UK quarantine rules to be lifted for 75 countries
Foreign holidays are to be cleared for take-off. Individual air bridges will be effectively abandoned by the Government, as it emerged that as many as 75 countries will be on the first quarantine exemption list for British holidaymakers. The list, to be published today or tomorrow, will lift the Foreign Office ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar – as well as Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. It means that from Monday, travellers to the countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK. Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas has more details on the 75 countries. For travel inspiration, try our 1,000 Dream Trips guide for unforgettable adventures, big and small. Planning a staycation? These are 10 of the best British beach holidays.
Infections tumbled after lockdown was relaxed
The rate of Covid-19 cases in England has dropped almost 40 per cent in the past week, according to official figures. The new data – the first available since lockdown restrictions were eased on June 15 – shows a steep decline in positive tests for coronavirus. The figures also suggest other local lockdowns may be unnecessary. Covid-19 rates in towns and cities on the government watch list have notably declined. As Chief Reporter Robert Mendick reports, the data prompted one Oxford University professor to ask why Leicester was put into lockdown. Our data team explains the areas of Britain on local lockdown alert.
Meanwhile, schools have been told to improve online learning amid warnings they could be closed if just two pupils fall ill with coronavirus. If a school has at least two cases within two weeks it will be viewed as a possible outbreak, according to the Government’s blueprint for how they will operate from September. Education Editor Camilla Turner has seen a final draft of the full guidelines – which says schools must put pupils in “bubbles”, overhaul lessons, rearrange classrooms and ban assemblies. Matt finds humour in new rules for weddings in today’s cartoon.
Meghan: Royal ‘institution’ did not defend me
The Duchess of Sussex was “undefended by the institution” while pregnant and a member of the Royal family, her legal team have said, as they claim her wedding brought £1bn in tourism to the UK. The Duchess has said she was “prohibited from defending herself” against false stories while at the Palace. It came as her husband, the Duke of Sussex, said institutional racism is “endemic” in society. Speaking via video to Diana Award winners, Prince Harry apologised to young people for their elders’ lack of progress in righting “wrongs of the past”. Meanwhile, the BBC has told staff not to wear Black Lives Matter badges on air.
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