The health secretary told Sky News ministers “haven’t ruled this out” as part of the fourth step of England’s roadmap to ease Covid-19 restrictions on June 21, but urged people to exercise “personal responsibility”. He said that at this point the only change was in schools, where wearing a mask during lessons will no longer be enforced.
MAtt Hancock said the government may change the rules for wearing a mask next month.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that most of Scotland will be upgraded to Level 2 from next week. Moray will remain at Level 3 following an increase in cases and an increase in hospital admissions.
In the rest of the country, four people from two households will be able to meet indoors, six people from three households will be able to meet in a reception area and eight people from eight houses will meet outside.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has called on the European Commission to order Covid-19 booster vaccines for 2022/2023 from at least four companies, a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday showed.
“I firmly believe that it is inevitable to continue to apply a portfolio approach to the procurement of vaccines also for 2022/2023, including vaccines of different technologies and different companies able to deliver on time,” said he wrote.
“Therefore, two mRNA vaccines and at least two additional technologies should be included. I sincerely hope that you will be able to support this approach, ”he wrote in the letter to the European Commissioner dated May 6.
Belgium plans to ease almost all lockdown measures from June 9 on condition that the country’s vaccination campaign continues on momentum and the number of people in intensive care units remains below 500, announced on Tuesday. the government.
The reopening plans mark a turnaround for Belgium, the seat of NATO and the seat of the European Union. He has one of the highest per capita death rates in the world from Covid-19, but his vaccination campaign is now among the most effective in the bloc.
“The more people are vaccinated, the sooner we will regain our freedom,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said at a press conference.
He said all areas could then reopen if 80 percent of the population with a pre-existing medical condition could be vaccinated and the maximum number of people in intensive care units was 500.
He called on Belgians to get vaccinated and said the goal was for all measures to disappear on September 1.
Already, from June 9, Belgians will be able to dine in restaurants until 10 p.m. and the outdoor terraces will remain open until 11:30 p.m.
Large events will be allowed, such as shows, exhibitions and theaters with a maximum of 200 people allowed inside.
Outside, up to 400 people will be allowed to attend events, such as festivals and the outdoor screening of the 2020 European football competition postponed last year, while weddings will be possible at the indoors for up to 100 people and outdoors for 200 guests.
Boris Johnson has pledged to open a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus during the current session of Parliament.
“I can certainly say that we will do it during this session,” the Prime Minister said.
“I have already made it clear… I think it is essential that we have a full and proper public inquiry into the Covid pandemic. “
There is no fixed duration for a parliamentary session, although it usually lasts about a year.
Spain plans to lift its obligation for Britons to present a negative PCR test for the coronavirus upon arrival from May 20, provided the infection rate in Britain continues to decline, the minister said on Tuesday. Spanish Tourism.
“This will allow the UK market to open up so they can come to Spain,” Reyes Maroto told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting, offering a silver lining to the declining tourism sector.
The plans to lift the PAR requirement are part of a broader review of EU regulations on non-essential travel from outside the bloc, which Maroto is expected to be approved of. ‘by May 20.
“They (the British) could come from May 20 without a PCR if the incidence rates are below the range currently under review, which is around 50” cases per 100,000 people, Maroto said.
She also stressed that Spain must reduce its own infection rate to encourage the UK government to lift restrictions on returning travelers.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced a series of fines to be applied to individuals and businesses that violate Covid-19 regulations and social distancing, the official SPA news agency reported.
Fines vary between 10,000 riyals and 50,000 riyals for individuals while companies will have to pay between 10,000 and 100,000 riyals.
A cluster of Covid cases in Grantown-on-Spey near Aviemore has been linked to a new variant, different from the main ones currently in circulation in the UK.
It is currently classified as a variant under study (VUI), and not as the variant of most concern (VOC), by NHS Highland.
All residents of the area are encouraged to take PCR testing.
“Contact tracing has been done with all positive cases and their close contacts have been asked to self-isolate immediately,” a spokesperson said.
“Although no other cases have been identified to date and the confirmed cases are few, with these cases being a variant, improved contact tracing and additional PCR tests are now being carried out to verify that it is not. there was no spread in the community. “
The deaths recorded today occurred May 6-9 in hospitals across England.
They are up from the seven recorded last Tuesday – but down from 26 the week before.
Today, 89 new cases have been reported, for a total of 121,111.
That compares to 83 cases on Tuesday last week and zero deaths.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham gives a press briefing after a meeting of his Covid emergency committee today.
He says Bolton is a “cause for concern” after the number of cases rose to 133.5 per 100,000 for the week ending May 6.
Mr Burnham says there has been “a significant increase in positivity for all ages” in Bolton, which he says is “linked to international travel, particularly to India”.
But there is also evidence of community transmission, he adds.
The number of coronavirus vaccinations performed on Monday was the lowest figure in more than a month, with 20,916 doses in total.
Scottish government figures show 3,718 first doses and 17,198 seconds of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered – down 7,265 from Sunday.
The last time Scotland recorded fewer vaccinations was on April 6, when 19,942 people were vaccinated.
A total of 2,912,874 people have now received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 1,502,494 Scots have had both, according to figures from Public Health Scotland.
As of Monday evening, 70 people were hospitalized with a recently confirmed Covid-19.
Of these, six people were in intensive care.
A computer failure has prevented the government from releasing the latest data on new coronavirus cases, positivity tests and deaths.