Coronavirus UK latest – Foreign holidays ‘on track to start May 17 as Boris set to give the green light to trips abroad’

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4 Apr 2021, 0:58Updated: 4 Apr 2021, 0:58

BORIS Johnson is reportedly ready to give the green light to holidays abroad from May 17.

The Prime Minister will announce that the near-blanket ban on foreign travel will be replaced by a traffic-light system,

This will pave the way for holidays overseas in six weeks’ time, reports the Mail on Sunday

Countries will be assessed on their vaccination programmes, infection rates and what variants they have and the ability of the nation’s scientists to identify them.

According to reports, it will likely open the way to trips to countries including the Maldives, Gibraltar, Malta and Israel.

It comes as daily Covid cases fell to their lowest level since mid-September on Good Friday - as the infection toll increased by 3,402 today.

Only people with British and Irish citizenship - or residence rights in the UK - will be allowed to enter England from next Friday.

But Brits who do arrive from these countries will be required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days - costing £1,750 per person.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the very latest news and updates on the pandemic...

JAB PASSPORTS ‘MAY NOT BE READY UNTIL AUTUMN’

Senior government sources have warned the new scheme – which will most likely work over a mobile app – could take “months not weeks” to develop.

And sources have told The Telegraph that it could take as long as until September to get it right.

NHS chiefs are looking at a new app where members of the public will have to show to gain access to sports stadiums, theatres, festivals and nightclubs.

Those without a smartphone will get a paper certificate.

PICTURED: LIGHTS OUT IN THE MILE OF SIN

General view of an empty street in the famous red-light district 'Reeperbahn' during a lockdown, amid the  pandemic in Hamburg

General view of an empty street in the famous red-light district 'Reeperbahn' during a lockdown, amid the pandemic in HamburgCredit: Reuters

COVID PASSPORT TRIALS BEGIN WITH LIVE COMEDY NIGHT

Let’s face it we all need cheering up.

Perhaps that is why a comedy night in Liverpool will be the first event to pilot the government's Covid passport scheme later this month.

Ministers hope the passes will allow the safe return of sports matches, conferences and nightclubs in England.

They will include whether a person has been vaccinated, any recent negative test, or natural immunity determined by a recent positive test.

GENIUS NEW APP FOR NEAREST PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

To help customers make an informed choice when making a booking and to do their bit to help out with the UK's pubs and eateries, Henry Seabright, Will Morris and Ben Hartley have created Catch Me Outside.

Diners can type in their postcode - or the postcode of where they want to go - to find out where will be open from mid-April.

‘DON’T RUSH INTO REMOVING FACE MASKS FROM CLASS’

Ministers should not "rush into" removing face coverings from classrooms in England without careful consideration of the scientific evidence, the leaders of five education unions have said.

A joint letter - from the leaders of the National Education Union (NEU), NASUWT teaching union, NAHT school leaders' union, GMB and Unison - says there is a "strong scientific consensus" that face masks can and should be part of measures to suppress transmission of Covid-19.

Secondary school pupils are currently being advised to wear face coverings wherever social distancing cannot be maintained, including in the classroom.

But the Government has said the measure will be reviewed at Easter.

WHERE PASSPORT ARE REQUIRED

GERMANS PROTEST IN THOUSANDS AGAINST VIRUS CURBS

Thousands of people protested in Stuttgart today against virus restrictions amid a heated debate throughout Germany on tightening the measures in the face of a third wave of Covid-19.

The protesters, few of whom were wearing face masks, marched from the city centre to a main square in northeastern Stuttgart.

Police in the southwest city said the marchers ignored requests to don masks and to adhere to social distance rules, though there were no reports of major incidents.

The movement opposing social restrictions, known as "Querdenken (Anticonformist)", has held regular protests in Germany since the start of the pandemic.

Stuttgart is the center of the ‘Querdenker’ movement, founded by entrepreneur Michael Ballweg, as the broadest possible grouping against the government's Covid measures

Stuttgart is the center of the ‘Querdenker’ movement, founded by entrepreneur Michael Ballweg, as the broadest possible grouping against the government's Covid measuresCredit: EPA

GLOBAL DEATH TOLL

At least 2,839,849 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources today.

The US is the worst-affected country with 554,103 deaths followed by Brazil with 328,206 fatalities, Mexico with 203,854, India with 164,110 and Britain with 126,816 deaths.

BOJO SET FOR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Boris Johnson to make 4 big Covid announcements on holidays, vaccine passports, lockdown and social distancing on Monday

ARGENTINE LEADER'S TEST SHOWS COVID; AWAITS CONFIRMATION

President Alberto Fernandez says he had an initial positive test, despite having been vaccinated in January.

He sent a tweet early today saying he took a quick antigen test for the virus after feeling a headache and experiencing a fever of 37.3 Celsius (99.1 Fahrenheit). 

He said he otherwise has light symptoms, is isolating and is physically well.

SHOCKING DEATH TOLL IN MEXICO

The central American country reported 1,838 new confirmed Covid cases plus 157 more fatalities, bringing the country's total to 2,249,195 infections and 204,011 deaths, according to data from the health ministry.

The government says the real case numbers are likely significantly higher, and separate data published recently by the health ministry suggested the actual death toll from the coronavirus may be at least 60% above the confirmed figure

BOJO DITCHES PLANS FOR PUB CUSTOMERS TO SHOW JAB PASSPORT 

In a major boost for the hospitality trade, the PM will exempt bars and restaurants from new Covid safety rules.

Boris’s change of heart came after an angry backlash from 72 MPs who branded the idea “divisive and discriminatory”.

But he will tomorrow announce his determination to press ahead with a “vaccine certification” system for larger venues from next month.

ITALY ENTERS 3-DAY EASTER LOCKDOWN

This to deter Easter travel and get-togethers even as the country's variant-fueled spike in new infections began to wane.

The government had announced last month that it would place all regions into the strictest red zone lockdown over the Easter weekend to limit the chances of contagion, taking the same precautions it enforced over Christmas and New Years.

Travel between regions and visits to relatives were being limited through Monday. Nonessential shops were closed and restaurants and bars were only open for take-out.

CEMETERY DIGS UP 1,000 SKELETONS TO MAKE ROOM 

An overflowing cemetery in Brazil is digging up 1,000 skeletons to make room for more Covid victims.

The shocking mass exhumation comes as the South American country is on course to have the world's highest coronavirus death toll - soaring past 325,000 victims.

Aerial view of gravediggers' exhumations at Vila Nova Cachoeirinha cemetery, Brazil

Aerial view of gravediggers' exhumations at Vila Nova Cachoeirinha cemetery, Brazil

MORE THAN 5,200 IN INTENSIVE CARE BEDS

 This is a rise of 19 from the previous day.

That followed one of the biggest daily jumps in months on Friday, just as France enters a third national lockdown in an effort to stem the pandemic.

BEACH CROWDS DEFY RULES ACROSS CATALONIA

In Barcelona, Tarragona and other popular cities along the coast of the northeastern Spanish region, crowds gathered on the beaches, some lacking masks or ignoring social distancing.

On a popular beach near central Barcelona dozens of partygoers had danced on Friday, some flouting regulations designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police said on Saturday.

The impromptu party took place on Barceloneta beach and police said they had advised revellers they were breaking health regulations.

REVELLERS CONDEMNED FOR BREACHING COVID-19 RULES AT CARDIFF BAY

They left piles of rubbish after gathering in Cardiff Bay on Good Friday have been condemned for breaching coronavirus regulations.

Cardiff Council said a significant amount of rubbish had been left by "large groups of people intent on breaking Covid-19 restrictions".

It follows similar scenes outside the Senedd earlier in the week, when three police officers suffered minor injuries when bottles were thrown.

On Saturday, metal fencing was erected around the home of the Welsh Parliament - which is currently in recess ahead of its pre-dissolution period - to discourage crowds from meeting on the building's steps.

Meanwhile, police have been given powers to put a dispersal order in place which will allow them to exclude people from the area.

THE GREAT ESCAPE

HOLIDAYING FAMILIES FACE £600 COVID TESTS

For those planning to go abroad, arranging pre-departure tests could add at least £400 to the cost of a holiday abroad for a family of four.

While the second post-arrival test could put on a further £200.

IT COMES AS:

Brits could be swapping Bahrain for Spain as Gulf state rolls out vaccine The PM is due to make big four lockdown announcements on Monday Seven Brits have died after AstraZeneca jab but regulators insist it's safe Mark Wright has revealed that Covid ripped his family apart

FIVE MILLION BRITS HAVE HAD SECOND COVID VACCINE DOSE

Britain's record-breaking vaccine rollout saw 256,870 second jabs given in the past 24 hours. It brings the total second jabs to 5,205,505.

And 124,415 first doses were given, meaning 31,425,682 have now received an initial injection.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: "Over five million people have now had their second vaccine dose. The vaccine is safe and effective, so when it's your turn, come forward and get the jab."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson added we have "reached another milestone in our vaccination programme".

UNLIKE LONDON, PORTSMOUTH PROTESTERS SOCIAL DISTANCED

JAM-PACKED PROTEST INCLUDES JEREMY CORBYN

The man who stood to be the Prime Minister of the UK was among the crowd as he spoke at a Kill the Bill demo in London. 

The mood at London's protest in Parliament Square soon turned hostile, with protestors throwing cans of beer at police.

Some officers have now been forced to use pepper spray to disperse crowds.

Had Jeremy Corbyn won the election he would have been PM during the Covid pandemic

Had Jeremy Corbyn won the election he would have been PM during the Covid pandemic

Credit: Avalon.red

Credit: Avalon.red

DOWNWARD TREND

UK DEATHS PLUNGE TO LOWEST IN SIX MONTHS 

Ten deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

It comes after Covid daily cases also fell to levels not seen since mid-September yesterday with 3,402 new cases, as infections start to decrease.

Today it is only slightly higher, with 3,423 new cases in the last 24 hours.

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