Boris Johnson news – Covid tests to replace holiday quarantine as PM says July 19 lockdown lift ‘looking good’

Boris Johnson has suggested that the need to quarantine after amber and red list destinations could be ditched and replaced with rapid daily tests.

Fully vaccinated Brits may have the chance to have an alternative, after the Prime Minister hinted at the option for speedy tests as opposed to quarantine.

It would mean people who have had two Covid jabs and come into contact with an infected person could be exempted from the isolation rule. 

Speaking of the plans during a lab visit in Hertfordshire today, The Prime Minister said: “When it comes to travel we will certainly be looking at that, but I stress that whatever happens this is going to be a difficult year for travel.

“There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in.”

It comes as ministers get set to discuss the idea of quarantine-free travel for double-jabbed Brits this week, ahead of the June 28 update on the travel traffic light system.

According to The Telegraph, discussions are underway in the Department of Transport for fully vaccinated adults to be able to travel to countries like Spain and Greece without having to isolate afterwards.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • MORE THAN ONE MILLION COVID JABS BOOKED IN JUST TWO DAYS

    More than one million Covid-19 jabs were booked in just two days after the NHS opened its vaccination programme to all remaining adults in England.

    A total of 1,008,472 appointments were arranged over Friday and Saturday through the booking service, NHS England said – an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.

    The full figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services or people getting the jab at walk-in centres.

    The NHS has now administered around 62 million doses since Margaret Keenan became the first member of the public to get a jab on December 8.

    Four in five adults have now received their first vaccination, according to NHS England figures – with three in five having both.

  • MAPPED: EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON ARRIVAL TO UK – BY NATION

  • “BLIND LEADING THE BLIND” DOMINIC CUMMINGS LATEST ATTACK ON BORIS

    Dominic Cummings has once again lashed out at Boris and his goverment saying “the horrific decision-making” of those in power amounted to “the blind leading the blind”.

    Downing streets former advisor revealed to his Substack subscribers that his experience within government was “fascinating but very troubling”.

    This attack follows last weeks outbursts, in which Cummings called out Boris Johnson, revealing that he had called Matt Hancock “totally f***ing hopeless”.

  • FREEDOM DAY WAS MEANT TO BE TODAY, SHOULD WE HAVE UNLOCKED?

    UK Covid deaths have dropped to five and cases are hovering at around 10,000 on the day England was supposed to unlock.

    Boris Johnson delayed his June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ by four weeks amid fears the Delta variant was driving up cases and spreading across the country.

  • WATCH: ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTS

    Anti-lockdown protesters clash with cops in central London on the day Covid restrictions were intended to end
  • ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTEST: 14 ARRESTED & 3 COPS HURT

    Fourteen people have been arrested and three cops hurt in an anti-lockdown protest in central London that saw demonstrators hurl tennis balls at officers outside Downing Street.

    Large crowds gathered in the capital on what had been dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ – when the final coronavirus lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted.

    But Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed the date to July 19 following concerns about the spread of the Delta variant that had originated in India.

    A demonstration was being held in Parliament Square and along Whitehall, according to the Met Police.

    The force announced they had made fourteen arrests at Westminster today and that three coppers had received minor injuries.

    Mounted officers also reported to the scene as they attempted to minimise disruption as several protestors obstructed the roads.

    We are engaging with a crowd gathering on Bridge Street, #Westminster who are blocking traffic and being obstructive and hostile to officers.

    Eight arrests have been made so far. We are working to keep traffic moving and minimise disruption to the local community.

    — Metropolitan Police Events (@MetPoliceEvents) June 21, 2021

  • WATCH: BORIS JOHNSON INSISTS WE ARE ‘LOOKING GOOD’ FOR FREEDOM DAY

    Boris Johnson says we’re ‘looking good’ for July 19 lockdown lift but resists calls to unlock sooner
  • BORIS JOHNSON WON’T RULE OUT MORE LOCKDOWNS

    BORIS Johnson today grimly refused to rule out imposing future lockdowns as he braced Brits for a “rough winter”.

    The PM stressed July 19’s new Freedom Day was “looking good” – but opened the door to reviving draconian restrictions if “some new horror” emerges in the coming months.

    He said ministers were pressing ahead with their “cautious but irreversible” roadmap.

    Yet grilled about the prospect of future lockdowns, the PM said: “You can never exclude that there will be some new disease, some new horror that we simply haven’t budgeted for, or accounted for.

    “But looking at where we are, looking at the efficacy of the vaccines against all variants that we can currently see – so Alpha, Delta, the lot of them, Kappa – I think it’s looking good for July 19 to be that terminus point.”

  • NICOLA STURGEON: MANCHESTER MAYOR ANDY BURNHAM IS ‘PLAYING POLITICS’ OVER SCOTLAND’S TRAVEL RULES

    Nicola Sturgeon has suggested Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is playing politics in the row over the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 travel ban on people from Greater Manchester entering Scotland.

    Scotland’s First Minister told BBC News: “These are public health measures. I have a duty, and it’s one I take very seriously, to keep Scotland as safe as possible.

    “I’m sure Andy Burnham feels the same sense of duty toward people in the Greater Manchester area.

    “I’ve always got on well with Andy Burnham and if he wants to have a grown-up conversation he only has to pick up the phone but if, as I suspect might be the case, this is more about generating a spat with me as part of some positioning in a Labour leadership contest in future, then I’m not interested.

    “We’ve all got a serious job of work to do right now and I’m serious about doing that job in a way that keeps Scotland as safe as I possibly can.”

  • FREEDOM COULD COME ‘SOONER RATHER THAN LATER’ ON JULY 5 THANKS TO COVID VACCINE PUSH, EXPERT REVEALS

    Freedom could come ‘sooner rather than later’ on July 5 thanks to Covid vaccine push, expert reveals
  • WHEN IS THE NEXT UK GREEN LIST TRAVEL UPDATE?

    The next announcement was expected on June 24, however a No.10 spokesperson has confirmed that this will now be reviewed on 28 June.

    There is no guarantee more countries will be added or removed from the list, but with the uptake in vaccines we can only hope for some good news.

  • TOKYO OLYMPICS CONFIRM 10,000 SPECTATORS ALLOWED IN EVERY DAY DESPITE COVID CHAOS

    Tokyo chief’s have confirmed that 10,000 fans will be allowed at next months’s games each day.

    However, this only applies to home fans as those travelling from overseas have been banned from attending.

    After a final meeting between the games bosses, Japanese and city authorities it was announced that attendances at events will be capped at 10,000 or 50 per cent of the venue capacity.

  • NO10 ON CUSP OF DEAL FOR WEMBLEY TO HOST UP TO 75,000 FANS AT EURO 2020 FINAL

    The final of Euro 2020 is set to remain at Wembley – and up to 75,000 fans will be allowed to attend.

    The government are on the cusp of agreeing a deal with Uefa to allow 2,500 foreign media and a ‘small number’ of VIPs to attend the showpiece event without having to quarantine.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is understood to be under pressure to allow more spectators to attend, with Uefa threatening to move the final elsewhere.

    Wembely is currently welcoming just 22,500 fans for the group stage of the tournament.

  • SNAPCHAT, TIKTOK, REDDIT AND YOUTUBE ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED

    Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok, and YouTube have partnered with the Government and NHS in a bid to encourage more young people to get vaccinated.

    It comes as all adults aged over 18 are invited to receive the vaccine in England.

    Dr Karan Rangarajan, an NHS surgeon and influencer who uses social media to tackle the spread of misinformation, told the PA news agency: “If you really want to get on top of the misinformation, and get ahead of the game, you need to go to the source of where it is coming from. And most of it is coming from social media.”

    The 31-year-old, who has 3.9 million followers on TikTok, said it was crucial these platforms were used to target younger people who might be “historically or traditionally more averse to getting their vaccine”.

    “Misinformation affects all groups equally and there is a large user base that is in their late teens or early 20s,” he said.

  • MORE THAN ONE MILLION COVID JABS BOOKED IN JUST TWO DAYS

    More than one million Covid-19 jabs were booked in just two days after the NHS opened its vaccination programme to all remaining adults in England.

    A total of 1,008,472 appointments were arranged over Friday and Saturday through the booking service, NHS England said – an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.

    The full figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services or people getting the jab at walk-in centres.

    The NHS has now administered around 62 million doses since Margaret Keenan became the first member of the public to get a jab on December 8.

    Four in five adults have now received their first vaccination, according to NHS England figures – with three in five having both.

  • WHEN IS THE NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT HOLIDAYS?

    The Government has suggested it will announce its latest review of its ‘traffic light’ system on June 28.

    Currently people can visit countries on the Green list and return without needing to quarantine. For countries on the Amber list you must self-isolate for 10 days and travel to countries on the Red list is actively discouraged.

    Hopes that the Balearic Islands would be added to the list during the last review were dashed when instead the Government made few alterations except to move Portugal to the amber list – throwing thousands of people’s holidays into turmoil.

  • JAB HOPE

    Boris Johnson has declared he’s “looking at” plans to let double-jabbed Brits ditch quarantine, raising hopes for summer holidays.

    The PM confirmed ministers are mulling an Israeli-style blueprint that would replace the need for self-isolation with daily testing.

    Such a system is also being considered for domestic use when fully vaccinated people come into contact with someone who’s tested positive.

    But even has he offered a ray of hope to sun starved families, Boris also warned this will be “a difficult year for travel”.

    And he all but strongly hinted that no new countries will be added to the green list when it’s reviewed at the end of the week.

  • PERIOD PAINS

    Alterations to usual period patterns among some women after they received a Covid-19 jab could have occurred “by chance”, leading gynaecologists have said.

    Experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said that many women experience a temporary change to their periods in their lifetime, so for some women the change may occur around the time they receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

    But RCOG said that anecdotally some women had reported heavier periods after receiving the vaccine and it said it would support “more data collection in this area to understand why this might be the case”.

    It comes after data suggested that almost 4,000 women had reported changes after they received a vaccine.

    The Sunday Times reported that the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had 2,734 reports after women had received the AstraZeneca vaccine, 1,158 related to the Pfizer jab, and 66 linked to the Moderna vaccine up to May 17.

  • DEEP BREATHS

    Using an asthma inhaler could speed up Covid-19 recovery by three days, experts have claimed.

    It has raised hopes the extended lockdown could end sooner, as the NHS would have another tool to manage any surge in hospitalisations and cases.

    The average stay for a patient admitted to hospital with coronavirus is eight days, with inhalers able to reduce this by three days.

    In the UK there are 1,316 patients in hospital with the virus with 226 being admitted each day, government data states.

    Ministers told MPs last week doctors have been prescribing inhalers to patients on a “case-by-case” basis, The Telegraph reported.

  • WATCH: MATT HANCOCK SAYS GOVERNMENT IS WORKING ON BOOSTER JAB PROGRAMME

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the Government is working on the booster jab programme and should have clinical data in the next few weeks
  • STURGEON RECEIVES SECOND CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DOSE

    Scotland’s First Minister has received her second dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

    Nicola Sturgeon became one of the more than two million Scots to have two doses, on being vaccinated at the NHS Louisa Jordan vaccination centre at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Monday.

    Following staff nurse Susan Inglis inoculating her with her second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, she celebrated being double vaccinated and urged people ensure they attend their appointments for second doses.

    She tweeted: “Double vaccinated! Thank you @NHSLouisaJordan.

    “Please roll up your sleeve for both doses as soon as you are invited for an appointment – every single one of us who gets fully vaccinated is a step back to normality for all of us.”

  • MAPPED: EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON ARRIVAL TO UK – BY NATION

  • DOWNING STREET DISMISSES CLAIMS G7 SUMMIT CONTRIBUTED TO A SPIKE IN CASES

    Downing Street has denied that the G7 summit in Cornwall was responsible for an increase in coronavirus cases in the area.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it had always been expected that cases across the country would rise following the last easing of lockdown restrictions in England in May.

    “Attendees going to the G7 were tested before arriving and throughout the summit. We are not aware of any cases of transmission to local residents,” the spokesman said.

    “We always said that, following the move to step three (of the Government’s road map out of lockdown), we would see cases rising across the country. That is what we are seeing playing out.”

  • FREEDOM COULD COME ‘SOONER RATHER THAN LATER’ ON JULY 5 THANKS TO COVID VACCINE PUSH, EXPERT REVEALS

    Freedom could come ‘sooner rather than later’ on July 5 thanks to Covid vaccine push, expert reveals
  • MATT HANCOCK: GOVERNMENT WORKING ON BOOSTER JAB PROGRAMME

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government is working on the booster jab programme and should have clinical data in the next few weeks.

    He told BBC Breakfast that second jabs offer very strong protection “but there is more protection still that we think that you can get from a booster jab and we’re currently trialling which combinations of jabs are the most effective”.

    “When we know the results of that, then we will set out the full plans for the booster programme over the autumn,” he said.

    “We’ve got to make sure we get the logistics right; for instance, GPs have been so heavily involved in this vaccination effort, but GPs have also got to do their day job, so that’s something we’re working hard on now, and, in the next few weeks, when we get the clinical data through on what’s the most effective combinations to have… then we’ll set out all the details of the booster programme for the autumn.”

    On NHS waiting times, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there is a “big and challenging backlog that has been caused by the pandemic” and suggested it could take up to a few years to clear.

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