Fully vaccinated travelers can now visit France without quarantine upon their return to the UK, after changes to travel rules came into effect on Sunday.
France has moved from its own amber-plus category to the amber list, meaning fully vaccinated children and passengers do not have to self-quarantine on their return, while unvaccinated travelers should still be kept safe. isolate at home for 10 days.
Ahead of France’s move to the Orange List, travel agencies reported a surge in interest in travel to France.
Brittany Ferries said bookings between the UK and France more than doubled after the government‘s announcement earlier this week, and Eurostar said it was ready to increase capacity on its London-Paris route.
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Germany registers 3,127 new cases of Covid-19
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose from 3,127 to 3,790,766, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI) showed on Sunday.
The reported death toll increased from 4 to 91,782, according to the count.
Victoria in Australia reports 11 cases of Covid-19
Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, reported 11 new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the state remains under a strict seven-day lockdown imposed earlier this week to rule in the highly infectious Delta variant .
Health officials said all new infections are linked to previously reported cases but were not quarantined during their infectious periods.
Victoria, home to nearly 7 million people, entered her sixth lockdown since the pandemic began on Thursday evening, just weeks after leaving the last
Australia’s New South Wales reports 262 cases of Covid-19
Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales reported 262 Covid-19 infections on Sunday, down from the pandemic peak of 319 cases seen on Saturday.
Philippines records biggest increase in Covid-19 deaths in four months
The Philippines saw its largest single-day increase in death from Covid-19 in four months, new figures from the country’s health ministry have shown.
There have been 9,671 cases and 287 deaths recorded today, the biggest increase in the number of Covid deaths since April 9.
Russia reports 787 new Covid deaths
Russia has reported 22,866 new cases of Covid and 787 deaths in the past 24 hours as it continues to be hit hard by the spread of the Delta variant.
This has led to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths since June, while some regional authorities have reinstated restrictions and others have decided to make vaccination compulsory.
Scotland records 1,240 new cases of Covid-19 and zero deaths
Scotland has registered 1,240 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the latest Scottish government figures.
The number of new cases is 146 fewer than the 1,386 reported on Saturday.
No new deaths have been recorded, although registrars tend to be closed on weekends.
Of the 22,618 new tests for Covid-19 that reported results in the previous 24 hours, 6.0% were positive, down from the positivity rate of 6.3% on Saturday.
Scotland: 20,079 doses of Covid-19 administered on Saturday
The latest figures show an additional 20,079 doses of coronavirus vaccine were given in Scotland on Saturday, compared to 21,374 on Friday.
Of these, 1,938 were first doses and 18,141 were second doses, bringing the total number of vaccinations to 4,024,852 and 3,323,466 respectively.
Variants could be named after star constellations when the Greek alphabet runs out
New coronavirus variants could be named after star constellations once the letters of the Greek alphabet run out, a senior World Health Organization official has suggested.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical chief for Covid-19, said the United Nations health agency was already researching new names for the mutations, fearing there were more variants as the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet.
Dr Van Kerkhove said that star constellations are currently the first to follow the Greek alphabet, suggesting that we may one day see variants known as Aries, Gemini or Orion.