- The UK government gives more details of a traffic light system for the resumption of overseas travel from England
- Travellers will need to pay for tests when departing and returning from abroad, including at least one PCR test
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the cost of Covid tests needs to be driven down, amid criticism from the travel sector
- Shapps also says he's not advising against people in England booking summer trips abroad
- It's still too early to say whether foreign holidays can resume on 17 May, he says, or which countries will be deemed to be safe
- Changes to household mixing and the reopening of gyms are to be brought forward in Wales as case rates fall
- Twice-weekly free rapid coronavirus tests are available to everyone in England from today
- Islamic scholars and NHS leaders are urging Muslims not to let fasting over Ramadan stop them getting a Covid jab
- Brazil records more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant circulates
Welcome to our coronavirus live page. This morning the government has revealed further details of its plans to reopen international travel from England.
But it says it can't yet confirm whether foreign holidays can go ahead on 17 May as set out in the government’s road map.
A traffic light system will be used to categorise countries based on risk, and travellers will need to pay for tests when departing and returning to the UK.
The plans have been met with widespread frustration by the travel industry - we will bring you all the latest reaction here.
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Latest across Europe
- Russia has asked Slovakia to return 200,000 doses of its Sputnik V vaccine which have sat in storage since they were delivered on 1 March. Former Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic got hold of the doses secretly but then lost his job last week over the controversy. Now Slovakia’s drug regulator says the doses are different to those reviewed positively by the Lancet.
- Germany has started talks on buying the Sputnik drug, according to Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. The EU’s medical agency EMA hasn’t yet approved the vaccine and Germany’s health minister says purchase will be conditional on its approval.
- For the first time in eight days the number of Covid patients in intensive care in France has fallen, by 24 cases, to 5,705. A big surge of infections was reported on Thursday, but that includes figures from several days. Meanwhile, France has recorded its10 millionth Covid vaccination and a record 437,000 were inoculated yesterday alone. Germany’s case numbers have risen above 25,000 in the past 24 hours.
- The Netherlands and Portugal have joined several other countries in limiting the Oxford-AstraZeneca drug to over-60s after the EMA advised of a possible causal link with very rare blood clots. The agency is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks. Meanwhile France’s health minister says anyone under 55 who has already had the first AZ dose will be offered another vaccine for the second.
- Iceland is revising a new rule requiring anyone arriving from a high-risk country to stay in a special quarantine hotel for five days or submit a second negative test. The courts have ruled that the mandatory hotel stay is illegal. The health minister says travellers won’t have to pay for the hotel and will be allowed outdoors.
Latest world headlinesHere's what's happening around the world:
- Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time , as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases
- The rate of infections in Canada is edging close to - and may overtake - US levels for the first time, as it struggles to contain new variants and to ramp up its distribution of vaccines
- Australia's vaccine rollout is to be further delayed after local regulators advised limiting the use of the AstraZeneca shot - the country's main vaccine
- Nearly 20% of the US population has been fully vaccinated, with some 66 million people receiving two jabs, the Washington Post reports . More than 500,000 Americans have died of the disease so far
Today so far…The Guardian
- Authorities in France have ruled that under 55s who received a first injection of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine can be given a jab from a different producer for their second dose.
- Hong Kong has confirmed this morning that it has requested AstraZeneca suspend delivery of its Covid-19 vaccine.
- States and territories in Australia have been left scrambling to respond to government advice recommending against vaccinating anyone under 50 with the AstraZeneca shot, leaving tens of thousands of people in the lurch.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to take control from Germany’s federal states to impose restrictions on regions recording high numbers of new coronavirus infections, according to reports. Health minister Jens Spahn has said the country needs a national lockdown.
- Leading hospitals in India’s most coronavirus-hit state halted vaccinations today, citing shortages as infections across the country crossed 13 million and set a new daily record.
- Sweden’s climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has said she will not attend the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, citing “inequitable vaccine distribution”.
- Police in Norway have fined prime minister Erna Solberg for breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules when organising a family gathering to celebrate her birthday.
- The manufacturer of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine have claimed that while it is less effective against the “South African” coronavirus variant, it is more effective against it than other vaccines.
- The UK’s transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said that the public could now “start to think” about foreign holidays this summer.
- Gibraltar has become one of the first places in the world to vaccinate the bulk of its adult population against Covid-19, allowing virus restrictions to be lifted and life to almost return to normal.