Britain has announced 100 more coronavirus deaths today as the UK epidemic continues to wane.
This means the official UK Covid-19 death toll is now 43,514 – but more grim estimates from the Office for National Statistics put the region down to 55,000 when suspected virus deaths are included.
A total of 890 more people have been diagnosed with viral disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number infected to 310,250.
But millions of cases have been missed due to a lack of widespread testing, and the ONS predicts that around 3,000 people will still catch Covid every day in England alone.
Meanwhile, vacationers will be able to travel abroad for summer vacations next month as part of a “traffic light” system that ranks countries based on their risk of coronavirus, he said. he revealed today.
Britons visiting countries that are “green” or “amber” – which includes most tourist hotspots in Europe, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and France – will not to self-isolate on their return.
Only those who fly to “red” countries – such as the United States, Brazil and India, where the virus is still rife – will need to quarantine indoors for 14 days after their return flight.
In other coronavirus developments in Britain today:
- Travel agencies have announced their biggest sales on Saturday as bargain hunters rushed to book before a “traffic light system” allowing Britons to go on vacation to the safest destinations without having to be quarantined is revealed Wednesday and comes into force on July 6;
- Pakistan was responsible for half of the coronavirus cases imported from Britain, data from Public Health England found amid calls for tougher quarantine checks from “high risk” countries;
- NHS England now recommends that future BAME mothers with mild Covid symptoms be hospitalized after Oxford University study found pregnant ethnic women are up to eight times more likely to fall seriously ill with Covid;
- The UK is on the verge of another 30,000 deaths in Covid because death rates have plateaued and the lockout has been lifted too soon, a panel of independent scientists warned today.
NHS England has revealed that the latest victims were between 56 and 97 years of age, all but two of whom had underlying health conditions. This means that the official number of deaths in England is 28,635.
No new deaths have been announced in Scotland today for the second consecutive day, with the death toll north of the border remaining at 2,482. In Wales, five new deaths bring his total to 1,502, and the only one death in Northern Ireland puts his number at 549.
This comes as travel agencies declared their biggest sales on Saturday, while bargain hunters rushed to book before a “traffic light system” allowing Britons to go on vacation to destinations the safest without having to quarantine is unveiled Wednesday and will come into force on July 6.
The partial dismantling of the Priti Patel quarantine program means that British holidaymakers will be able to return home without having to isolate themselves for 14 days. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also lift its advice against “travel except essential” to low and medium risk destinations, which will provide travel insurance.
Spain-holiday.com, the third largest vacation rental site in Spain, said it set a record on Saturday morning while TUI, the leading British tour operator, reported a 50% increase in bookings compared to last week .
Tour operators yesterday offered record discounts of up to 70% for trips to France, Spain, Italy and Greece. The changes will also allow foreign tourists to visit the UK, boosting the struggling hotel sector.
Peter Jarvis, head of international brands at Spain-holiday.com, said: “We are already seeing a strong increase in online interest in our holiday homes in the UK market, with swimming pool properties being the most popular (in 104% increase).
“Vigilance is absolutely necessary, but with reasonable precautions at each end, we are confident that we will see another safe summer in the sun for the British this year. “
Countries around the world are highlighted in green, amber, or red based on infection levels, reliability of official data, and confidence in test and trace systems
Under a traffic light system (above), countries will be rated green, orange or red depending on the levels of infection, the reliability of official data and confidence in the test systems and of tracing.
As part of the traffic light system, established by the Joint Biosecurity Center and Public Health England and to be implemented by July 6, countries will be rated green, orange or red depending on the levels of infection by coronavirus, reliability of official data and confidence in test and trace systems.
The 14-day automatic quarantine requirement will only remain for “red-marked” countries such as the United States and Brazil. Travel between the “green” and “amber” countries will be quarantine-free, but passengers will have to fill in a “location form” to trace their movements.
“Green” countries include Austria, Croatia, Greece and Germany while “amber” countries include France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain. It is hoped that an agreement will be reached with Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks to add them to the list of “green” countries.
TUI UK & Ireland Managing Director Andrew Flintham said: “We are delighted that the government has finally confirmed that overseas travel can continue and that the full list of green and amber destinations will be released on Wednesday.
“This is an extremely positive step forward for the travel industry and I know our customers will be delighted that their summer is saved.
“We have already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, last verses, the holidays in Spain and Greece being the most popular this summer. We know that many people hoped to travel and waited for the certainty that it would be possible. “
Spain-holiday.com, the third largest vacation rental site in Spain, said it had a 42% increase in bookings, 24% more than any previous Saturday.
Jarvis said: “So we advise anyone who wants to fall in love with Spanish paella, beaches and sangria this year to act quickly. “
Tour operators yesterday offered significant discounts to attract travelers overseas. A family of four can save well over £ 500 on wholesale prices in Greece.
Emma Coulthurst of the Travelsupermarket holiday comparison site said: “There are prices as low as £ 140 per person for a week in Corfu in September and around £ 200 for a week in the Mediterranean in August. This is unheard of.
“For the height of summer in August, there are certainly some of the best deals we have seen. Given the high demand and prices for holidays in the UK, it currently seems cheaper to book holidays abroad than at home. “
TUI, the leading British tour operator, offers up to 68% breaks in Europe, and Trailfinders offers third-party discounts on villas that would normally have been booked months ago.
President Mike Gooley said, “Bookings now have huge discounts. Downing Street warned that it was ready to apply a “handbrake” within a short time – which means families could regain quarantine rules restored during their stay abroad in the event of an epidemic in the country. country visited.
All travelers returning to the UK will need to provide their contact details in case an outbreak is linked to their flight and they must self-isolate. Failure to comply could result in a fine of £ 1,000.
And they will have to follow social distancing measures on flights and ferries, including wearing face covers. A detailed list of travel lane destinations will be finalized next week, but sources have said it will include the most popular Mediterranean hotspots.
Portugal is in doubt following an epidemic in Lisbon which led to the imposition of a curfew. Sweden will not be included and Turkey is also “doubtful”.
Although it is presented by the government as a country that could benefit from the new provisions in just over a week, Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis has indicated that it could take up to three weeks before his country was happy to open unrestricted trips to the United Kingdom.
He told BBC Breakfast: “I think things are now – and we must always put this asterisk that the health situation should continue to be on the same track as today – that we can certainly lift the restrictions in the next few days or, you know, two to three weeks. Long-haul flights will be possible provided that any transit country is also considered safe.
These measures pave the way for overseas vacations this summer, with travel lanes scheduled to be in place by July 6.
UK to face 30,000 more Covid deaths because death rates have plateaued and the lockout has been lifted too soon, warns another SAGE group
The UK is on the verge of another 30,000 deaths from coronaviruses because the lockout was lifted too soon, a group of “alternative SAGE” experts warned today.
Infection rates have stopped dropping for the first time in months due to renewed meetings, the independent scientists said.
About 3,000 people still get coronavirus every day in England, according to the Office for National Statistics which said new cases had “stabilized”.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned this week that he expects daily infections to remain the same during winter and until next spring.
If the death rate also stagnates at current levels – with 100 to 150 people killed per day – then the overall toll could overshadow 80,000 by next March, warned independent scientists.
The gloomy forecasts were made by the “independent SAGE” group, which is separate from the team of experts who advise the government.
The group – led by former chief scientific adviser Sir David King, who advised Tony Blair during the 2001 FMD epidemic – strongly criticized the government’s response during the pandemic.
He criticized the latest easing measures that are scheduled to take effect on July 4, saying they “send a message that the pandemic is over – and that it is not over.”
The UK is on the verge of another 30,000 deaths from coronaviruses because the lockout was lifted too soon, according to the independent group SAGE – led by Sir David King, former government chief scientific adviser (photo)
July 4 – nicknamed Super Sunday – will see the reopening of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and cultures. The independent SAGE said that the measures to release the lock came too soon because the government’s testing and monitoring program was still not fully operational.
He predicts that only a third of symptomatic Covid-19 patients are discovered by the system. Experts previously said the program will need to catch eight out of 10 patients to continue reducing daily infections.
Christina Pagel, professor of operations research at University College London and member of Independent SAGE, said: “We are adding a lot of risk at the same time in the context of infections that no longer diminish and that the tests and traces do not work fully .
“They are sending the message that the pandemic is over – and it is not over. New daily infections have stopped their downward trend and have remained stable in recent weeks.
“I think Chris Whitty said recently that he expects this level to continue for about nine months over the next year.
“If we continue with 100 to 150 deaths a day, it’s more than 30,000 dead. I think we have to really, really keep this downward trend. “
Noting a “massive increase” in cases in the United States and Germany after the brakes were lifted, she added, “I’m afraid we’re in a situation here where we won’t spot these increases until it’s too much late ”.
A major incident was declared on Thursday in Bournemouth after being overtaken by around 500,000 visitors.
A view of Brighton Beach on Thursday when people flocked to the Sussex coast to make the most of the hot weather and ignored the rules of social distancing
Gabriel Scally, professor of public health at the University of Bristol, urged Boris Johnson to define a clear strategy “for the next nine months” to prevent hundreds of people from dying every day.
He said, “This is what the people of this country deserve – we cannot continue with uncertainty and hoping that things will be fine.”
Professor Whitty estimated that current levels of the virus would persist throughout the year and next year.
In the last daily Downing Street briefing to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, he said: “I would be surprised and delighted if we were not in this situation during the winter and next spring.
“I expect there will be a significant amount of coronavirus circulating at least during this period and I think it will be fairly optimistic that science comes fully to the rescue in this kind of delay. “
This comes after Boris Johnson warned on Friday that “immortal and invincible” youth are taking risks by potentially spreading the disease to the elderly.
It was addressed to the hundreds of thousands of people who ignored the rules of social distancing and flocked to beaches and parks during this week’s heat wave.
Prime Minister has warned of a ‘big spike’ in UK coronavirus infections if people don’t follow social distancing guidelines before lock-out restrictions are relaxed in just over a week The 4th of July.
The official number of coronavirus deaths in the UK is 43,414 – but separate bleak government statistics show that the actual number of deaths since the crisis began to escalate out of control is closer to 55,000.
This makes the UK the third most affected country in the world, behind only the United States and Brazil.