UK updates travel rules, seven countries go green

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The latest estimates also indicate that 82,100 hospital admissions have been averted, along with up to 24.4 million infections…reports Asian Lite News.

The arrivals from Canada and Denmark will no longer need to isolate as the UK’s latest Covid travel rules have come into force.

Finland, Switzerland, the Azores, Liechtenstein and Lithuania are also on the “green list” as of 04:00 BST, the BBC reported.

Travellers from newly red-listed Thailand and Montenegro now need to isolate in government-approved hotels. All arrivals must take at least one Covid test – but many countries have banned UK residents from entering.

Travellers coming from green list countries do not need to quarantine when they come back to the UK – whether or not they have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

They still have to be tested before their return to the UK, however, and book a test for day two after their return, and fill in a passenger location form.

Only British or Irish nationals and UK residents are allowed into the country if they have been to red list countries. They then have to pay to self-isolate in a government-approved quarantine hotel.

Most countries are on the amber list – fully-vaccinated adults do not have to quarantine on their return from these locations, but do have to have tests before returning and two days after they get back, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, according to official figures from the Public Health England (PHE), more than 100,000 deaths in England have been estimated to be prevented by the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Since the national rollout of vaccines in the UK in early December last year, between 91,700 and 98,700 fatalities have been avoided, the Independent reported quoting the PHE figures last week.

The latest estimates also indicate that 82,100 hospital admissions have been averted, along with up to 24.4 million infections.

“The pandemic is not over but vaccination is weakening the link between infection and serious illness,” William Welfare, Covid-19 incident director at PHE, was quoted as saying.
As of Thursday, a total 73,982,159 vaccines have been given in England, according to government data, including 39,771,795 first doses and 34,210,364 second doses.

The UK is also expected to begin offering vulnerable groups a booster shot next month, but is waiting for recommendations from independent advisory body Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The booster dose will be prioritised for people who received the Covid shots when the vaccination programmes were first rolled out last December, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

As of Thursday, a total 73,982,159 vaccines have been given in England, according to government data, including 39,771,795 first doses and 34,210,364 second doses.

The UK is also expected to begin offering vulnerable groups a booster shot next month, but is waiting for recommendations from independent advisory body Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The booster dose will be prioritised for people who received the Covid shots when the vaccination programmes were first rolled out last December, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

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