Government being ‘quite cautious’ over green list countries, says George Eustice
The prime minister said: “I think that the real opportunity we all have now is to open up travel through the double jab. If you look at it we’ve got more than 60 per cent of our population have now had two jabs, I think 83 per cent have had one jab, we’re really getting through it now.
“The crucial thing is come forward and get your second jab.”
Meanwhile, George Eustice, the environment secretary, said that he will not wear a face mask once coronavirus regulations are lifted on 19 July.
“What we want to do on 19 July, and the prime minister said that the data looks good to be able to have that end, is to remove all of the legal restrictions,” the environment secretary told Sky News.
He said that the question of “whether some people might choose to wear masks” or whether face coverings may be advised in some settings is “a separate matter”.
UK records further 16,703 Covid-19 cases
A total of 16,703 new coronavirus cases were identified in the 24 hours up to Thursday morning, the government has announced.
Ministers also said that another 21 people died within a month of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 128,048.
Separate figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths in the UK which mention coronavirus on the death certificate.
Rory Sullivan24 June 2021 16:23
Portugal imposes restrictions on entering and leaving Lisbon
People will have to need a negative coronavirus test or a vaccination certificate to leave or enter the Lisbon region each weekend, the Portuguese government has said amid rising cases.
Restaurants, cafes and shops will also be forced to close earlier.
“We are in a fight against time between the progression of the disease and the process of vaccination,” Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told a news conference.
Coronavirus cases rose by 1,556 on Thursday, the biggest jump since late February, when the country of just over 10 million was still under lockdown.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 16:07
Biden administration extends pandemic eviction ban
The Biden administration has extended the US-wide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extended the evictions moratorium until 31 July. It had been scheduled to end 30 June, with the body saying that it is “intended to be the final extension of the moratorium”.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the separate bans on evictions for renters and mortgage holders were “always intended to be temporary”.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 15:50
Top 19 local authorities with lowest percentage of vaccinated over-50s are all in London
The top 19 local authority areas in England with the lowest proportion of fully vaccinated over-50s are all in London, according to analysis by the PA news agency of NHS England figures.
The lowest percentage is for Westminster (64.3 per cent), followed by the City of London (66.3 per cent), Camden (68.9 per cent) and Kensington & Chelsea (70.9 per cent).
The areas of London estimated to have the highest percentage of over-50s fully vaccinated are Bromley (91.7 per cent), Richmond upon Thames (91.6 per cent) and Sutton (90.4 per cent).
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 15:31
Further 316,201 vaccine doses administered in England
A further 316,201 Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in England, including both first and second doses.
This takes the total since the rollout began in December to 63,439,292.
The daily figure is made up of 187,513 first doses and 128,688 second shots, NHS England said.
A total of 36,564,938 people have had one jab, while 26,874,354 have had both.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 15:15
London remains region with lowest proportion of fully vaccinated over-50s
London continues to lag behind the rest of England in the proportion of people aged 50 and over who are fully vaccinated, new figures show.
An estimated 83.1 per cent of over-50s had received both doses of vaccine by 20 June.
All other regions are above 90 per cent, with south-west England reporting the highest proportion at 95.0 per cent.
The figures have been published by NHS England, and come ahead of a summit meeting in London on Friday to discuss how to boost vaccine take-up in the capital.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 15:01
Infection rates continue to rise among all age groups in England
Coronavirus infection rates among all age groups in England are continuing to rise, Public Health England has said.
The highest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, with 267.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to 20 June, up week-on-week from 200.4.
The second highest rate is among 10 to 19-year-olds, up from 146.1 to 217.4. This is also the age group to see the biggest week-on-week increase.
For people aged 60 and over, the rate is 17.0, up slightly from 14.8.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 14:50
Video: PM ‘not ruling out’ trip abroad this summer
The UK government is yet to announce whether international travel will resume in any meaningful way this summer.
On the prospect of going abroad himself this year, Boris Johnson said: “I’m certainly not ruling it in or ruling it out.”
Boris Johnson ‘not ruling out’ trip abroad this summer
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 14:41
Infection rates continue to rise across England
Covid-19 case rates are continuing to rise in all regions of England, according to the latest Public Health England data.
North-west England has the highest rate, with 238.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to 20 June, up week-on-week from 200.3. This is the highest rate for the region since the week ending 31 January.
North-east England has the second highest rate: 173.6, up sharply from 94.1.
Eastern England has the lowest rate: 46.9, up from 37.4.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 14:27
Scotland records five deaths and 2,999 cases
Scotland has recorded five deaths of coronavirus patients and 2,999 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to latest figures.
It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who died within 28 days of testing positive – has risen to 7,706.
The daily test positivity rate was 7.7 per cent, up from 7.3 per cent the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish government on Thursday.
There were 177 people in hospital on Wednesday with recently confirmed Covid-19 – up six in 24 hours – and 17 people in intensive care, down one.
So far 3,695,303 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,631,533 have received their second dose.
Clea Skopeliti24 June 2021 14:15
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