Scramble to book summer vacation in Balearic Islands and Malta as UK registers 35,000 more Delta cases – .

Scramble to book summer vacation in Balearic Islands and Malta as UK registers 35,000 more Delta cases – .

Tickets for a round-trip flight to Ibiza on July 3 and 10 have reportedly jumped from £ 149 to £ 314 – same-day flights to Mallorca dropping from £ 153 to £ 478.

Meanwhile, leaders in London are gathering for a vaccine summit in a bid to increase the number of people receiving coronavirus vaccines – as figures show the capital continues to lag behind the rest of England.

The latest data show that around 83.1% of those over 50 in London had received both doses of the vaccine as of June 20. But all other parts of the country are above 90%, according to figures released by NHS England.
Separate figures released on Friday showed an additional 35,204 cases of Delta variants were discovered over the past week, bringing the total to 111,157.

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Matt Hancock admits to breaking social distancing guidelines by kissing his assistant

Matt Hancock was pictured kissing Gina Coladangelo on May 6 in what appear to be CCTV footage from inside the Department of Health and Welfare.
The legislation in force at the time stipulated that “no one may participate in an assembly” which “is composed of two or more people … and which takes place inside”.
The only exception to this rule was “for professional purposes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services”.
Guidelines in place until May 17 also said people should continue to keep their distance from anyone outside of their home or bubble of support.

Strong demand for vacations in new green list destinations

Vacationers are rushing to book trips to destinations added to the government’s non-quarantine list.
Companies are seeing increased demand for locations such as the Spanish Balearic Islands, Malta, Madeira and several Caribbean countries.
They are among the 14 countries and territories passed to the green list on Thursday.
People arriving in the UK from these locations after 4 a.m. on Wednesday June 30 will no longer be required to self-isolate.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of tour operator Tui, said he saw an “immediate increase in searches and bookings” following the announcement, particularly in the Balearic Islands which include Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.
British Airways has added flights to its schedules and plans to use larger planes on routes serving the new greenlist locations to meet travel demand.
Another airline,, on Thursday recorded its largest volume of bookings to the Balearic Islands in nearly a year.

Mark Drakeford says Delta variant spreads freely

The Delta variant “is spreading freely in communities across Wales,” warned Prime Minister Mark Drakeford.
There were just under 500 confirmed cases of the variant in the country last Friday, but that has now more than doubled to around 1,100 cases, he told a press conference in Cardiff.
Drakeford said the coronavirus incidence rate across Wales has risen to 37 cases per 100,000 people and was highest in North Wales, where four of six local communities have rates above 50 cases per 100,000 people.
‘Up to 97% of new coronavirus cases in North Wales are caused by the Delta variant,’ Mr Drakeford said.
“The latest information I have is that 15 people were admitted to hospital after contracting the Delta variant in Wales. “
Mr Drakeford said Wales was ‘two to three weeks behind’ compared to the Covid-19 situation in the rest of the UK.

Covid 19 in Scotland

In Scotland, around one in 220 people are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to June 19 – up from one in 600 the week before, and the highest level since the week to February 19.
For Wales and Northern Ireland, the ONS called the trend “uncertain”.
In Wales, it is estimated that around one in 830 people had Covid-19 in the week before June 19, compared to one in 1,500 the week before.
In Northern Ireland, the latest estimate is one in 720, up from one in 610 the week before.
All figures relate to people living in private households.

Allow travel without quarantine for fully vaccinated “sensitive” people, expert says

Relaxing restrictions for double-stung travelers is a “sane approach,” according to a leading expert.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling was instrumental in the first lockdown in March 2020, said people who received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine are less likely to become seriously ill or transmit the disease. virus.
The government has announced plans to lift the quarantine requirement for people in this category returning from a place on its Orange Travel List later this summer.
Professor Ferguson, Imperial College London, said: “The effectiveness of two doses of vaccine in preventing infection is, depending on the vaccine, somewhere between, in our opinion, 80-90%.
“Even if you are infected, you are much less likely to be seriously ill at first.
“But you are also, and this is important for travel, much less likely to transmit – probably half as contagious as someone who has not been vaccinated.
“So overall this leads to people who have been doubly vaccinated really only pose between five and 10% of the risk of importing a case than someone who has not been vaccinated.
“So in the sense that we’re balancing the risks and the benefits here, I think it’s a sensible approach to move on to relaxing the restrictions if people have been given two doses of the vaccine. “

Only Britons fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine in Malta

Malta announced new travel restrictions for British holidaymakers just hours after the country was placed on the UK’s green list.
In another blow to British tourists, only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter Malta without having to self-quarantine.
The Maltese government will impose the new restrictions from June 30 in response to the increase in cases of the Delta variant in the UK.
This means those who have not yet received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine will need to self-quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival, according to the Times of Malta.

Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales are lowest since mid-September

Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales fell to their lowest level since mid-September, new figures show.
A total of 205 deaths recorded in the week ending April 30 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The figure marks the lowest number since the week ending September 18 and is also down 21% from the previous week.
The total number of deaths recorded in England and Wales was below the five-year average for the eighth week in a row, the ONS said.

Cumulative Covid-19 deaths in the UK
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Andrew Lloyd Webber says the theater industry has become a sacrificial lamb

Andrew Lloyd Webber renewed his calls for the release of the Delayed Live Events report, saying the government has made the theater industry a “sacrificial lamb.”
The composer and theater manager, 73, told Nick Ferrari on LBC that officials at Public Health England “have no idea” about the industry and how it works.
Lord Lloyd-Webber is among the figures in the theater and music industries who have launched a lawsuit to force the government to hand over the results of its coronavirus pilot events program.
Others include musician Peter Gabriel, theater producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh and the professional music industry body Live.
The Events Research Program organized test events at sporting, musical and artistic venues to assess the safety of large gatherings during the pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic experiences the slowest UK population growth since 2001

The UK population grew by around 0.4% in the 12 months leading up to June 2020.
This is the smallest annual increase in nearly two decades, reflecting the impact of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 67.1 million people would likely have lived in the UK in the middle of last year, up from an estimated 66.8 million in mid-2019.
The increase of about 284,000 year-over-year is the smallest from the 12 months to mid-2001.

Delta variant cases jump 46% in one week

Cases of the Delta variant first identified in India rose 46% in one week across the UK, new figures show.
Public Health England (PHE) said there have been 35,204 more cases since last week, reaching a total of 111,157. Some 42 of those boxes are the Delta plus variant.
While the Delta variant now accounts for around 95% of new cases sequenced in the UK, PHE said vaccines continue to have a “crucial effect on hospital admissions and deaths”.
Meanwhile, India’s health ministry said studies show that the Delta plus variant spreads more easily, binds more easily to lung cells, and is potentially resistant to monoclonal antibody therapy, which may help neutralize the virus.


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