Rapid expansion of green list ruled out

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he prime minister has ruled out the rapid expansion of the green travel list dashing European holiday hopes for UK travellers.

Boris Johnson said it was doubtful that the list would be expanded “very rapidly” due to the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant.

Speaking at the Downing Street press conference yesterday, Mr Johnson said: “There’s a very limited list, as you know, and we will certainly be making sure that people travelling abroad will be subject to all the tests and constraints to prevent the virus being reimported.

“That’s why it’s such a tiny list of countries and I don’t expect we will be adding to it very rapidly.”

This is in addition to the remote territories of the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

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Rangers fans gather to celebrate Scottish Premiership win

Thousands of Rangers fans have arrived at Ibrox setting off blue and red flares ahead of the team collecting its first Scottish Premiership trophy in a decade.

Fans cheered and chanted as players left the team bus before their home game against Aberdeen kicks off at 12.30pm.

After the trophy is lifted, hundreds of fans are expected to march into the heart of Glasgow, with the Union Bears fan group announcing plans to walk from the stadium to George Square.

Police Scotland said an “appropriate policing plan is in place to maintain public safety and minimise any disruption to the community”.

The Scottish Government previously criticised Rangers’ response after thousands of fans gathered outside Ibrox and in George Square on the weekend they clinched the title in early March.

On Friday night, scores of Rangers fans lighted red flares simultaneously along the Clyde close to the Clyde Arc, known as the “squinty bridge”.

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow division, said: “Under the current restrictions no-one should be gathering in numbers of more than six at the stadium or any other location, and Police Scotland supports the club in urging its fans to do the right thing and follow the coronavirus regulations around gatherings.

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Vietnam’s daily Covid-19 cases rise by record 165, one new death

Vietnam reported 165 new coronavirus cases and one new death on Saturday, its health ministry said, as it sees a steady rise in infections since the virus re-emerged late last month.

Half of the new cases were detected at Quang Chau industrial park in the northern province of Bac Giang, the ministry said in a statement.

Vietnam’s latest outbreak has spread to 26 of 63 provinces, authorities said. The country has recorded a total 3,985 coronavirus cases, with 36 deaths, due largely to its strong containment record.

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More than 46 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in England

A total of 46,992,750 vaccinations have taken place, according to NHS England data.

Of these, 30,331,992 were the first dose of a vaccine, while 16,660,758 were a second dose.

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Scotland records 413 new Covid-19 cases

Scotland has recorded 413 new cases of coronavirus in the daily figures, though the numbers have been affected by a data issue which meant Friday’s figures were lower than they should have been.

No new deaths were reported in the latest statistics from the Scottish Government while the test positivity rate stood at 1.6 per cent.

A total of 3,003,339 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 1,599,519 have received their second dose.

An issue affecting the data flow from tests carried out on Thursday night meant missing tests from Friday’s numbers were added to the figure on Saturday.

With the exception of Glasgow and Moray, mainland Scotland is due to move from Level 2 to Level 3 restrictions on Monday.

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Anyone living in Bolton can get vaccinated by 5pm today

People living in the Bolton area can now get vaccinated by 5pm today.

Residents must be registered with a GP based in Bolton.

There are 4,000 vaccines that must be used today, according to councillor Andy Morgan.

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Portugal gives green light to foreign travellers

Portugal will allow tourists from the UK and other European Union countries with a low infection rate, as long as travellers can show a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival.

The announcement came from the country’s interior ministry, a day after the Portuguese tourism authority said UK tourists would be permitted to enter the country from Monday.

Tourists from countries with an infection rate of 500 per 100,000 people will be allowed to visit Portugal.

Travellers from Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland will also be permitted to fly to Portugal from Monday.

Proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours is required before boarding.

Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism Rita Marques has said “everything is open” in her country.

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Covid-19 vaccines reduce infection by 80 per cent five weeks after first dose, study finds

Covid-19 infections in adults of all ages fell by 80 per cent five weeks after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine, a new study shows.

The research, which focused on 13.7 million people who had been vaccinated across Italy, was conducted by Italy’s National Institute of Health (ISS) and the Ministry of Health.

An analysis of data showed that the risk of Covid-19 infection, hospitalisation and death decreased progressively within two weeks of receiving the first dose.

Scientists began collating data in December when the country’s vaccination campaign began.

“As of 35 days after the first dose, there is an 80 per cent reduction in infections, 90 per cent reduction in hospitalisations, and 95 per cent reduction in deaths,” the ISS said.

The pattern was seen in men and women regardless of age.

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Britain to hold summit encouraging global Covid-19 vaccine uptake

Britain will hold a summit to encourage global Covid-19 vaccine uptake.

The virtual meeting will be held on June 2 and will bring together medical experts, officials from G7 countries and other partners to encourage global take-up of vaccines.

The event will discuss how misinformation about vaccines can be tackled, and the role social media companies can have in stopping the spread of misinformation.

Vaccine minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: “This UK-hosted Summit is a significant opportunity for G7 countries to come together with partners across the world to take action to maintain high levels of trust in vaccines and those that provide them.

“We must work collectively to ensure people across the world can reclaim their lives and livelihoods.”

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Scotland: Two-thirds of adults given first vaccine dose

Two-thirds of adults in Scotland have had their first dose of coronavirus vaccine, figures show.

First jags have been administered to more than three million people, with the 66.6 per cent mark crossed on Friday, said the Scottish Government.

Nearly 1.6 million people have had both shots of the vaccine, it added.

The national vaccine programme is currently inoculating people aged between 40 and 49, more than half of whom have had their first dose.

Scotland is on course to offer all adults a first vaccine by the end of July, if supplies are maintained.

Most of the country will drop to Level 2 restrictions from Monday, with the exception of Glasgow and Moray, where experts are monitoring outbreaks of coronavirus cases.

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5.8 million jabs administered to Londoners

NHS England data shows a total of 5,854,171 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and May 14, including 3,866,531 first doses and 1,987,640 second doses.

This compares with 5,758,740 first doses and 3,181,882 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 8,940,622.

The breakdown for the other regions is:

– East of England: 3,638,276 first doses and 1,977,711 second doses, making 5,615,987 in total

– North East and Yorkshire: 4,776,197 first and 2,654,380 second doses (7,430,577)

– North West: 3,843,677 first and 2,208,854 second doses (6,052,531)

– South East: 4,962,460 first and 2,694,636 second doses (7,657,096)