UK Covid LIVE: ‘Good chance’ social distancing will be dropped on June 21 says Boris as UK reports just one more death

“I think we’ve got a good chance, a good chance, of being able to dispense with one-metre plus,” Mr Johnson told reporters during a local election campaign visit to the north of England.

His comments come as the chief executive of Thomas Cook said some of the most popular tourism destinations in Europe will be open to UK holidaymakers by the end of June.

Alan French said: “We are expecting Portugal, Spain, Greece, Croatia and so forth to be open, it would be nice if Turkey was open.” He said there was “great progress” being made in terms of infection rates in the countries.

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0 deaths reported in Ireland

No further Covid-19 related deaths have been notified in Ireland.

As of midnight on Sunday, another 453 positive cases of the virus were confirmed.

There were 129 Covid positive patients in Irish hospitals as of 8am on Monday, including 40 in ICU.

Meanwhile, as of May 1, 1,591,888 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Ireland – 1,146,562 first doses and 445,326 second doses.

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NHS boss hails 10m jabs a month

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Since the launch of the largest vaccination programme in NHS history we have now delivered an average 10 million vaccinations each month thanks to the hard-work of NHS staff both planning the roll out and administering the jabs.

“More than nine out of 10 people aged 45 and over have received their first jab and everybody aged 40 or more is now eligible, so if you receive a text inviting you to join the millions already jabbed, please follow the instructions provided and book – it is simple, effective and provides protection for you and those you love against this dreadful virus.”

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Uk records just one more death in past 24 hours

The UK reported 1,649 new Covid-19 infections on Monday and one new death within 28 days of a positive test.

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Matt Hancock has expressed certainty over a “great British summer” ahead.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said: “The UK vaccination programme has just delivered its 50 millionth vaccine.

“I want to say a massive thank you to everybody involved – the NHS of course, the scientists, the Armed Forces and the council personnel who’ve helped so much, and the volunteers who brought a real spirit to this programme.

“Seems like only yesterday that Margaret Keenan was getting the first clinically authorised vaccine in the world and now we’ve delivered 50 million.

“And this is so important of course because it is a life-saving vaccine that helps protect you, helps protect those around you, and it is our route out of this pandemic.

“And it’s because of the vaccination programme that we’re able to keep going down this road map, and I know we’re going to have a great British summer.”

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Pub chief hails social distancing easing

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, welcomed Boris Johnson’s comments that there was a “good chance” of the one-metre plus social distancing rule being scrapped on June 21.

She said: “The Prime Minister’s comments today give our sector hope of a return to normality and viability on June 21st.

“Given pubs are financially unviable under the current restrictions they face, being able to reopen without any restrictions at all from June 21st is going to be vital to their survival.

“Our recovery only begins when the restrictions are removed, so we hope the Prime Minister will stick to his road map and promise of Freedom Day on 21st June.”

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Boris Johnson hails 50million jabs given in the UK

The Prime Minister has hailed the “extraordinary effort” of everyone involved in the vaccine rollout.

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PM: Cautious approach to foreign travel needed to avoid influx of disease

PM: Cautious approach to foreign travel needed to avoid influx of disease

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No new Covid-19 deaths recorded in Scotland

No new coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours, according to the latest statistics.

It means the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,660.

Register offices are generally closed at weekends, meaning figures on Mondays can often be lower than usual.

The statistics show 132 positive coronavirus tests in the past 24 hours, with 1.5% of all tests coming back as positive.

A total of 2,824,955 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 1,326,599 have received their second dose.

A statement on the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 website said figures for hospital numbers and other data would not be updated on Monday due to the bank holiday.

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Boris Johnson expects ‘some openings’ on May 17

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he expected there to be “some openings up” on May 17, which is when a new risk-based traffic light system is set to be introduced for international travel.

Asked if people should be planning foreign holidays, he told reporters: “We will be saying more as soon as we can.

“I think that there will be some openings up on the 17th, but we have got to be cautious and we have got to be sensible and we have got to make sure that we don’t see the virus coming back in.”

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Schools support mass vaccinations for children

Schools have backed mass vaccinations for children, with headteachers saying that “peer pressure” will increase take up.

According to Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), education leaders would be ready to help facilitate a vaccine roll-out at schools around the country

“If ministers say the vaccine will be administered in schools, if a trained professional will administer it and if it is just one jab, that is something school leaders would support,” he told The Telegraph.

“I think there will be a sense of schools wanting to step up and play their part and explain to children why having the vaccine is important during assemblies and in tutor time.”

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