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Fully vaccinated Britons returning from France and Spain will not need to quarantine

Ministers ditch plans for watchlist of amber countries such as SpainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of Britons have been given the green light to travel to Europe’s holiday hotspots, avoiding quarantine on return from France and Spain where concerns have been raised about Covid variants.Ministers announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from France would no longer need to quarantine and ditched plans for a “watchlist” of amber coun...
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Fully vaccinated UK arrivals from France will not need to quarantine

Ministers ditch plans for watchlist of amber countries such as SpainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of Britons have been given the green light to travel to Europe’s holiday hotspots, avoiding quarantine on return from France and Spain where concerns have been raised about Covid variants.Ministers announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from France would no longer need to quarantine and ditched plans for a “watchlist” of amber coun...
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The risks and rewards of vaccinating UK children against Covid

Analysis: official advisers have called for jabs to be given to children aged 16 and 17 in a rethink of policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust weeks ago, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that children over the age of 12 should only be vaccinated if they were extremely vulnerable or lived with someone at risk, citing concerns about an inflammatory heart condition linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Now the JCVI has tweaked that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus


Why are low-risk countries on the Covid travel ‘red list’? | Letters

Dr Peninah Murage says the unjust traffic light system penalises poor countries even though some have relatively low numbers of cases. Plus Dot Mornington-West on being under house arrest after returning from FranceCan the Guardian please investigate the rationale behind the Covid travel restrictions relating to “red list” countries? Some of the countries on the red list, such as Kenya, have very low Covid cases and deaths, but are among the world’s poorest and with little influence on governmen...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Africa, UK News, Health policy, Kenya, Inequality, Coronavirus, Peninah Murage, Dot Mornington West


Covid vaccines to be offered to all UK 16- and 17-year-olds

JCVI decision comes two weeks after body recommended against routine vaccination of childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccines will be offered to all 16- and 17-year-olds after new recommendations by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which said they will not need the consent of parents.The JCVI said 16- and 17-year-olds should be offered a first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and that advice on when to offer the second vaccine dose...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Children, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Young People, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, JCVI, Coronavirus, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation


Which countries are vaccinating minors against Covid?

If UK authorises vaccinations for those aged 16-17 it will bring it more into line with US and othersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageReports suggest the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will soon authorise Covid jabs for 16- and 17-year olds, while continuing to limit shots for 12- to 15-year-olds to the clinically vulnerable or those living with people at risk.The move will bring Britain more in line with the US and many other European countries, ...
Tags: Health, UK, Sweden, France, Germany, US, Spain, Society, UK News, US news, Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid contracts: minister replaced phone before it could be searched

Government is expected to disclose Lord Bethell’s correspondence relating to award of £85m of contracts for Covid testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe health minister who oversaw the award of Covid contracts replaced his mobile phone before it could be searched for information relevant to £85m of deals that are subject to a legal challenge.Lord Bethell, a health minister, is one of those under scrutiny over the way contracts for PPE and Covid tests were awarded at...
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Scotland to scrap social distancing amid plan to lift most Covid rules

Nicola Sturgeon confirms blanket self-isolation measures for school pupils will also end from 9 August Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe legal requirement for physical distancing in Scotland will be removed from next week, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as she confirmed the country would move beyond level 0 of the Scottish government’s five-tier system of Covid controls from 9 August.Blanket self-isolation for school pupils will also be scrapped: when Scottish schools re...
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Johnson dumps ‘amber watchlist’ plan as it emerges top adviser has quit

Proposals for tougher quarantine rules for some holidaymakers killed off after cabinet revoltCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has ditched plans for tougher quarantine restrictions for some holidaymakers after days of chaos, as it emerged the chief of the Joint Biosecurity Centre that advises on travel rules has departed the job leaving it “rudderless”. After a revolt in the cabinet and a backlash from the travel industry, government sources said the prime...
Tags: Travel, Health, England, Travel & leisure, Treasury, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Airbus, Manufacturing sector, Johnson, Department For Transport, Coronavirus, Joint Biosecurity Centre


Johnson hints ‘amber watchlist’ travel plan may be ditched

PM appears to back away from idea of tougher Covid rules for people returning from popular destinationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has hinted that plans for tougher travel restrictions on popular holiday destinations could be ditched, as he said he wanted a simple approach to quarantining on return from abroad.The prime minister has been under pressure from cabinet ministers and the travel industry to simplify the rules, after it was rumoured that a ...
Tags: Travel, Health, England, Travel & leisure, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Airbus, Manufacturing sector, Johnson, Coronavirus


Covid travel: minister defends plan for amber watchlist in England

Labour warns move will add to confusion over which countries are safe to visit during summer holidaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA government minister has defended proposals for an amber watchlist for travel destinations, as Labour warned it would merely add to the confusion over which countries are safe to visit during the summer holidays.Matt Warman, the minister for digital infrastructure, said the travel watchlist for England would provide people with more inf...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Labour, Air transport, Transport, Health policy, Heathrow Airport, Matt Warman, Coronavirus


Greece sends police to Covid hotspot islands to step up controls

Party islands Mykonos and Ios could be shut down as Delta variant infection rates surge among young peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGreece has begun deploying police units to holiday island hotspots as the country’s tourism season moves into high gear amid a worrying spread of coronavirus variants.Authorities moved to beef up police presence on party isles such as Mykonos and Ios as concerns mounted over local entrepreneurs failing to comply with health measures...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Delta, Health policy, Guardian, Coronavirus, Haris Theoharis


Ministers under fire for putting France on England’s ‘amber plus’ list

Criticism grows after concerns raised over whether there was too much focus on Covid cases in RéunionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are facing growing criticism for putting France on the new “amber plus” travel list, after concerns were raised about whether they focused too much on variant cases in its Réunion Island territory 5,700 miles (9,180 km) from Paris.The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, admitted on Thursday the decision to impose tougher restri...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, England, France, Society, UK News, World news, Paris, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Reunion Island, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus


Vaccine passport plan intended to coax young to have jabs, says Raab

Foreign secretary says government will not ‘hold country back’ because some are not getting vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government is using the threat of domestic vaccine passports to coax and cajole people into getting double-jabbed, the foreign secretary has admitted.Dominic Raab said ministers did not want to “hold the country back” just because some individuals were not coming forward to get innoculated, confirming publicly what many suspected ab...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Raab, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus


Vote Leave chief awarded £580k Covid deal after call from Dominic Cummings

Former No 10 adviser pressed for appointment to be hurried through, saying he had ‘ordered it’ from PMCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Cummings personally called a former colleague on the Vote Leave Brexit campaign and asked if his company would work for the government on its response to the Covid pandemic, leading to the award of a £580,000 Cabinet Office contract with no competitive process.In an email on 20 March 2020, Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser as...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Cabinet Office, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus


UK poised to end amber list quarantine for people vaccinated in US and EU

Ministers to discuss plans, with talks also to determine if they will apply to England only or all UK nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePlans to significantly open up international travel are expected to be announced on Wednesday, with UK ministers poised to let people who have been fully vaccinated in the US and EU avoid quarantine if arriving from amber-list countries.The move would benefit millions of people by finally letting them be reunited with family and ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, UK, England, France, US, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy


What is behind the latest fall in cases of Covid across the UK?

Confirmed infections have dropped 21.5% week on week – though recorded deaths are still on the riseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIs this how it ends? After an 18-month rollercoaster of soaring and falling cases, and more than 100,000 UK deaths, is the epidemic fizzling out? Has immunity finally got the upper hand, or will the sudden drop in Covid cases prove no more than a brief downturn? There are many moving parts behind the numbers and huge uncertainty over what ...
Tags: Health, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid: more EU states to restrict venue access for unvaccinated people

Ireland and Italy among those joining France in requiring vaccine passes to enter bars and restaurantsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn increasing number of European governments are planning to prevent unvaccinated people from being able to attend hospitality venues such as bars and restaurants this summer, as Emmanuel Macron celebrates the fruits of the recent announcement of the policy in France. France on Monday passed the threshold of 40 million people having rec...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, England, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, Spain, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands


Sajid Javid apologises for saying it was time to stop ‘cowering’ from Covid

Health secretary says sorry for ‘poor choice of word’ after backlash from bereaved familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSajid Javid has apologised for saying it was time to stop “cowering” from Covid, after an outcry from families bereaved by the virus.On Saturday, the health secretary said on Twitter that he had recovered from coronavirus – which he contracted despite having had two doses of the vaccine. Continue reading...
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Britain faces ‘decades of financial risk’ as £370bn pandemic bill mounts

MPs call for immediate inquiry into Covid response to learn the lessons of what went wrongCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTaxpayers will be left facing “significant financial risk for decades to come” because of the levels of emergency government spending on the pandemic, totalling more than £370bn, a powerful committee of MPs says today.In two separate reports, the all-party public accounts committee (PAC) paints a daunting picture of the lasting financial strain cau...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Britain, NHS, PAC, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID


‘It’s incredibly poor’: Scottish islanders angry at failing ferry service

Ageing fleet hit by breakdowns and cancellations, with capacity low on services that do run due to CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe perfume and toiletries shop overlooking Brodick Bay on Arran is normally packed in the summer, as day-trippers and holidaymakers stream off the mainland ferries at the busy terminal just across the bay.But this summer has been grim, said Andrew Russell, the sales director for Arran Sense of Scotland, formerly known as Arran Aromat...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Transport, Health policy, Scottish politics, Transport policy, Andrew Russell, Arran, Coronavirus, Brodick Bay, Arran Sense of Scotland


France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos

In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the nextCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOften, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controver...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, France, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Immigration and asylum, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus


Covid pass could be compulsory for entry to large events in England – video

The vaccines minister has confirmed the government intends to go ahead with making Covid vaccination a condition for entry to nightclubs from September in England.Nadhim Zahawi said that after a successful trial the government has rolled out the NHS Covid pass, which allows people to show their Covid status, whether proof of vaccination, test results or natural immunity. He added the government reserved the right to make its use compulsory in future but confirmed MPs will get a vote on plans to ...
Tags: England, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Nadhim Zahawi, Zahawi, Coronavirus, COVID, NHS COVID


Public consent for test and trace in England at risk, says Jeremy Hunt

Scrap self-isolation for people fully vaccinated, former health secretary urges amid ‘pingdemic’ chaosCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not immediately allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation, the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. His comments came as it was revealed that a record 618,903 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts in the week to...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Wales, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Public services policy, NHS, Economic policy, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Vaccines and immunisation


Self-isolation could stop hundreds voting in Isle of Man elections

Councillor says many will be unable to vote due to Covid rules, with deadline for absentee ballots passedHundreds face being excluded from elections in the Isle of Man because of a lack of contingency plans for those self-isolating, it was claimed on the eve of polling.Elections are due to take place in a third of the Isle of Man’s local authorities on Thursday, having been postponed twice due to Covid-19 restrictions. Continue reading...
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Lockdowns do not harm health more than Covid, say researchers

Little evidence that social restrictions during the pandemic have added to rates of death and ill-healthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince early in the coronavirus pandemic, critics of unprecedented lockdown measures seen worldwide have argued that these interventions cause more harm than the disease itself. But an analysis of global health data suggests there is little evidence to support the idea that the cure is worse than the disease.The analysis, published in ...
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Nudge or nutcracker? Either way PM faces vaccine passport backlash

Analysis: Latest Covid policy announced on what was supposed to be ‘freedom day’ likely to provoke huge angerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat was billed as “freedom day” has ended with accusations that the government has paved the way for exactly the opposite, as Boris Johnson braces for the backlash to his plans to introduce vaccine passports in a matter of months.The documents have long been a fascination of the prime minister, who touted their use for pubs and ...
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Scottish holidaymakers stay close to home as Covid rules ease

The Whitefields and the Irvings are on a break in Edinburgh – overseas is too much of a risk at the momentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe latest, tentative steps towards lifting Scotland’s once onerous Covid restrictions gave Eddie and Paula Whitefield the freedom to do something they had avoided for nearly 18 months. They took a holiday away from home.The Whitefields, from Dumfries in south-west Scotland, like their holidays. In a normal year, they head abroad on...
Tags: Travel, Health, Scotland, US, Health policy, Edinburgh, Eddie, Dumfries, Hospitality Industry, George Street, Spain Turkey, Contini, Coronavirus, Paula Whitefield


UK children will not be offered Covid jab unless vulnerable

Sajid Javid accepts JCVI advice that jab should only be offered to clinically at-risk children over age of 12 Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren in the UK will get a Covid vaccine only if they are over 12 and extremely vulnerable, or live with someone at risk, as scientists raised concerns about inflammation around the heart linked to the Pfizer jab.Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said he accepted the advice of scientific advisers that only children over 12 w...
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I work in an NHS Covid ward – and I feel so angry

It is hard not to feel undermined by rising cases and the decision to relax restrictions, says this consultant It is hard to summarise exactly why I feel so angry. While the third wave is clearly under way, things are definitely different this time around. For the equivalent case numbers, hospitalisations are far lower, and people overall are less unwell. Vaccines have made the difference.Many of our admissions have not been vaccinated, however. Some want to achieve “natural immunity”; it is un...
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