Green list travel UPDATE: Holidays look even more certain as 'no substantial outbreaks' of Covid following pilot events

SUNSEEKERS have been given their biggest boost of the year with Ibiza, Majorca, Malta and the Caribbean all promoted to the green list.

In a major win for summer holidays, a bumper list of new destinations where Brits can travel without quarantine has opened up foreign travel from as early as next week.

All except Malta are on the green “watch list” which means they are teetering on the brink of reverting to amber.

But it means from next Wednesday at 4am, passengers will be able jet off from England to the Balearics without hunkering down at home on return.

The announcement has been welcomed by cash-starved airlines, travel companies and holidaymakers longing for a post-pandemic retreat after months in lockdown.

Government have also announced that there have been 'no substantial outbreaks' of Covid following pilot entertainment events in which a total of 58,000 attended.

Read our Green List Travel live blog below for the latest news and updates..

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    LATITUDE FESTIVAL GETS THE ALL-CLEAR AT FULL 35,000 CAPACITY THIS JULY

    Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford said coronavirus cases are likely to peak next month and cautioned against complacency.

    During a press conference last Friday, Drakeford said: “The Delta variant has continued to spread quickly and is now spreading freely in communities right across Wales.”

    Last week, there were just under 500 cases of the Delta strain of coronavirus, but the number has since more than doubled to 1,100 infections. 

    “Coronavirus is once again affecting our schools and our care homes,” said Drakeford.

    He added that there would be no change to restrictions on socialising following the new Delta variant and encouraged adults aged between 30 and 39 – a group in which he said there had been some hesitancy – to mitigate the spread by getting vaccinated.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    WHAT HOLIDAYS TO GREEN LIST DESTINATIONS MALTA AND IBIZA WILL LOOK LIKE NOW – FROM NO DANCING IN CLUBS TO MIDNIGHT CURFEWS

    Brits are finally allowed to jet off to sun-kissed holiday islands without needing to quarantine when they come back. 

    However, those gagging for a no-holds-barred party break are in for a shock as strict Covid rules in the top destinations include banning dancing and staying out beyond midnight. 

    Some of the isles have put a strict midnight or 1am curfew in order and those once famous for all night bar and club opening will be turfing revellers out into the street by 2am at the latest. 

    Worse still, destinations famed for their clubbing have banned dancing — indoors and outside. 

    Here we look at these Covid rules in the holiday islands which are being imposed by law. 

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    VERY RARE CASES OF HEART INFLAMMATION IN YOUNG ADULTS ‘LIKELY’ LINKED TO MRNA VACCINES, SAY US EXPERTS

    The Pfizer and Moderna jabs could be linked with a slight increase in the risk of heart inflammation, according to a group advising the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Sky news understands experts have been assessing a link between the heart condition and the mRNA vaccines, mainly in young men. 

    Pfizer previously said it had not observed a higher rate of heart inflammation than would normally be expected.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    'NO SUBSTANTIAL OUTBREAKS'

    It seems good news as it has been reported that among the 58,000 people that attended mass events as part of the government's Events Research Programme only 28 cases of Covid were reported.

    The pilot entertainment events included club nights in Liverpool, the BRIT Awards, the FA Cup Final at Wembley and the Snooker World Championships.

    This is a great sign for the struggling arts, entertainment and sporting industries, who will be hoping to put on more large events as UK comes out of restrictions.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    SCOTLAND'S COVID INFECTIONS RISE RAPIDLY – NEARLY DOUBLE UK

    Scotland's Covid infection rates have increased dramatically in the last week.

    In the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) based on swabs collected from randomly selected households, an estimated one in 220 people are believed to have Covid.

    That figure has increased in comparison to the one in 600 people initially recordedtwo weeks ago.

    In England an estimated one in 440 people are thought to have Covid.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    NHS SOUNDS ALARM OVER RISE IN UK COVID PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS

    The NHS is under ‘huge pressure’ as people in ventilator beds increase 41% during last week, NHS bosses say.

    The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said the number of Covid patients in hospital on ventilation beds had increased by 41% in the last week to to 227, which she said was a strong indication Covid was having an impact on health services. 

    Cordery told BBC Breakfast: “Trusts on the frontline are really coming under huge pressure … they have plans in place to tackle the backlog, but with more Covid cases and demand for emergency care going up, that’s really challenging.”

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Prof Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, said this and other surveillance data were “encouraging”, despite rising case numbers. Lower hospitalisations and death rates relative to case numbers prove the high effectiveness of vaccines in protecting people from serious illness, he said.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    SLAP IN THE FACE

    Grieving families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus have written to the Prime Minister after he refused to sack Matt Hancock in the wake of his secret affair being exposed.

    Bereaved Brits have slammed Boris Johnson's decision to keep the Health Secretary as a "slap in the face" to the thousands of families of Covid victims.

    Despite preaching the importance of social distancing and lockdown rules during the pandemic, the father-of-three cheated on his wife with his closest aide Gina Coladangelo, 43, who he hired last year with taxpayers’ money.

    But Hannah Brady, who lost her father Shaun, 55, to the virus, has hit out at Mr Hancock and said he "has treated bereaved families with contempt".

    She believes the 42-year-old should have already been struck off for his failures and is infuriated that the PM "considers the matter closed".

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    UK DAILY COVID INFECTIONS RISE BY HALF IN A WEEK WITH 15,810

    The UK’s daily Covid cases and deaths have risen by half in just a week.

    There were 15,810 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, with 18 fatalities.

    Today’s figures come as the Delta variant of the virus continues to spread.

    There has been a 47.9 per cent increase in cases this week compared to the seven days before that.

    Deaths are also rising, up 58.2 per cent over the past week when compared to the week before.

    The new stats mean there have been a total of 4,699,868 cases and 128,066 deaths since the pandemic began.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    NEW COVID VARIANT LAMBDA RIPPING THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA FOUND IN UK

    Six cases of the Lambda variant have been discovered in Britain – all of which have been linked to overseas travel.

    Public Health England this morning declared it as a Covid Variant Under Investigation.

    The earliest documented sample was reported in Peru and Lambda has been sequenced in 26 countries to date, PHE said, although other reports claim it has been found in 29 countries.

    Lambda (C.37) is now being watched, due to several notable mutations including L452Q and F490S.

    The World Health Organisation classified Lambda as a global Variant of Interest on 14 June.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    EXPERTS TOLD PM ‘DON’T BE FEARFUL’ AS BRITAIN COULD UNLOCK SOONER

    Boris Johnson is being “overcautious” and could end lockdown early, on July 5, top scientists and MPs have said.

    Experts insisted the PM could safely ditch the final set of lockdown restrictions and free the country in just two weeks’ time.

    Brendan Wren, a professor of vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the Government has been gripped by “coronamania”.

    He said: “I think the Government has been a bit overcautious, there’s a certain amount of coronamania going on.

    “We are in a third wave but it’s not as bad. It’s more like a bump rather than a huge increase.

    “We have a different population to what we had in the first or second wave so we shouldn’t be so fearful.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    SCHOOL SPORTS DAY GETS GREEN LIGHT, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS

    Schools do not need to cancel this year’s sports days as a result of Covid restrictions, the Department for Education has said.

    Some schools are cancelling sports days and citing Covid guidance, but the Government has said this does not need to happen in “most circumstances”.

    A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said: “Outdoor events like sports days can go ahead as long as they’re thoroughly risk assessed and conducted in line with guidance around cleaning shared equipment and not mixing bubbles. This applies for parents attending too.”

    Spectators can gather in separate groups of up to 30 outdoors and they need to observe social distancing, according to a blog by the DfE.

    “This means, dependent on the size of the area available, multiple groups of 30 could theoretically attend events as long as there is no mixing between groups at any stage,” the DfE adds.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    NEW COVID VARIANT LAMBDA RIPPING THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA FOUND IN UK

    Six cases of the Lambda variant have been discovered in Britain – all of which have been linked to overseas travel.

    Public Health England this morning declared it as a Covid Variant Under Investigation.

    The earliest documented sample was reported in Peru and Lambda has been sequenced in 26 countries to date, PHE said, although other reports claim it has been found in 29 countries.

    Lambda (C.37) is now being watched, due to several notable mutations including L452Q and F490S.

    The World Health Organisation classified Lambda as a global Variant of Interest on 14 June.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    UK DAILY COVID INFECTIONS RISE BY HALF IN A WEEK WITH 15,810

    The UK's daily Covid cases and deaths have risen by half in just a week.

    There were 15,810 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, with 18 fatalities.

    Today's figures come as the Delta variant of the virus continues to spread.

    There has been a 47.9 per cent increase in cases this week compared to the seven days before that.

    Deaths are also rising, up 58.2 per cent over the past week when compared to the week before.

    The new stats mean there have been a total of 4,699,868 cases and 128,066 deaths since the pandemic began.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    BORIS JOHNSON VOWS ONE METRE RULE WILL BE SCRAPPED ON JULY 19

    Boris Johnson is reportedly determined to scrap the one-metre social distancing rule on July 19 even if other Covid measures have to remain in place.

    Cabinet sources suggest the prime minister is set to prioritise the removal of the restriction to give a much-needed boost to the hospitality industry and the arts, reports the Mail.

    However, a recent surge in Covid cases has raised fresh doubts that all restrictions will be eased on July 19.

    It also means that the suggestion Freedom Day could be brought forward two weeks is not likely to happen.

    Ministers will review the latest data this weekend before announcing a formal decision at the “mid-point review”.

    However, a source told the Mail that the early easing of restrictions is “not happening”.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    GRANT SHAPPS SAYS QUARANTINE FREE TRAVEL FOR BRITS WITH TWO JABS WON’T BE READY FOR FREEDOM DAY

    Travel to amber countries won’t be relaxed for double-jabbed Brits in time for Freedom Day on July 19, Grant Shapps admitted today.

    With holiday hopes taking a blow, a blow the Transport Secretary said it will be “complicated” to exempt the fully vaccinated from quarantine.

    When asked about that prospect today, Mr Shapps replied: “It’s unfortunately more complicated than that.

    “One of the very big areas is what do you do if children are not going to be getting vaccinations?

    “So we’ll probably focus in phase one on UK people who’ve been double vaccinated, and what that means for their travel into other areas.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    EXPERT REVEALS ALLOWING QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL FOR DOUBLE-JABBED BRITS IS ‘SENSIBLE’

    Easing restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers is a “sensible approach”, leading expert professor Neil Ferguson says.

    Professor Ferguson, from Imperial College London, who was appointed during the first lockdown in March 2020, said people who have had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine are less likely to become seriously ill or transmit the virus.

    Prof Ferguson said: “The effectiveness of two doses of vaccine preventing infection is, depending on the vaccine, somewhere between, we think, 80-90%.

    “Even if you do get infected, first of all you’re much less likely to be severely ill.

    “But you’re also, and this is important for travel, much less likely to transmit – probably half as infectious as somebody who wasn’t vaccinated.

    “So overall that leads to double vaccinated people really only posing somewhere between five and 10% of the risk of importing a case than somebody who wasn’t vaccinated.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MATT HANCOCK MOCKED BY TWITTER USERS AFTER 'IF YOU'RE A WOMAN, SWIPE UP POST, AFTER AFFAIR IS EXPOSED

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock is being mocked by Twitter users for posting “I work alongside brilliant women, if you’re a woman, swipe up” as his affair was dramatically exposed.

    The Sun revealed the Health Secretary has been cheating on his wife with his closest aide who he hired with taxpayers’ money during the pandemic.

    Pictures show Mr Hancock, 42, and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, 43, embracing each other in a steamy clinch at his Whitehall office.

    The Health Secretary wrote: “I work alongside some brilliant women. If you’re a woman who wants to get involved in politics, swipe up.”

    Twitter has exploded with hundreds of users reacting to his message, many poking fun at the dad-of-three, with one writing: “Swipe right.”

    Others reacted with “it’s a no from me” messages along with a number of GIFs to tease Mr Hancock.

    Read the full story here

  • Harvey Lindsay

    LATITUDE FESTIVAL GETS THE ALL-CLEAR AT FULL 35,000 CAPACITY THIS JULY

    Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford said coronavirus cases are likely to peak next month and cautioned against complacency.

    During a press conference last Friday, Drakeford said: “The Delta variant has continued to spread quickly and is now spreading freely in communities right across Wales.”

    Last week, there were just under 500 cases of the Delta strain of coronavirus, but the number has since more than doubled to 1,100 infections. 

    “Coronavirus is once again affecting our schools and our care homes,” said Drakeford.

    He added that there would be no change to restrictions on socialising following the new Delta variant and encouraged adults aged between 30 and 39 – a group in which he said there had been some hesitancy – to mitigate the spread by getting vaccinated.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MATT HANCOCK FACES CALLS TO BE SACKED OVER SHOCKING AFFAIR SCANDAL AS HE SCRAPS PUBLIC VISIT

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has scrapped a public appearance today as he bunkered down following The Sun's bombshell revelations of a shameful affair with his close adviser.

    Hancock is fighting for his job after facing calls to be sacked over the shameful affair scandal.

    He was supposed to attend a vaccination centre at Newmarket in his Suffolk constituency today but trip would have been undoubtedly overshadowed by mounting questions of him snogging top adviser Gina Coladangelo.

    And this afternoon, Mr Hancock apologised for his actions, saying: "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

    "I have let people down and am very sorry.

    "I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    IBIZA, MAJORCA, MALTA AND THE CARIBBEAN ADDED TO THE GREEN LIST

    Sunseekers have been given their biggest boost of the year tonight with Ibiza, Majorca, Malta and the Caribbean all promoted to the green list.

    In a major win for summer holidays, a bumper list of new destinations where Brits can travel without quarantine has opened up foreign travel from as early as next week.

    All except Malta are on the green "watch list" which means they are teetering on the brink of reverting to amber.

    But it means from next Wednesday at 4am, passengers will be able jet off from England to the Balearics without hunkering down at home on return.

    The announcement has been welcomed by cash-starved airlines, travel companies and holidaymakers longing for a post-pandemic retreat after months in lockdown.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    COUNTRIES ON THE GREEN LIST

    The full list of countries on the green list

    • Anguila
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • Balearic Islands 
    • Barbados 
    • Bermuda 
    • British Antartic Territory 
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Brunei
    • Cayman Islands 
    • Dominica
    • Falkland Islands
    • Faroe Islands
    • Gibraltar
    • Grenada
    • Iceland
    • Israel and Jerusalem
    • Madeira
    • Malta 
    • Montserrat
    • New Zealand
    • Pitcairn Islands
    • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Singapore
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Harvey Lindsay

      EXPERTS TOLD PM ‘DON’T BE FEARFUL’ AS BRITAIN COULD UNLOCK SOONER

      Boris Johnson is being “overcautious” and could end lockdown early, on July 5, top scientists and MPs have said.

      Experts insisted the PM could safely ditch the final set of lockdown restrictions and free the country in just two weeks’ time.

      Brendan Wren, a professor of vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the Government has been gripped by “coronamania”.

      He said: “I think the Government has been a bit overcautious, there’s a certain amount of coronamania going on.

      “We are in a third wave but it’s not as bad. It’s more like a bump rather than a huge increase.

      “We have a different population to what we had in the first or second wave so we shouldn’t be so fearful.”

    • Harvey Lindsay

      NHS SOUNDS ALARM OVER RISE IN UK COVID PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS

      The NHS is under ‘huge pressure’ as people in ventilator beds increase 41% during last week, NHS bosses say.

      The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said the number of Covid patients in hospital on ventilation beds had increased by 41% in the last week to to 227, which she said was a strong indication Covid was having an impact on health services. 

      Cordery told BBC Breakfast: “Trusts on the frontline are really coming under huge pressure … they have plans in place to tackle the backlog, but with more Covid cases and demand for emergency care going up, that’s really challenging.”

      Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Prof Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, said this and other surveillance data were “encouraging”, despite rising case numbers. Lower hospitalisations and death rates relative to case numbers prove the high effectiveness of vaccines in protecting people from serious illness, he said.

    • Harvey Lindsay

      VERY RARE CASES OF HEART INFLAMMATION IN YOUNG ADULTS ‘LIKELY’ LINKED TO MRNA VACCINES, SAY US EXPERTS

      The Pfizer and Moderna jabs could be linked with a slight increase in the risk of heart inflammation, according to a group advising the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

      Sky news understands experts have been assessing a link between the heart condition and the mRNA vaccines, mainly in young men. 

      Pfizer previously said it had not observed a higher rate of heart inflammation than would normally be expected.

    • Harvey Lindsay

      EXPERT REVEALS ALLOWING QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL FOR DOUBLE-JABBED BRITS IS 'SENSIBLE'

      Easing restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers is a "sensible approach", leading expert professor Neil Ferguson says.

      Professor Ferguson, from Imperial College London, who was appointedduring the first lockdown in March 2020, said people who have had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine are less likely to become seriously ill or transmit the virus.

      Prof Ferguson said: "The effectiveness of two doses of vaccine preventing infection is, depending on the vaccine, somewhere between, we think, 80-90%.

      "Even if you do get infected, first of all you're much less likely to be severely ill.

      "But you're also, and this is important for travel, much less likely to transmit – probably half as infectious as somebody who wasn't vaccinated.

      "So overall that leads to double vaccinated people really only posing somewhere between five and 10% of the risk of importing a case than somebody who wasn't vaccinated."

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