner curfew and a ban of gatherings of more than four people.

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 09:53


Sydney to remain in lockdown for extra month

Sydney will remain in lockdown until at least 28 August, after it reported 177 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.

Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales, told reporters: “I am as upset and frustrated as all of you that we were not able to get the case numbers we would have liked at this point in time but that is the reality.”

Over 2,500 people have been infected since a limousine driver tested positive for the disease on 16 June.

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 09:35


Drop in Covid cases could be attributed to unwillingness to be tested, expert says

The decline in UK coronavirus cases could be down to people being less willing to be tested, a leading expert has said.

Mike Tildesley, an infectious disease modeller at the University of Warwick, said the public could be less likely to book a test ahead of summer holidays.

He told Times Radio: “Because schools in England closed last week, we haven’t got secondary school pupils doing regular lateral flow testing and so we’re not necessarily detecting as many cases in younger people.

“It’s also been suggested by some that, possibly, because of a high number of cases, because of the summer holidays approaching, people might be less willing to ‘step up’ to testing when they have symptoms.”

He added that if hospital admissions drop in August, it would be a strong indication that the worst of the third wave is over.

Rory Sullivan28 July 2021 09:17


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