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Coronavirus - 17th May 2021

Mon May 17 2021, 10:41 by Kitkat

Summary for Monday, 17th May

  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants in England reopen indoors today under the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown
  • "We must take this next step with a heavy dose of caution," Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns, urging people to be tested regularly
  • Holiday flights abroad, to a small number of countries, are restarting - we'll see how passengers and airports cope with new requirements
  • Galleries, theatres, sports stadiums, cinemas and soft play centres in England are also due to reopen
  • Hugging is also back, with government guidance changing on close contact between people
  • People will also be able to meet inside and stay overnight in groups of six, or two households
  • In Scotland, most areas will move from level three to level two restrictions, while most islands will move to level one
  • Indoor hospitality also reopens in Wales today, with up to six people from different households allowed to meet inside
  • Restrictions in Northern Ireland are set to be eased from 24 May, with the reopening of indoor hospitality, libraries and museums


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
We will be bringing you updates from across the world throughout the day but much of our focus will be on the UK as England, Scotland and Wales welcome an easing of restrictions.

What’s happening today?


For much of the UK today brings an easing of restrictions and a further step towards a return to normality.
But that comes amid concerns about the Indian variant of Covid-19 which is suspected of being more transmissible.
Here are some of the headlines:


The latest from Europe



  • Portugal's Algarve region is preparing for the return of UK travellers on Monday. The country is on the UK's "green" list for unrestricted travel from today and Portuguese authorities have said that UK tourists with a negative test will be allowed to enter
  • Restrictions in Turkey are easing after a 17-day lockdown, during which people were only allowed outside for essential reasons. Now, residents will be allowed to leave their homes during the day, although curfews will remain in place overnight and during weekends
  • Italy, meanwhile, has recorded fewer than 100 fatalities within 24 hours for the first time since October. Ninety-three coronavirus-related deaths were recorded on Sunday. Italy has recorded almost 125,000 deaths since the pandemic began – the second-highest number in Europe
  • But there was some bad news for Eurovision fans this weekend, as the acts representing Malta and Romania were forced to pull out of the Sunday's opening ceremony due to a coronavirus outbreak at their hotel. Iceland was also absent after a member of its delegation tested positive. Click here to find out about how Eurovision is keeping performers and audiences in Rotterdam safe after last year's contest was cancelled


Summary so far today from The Guardian


People should ignore Monday’s easing of lockdown in parts of the UK and avoid socialising indoors in pubs and restaurants to prevent the new Covid-19 variant first detected in India sparking a third wave of the disease, health experts say.
Meanwhile more than 80% of Japanese oppose hosting the Olympics this year, a new poll published on Monday showed, with just under 10 weeks until the Tokyo Games.
Here are the other key recent developments:

  • Health experts in the UK have said people should ignore Monday’s easing of lockdown and avoid socialising indoors in pubs and restaurants to prevent the new Covid-19 variant first detected in India sparking a third wave of the disease.
  • A public inquiry must examine whether Boris Johnson’s decision to delay adding India to the travel “red list” of countries was influenced by his desire to start trade talks with Delhi, the chair of a cross-party Covid inquiry group has said.
  • Saudi Arabia has announced that travellers flying from most countries will no longer need to quarantine if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Italy’s daily death toll fell below 100 for the first time since October, with 93 Covid-related deaths reported on Sunday.
  • A decision on whether all legal restrictions can be ended …


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