Green list UPDATE: Holiday boost as Ibiza, Majorca, Malta, Madeira and Caribbean islands get getaway green light

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.

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

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    TRANSPORT SECRETARY HAS ANNOUNCED NEW TRAVEL PLANS

    Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK Overseas territories, and Caribbean Islands, including Barbados will be added to the green list next Wednesday at 04:00.

    All countries added to the green list will also be on the 'green watchlist'apart from Malta.

    Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda added to the red list to safeguard domestic vaccine rollout. 

    The countries added to the red list present a "high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern".

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    SETTING OFF FOR THE BALEARIC ISLANDS

    The Spanish islands will be moved to the UK's green list from 4am on Wednesday 30 June.

    Brits can now travel to a list of new destinations without having to quarantine upon their return.

    All except Malta are on the green 'watch list' which means they are close to reverting back to amber.

    While travelling to amber list destinations is not banned, the UK government warn against it.

    Boris Johnson has also said today there's a  "real opportunity" to reopen favourite destinations to sun seekers thanks to the UK's stellar vaccine rollout.

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    WATCH: JILL BIDEN BOOED ON STAGE AS SHE SLAMS TENNESSEE'S LOW VACCINATION RATE

    Jill Biden booed on stage in Nashville as she slams Tennessee’s low vaccine rate and insists ‘you’re booing yourselves’

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    COVID APPEARED IN CHINA IN MID-NOVEMBER 2019, UK SCIENTISTS SAY

    Coronavirus arose in China between early October and mid-November in 2019, with the most likely date of origin being November 17, according to UK scientists.

    Research led by the University of Kent suggests that the first Covid-19 case outside China occurred in Japan on January 3, 2020, while the first case in Europe occurred in Spain on January 12, 2020, and the first case in North America occurred in the US on January 16, 2020.

    According to official data, Japan confirmed its first case on January 16, Spain on January 31 and the US on January 21.

    The findings, published in the journal PLOS Pathogens, are based on a new modelling method, which was originally developed to date extinctions rather than the origins of a new pandemic.

    Dr David Roberts, from Kent's school of anthropology and conservation, who helped develop the technique, said: "This novel application within the field of epidemiology offers a new opportunity to understand the emergence and spread of diseases, as it only requires a small amount of data."

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    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 

    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.

    DAILY CASES UP TO 3,000 IN SCOTLAND

    Almost 3,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours – the second day in a row the number has hit a record high.

    The latest data shows there were 2,999 positive tests for the virus, which is a slight increase on the 2,969 recorded on Wednesday.

    The test positivity rate is at 7.7%, up from 7.3% the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Thursday.

    A total of 40,952 tests were carried out, down from 42,310 the previous day.

    Five deaths of coronavirus patients were recorded, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 7,706.

    DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, JONATHAN VAN-TAM IS ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE BY ANTIVAXXER

    This is the appalling moment an antivaxxer abuses Jonathan Van-Tam and accuses him of genocide.

    Geza Tarjanyi, 60, filmed himself hurling abuse at Van-Tam in Westminster yesterday, before sharing the shocking footage on Facebook.

    Tarjanyi asked: “What was really in that needle you put into Matt Hancock?”, referring to the Health Secretary’s vaccination in April.

    Tarjanyi films Professor Van-Tam as he approaches him before saying: “Are you Van-Tam, aren’t ya?

    “This country’s supposed to be in the worst pandemic of all time.”

    Professor Van-Tam then calmly replied: “It is.”

    Read the full story here

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      WATCH: BORIS SAYS DOUBLE-JABBED BRITS WILL HAVE 'REAL OPPORTUNITY' TO TRAVEL THIS SUMMER

      Boris Johnson talks up travel potential for people with two doses of Covid vaccine ahead of Green List announcement

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      FOREIGN HOLIDAYS AT RISK

      Fears that foreign holidays could be off the table before they have even begun were given another boost today.

      The French president backed Angela Merkel's calls for a "co-ordinated" policy on EU travel restrictions.

      Yesterday, the German chancellor urged all EU nations to make UK visitors quarantine to halt the spreading Delta variant.

      She said: "In our country if you come from Great Britain you have to go into quarantine.

      “That’s not the case in every European country and that’s what I’d like to see.

      "What I regret is we have not yet been able to achieve a uniform behaviour among the Member States in terms of travel restrictions.

      "That is backfiring. We now have a situation in Portugal that could perhaps have been avoided, and that's why we have to work even harder on this."

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      BRITAIN ‘ON TRACK’ FOR FREEDOM DAY

      Six in 10 adults have now had both doses of Covid vaccine – as Britain races towards Freedom Day.

      NHS heroes have delivered more than 31.5million second doses of Covid vaccine, just five million short of the goal before re-opening on July 19.

      Top government health advisor Dr Susan Hopkins has previously said seven in 10 Brits need to be fully protected before restrictions are fully lifted.

      New data from the Office for National Statistics yesterday showed nearly nine in 10 (86.6 per cent) of adults in England now have antibodies, either from vaccines or Covid infection.

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS

      Covid vaccines are essential to beat the virus, but it is within your best interests to monitor any possible side effects.

      These side effects are mostly nothing to worry about but can cause discomfort.

      Experts have found that rashes and itching in another spot other than the injection site was the most common side effect.

      Read more here

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      ‘GREEN FUNGUS’ LINKED TO DELTA VARIANT

      The first case of Aspergillus was detected in India last week but experts say many cases of the fungus may have been missed.

      Scientists at the Woon Chong of Albany Medical Center in New York State found that the condition occurs in 13.5 per cent of patients who have been hospitalised with severe Covid-19.

      The experts looked at 19 studies from across the world and detected 1,421 patients with Covid-19 associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA).

      CAPA is a lung infection which if not treated correctly can be fatal.

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      FACE MASKS TO GO

      Environment secretary George Eustice said No 10 is poised to remove all the remaining Covid legal restrictions on Freedom Day next month.

      His remarks will come as a huge boost to business, after research for the Government showed keeping some curbs would have a huge impact on firms.

      Ministers and scientists have said the latest data is "encouraging" and Britain is "on track" to leave lockdown as scheduled.

      Mr Eustice said today: "What we want to do on July 19, and the the data looks good to be able to have that, and is to remove all of the legal restrictions.

      "That's all of the legal requirements to do things to be taken away completely.

      "Whether there will still be some people who might choose to wear masks, or whether it may be advisory in some settings, that's a separate matter.

      "But the the objective of that final stage is to remove the legal requirement to do these things."

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      WHO WARNS DELTA VARIANT WILL BECOME MORE 'DOMINANT'

      World Health Organisation (WHO) have said that the new Delta variant has been detected in 85 countries.

      The “fitter and faster” mutation from India will become the dominant Covid strain across the globe, it adds.

      Britain has reported a steep rise in infections with the Delta variant.

      The Delta Covid strain is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide, revealed WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan.

      "The Delta variant is well on its way to becoming the dominant variant globally because of its increased transmissibility," Swaminathan told a news conference."

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      WHEN IS THE NEXT GREEN LIST ANNOUNCEMENT?

      The next travel update is expected to take place later this afternoon.

      The last review of the list was on June 3.

      There is no guarantee more countries will be added to the list – and there is every chance some may be taken off.

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      UK COVID CASES HIGHEST IN ALMOST 5 MONTHS AS 16,703 INFECTIONS RECORDED

      It comes as Brits hoping to go abroad this summer have been given fresh hope for a holiday as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is tonight expected to announce new additions to the green list.

      Today's rise in Covid infections is the highest number of daily cases in almost five months since February 6 when 18,262 were reported.

      The figure is also higher than yesterday's tally of 16,135 as the Delta variant continues to grip the UK.

      The number of cases has risen by 44 per cent in a week after 10,730 cases were recorded last Thursday, along with nine deaths.

      It means more than 85,000 new infections have been recorded across the nation in the last seven days.

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      LEADER IN NEURO-IMMUNOLOGY ADVISES ON BEST WAYS TO KEEP SAFE

      With the news that we might be coming to the end of the tunnel and finally seeing the light Professor Richard Luxton, co-founder of Safe Surface Sensor said: “As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, we must adopt a more nuanced public health response.”

      “The latest data from Public Health England emphasizes that as leisure, hospitality and work-related facilities open up we must put in place measures to limit the spread of dangerous variants of the coronavirus.

      “Sensing technology can ensure that spaces such as public transport hospitality venues or theatres have been adequately sanitised."

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      WATCH: BORIS JOHNSON SAYS NOW IS THE TIME TO ‘OPEN UP TRAVEL’

      Boris Johnson talks up travel potential for people with two doses of Covid vaccine ahead of Green List announcement

    • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

      RED LIST COUNTRIES

      The Transport Secretary said more holiday spots will be added to the list of quarantine-free destinations in the announcement today, suggesting there may be some movement to and from the red list, too.

      To see a full list of the countries currently on the red list click here.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS

      Covid vaccines are essential to beat the virus, but it is within your best interests to monitor any possible side effects.

      These side effects are mostly nothing to worry about but can cause discomfort.

      Experts have found that rashes and itching in another spot other than the injection site was the most common side effect.

      Read more here

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      SCHOOL SPORTS DAYS CAN GO AHEAD, 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.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

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