Ministers should allow vaccinated travelers from the EU and the United States to enter the country without needing to quarantine, it has been suggested.
The move, which would be a welcome relief for the travel industry, could begin as early as next week, according to time.
It is not clear whether the change would extend to the decentralized nations of the UK as well, the Guardian reported.
The relaxation of the rules follows a 10-day pilot program involving 250 passengers on flights from Jamaica, New York and Los Angeles. All but two of these travelers showed authentic vaccination credentials.
The lawsuit provides “the evidence the government needs” to drop quarantine requirements for passengers from low-risk countries, BA chief executive Sean Doyle said.
Elsewhere, companies have criticized the government for plans to exempt essential workers from self-isolation when they are cracked by the NHS Covid-19 app.
The plan was called a shambles as small businesses warned of delays and difficulties registering their staff.
Government program to defeat “pingdemia” in shambles, companies warn
A government program to allow essential workers to avoid self-isolation is not working effectively, the companies have warned.
Ministers presented the plan amid criticism that the “pingdemia” was leaving critical businesses understaffed.
Mike Cherry, national president of the Federation of Small Businesses, said businesses are struggling to enroll their staff in the program.
“Unless these issues are sorted and sorted out quickly, we risk reversing interim progress towards recovery, endangering ‘the summer stay’, while endangering countless businesses,” he said. -he declares.
Rory SullivanJuly 28, 2021 8:08 AM
Double-barreled European and American travelers prepare to “dodge quarantine” in England
Vaccinated travelers from the EU and the United States could be allowed to enter England next weekend without needing to quarantine, reports suggest.
It is not clear whether the change would apply to the decentralized nations of the UK as well.
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Rory SullivanJuly 28, 2021 7:49 AM
White House orders staff to wear masks indoors again amid increase in Delta variant deaths
The White House has asked staff to wear the masks indoors again given the increase in deaths from the Delta variant.
The move came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tightened guidelines on masks, advising people to wear them indoors in public regardless of their immunization status.
Bloomberg reported that the memo sent Tuesday to all White House staff indicates that “Washington, DC has recently been classified as having a substantial level of community transmission.” He added: “As a result, the White House will require that all individuals – regardless of their immunization status – wear a mask at all times on campus. “
The new mandate comes into effect from Wednesday, according to the note. The directive also mentions that those who are not yet vaccinated must continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The CDC had also said that the rising Delta variant accounted for up to 83% of all Covid-19 cases in the country – up from 50% at the start of the month.
Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 28, 2021 7:11 AM
Bhutan sets vaccination record by vaccinating 90% of its eligible population in seven days
Bhutan’s health ministry said on Tuesday it had fully immunized 90% of its eligible population in just seven days.
UNICEF hailed the vaccination campaign in the country as “arguably the fastest vaccination campaign to run during a pandemic”.
Bhutan, with a population of around 800,000, began distributing second doses of vaccine from July 20, and within a week, 90% of the eligible population had been fully immunized.
After facing a vaccine shortage in the country, the small Himalayan country was able to restart the vaccination campaign last week, the Associated Press reported.
India, during its second killing wave, had stopped exporting the AstraZeneca vaccine due to its own demand at home. The United States has also donated half a million doses of the Moderna vaccine as part of the UN-backed COVAX program, which aims to give countries access to vaccines regardless of their wealth.
Dechen Wangmo, Minister of Health of Bhutan, told The Associated Press: “Our goal is to achieve collective immunity among our population as soon as possible to avoid a major public health crisis. “
Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 28, 2021, 6:52 AM
India worries about ‘notable increase’ in global Covid-19 cases
India said it was concerned about the “notable increase” in Covid-19 cases around the world amid fears of an impending third wave.
Lav Agarwal, a young health minister, told media on Tuesday that the pandemic is “far from over” and that “we must work to contain the spread of the virus rigorously”.
He stressed that the increase in global numbers was an “area of concern” even as fears of a third wave were felt.
Citing global data, Mr Agarwal said: ‘This indicates to us that we still cannot relax and must continue to strictly follow the Covid management rules in order to contain the virus. He added that “we may be tired, but the virus is not.”
India recorded 43,654 new cases of Covid-10 on Tuesday, 47% more than on Monday. The World Health Organization has also said that the Delta variant accounts for more than 75% of Covid-19 cases worldwide.
Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 28, 2021 6:27 AM
India to start immunizing children from next month
India is likely to roll out the Covid vaccination program for children next month, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party members.
Several media outlets quoted the minister as saying that immunizing children in the country is only a “matter of days” now.
Experts say it could be a big step in breaking the chain of coronavirus transmission in the country. The majority of the country’s children have not attended physical classrooms for over a year now.
NDTV reported earlier this month – citing NK Arora, head of the country’s National Vaccine Expert Group – that inoculation of children will begin with the Zydus vaccine for people aged 12 to 18.
Two companies, Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila, are both testing vaccines for children. Randeep Guleria, the head of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) – a leading healthcare institute – also said vaccinations for children could start by September.
India has so far administered around 440 million doses of the vaccine. But only about 10 percent of the eligible population is fully immunized.
Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 28, 2021 6:25 AM
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