Coronavirus news UK– Spain holiday travel BACK in June with NHS app used as a vaccine passport for green list countries

Spain has confirmed for the first time it will welcome Brits back to its beaches in June.

UK holidaymakers are to be allowed to travel there with a digital health pass following discussions between the two governments.

Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.

“By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LATEST COVID NEWS

    • Data shows seven in 10 people in England have coronavirus antibodies – as the nation prepares to further ease lockdown restrictions in weeks.
    • Brits will find out in two weeks which holiday destinations will be on the "green list" with vaccine passports on the NHS Covid app
    • A study has shown Covid vaccination slashes transmission, with infected people half as likely to pass on the virus if they are jabbed
    • 38 million Brits are living in almost "Covid free" areas where there are no more than two infections reported in one week.

    JCVI TO DEVIDE TOMORROW IF AZ VACCINE IS SAFE FOR OVER-30S AMID BLOOD CLOT FEARS

    Officials will decide tomorrow if the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe for people in their 30s.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will hold a crunch meeting to discuss whether the benefits of the jab in preventing Covid disease outweigh the tiny risk of blood clots.

    But if health chiefs decide to restrict use of the AstraZeneca jab further, it could slow the programme down.

    At the current rate, it is expected people in England in their 30s could be offered their jab within a couple of weeks.

    It has already been decided that those under 30 years old will be offered an alternative jab from Pfizer or Moderna.

    MORE THAN HALF OF UK ADULTS HAVE COVID-19 ANTIBODIES, FIGURES SUGGEST

    More than half of adults in the UK are now likely to have Covid-19 antibodies, new figures have suggested.

    The estimates range from 57.8% of adults in Scotland to 68.3% in England, with 61.0% for Wales and 62.5% for Northern Ireland.

    The presence of Covid-19 antibodies implies someone has had the infection in the past or has been vaccinated.

    It takes between two and three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the virus.

    Antibodies then remain in the blood at low levels, although these levels can decline over time to the point that tests can no longer detect them.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      PEOPLE WHO ARE VACCINATED AND USING RAPID TESTING ARE 'NOT INVINCIBLE', SAYS PROFESSOR

      People who are vaccinated and using rapid turnaround Covid-19 tests are "not invincible", professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has said.

      "If you've got a positive lateral flow test that's quite helpful in the sense that you know that you need to have a PCR and you may well have the infection and you may be infectious to other people," he told the Science and Technology Committee.

      "The problem is with a negative lateral flow test doesn't mean to say necessarily you've not got the infection. I think everybody's got to be cautious and just because you've been vaccinated, and just because you have a negative lateral flow test, (it) does not mean you're invincible because these tests are not perfect.

      "Of course, as the prevalence infection goes down in the population the predictive value of all these tests becomes problematic as well, so I would say they're helpful, as part of the arsenal of tests and investigations and vaccine and everything else, but they shouldn't be just taken in isolation."

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      WHEN IS BORIS JOHNSON'S COVID ANNOUNCEMENT?

      Boris Johnson delivered his last Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday April 20, 2021.

      Before Mr Johnson’s appearance it had been over two weeks since the Government last held a Covid-19 press conference.

      All government meetings and business was halted for eight days in the run up to the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021.

      The very first UK Downing Street Covid-19 press conference was held on Monday 16 March.

      The PM appeared with England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

      It has now been confirmed that health secretary Matt Hancock will lead the next Covid press briefing today (Wednesday, April 28, 2021).

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      CLOT FEARS

      There is no evidence that women are at greater risk from blood clots after the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, MPs have been told.

      But as extremely rare cases of blood clots are “increasing” in line with the speedy jab rollout, the trend continues to show that younger people are more at risk.

      The evidence is “firming up” that the jab is the underlying cause of these unusual and sometimes fatal blood clots, which occur in the brain and stomach.

      However, there is still no clear link to prove it. Regulators in the UK, the MHRA, have reported more cases and deaths in women compared to men.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      'BE CAUTIOUS'

      Coronavirus rules should be strengthened over the summer months as many young people remain unvaccinated, one expert has warned.

      Professor Peter Openshaw today said easing restrictions too fast would be a "big mistake".

      The Imperial College London expert, who has been advising the government on Covid-19, today warned that while many people have received a coronavirus vaccine, we shouldn't rely on them to keep us safe from infection.

      The vaccine rollout has been hailed at driving transmission rates down, as well as the impact of a third national lockdown.

      Further restrictions are set to be eased on May 17, with some calling for lockdown to end sooner, but Prof Openshaw warned against early loosening.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      FURTHER TESTING AT LEICESTER SCHOOL AS THREE INDIAN COVID-19 VARIANT CASES FOUND

      Further testing is being carried out at a school in Leicester after three cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 were found.

      Leicester City Council said the cases were linked to travel from the country prior to it being placed on the Government's red list on Friday.

      The city's director of public health, Professor Ivan Browne, said they require investigation and follow-up.

      The council said further testing at the unnamed city school is a precautionary measure, and surge testing of communities is not currently required as the cases are all linked to travel.

      Government data up to April 21 shows there are 132 confirmed cases of the Indian variant in the UK – an increase of 55 from the week before.

      Prof Browne said Public Health England (PHE) notified him of the cases.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      LATEST COVID NEWS

      • A quarter of adults have now had two doses of a Covid jab
      • Millions more are eligible for Covid jabs after the age limit was lowered to 42
      • Brits will be able to buy a pint without a vaccine passport after the PM shelved plans
      • UK Covid cases have plunged 30 per cent in a week with 2,064 infections and six deaths recorded in last 24 hours
      • Niamh Cavanagh

        COVID VACCINE SIDE-EFFECTS ARE 'MILD AND AFFECT 1 IN 4 PEOPLE' – AND SHOW THE JAB IS WORKING

        Mild Covid vaccine side-effects that make you feel unwell only affect one in four people, a study has found.

        Even when someone suffers from temporary symptoms such as fatigue and nausea it is a sign the jab is doing its job, experts say.

        But it is not an indication of how much protection a person builds against the virus.

        Headache was the most common side effect, as well as fatigue and tenderness at the injection site, according to the latest research published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. 

        Most effects of either a Pfizer or AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine peak within 24 hours after vaccination, usually lasting one to two days.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        NEW INDIAN COVID VARIANT CASES FOUND IN LEICESTER

        Three cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus have been found in Leicester, health officials have confirmed.

        Ivan Browne, the city's public health director, said the cases required "investigation and follow-up".

        He said Public Health England (PHE) had notified him of the cases on Sunday.

        The cases are linked to travel from India, with the country going on the "red list" last Friday, meaning only UK citizens can enter from India after quarantining in a hotel.

        Further testing is being carried out at an unnamed city school to check for more cases.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        OVER 38MILLION BRITS LIVE IN ALMOST 'COVID-FREE' AREAS AS GOVT SCIENTISTS SAY UK ROADMAP TO LIFT COVID MEASURE ON TRACK

        Nearly 40 million people in England live in an area with almost no new Covid cases, it's reported. Seventy per cent of the country lives in areas where less than three infections were recorded in the most recent weekly figures, The Times reports.

        Experts say the figures show Britain's roadmap out of lockdown is firmly on track. Lockdown and the bumper vaccine rollout have sent cases tumbling, with infections in the past week slumping almost six per cent.

        When recording local cases Public Health England splits the country into 6,800 areas.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        'BIG MISTAKE' FOR CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS TO OPEN TOO EARLY SAYS PROFESSOR

        Professor Peter Openshaw said it would be a " big mistake" to ease coronavirus restrictions too quickly.

        Asked if the road map out of lockdown could move sooner, he told Today: "I really think that we're doing the right thing by being cautious and by proceeding according to the evidence and not easing too fast.

        "I think we do know that easing too fast would be a big mistake and we don't want to lose all the ground that's been gained by massive public effort to get to where we are now.

        "It's so vital that we do keep up the precautions and move with cautious speed."

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        BRITS WILL HAVE TO 'WAIT AND SEE' ABOUT TRAVELLING TO SPAIN SAYS SHAPPS

        Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the public will have to "wait and see" about whether the UK will permit travel to Spain.

        He told Times Radio: "Spain specifically, I'm afraid I just don't have the answer to that because the Joint Biosecurity Centre will need to come up with their assessment and we can't do that until a bit nearer the time.

        "So we will need to wait and see."

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        VACCINE PASSPORTS WILL USE NHS COVID APP AND 'GREEN LIST' WILL BE REVEALED IN TWO WEEKS SAYS GRANT SHAPPS

        Britain's vaccine passport scheme will use the NHS app, Grant Shapps confirmed today, as he pledged to unveil the green list of holiday destinations within the next two weeks.

        The transport secretary said Covid certificates for tourism and large domestic events, such as gigs and football matches, will be built into the health service smartphone application.

        And in a boost to millions he also announced the UK is on course to drop its ban on international travel on May 17, declaring "The data does continue to look good."

        More on the story here.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        BREAKING

        Matt Hancock will lead a press conference at 5pm today after a quarter of Brits were given their second Covid jabs.

        One in four UK adults are now fully vaccinated after a record number of second doses were dished out in a week.

        The Health Secretary will today address the nation after reaching the huge milestone.

      • Abe Hawken

        GO MARSHING IN

        New Covid marshals are being recruited in some areas across England for the coming year despite Government plans to lift remaining coronavirus restrictions on June 21.

        Hertfordshire County Council is among those advertising for Covid marshals, with the local authority offering a contract worth an estimated £3 million to a provider that can supply 60 marshals from July 1 until January 31 next year.

        The contract also comes with a possible one-year extension to 2023.

      • Ben Hill

        40 MILLION WITH ALMOST NO NEW CASES

        Nearly 40 million people in England live in an area with almost no new Covid cases, it's reported.

        Seventy per cent of the country lives in areas where less than three infections were recorded in the most recent weekly figures, The Times reports.

        Experts say the figures show Britain's roadmap out of lockdown is firmly on track.

        Lockdown and the bumper vaccine rollout have sent cases tumbling, with infections in the past week slumping almost six per cent.

      • Ben Hill

        JABBY DAYS

        Mild Covid vaccine side-effects that make you feel unwell only affect one in four people, a study has found.

        Even when someone suffers from temporary symptoms such as fatigue and nausea it is a sign the jab is doing its job, experts say.

        But it is not an indication of how much protection a person builds against the virus.

        Headache was the most common side effect, as well as fatigue and tenderness at the injection site, according to the latest research published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. 

        Most effects of either a Pfizer or AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine peak within 24 hours after vaccination, usually lasting one to two days.

      • Ben Hill

        JUNE OLÉ DAYS

        Spain has confirmed for the first time it will welcome Brits back to its beaches in June.

        UK holidaymakers are to be allowed to travel there with a digital health pass following discussions between the two governments.

        Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.

        “By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”

      • Claudia Aoraha

        COVID VACCINE CALCULATOR

        Omni’s vaccine queue calculator will estimate how many people are ahead of you in the wait for a jab in the UK, accounting for the delay in the first-dose rollout.

        You can also use the calculator that only applies to England, which is more specific.

        All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.

      • Claudia Aoraha

        DR AMIR FEARS FOR HIS FAMILY IN INDIA

        Good Morning Britain’s Dr. Amir Khan shared his fears for his family living in India today after they told him the “coronavirus situation is desperate”.

        Speaking to presenters Susanna Reid and Adil Ray he said: “It is hard, my mum speaks to them every day.

        “They are calling this a very difficult situation, like many people in India are.

        “They are being told to stay at home, but they can’t afford to stay at home. The state funding to get people to stay at home and stay safe, just isn’t there.”

      • Claudia Aoraha

        LOCKDOWNS WORK

        Boris Johnson has denied reports he said he’d rather see “bodies pile high in their thousands” than order Britain back into lockdown for a third time.

        The PM dismissed claims he made the remarks after a No 10 meeting, and insisted Covid restrictions do work.

        The PM allegedly made the comments after being told he had no choice but to put the country back under harsh restrictions last October.

        But asked during a visit to Wrexham if he had said such a thing, Boris replied: “No.”

        He then added: “But I think the important thing that people want us to get on and do as a Government is to make sure that the lockdowns work, and they have.”

      • Claudia Aoraha

        SUPER SPREADER

        A man has been arrested in Spain for allegedly deliberately infecting 22 people, including three babies, with Covid by coughing.

        The 40-year-old suspect is said to have walked around his workplace and gym in Manacor, Majorca, saying I am going to infect you all with the coronavirus.”

        Spanish police said he had a fever of 40C and was awaiting the result of a Covid test at the time.

        He reportedly had his mask pulled down at work and was coughing while threatening to infect people.

        Spain’s national police arrested the man after launching a probe into the incidents at the end of January.

      • Claudia Aoraha

        ONE IN FOUR UK ADULTS FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

        A quarter of UK adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a record number of second doses delivered in the past seven days, latest figures show.

        A total of 13,201,811 people have now received both jabs – the equivalent of 25.1% of the adult population.

        Wales is estimated to have given two doses to 27.8% of adults, ahead of England (24.9%), Scotland (24.9%) and Northern Ireland (24.5%).

        The figures are for vaccinations reported by the UK’s health agencies up to and including April 26, and reflect the pace at which second doses have been ramped up across the country during the past month.

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