THE UK has recorded one new Covid death today – the first time fatalities have dropped to a single figure since last summer.
It appears to show the vaccine programme is working, with fewer serious illnesses resulting in deaths.
There is often a lag over the weekend in reporting numbers of deaths and new infections, but fatalities have been encouragingly low for weeks.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is set to reveal the foreign holiday list in a matter of days and update it every three weeks – a crucial update that holds the fate of Brits’ summer holiday plans in the balance.
The list of ‘green’ countries which Brits can fly to and from after the next easing of restrictions on May 17 could be announced as early as Friday. One source told the Mail on Sunday that Portugal was “on the cusp” of being included.
A new slogan would be adopted by the Government, telling potential holidaymakers to ‘travel safely, plan ahead’, replacing the existing ‘minimise travel’ guidance.
An announcement of which countries have been assigned which colour was thought to have been pencilled in for Friday but it is thought this could slip to earlier in the week.
Only a “tiny handful” of countries are expected to make it onto the green list, with Europe’s most-popular hotspots expected to be on the amber list, which requires three tests and ten days’ isolation on return.
However, it has been revealed that quarantine and self-isolation will be replaced by daily tests for people who come into contact with Covid carriers. Strict rules will be relaxed for 40,000 in a pilot scheme launched by the Government.
Instead of facing ten days’ mandatory isolation, those in the trial will get a week’s worth of rapid tests, letting them carry on their lives providing the results are negative.
If the trial is a success it will reduce the length of time contacts of positive cases need to lock themselves away, improve social lives and help reopen the economy.
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