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Coronavirus - 3rd May 2021

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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 10:40

Summary for Monday, 3rd May


  • The easing of restrictions in Wales sees some families and friends able to hug again and the reopening of gyms
  • Two households, plus another living on their own, can form a bubble from Monday and have contact indoors
  • There will be no limit for the number of funeral mourners in England from 17 May under new plans
  • A pilot event in Liverpool has seen 5,000 music fans attend a mini-festival
  • India's Covid crisis continues, with hospitals in Delhi pleading for more help with oxygen supplies
  • The UK recorded 1,671 new cases on Sunday and 14 deaths within 28 days of a positive test
  • Globally, there have been 152,871,267 recorded cases since the pandemic began and 3,202,541 deaths


Good morning and welcome to Monday's live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the main stories from the UK and across the world on this Bank Holiday.

  • Wales is seeing the relaxation of some coronavirus restrictions today. Two households, plus another living on their own, can now form a "bubble" to meet and have contact indoors
  • Gyms, swimming pools and community centres can also reopen, as can organised children's indoor activities like parent and baby classes
  • In England, the limit on numbers of funeral mourners is set to be removed by the government on 17 May
  • Any number will be allowed as long as they can safely socially distance
  • Weddings in England will be limited to 30 guests from the same date - up from the current limit of 15 - with unlimited numbers allowed from June
  • Hospitals in Delhi continued to send desperate messages for emergency oxygen supplies through the night on Sunday, warning that patients are at risk
  • A pilot concert in Liverpool has seen 5,000 people - with no masks on and not socially distanced - attend a mini-festival
  • Millions of Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan but some mosques in the UK not allowing women inside to pray this month . Most say it is because of coronavirus restrictions


What's the latest from around Europe?


  • France is joining a number of European countries in loosening its coronavirus restrictions. From today, a domestic travel ban is no longer in force, and middle and high school pupils are allowed to return to in-person teaching
  • Bars and restaurants are also reopening in Greece for the first time since a lockdown began in November. Customer numbers will be limited but the country's overnight curfew has been shortened by an hour to accommodate evening diners. Greece’s prime minister has previously said he hopes the country will be able to open later next week for tourists who have been vaccinated or tested negative
  • On Saturday, Portugal ended its state of emergency to allow the reopening of land borders with Spain and extended opening hours in shops and restaurants. However, the government has extended travel restrictions for countries with high levels of infections until 16 May


The latest from around the world

Here are some of the main headlines from around the world:

  • India has reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases for the 12th straight day. Hospital beds and oxygen supplies are continuing to run short across the country - where elections have been held amid government criticism
  • International aid, including oxygen equipment and ventilators, is continuing to arrive in the country amid desperate shortages
  • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended Australia's threat to jail anyone arriving from India amid criticism the country's policy is racist
  • Elsewhere, people living in New Zealand will be able to visit the Cook Islands without having to quarantine from 17 May as part of a new two-way travel bubble announced on Monday
  • Britain will send another 1,000 ventilators to India, the government announced on Sunday, stepping up its support as India’s healthcare system struggles to cope with the surge of positive Covid-19 cases.
  • Saudi Arabia to open land, sea, and air borders as of 17 May, the interior minister announces on Twitter.
  • Oman to ban the movement of people and vehicles from 7 pm to 4 am from May 8 to May 15, the state news agency said.
  • South Africa to get the first delivery of its 4.5 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines as the country begins to increase its vaccination efforts.
  • The English city of Liverpool hosted a one-off music festival to test whether significant events spread Covid-19. Nearly 5,000 people took off their masks and ditched social distancing rules in the name of science and music.
  • A maximum of 1,000 fans will be allowed on-court at Roland Garros this year, with capacity capped at 35%.
  • India recorded a number of deaths on Sunday. New coronavirus cases fell slightly on Sunday but deaths due to the infection jumped by a record 3,689, with one more state going into lockdown as the nation’s healthcare system struggles to cope with a massive caseload.
  • Secondary school pupils in England will be offered Covid-19 vaccinations from September under plans being developed by the NHS, according to The Sunday Times. It reports that “core planning scenario” documents compiled by NHS officials include the offer of a single dose of the Pfizer jab to children aged 12 and over when the new school year starts.
  • A major new pilot scheme could see the end of people in England having to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone who has Covid. The government-backed research will trial giving people daily lateral flow tests for seven days instead of asking people quarantine for 10 days.
  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has urged the British public to keep their resolve for the “last lap” of the fight against coronavirus, saying there is only “a little bit more time” until all legal restrictions on social interaction are removed.
  • Campaigners call for urgent action to prevent oxygen shortage in Covid-hit countries. They warn that scenes in India of families desperately searching for oxygen for critically ill Covid patients will be repeated in Bangladesh , Ethiopia and other countries in Africa and around the world unless a significant international effort is made to ensure all countries have good oxygen supplies.
  • A total of 41,730,517 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 1, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 452,789 on the previous day.
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 10:49

Which countries could be on the UK's green list?

The government is set to reveal which countries will be on the UK's green list of countries - places you can travel without having to quarantine on your return home.
Simon Calder, travel editor of The Independent, says three places likely to be on the list are:

  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel

However, he warns "it takes two to Tango" and those countries also have to be open to travellers. Gibraltar is currently open for essential travel only and Israel says it is not yet ready for tourists, while Iceland has said it is open for fully-vaccinated travellers.
It is an "extraordinary jigsaw of many moving parts" when deciding which countries can be on the green list, including their vaccination rate and if they have any variants of concern, added Calder.
He warned travel at the moment is for the "bold or the desperate" because of the potential restrictions in place - but added there are those who want to see their loved ones abroad, having not seen them for more than a year.
Calder said the picture should have changed by July, however, when more people would be looking to travel abroad.
Read more here on what the rules for green and red list countries would be.

England to lift limits on numbers of funeral mourners

Families and friends will be able to mourn their loved ones in unlimited numbers at funerals in England from 17 May under new plans.
As part of the next step in easing restrictions, the government is preparing to remove the 30-person legal limit a month earlier than planned. Any number of mourners would then be allowed to gather - as long as they could safely socially distance at the venue.
During the pandemic, many have been forced to watch funerals from home over live-streams, making grieving harder. And those able to attend have had to do without handshakes and hugs.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says people have made "huge sacrifices" - nowhere more apparent than in the "deeply painful" restrictions on funerals.
Weddings will be limited to 30 guests from 17 May, with an unlimited number from June.
The limit for weddings in England is currently 15 people.
Read more here .
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 11:02

'It's a battle every day,' Indian doctor warns

As we reported earlier, India has recorded more than 300,000 Covid cases for 12 consecutive days.
Vikas Pandey, our India editor based in Delhi, has been closely following the desperate equipment shortages at hospitals in India's capital and helping to amplify SOS messages on social media.
He spoke to Dr Gautam Singh, who runs the Shri Ram Singh Hospital, about having to turn away sick patients because of oxygen supply issues.
"It's a battle we are fighting every day," he said. "Half of my hospital staff are on the road with cylinders to get them filled every day, going from one place to another."
You can read more from Vikas here

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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 12:46

Cricket: IPL match postponed after positive tests

An Indian Premier League match has been cancelled after two players tested positive for Covid-19.
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of Kolkata Knight Riders, who were due to play Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, tested positive but the rest of the team was negative.
They are now in isolation and their close contacts are being traced. Their teammates will be tested daily.
They are the first positive test results to come out of the IPL since the cricket tournament began on 9 April.
It comes as India recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since the beginning of the pandemic.
The IPL is taking place across six venues in India, with players travelling between them on charter and private flights. Teams stay within secure areas of hotels and resorts in the various cities and do not have contact with people outside the bubble.
Chakravarthy had reportedly left the team's bio-secure bubble to go for a shoulder scan.
Read more .

'Four nations system' needed for international travel

Scotland needs to align itself with other UK nations when deciding when to allow holidays abroad, a travel industry representative has said.
Alan Glen, from the Scottish Passenger Agents Association, said there was "no way" it would work if Scotland had a different system to England.
Non-essential travel abroad will be allowed from England from 17 May.
But the Scottish government has not yet said when this restriction will be relaxed in Scotland. There is currently a ban on non-essential travel abroad under Covid rules.
Mr Glen, who also runs Blantyre travel agents Glen Travel, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme : "We have to have a four nations approach to this.
"There's no way it's going to work [with] Scotland operating a different system to England when you can freely travel across the [Scotland-England] border and fly out of an English airport - and that's exactly what will happen."
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed on Sunday there were plans to adopt a "traffic light system" in England for international travel , which would detail the risk level of travelling to different destinations.
Mr Glen said this system would be a cautious and risk-based approach, adding: "Even when you're on the 'green light', which will be low risk countries, you'll have to have two PCR tests to come back... It's not just throwing the borders open."
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 12:52

North Korea to skip qualifiers over virus

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Pyongyang says it has had no cases of the virus but experts say this is unlikely

North Korea has reportedly notified regional football officials it will sit out World Cup 2022 qualifiers held next month over coronavirus fears.
Matches across Asia to qualify for Qatar were already postponed from March until June. The usual home-and-away format has also scrapped in favour of groups playing within a singular host country due to safety concerns.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is asking the country to reconsider the decision, according to South Korean officials.
North Korea previously announced it would not take part in the Tokyo Olympics because of the pandemic .

Chinese tourists expected to make 18.3 million railway trips on labor day

Chinese tourists are expected to make a total of 18.3 million railway passenger trips on the first day of China’s international labor day holiday.
That’s according to an estimate by China’s state railway group. The start to the five-day holiday on Saturday included tourists rushing to travel domestically now that the coronavirus has been brought under control in China.
May Day is offering the first long break for Chinese tourists since the start of the year. A domestic outbreak of the coronavirus before the Lunar New Year holidays in February cancelled travel plans for many after the government advised people to refrain from traveling.
Border closures and travel restrictions mean tourists are traveling domestically. China in recent weeks reported almost no cases of locally transmitted infections.
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 12:54

Round-up: Latest headlines

It's lunchtime in the UK - so let's catch up with coronavirus developments so far on bank holiday Monday:
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 13:06

NHS faces exodus of doctors after Covid pandemic, survey finds

Denis Campbell - The Guardian
Thousands of UK doctors are planning to quit the NHS after the Covid pandemic because they are exhausted by their workloads and worried about their mental health, a survey has revealed.
Almost one in three may retire early while a quarter are considering taking a career break and a fifth are weighing up quitting the health service to do something else.
Long hours, high demand for care, the impact of the pandemic and unpleasant working environments are taking their toll on medics, the British Medical Association findings show.
Read more .

'Time to revive EU tourism industry'

More now on proposals to ease restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU .
Under the plans, anyone who has received a full course of an EU-approved vaccine at least two weeks before travel would be permitted entry.
The plans also suggest increasing the threshold number of cases in countries from which all travel is allowed - subject to quarantine or testing - from 25 infections per 100,000 people to 100.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the proposals in a tweet, with discussions on the plans due to start on Tuesday.
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 13:09

Today so far …


  • The European Commission has recommended that foreign citizens fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and those coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation be allowed to travel into European Union countries without additional restrictions.
  • US president Joe Biden and Britain’s Prince Harry were among those calling for vaccine equity at the recording of a fundraising concert in Los Angeles for the global Covax programme. Biden said in a video address that the US was “working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and boost production to make sure every country has the vaccines they need”.
  • India recorded a record number of deaths on Sunday. New coronavirus cases fell slightly, but deaths due to the infection jumped by a new high 3,689, with one more state going into lockdown as the nation’s healthcare system struggles to cope with a massive caseload.
  • Press reports and sources have said that twenty-four people died in one hospital overnight on India on Sunday in the southern state of Karnataka after the hospital ran out of oxygen, though the district administration denied that shortages had caused the deaths. A further 12 people died on Saturday in a hospital in the capital New Delhi after it ran out of oxygen, reports said.
  • Britain will send another 1,000 ventilators to India, the government announced on Sunday.
  • The IPL cricket match scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders tonight has been postponed after two players tested positive for Covid. The league has been fiercely criticised for continuing amid India’s Covid crisis.
  • Pakistan has closed land crossings with Iran and Afghanistan for travellers and slashed international flights as the government warned of a “critical” few weeks ahead in the battle against Covid-19.
  • Taiwan will suspend the entry of people who have been to India over the previous 14 days from tomorrow.
  • There’s the threat of legal challenges to Australia’s travel ban on anybody arriving from India, regardless of whether they are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Ahead of Scotland’s national election on Thursday, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has rubbished suggestions that an independent Scotland would not have been able to procure the same level of vaccinations. British finance minister Rishi Sunak also intervened in the campaign, saying a future possible referendum on Scottish independence would hamper the UK’s economic recovery from Covid.
  • Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools are reopening in Wales as the further easing of the Covid-19 restrictions continues.
  • The 30-person limit on the number of mourners who can attend funerals in England is to be lifted later this month, the government has announced.
  • Malaysia will begin a parallel Covid-19 innoculation programme this week for people who chose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, after it was removed from an ongoing rollout due to public fears over its safety.
  • The organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have sparked anger in Japan’s medical community after they asked 500 nurses to volunteer at this summer’s Games.
  • Hong Kong’s government has sparked discrimination concerns over plans to force hundreds of thousands of foreign domestic workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or face losing their job.
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We don't want 'influx of disease' after easing travel curbs, says PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he does not want to see an "influx of disease" as and when international travel resumes.
This is why the government is being "as cautious as we can" with the roadmap for England's lockdown easing. he adds.
"We do want to do some opening up on 17 May but I don't think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else," Mr Johnson said during a campaign visit to Hartlepool.
"I certainly don't, and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up."
Asked if people should be planning foreign holidays, he told reporters: "We will be saying more as soon as we can.
"I think that there will be some openings up on the 17th, but we have got to be cautious and we have got to be sensible and we have got to make sure that we don't see the virus coming back in."

Chopping and changing travel rules isn't helpful, says Starmer

Hot on the heels of the prime minister (see our last post), Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has criticised the "chopping and changing" of the travel corridors list introduced last summer, as he said he will "wait and see" what ministers announce on plans to restart international travel.
"We need to be very careful. I think it's clear that the virus is increasing in some countries around the world, so we have to be very, very careful," he said during a campaign visit in south east London.
"What we can't have is a repeat of last summer, where the lists were chopping and changing on a daily or even weekly basis.
"So I'll wait and see what the government has to say but I think we have to be very careful and very cautious."

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PM: Good chance social distancing can end from 21 June

Boris Johnson says there is a "good chance" the one-metre plus social distancing rule will be scrapped on 21 June in England.
During his campaign visit to Hartlepool, the prime minister said that, "as things stand, and the way things are going" with the vaccine, distancing could well end with the final step of England's roadmap out of lockdown.
"You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology," he said.
"I think that we will be able to go ahead, feels like 17 May is going to be good.
"But it also looks to me as though 21 June we'll be able to say social distancing as we currently have to do it, the one-metre plus, I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre plus from 21 June.
"That is still dependent on the data, we can't say it categorically yet. We have got to look at the epidemiology as we progress. We have got to look at where we get to with the disease. But that's what it feels like to me right now."
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:10

Crowds at Chinese tourist sites for the holidays

Kerry Allen - BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst
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Crowds at the Great Wall this weekend

It’s a public holiday in China from 1-5 May, and so this weekend tens of millions of people traveled across the country for the May Day holidays.
Some 265 million passenger trips have been officially projected during this period, and according to the official Xinhua news agency, over the last two days, the number of passenger trips has exceeded pre-pandemic levels and broken records .
Chinese media today is full of videos showing crowds of people at popular tourist sites like the Great Wall, Tienanmen Square, and the Hangzhou West Lake.
Many people can be seen wearing masks, but it is not mandatory. Many sites have made it a precondition that visitors show negative results for a Covid-19 test before arriving. And people in China are generally confident there is limited risk of an outbreak, given the country has not reported any new, domestic-transmitted cases for a number of days.

UK delivers 50 million Covid jabs

The UK has delivered 50 million coronavirus jabs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announces.
In a tweet, he hails the "massive achievement" and thanks "everyone who has played their part in our national effort".
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:14

Border guards fear delays amid search for travellers who tell 'porky pies'

Kevin Mills, of the Border Force officers' trade union PCS, has been telling BBC Radio 4's World at One programme how his members will try to keep queues moving when international travel begins again.
"All we can do is try to reduce the delays - and the sad reality is that we need to see... a large increase in the number of staff who can actually check these documents," he says.
And he warns that - even as restrictions remain in place - there has been an increase in the number of forged documents used to prove a negative Covid test at the border.
"If you're going to do border security you have to actually invest in border security... if you're going to do it properly you have to round the whole circle you can't just do parts of it.
"The moment you get a delay people start to mingle, and the 2m gap goes out the window.
"And you need to make sure they can socially distance, because sadly there'll be people in most arrivals who told porky pies, who haven't got the proper paperwork and haven't gone through all the checks."

Army in India asked to set up Covid facilities

Authorities in the Indian capital Delhi have asked the army to set up Covid care facilities and intensive care units as the city grapples with the pandemic.
Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on average they were getting around 25,000 new cases a day.
BBC World Service South Asia editor Anbarasan Ethirajan says: "The urgent appeal from the Delhi authorities came as several hospitals said they were struggling to admit new patients as they were running short of supplies.
"They are requesting the army to immediately establish medical care with oxygen facilities for around 10,000 patients. The Supreme Court has also instructed the federal government to supply medical oxygen to Delhi hospitals by tonight."
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:20

Oktoberfest cancelled for second year

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Six million people usually attend the event

Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, has been cancelled for a second year, Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder says.
"In the classic beer tents at the big festivals, social distancing, masks and other measures are practically impossible to implement," he said after talks with Munich mayor Dieter Reiter.
The Munich event usually attracts about six million visitors from around the world every year for the beer, sausages and music.
Here's how some chose to honour the event in 2020 after its cancellation .

Why some UK mosques are still closed to women

Millions of Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan - but some mosques in the UK have not been allowing women inside to pray, citing coronavirus restrictions.
The BBC's Sophia Smith Galer has been looking into the issue.
Julie Siddiqi, a women's rights campaigner, told the BBC she had received hundreds of messages from women saying their mosques were not open to women this month.
Read more on this story here
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:26

Surge testing taking place in another London borough

Hounslow has been added to the list of London boroughs carrying out surge testing after a case of the Covid-19 South African variant was detected there.
People aged over 16 who live or work around the Woodlands area are being urged to get tested after one person was found to have the variant.
The government said the person was self isolating and their contacts had been informed.
Surge testing in the area will be carried out for 10 days until 14 May.
Last month parts of Lambeth, Barnet and Southwark had surge testing.
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Some foreign travel can take place from 17 May - PM

There will be some foreign travel allowed in two weeks' time, the PM has said.
Boris Johnson said more details will come this week on how and when international travel from England can take place.
He stressed it was important to be cautious however, adding: "We have got to be very, very tough."
It comes as a group of MPs called on the government to keep travel rules in place beyond mid-May.
The all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus said airports were a "breeding ground" for the virus, with arrivals mixing together even if they had travelled from green, amber or red countries.
The group of more than 60 MPs and peers said the government should discourage people from travelling abroad unless it is essential.

Decision over inclusion of Chinese vaccines’ in Covax ‘by the end of next week’

Kerry Allen - BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst
There are expected to be meetings today at the World Health Organisation to discuss whether to include two Chinese vaccines - Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines - in the Covax global vaccine distribution programme.
Chinese state broadcaster CGTN says the outcome of these meetings is expected to be announced “by the end of next week” .
If these vaccines are approved, they will be the first from a non-Western country to gain approval from the international health body.
This would significantly boost China’s role as a distributor of vaccines globally, but it is worth noting that China has already played a key role internationally by donating vaccines to countries it considers friendly allies.
According to a CGTN map, 67 countries and regions have already received or are actively using Chinese vaccines as part of their vaccine programme.
Sinovac and Sinopharm have been slow to reach this stage of potentially gaining approval, because of concerns “over efficacy and data transparency”, the South China Morning Post notes
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:27

Surge testing taking place in another London borough

Hounslow has been added to the list of London boroughs carrying out surge testing after a case of the Covid-19 South African variant was detected there.
People aged over 16 who live or work around the Woodlands area are being urged to get tested after one person was found to have the variant.
The government said the person was self isolating and their contacts had been informed.
Surge testing in the area will be carried out for 10 days until 14 May.
Last month parts of Lambeth, Barnet and Southwark had surge testing.
Read more .

Some foreign travel can take place from 17 May - PM

There will be some foreign travel allowed in two weeks' time, the PM has said.
Boris Johnson said more details will come this week on how and when international travel from England can take place.
He stressed it was important to be cautious however, adding: "We have got to be very, very tough."
It comes as a group of MPs called on the government to keep travel rules in place beyond mid-May.
The all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus said airports were a "breeding ground" for the virus, with arrivals mixing together even if they had travelled from green, amber or red countries.
The group of more than 60 MPs and peers said the government should discourage people from travelling abroad unless it is essential.

Decision over inclusion of Chinese vaccines’ in Covax ‘by the end of next week’

Kerry Allen - BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst
There are expected to be meetings today at the World Health Organisation to discuss whether to include two Chinese vaccines - Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines - in the Covax global vaccine distribution programme.
Chinese state broadcaster CGTN says the outcome of these meetings is expected to be announced “by the end of next week” .
If these vaccines are approved, they will be the first from a non-Western country to gain approval from the international health body.
This would significantly boost China’s role as a distributor of vaccines globally, but it is worth noting that China has already played a key role internationally by donating vaccines to countries it considers friendly allies.
According to a CGTN map, 67 countries and regions have already received or are actively using Chinese vaccines as part of their vaccine programme.
Sinovac and Sinopharm have been slow to reach this stage of potentially gaining approval, because of concerns “over efficacy and data transparency”, the South China Morning Post notes
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:29

Explained: When and where can I go on holiday.... and with who?

Foreign holidays are currently banned, but as we've reported today - they could potentially return as early as 17 May.
A "traffic light" system of rules is being introduced and countries will be classed as green, amber or red - with green having the fewest restrictions and red the most.
Details of a green list of countries, where quarantine won't be required when you return home, is being drawn up.
But the PM says he doesn't want to risk the importation of variants.
So when can you look forward to some guaranteed sunshine abroad? Read more here .
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:42

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Single UK death recorded on Monday

A single death within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test has been reported in the UK on bank holiday Monday, Public Health England says.
A further 1,649 new Covid cases were also recorded.
Daily recorded deaths are often lower on weekends and bank holidays due to reporting delays.


Outdoor dining returns to Greece

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A nightly curfew remains in place from 23:00

Hospitality businesses have started to reopen in Greece after months of closure.
Restaurants, coffee shops and bars are now allowed to serve groups of up to six customers outdoors after rules were relaxed on Monday.
Restrictions were tightened last year, as another wave of coronavirus took grips of the country.
It comes as officials have said they hope to re-open the country to foreign tourism soon.
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Post by Kitkat Mon May 03 2021, 20:46

Early evening summary

Here is a quick recap of all the main Covid-related updates from around the world:
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What's been happening in the UK and around the world?

We're going to be drawing our live page updates to a close soon, so here's a recap of the main coronavirus news from the UK and beyond.

  • A single death within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test has been reported in the UK on bank holiday Monday, Public Health England said. A further 1,649 new Covid cases were also recorded
  • Meanwhile the UK has delivered 50 million coronavirus jabs
  • Boris Johnson said there is a "good chance" the one-metre plus social distancing rule will be scrapped on 21 June in England
  • The prime minister also said while some foreign travel may resume after May 17 "we have got to be sensible"
  • It follows a recommendation from a cross-party group of MPs that holidays abroad should be discouraged even when legal
  • Authorities in the Indian capital Delhi have called for help from the army to run Covid care facilities and intensive care units as it continues to grapple with a brutal second wave of cases
  • Germany's Oktoberfest has been cancelled for a second year in a row over coronavirus concerns


Goodbye for now

That's all from the live page team. Updates were brought to you by Emma Atkinson, Lauren Turner, George Bowden and Kelly-Leigh Cooper.
We will be back with more coronavirus news tomorrow, have a good evening.

    Current date/time is Mon May 17 2021, 14:49