Coronavirus UK news LIVE – Covid cases rise to HIGHEST in six months as green list holiday deals get snapped up

UK Covid deaths are at their highest since March, with 63 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures also recorded the most daily cases in six months, with 48,553 testing positive in the same period.

Despite the jump in cases many have set their sights on holidays abroad especially now Croatia has been added to the green list.

The news is a boost for Brits desperate for a foreign holiday, following the news that the Balearic Islands have been placed back on the amber list.

However, anyone booking holidays should be aware that Croatia is on the green watchlist, meaning it could be added back to the amber list at the last minute if Covid cases increase in the country.

There are plenty of great last minute deals to Croatia to be had though, with holidays from £146pp this summer.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…

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    CAN YOU GET A REFUND ON A HOLIDAY IF THE DESTINATION IS MOVED TO THE AMBER LIST

    You’re not entitled to a refund if the destination you’re travelling to ends up on the amber list and you cancel your trip.

    The Government’s traffic light system indicates what countries it deems safe for Brits to travel to and what processes must be followed upon return.

    But the assessed risk factors for travel are different to those of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

    That means sometimes the FCDO will deem a country safe, even though it’s on the amber list.

    So if the FCDO says you can’t travel to your holiday destination, then you’ll be entitled to your money back.

    Alternatively, the airline should pay for a replacement flight at a later date.

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    PARTY ON!

    Nightclubs are gearing up to reopen their doors this weekend as lockdown finally lifts.

    Thousands of fun-starved Brits are expected to hit dancefloors across England from midnight on Sunday to celebrate 'Freedom Day'.'

    Cleaning operations are in full swing to ensure things are spick and span come July 19.

    Staff at Newcastle's Powerhouse nightclub have had the vacuums out to make its light-up dancefloor sparkling.

    And a worker was pictured in a hazmat suit as he fogged the venue with disinfectant.

    Powerhouse is one of several venues hosting midnight 'freedom' parties as restrictions end.

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    WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU REFUSE TO WEAR A FACE MASK?

    You could be refused service, entry or the right to travel if a firm enforces a requirement to wear a face covering.

    Companies decide their own health and safety measures and insisting on masks could be a reasonable rule, says Adam Wagner, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

    If you took your mask off once inside a building or train, staff would also have the right to ask you to leave.

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    FANS MAY HAVE TO SHOW PREMIER LEAGUE COVID PASSPORT TO GAIN ENTRY INTO STADIUMS

    The concept has been subject to considerable back and forth in recent months, having been initially favoured by the Government before being put on the back burner.

    Yet the continuing rise in cases, particularly of the Delta variant of coronavirus, has forced a rethink.

    According to iNews, the Premier League are in the early stages of working with the Government on a Covid certificate system.

    The document would be connected to the NHS app already downloaded by millions for track and trace and to lodge test results.

    The Government is said to prefer keeping passports inside the NHS framework with the Prem also considering its own certifcation app.

    Alternatively, fans could be asked to show their Covid status as they enter stadiums.

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    • TODAY, 11:45WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN COVID TRAVEL INSURANCEWhen taking out an insurance policy you should make sure it offers the right level of cover that you need.Make sure you’re covered for medical expenses, accidents, lost or damaged items and delays as a minimum.Policies should also payout for cancellations and missed flights as well as if you need to return home early due to an emergency.You will also need to make sure the policy covers the value of your trip, otherwise if you have to make a claim you won’t be refunded the full cost of what you paid.Ensure you’re aware of any excess costs before making a purchase as this is the amount you’ll have to pay before the insurance firm will cough up.
    • TODAY, 11:30OVER 500,000 ALERTS SENT TO USERS OF THE NHS COVID-19 APPA total of 520,194 alerts were sent to users of the NHS Covid-19 app in England in the week to July 7, telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.This is up from 356,677 the previous week – a jump of 46% – and is the highest weekly figure since data was first published in January.
    • TODAY, 11:15TWO-THIRDS OF BRITISH ADULTS NOW DOUBLE JABBEDThis means 67 per cent of people are now fully protected against severe illness from the bug.It comes just days before Freedom Day, with ministers urging everyone to get double jabbed.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Barely 8 months since the first vaccine was given, this is another extraordinary achievement.“Thank you again to everyone coming forward, and to those helping others to get jabbed.“You are the reason we are able to cautiously ease restrictions next week, and return closer towards normal life.“Now let’s finish the job. If you’re over 18, book both your jabs today.” 
    • TODAY, 11:00FACE MASK EXEMPTIONS: VALID REASONS FOR NOT WEARING A COVERING EXPLAINEDWhile masks are compulsory in most public settings until July 19, there are exceptions to those who need to wear them.According to the official Government guidance, the following groups are not required to wear a face-covering while using public transport, in a shop, pub or restaurant:
      • A child under the age of 11
      • People who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
      • An employee of the transport operator, or in any other indoor setting where appropriate when they are acting in the course of their employment
      • Where a mask causes the wearer severe distress
      • An emergency responder such as a police officer, paramedic or fire officer acting in the course of their duty
      • Someone speaking to or helping anyone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
      • Someone acting to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to themselves or others – including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity

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      HERD IMMUNITY CAN STOP FUTURE ‘BIG WAVES’ IN THEIR TRACKS SAYS PATRICK VALLANCE

      On herd immunity, Sir Patrick Vallance says “we are getting to really quite decent level of antibody”, which will make it harder for the virus to spread. 

      “Whether you reach the stage where you get to true herd immunity is a different issue,” he says.

      “It is really important we get to everybody,” he adds, particularly young people. 

      “The possibility of future big waves would go at that point.”

      MINISTERS TO INVESTIGATE CLAIMS PPE PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT WAS MADE WITH SLAVE LABOUR

      Slave labour fears connected to medical gloves bought by the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic are to be investigated by the Government.

      Trade minister Greg Hands told MPs he would "look at the specifics" after Labour raised concerns in the House of Commons about supplies from Malaysia.

      Shadow trade minister Bill Esterson said he has a list of 19 glove suppliers whose factories should be subjected to a "proper audit" by the Government.

      Speaking in the Commons, Mr Esterson said: "The Government is relying on increased trade with Malaysia for three-quarters of the forecast benefits from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership – the CPTPP.

      "It may explain why ministers have turned a blind eye to the growing use of slave labour in Malaysian factories."

      WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN COVID TRAVEL INSURANCE

      When taking out an insurance policy you should make sure it offers the right level of cover that you need.

      Make sure you’re covered for medical expenses, accidents, lost or damaged items and delays as a minimum.

      Policies should also payout for cancellations and missed flights as well as if you need to return home early due to an emergency.

      You will also need to make sure the policy covers the value of your trip, otherwise if you have to make a claim you won’t be refunded the full cost of what you paid.

      Ensure you’re aware of any excess costs before making a purchase as this is the amount you’ll have to pay before the insurance firm will cough up.

      SUPERMARKET’S INCLUDING TESCO, ALDI AND LIDL WANT YOU TO KEEP WEARING MASKS FROM MONDAY

      From July 19 there will no longer be a law on wearing masks but many retail bosses are asking shoppers to still do so.

      All lockdown restrictions are due to end after the weekend but the new covid policy says the Government "expects and recommends" masks to be worn by workers and customers.

      The advice is for situations especially in crowded, enclosed spaces as the work from home order ends in a few days time.

      Masks are to remain mandatory in Scotland and Wales though.

      Shoppers in England will have to wear masks if the store still requires it and off the back of the latest policy many retailers are recommending such.

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        SUPERMARKET’S INCLUDING TESCO, ALDI AND LIDL WANT YOU TO KEEP WEARING MASKS FROM MONDAY

        From July 19 there will no longer be a law on wearing masks but many retail bosses are asking shoppers to still do so.

        All lockdown restrictions are due to end after the weekend but the new covid policy says the Government "expects and recommends" masks to be worn by workers and customers.

        The advice is for situations especially in crowded, enclosed spaces as the work from home order ends in a few days time.

        Masks are to remain mandatory in Scotland and Wales though.

        Shoppers in England will have to wear masks if the store still requires it and off the back of the latest policy many retailers are recommending such.

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        FULL LIST OF ENTRY RULES AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN EVERY COUNTRY IN EUROPE

        BRITS are eager to get away on holiday this year, although there are entry restrictions in place, as well as local restrictions, in most of Europe.

        Here is the full list of rules for every country in Europe, including whether they are open to Brits and if they have restrictions in place while there on holiday.

        Read more here

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        UK COVID DEATHS HIGHEST SINCE MARCH AS 63 FATALITIES RECORDED

        The latest figures also recorded the most daily cases in six months, with 48,553 testing positive in the same period.

        Today's fatalities – the highest since March 25 – bring the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 128,593.

        And they are up significantly rom the 35 recorded this time last week.

        The number of people testing positive for the virus has also shot up compared to the 32,551 recorded on July 8.

        It brings the total number of Covid infections since the virus struck to 5,281,098.

        Hospitalisations have also risen by 582 – just days before the July 19 'Freedom Day'.

        The total number of Brits who have had at least one dose of the vaccine is now 46,097,464 – a 24-hour increase of 60,374.

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        TWO-THIRDS OF BRITISH ADULTS NOW DOUBLE JABBED

        This means 67 per cent of people are now fully protected against severe illness from the bug.

        It comes just days before Freedom Day, with ministers urging everyone to get double jabbed.

        Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Barely 8 months since the first vaccine was given, this is another extraordinary achievement.

        “Thank you again to everyone coming forward, and to those helping others to get jabbed.

        “You are the reason we are able to cautiously ease restrictions next week, and return closer towards normal life.

        “Now let’s finish the job. If you’re over 18, book both your jabs today.” 

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        OVER 500,000 ALERTS SENT TO USERS OF THE NHS COVID-19 APP

        A total of 520,194 alerts were sent to users of the NHS Covid-19 app in England in the week to July 7, telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

        This is up from 356,677 the previous week – a jump of 46% – and is the highest weekly figure since data was first published in January.

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        IT WILL TAKE TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GET OVER THE FEAR OF COVID-19, SAYS EXPERT

        It will take people “some time” to get over the fear and anxiety that has arisen as a result of the pandemic, a sociology expert has said.

        Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, said the concerns which have arisen over the last 15 months would take time to subside as people get used to living with Covid-19 as an infection which circulates in society.

        And he said that the focus on masks and face coverings “signal of the levels of fear”.

        Prof Dingwall said that it was time for the Government to “make a much more conscious shift towards positive messaging” around coronavirus.

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        EU LIKELY TO DECIDE ON MODERNA NEXT WEEK

        A top official at the European Medicines Agency said a decision on whether to recommend that Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine be authorized for children is expected late next week. If approved, it would be the first such license for the shot's use in children globally.

        At a press briefing on Thursday, Dr. Marco Cavaleri, the EU drug regulator's head of vaccines strategy, said its expert committee was currently evaluating Moderna's application to extend the use of its coronavirus vaccine for children 12 to 17 years old.

        "We expect that the committee will reach a conclusion by the end of next week," he said.

        Moderna's vaccine was given the green light for use in anyone 18 and over across the 27-nation European Union in January. It has also been licensed in countries including Britain, Canada and the U.S., but so far its use has not been extended to children. To date, the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is the only one approved for children under 18 in Europe and North America.

        The EMA said last week there was a " possible link " between the vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to very rare cases of chest and heart inflammation, mostly in younger adult men. They said the effects were mostly temporary and that the benefits of vaccination still far outweighed the risks of COVID-19.

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        COVID CASES AT HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE JANUARY

        Covid-19 case rates in all regions of England are at their highest level since at least January, according to the latest surveillance report from Public Health England.

        North-east England is recording the highest rate, with 835.8 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 11.

        This is the highest rate for the region since comparable figures began in summer 2020, when mass testing was first introduced across the country.

        Yorkshire and the Humber has the second highest rate, 462.7, which again is the highest rate for the region since comparable figures began.

        All other regions are recording their highest rate since January.

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        WATCH: SECOND JAB ESSENTIAL AS IT TURBOCHARGES IMMUNITY

        Latest stats as Brits told they MUST get second Covid vaccine after scientists find it turbocharges immunity

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        PANDEMIC SET BACK AS COVID CASES AND DEATHS RISE

        Covid-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for an almost normal summer of fun.

        The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after nine straight weeks of decline. It recorded more than 55,000 lives lost, a 3% increase from the week before.

        Cases rose 10% last week to nearly three million, with the highest numbers recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia and Britain, WHO said.

        The reversal has been attributed to low vaccination rates, the relaxation of mask rules and other precautions, and the swift spread of the more-contagious Delta variant, which WHO said has now been identified in 111 countries and is expected to become globally dominant in the coming months.

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        HERD IMMUNITY CAN STOP FUTURE ‘BIG WAVES’ IN THEIR TRACKS SAYS PATRICK VALLANCE

        On herd immunity, Sir Patrick Vallance says “we are getting to really quite decent level of antibody”, which will make it harder for the virus to spread. 

        “Whether you reach the stage where you get to true herd immunity is a different issue,” he says.

        “It is really important we get to everybody,” he adds, particularly young people. 

        “The possibility of future big waves would go at that point.”

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        VALLANCE: VACCINES REDUCING COVID TRANSMISSION BY 75%

        The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has said vaccinations are reducing the overall chances of someone transmitting the virus by about 75%.

        Sir Patrick told a Downing Street news conference that people who had been vaccinated were both less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

        He said there was “no doubt” the country was in a third wave of the virus that would lead to an increase in the number of hospital admissions.

        “If behaviour returns immediately to pre-pandemic levels that will be a very, very big rise. If we go slowly and cautiously, it will be less of a rise,” he said.

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        MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FIGHT VACCINE HESITANCY AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN, SAYS EXPERTS

        Maternity experts have warned that more needs to be done to encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated against coronavirus following "confusion" around the jab's safety.

        The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said they were concerned over a hesitancy among pregnant women to get vaccinated amid infections rising across England.

        The RCOG added that around 58% of pregnant women are refusing the vaccine, according to its internal data.

        Data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) has shown that one in 10 pregnant women admitted to hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 need intensive care.

        It is also twice as likely that pregnant women with Covid symptoms will give birth to premature babies.

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        COMPUTERS SEIZE IN PROBE OVER MATT HANCOCK VIDEO

        Britain's data watchdog has seized computers as part of an investigation into how images showing former British health minister Matt Hancock kissing an adviser inside his ministerial office came to be published, it said on Thursday.

        Hancock resigned from his position in June after security camera images of the kiss, which broke Covid regulations at the time, were published in The Sun newspaper.

        On Thursday, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said personal computer equipment and electronic devices were seized as part of an investigation into how the CCTV images found their way into the public domain.

        The firm which manages the security cameras at the health department had reported a data breach to the watchdog, saying the images were taken without their consent, or the department's consent.

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        CAN YOU GET A REFUND ON A HOLIDAY IF THE DESTINATION IS MOVED TO THE AMBER LIST

        You’re not entitled to a refund if the destination you’re travelling to ends up on the amber list and you cancel your trip.

        The Government’s traffic light system indicates what countries it deems safe for Brits to travel to and what processes must be followed upon return.

        But the assessed risk factors for travel are different to those of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

        That means sometimes the FCDO will deem a country safe, even though it’s on the amber list.

        So if the FCDO says you can’t travel to your holiday destination, then you’ll be entitled to your money back.

        Alternatively, the airline should pay for a replacement flight at a later date.

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