Latest Covid: Outbreak rises in England as UK is excluded from EU travel list
“The prevalence is increasing exponentially, driven by younger ages … and it seems to double every 11 days. Obviously, this is bad news, ”Steven Riley, professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, told reporters.
It comes as the UK is set to be excluded from an expanded EU travel list again due to the exponential growth in infection caused by the Delta variant. Eight countries are to be added to a list of countries from which the EU declares non-essential travel safe, including Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, United States, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong.
They join Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and China on a “white list”.
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Ryanair sues government for damaging traffic light system
Ryanair is said to be preparing to take legal action with the owner of Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports against the government over its international traffic light system.
The risk-based system with red, orange and green ratings for different countries, determines the quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements people face upon returning to the UK.
The lawsuit to be brought by Ryanair and the Manchester Airport Group will call for more transparency on how Whitehall decides which countries qualify for the green list, the BBC said.
An industry body warned on June 9 that the ‘failing and damaging’ scheme for international travel must be scrapped if Britain’s travel and tourism sector is to be saved from total collapse.
Plans are underway to allow the double hit for overseas vacations
Summer holidays abroad will be open to Britons vaccinated under plans being considered by the government, according to reports.
A high profile source told The Telegraph: “They are not there yet, but this is the direction of travel. “
The move will effectively create a new Green List with Orange List countries – which currently include Portugal, Spain and Greece – on the list of places potential vacationers could go.
UK has highest daily rate of coronavirus infections in Europe
Latest statistics revealed 107.3 Britons per million tested positive for the virus per day on average over the past week
The UK is now ranked in pole position with the highest number of new cases in Europe – ahead of Spain, which has a rate of 104.6 cases per million, Latvia with an average of 92.1 and followed by Andorra with 90.6.
Belarus has a rate of 89.77, Russia has recorded 83.7, while the next highest coronavirus infections are from Denmark, with a rate of 78.36.
The Netherlands followed with 77.19 and Sweden recorded a rate of 76.3.
Covid-19 cases ‘increasing exponentially in England among unvaccinated age groups’
Covid-19 cases are ‘increasing exponentially’ across England, driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists tracking the outbreak.
A government-commissioned study found infections rose 50% between May 3 and June 7, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant which was first detected in India and is now dominant in India. UK.
Data from nearly 110,000 swab tests carried out across England between May 20 and June 7 suggests that Covid-19 cases are doubling every 11 days, with the highest prevalence in the North West and 1 in 670 people are infected.
England would not be able to extend restrictions on coronaviruses if it had ‘done the right thing’, an expert has said.
Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the Spi-B group of behavior scientists advising ministers, rejected a suggestion by LBC radio that the scientists were “delighted” to have “won the argument” over a four-week deadline until the end of the foreclosure measures in the countryside.
He told LBC: “We were all upset. Personally, I was upset, none of us want these restrictions.
“And we shouldn’t have been in this position if we had done the right thing and had the proper safeguards at our borders, if we had had the right support for people to self-isolate, and so on. , I don’t ‘I don’t think we would have been in that position.
Commenting on the support for people, he said that “sickness pay” in the UK was, with the exception of the US, “practically the worst in the world” and that “only about 50% of people got it. self-isolate “.
Womad festival co-founder Peter Gabriel said the event may have to be canceled this year without government support.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “If we are trying to restore cultural life and normalcy, we need a little help here.
“It’s a huge industry now and we would like to get some confidence and security through something like an insurance plan, some kind of underwriting plan. “
Asked whether the organizers will have to cancel the festival this year without support, he replied: “I think we have to do it. We have faced bankruptcy twice before and if we are trying to secure the future of the festival… we cannot risk making it go wrong this year.
Scottish fans warned of distance from London if they don’t have tickets
Football fans who do not have tickets to Euro 2020 matches should not travel to London amid ongoing Covid restrictions, a senior police officer has warned.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor told LBC Radio: “We are asking people to work with us.
“We know people want to come and enjoy it, but all events in London are paid only and with the current Covid restrictions, spaces in pubs and bars will be limited.
“So if people don’t have tickets, we ask them not to come to London.”
His comments came before England’s clash with Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.
Delta cases finally fall in UK hotspot
The number of cases in the UK borough hardest hit by the new Delta variant appears to have “peaked” and is now on the decline, the region’s director of public health has said.
Blackburn infection rates with Darwen appear to have peaked on June 7 and declined over the next 10 days, Dominic Harrison tweeted.
“Good news,” he wrote. “A growing signal that the rate of BwD cases may have peaked on June 7 (to 667) and that the decline in the number of daily cases will continue for at least seven days.”
This was, he added, the “first sustained fall since the initial case of the Delta variant on April 7”.
Johnson ‘massive supporter’ of Hancock despite ‘desperate f *** ing’ messages – minister
Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman said the Prime Minister was “firmly behind” Mr Hancock following the extraordinary revelation of private WhatsApps from his former senior assistant Dominic Cummings.
“I think that’s one of the biggest nonsense I’ve heard,” he later told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
“The Prime Minister is obviously, as everyone will detect, a massive supporter of the Secretary of Health, he comes firmly behind him. There can be no question of loss of confidence.
The minister provided context for the messages to be “in the midst of the biggest economic and public health disaster in a century”.
“What you’re referring to is a little snapshot of one side of the story without any context or hearing from the other side,” he said.