UK coronavirus LIVE: Travel green list ‘will be revealed this week’

A formal announcement is expected on Friday about which countries will be on the safe list when international travel starts again on May 17.

Speculation last week that the list could include holiday islands like Ibiza, Mallorca and the Canaries was wrong, officials said.

Under the traffic light system countries will be graded red, amber or green based on case numbers and vaccine rates.

Those returning from red countries will be required to complete hotel quarantine on their return.

Travellers returning from green countries will have to take a PCR test when they return to the UK but will not have to self-isolate.

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Foreign secretary urges patience in Covid battle amid hankering for hugs

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has urged caution in the “last lap” of the fight against coronavirus, arguing there is only “a little bit more time” until all legal restrictions on social interaction are removed.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I know that people are hankering to go a bit faster but actually we feel vindicated at taking steady steps out of the lockdown is the smart way to go.

“We’re very close now to really turning the corner and I think we still need to be careful to go as I said we don’t want to see the gains lost and the sacrifices that have been made undone.

“By the time we get to June 21 almost all social restrictions will be lifted so there’s only a little bit more time to go, but it’s right to make sure we do that in a careful way.

“We’re at the end of really the process if you like, we’ve got two more steps to take, but I do think given the rollout of the vaccine, that’s exciting. It’s got people thinking about not just social interaction but of course things like hugging your loved ones that you haven’t been able to do for a while.

“I do think we just need to make sure that in the last lap, if you like, that we are careful and we don’t lose the gains we’ve made.”

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‘We are certainly very keen to see it made easier for people to go about their normal live,’ says Lisa Nandy

Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said it was very welcome that the Government was exploring ways to make it easier for people to get back to normal more quickly.

When asked on Sophy Ridge on Sunday if Labour supported plans to allow people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus to not quarantine if they take daily tests, she said: “We are certainly very keen to see it made easier for people to go about their normal lives, particularly because we have long had concerns about the economic impact of quarantine arrangements on people.”

However, she said Labour wanted plans to follow the science and to make sure any new measures being taken did not “unravel” the progress made so far.

Ms Nandy added: “That’s one of the reasons we meet regularly with Sage scientists, to make sure they are robust and that we are not taking measures to unlock that people desperately want to see, that people desperately need, that will unravel the amazing progress that has been made through the national vaccination effort.

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel, I think we can all see it, we can feel it, but we are not there yet.”

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Dominic Raab warns of a ‘careful’ approach to easing restrictions

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has warned a “careful” approach to easing restrictions is still required during the “last lap” against coronavirus.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I know that people are hankering to go a bit faster but actually we feel vindicated at taking steady steps out of the lockdown is the smart way to go.

“We’re very close now to really turning the corner and I think we still need to be careful to go as I said we don’t want to see the gains lost and the sacrifices that have been made undone.

“By the time we get to June 21 almost all social restrictions will be lifted, so there’s only a little bit more time to go but it’s right we do that in a careful way.

“I do think we just need to make sure that in the last lap, if you like, that we are careful and we don’t lose the gains we’ve made.”

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Indian states impose restrictions

Nearly 10 Indian states and union territories have imposed some form of restrictions, even as the federal government remains reluctant to impose a national lockdown.

The eastern state of Odisha became the latest to announce a two-week lockdown, joining Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal. Other states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, have either imposed night curfews or weekend lockdowns.

The Indian Express newspaper reported on Sunday that the country’s Covid-19 taskforce has advised the federal government to impose a national lockdown.

Last month Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all efforts should be made be avoid a lockdown.

The federal government fears another lockdown will have a devastating impact on the economy. The lockdown imposed last year after the first Covid-19 outbreak led to job losses as economic output fell a record 24 per cent in April-June 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier.

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India’s Covid-19 daily cases dip but deaths increase

India’s new coronavirus cases dipped marginally on Sunday but deaths due to the infection jumped by a record 3,689.

Authorities reported 392,488 new cases in the previous 24 hours to push total cases to 19.56 million. So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people.

Indian hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight.

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Coronavirus vaccinations ‘to begin for secondary school pupils from September’

Secondary school pupils will reportedly be offered Covid-19 vaccinations from September under plans being developed by the NHS.

Health service officials are compiling planning documents that include a measure to offer a single dose of the Pfizer jab to children aged 12 and older when the new school year starts, according to The Sunday Times.

Pfizer has said trials of its vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 showed 100 per cent efficacy and a strong immune response.

The plans, which the Times said it had confirmed with Government and NHS sources, are contingent on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) due this summer.

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Coronavirus vaccinations ‘to begin for secondary school pupils from September’

Secondary school pupils will reportedly be offered Covid-19 vaccinations from September under plans being developed by the NHS.

Health service officials are compiling planning documents which include a measure to offer a single dose of the Pfizer jab to children aged 12 and older when the new school year starts, according to The Sunday Times.

Pfizer has said trials of its vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 showed 100% efficacy and a strong immune response.

The plans, which the Times said it had confirmed with Government and NHS sources, are contingent on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) due this summer.

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