Covid UK news – live: England fans urged not to travel to Rome, as vaccine passports ‘set to be shelved’

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Minister tells England fans not to travel to Italy for Euro quarter-finals

Almost 1,300 people in Scotland tested positive for coronavirus after travelling to London to watch a Euro 2020 match, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has confirmed.

Roughly 400 of these fans were at Wembley to see the game, while the others watched from elsewhere in the English capital.

Fans have been urged not to travel to Italy to watch England’s Euro 2020 quarter final clash with Ukraine as coronavirus restrictions mean those who were lucky in the ballot cannot use their tickets.

The side’s landmark 2-0 defeat of Germany set up the clash in Rome but rules in Italy for arrivals from the UK mean fans would face five days of quarantine, which would see them miss the match this Saturday.

The FA was entitled to an allocation of 2,560, equating to 16 per cent of the agreed capacity of 16,000 at the Stadio Olimpico, but will not take this up, meaning those tickets will go on general sale.

It added it was working with Uefa and the British Embassy in Italy to “facilitate” ticket sales to English residents in Italy, which is also on the UK’s amber list requiring self-isolation for 10 days upon return.

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Covid patients on ventilators at highest level for more than two months

The number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in England’s hospitals has climbed to its highest level for more than two months, new figures show.

Analysis by the PA news agency shows that the average number of patients in hospitals in England is also climbing, with younger people driving the rise.

The average number of patients with Covid-19 in England in mechanical ventilation beds stood at 245 on June 29, according to the NHS England figures.

This is up from 206 a week earlier and is the highest since April 24, having dipped as low as 113 on May 29.

The number is still far below the peak of the second wave, when the average hit a high of 3,676 on January 26.

But the trend suggests there is still enough of a link between Covid-19 infection and hospital admissions to result in a growing number of people needing intensive treatment.

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 14:15

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Government resists Tory MPs’ calls to scrap ‘fearful’ daily Covid figures

Boris Johnson’s government has resisted calls from Conservative backbenchers to stop releasing daily Covid-19 figures, amid concern that regular statistics create a “fear factor”.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said daily updates on case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths made people “irrational” – calling on the government to “stop it now”.

Adam Forrest has more details here:

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 14:00

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Police tell England fans they are prepared for ‘football to come home’

Police have said they are prepared for “football coming home” after huge celebrations over England’s victory over Germany in the Euros.

Senior officers reminded football fans that “we are still in a pandemic” and said they may have to disperse crowds if they become disorderly or breach Covid laws.

Our home affairs correspondent Lizzie Dearden has more on this story below:

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 13:46

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Almost 1,300 new cases linked to Scottish fans travelling to London for Euro match

Almost 1,300 people in Scotland tested positive for coronavirus after travelling to London to watch a Euro 2020 match, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has confirmed.

Roughly 400 of these fans were at Wembley to see the game, while the others watched from elsewhere in the English capital.

Rory Sullivan has more details:

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 13:31

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Covid infections now surging in rural African areas

Coronavirus cases are surging in rural areas of Africa as the continent faces its third wave of the virus.

The World Health Organisation’s regional office for Africa has said the pandemic is “resurging” in 12 of the continent’s countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

My colleague Zoe Tidman has more details:

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 13:10

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Football linked to almost 2,000 Covid cases in Scotland

A total of 1,991 Covid-19 cases in Scotland have been linked to fans watching Euro 2020 football matches.

Public Health Scotland (PHS) said nearly two thirds of these cases – 1,294 people – reported travelling to London to watch Scotland v England on 18 June.

A total of 397 of these were fans at the game at Wembley Stadium.

The PHS report said a “relatively small number” of cases in Scotland were linked to the Euro 2020 fanzone at Glasgow Green at 55 while 38 and 37 respectively were linked to Scotland v Croatia and Scotland v the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

The report states: “PHS is working with Test & Protect and NHS boards to ensure that all public health actions are taken in the close contacts of these Euro 2020 cases as part of the 32,539 cases that were reported to the Test & Protect Case Management System during this period [June 11-28].”

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 12:54

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England fans urged not to travel to Rome for Euros quarter final

Fans have been urged not to travel to Italy to watch England’s Euro 2020 quarter final clash with Ukraine as coronavirus restrictions mean those who were lucky in the ballot cannot use their tickets.

The side’s landmark 2-0 defeat of Germany set up the clash in Rome but rules in Italy for arrivals from the UK mean fans would face five days of quarantine, which would see them miss the match on Saturday.

The FA was entitled to an allocation of 2,560, equating to 16 per cent of the agreed capacity of 16,000 at the Stadio Olimpico, but will not take this up, meaning those tickets will go on general sale.

It added it was working with Uefa and the British Embassy in Italy to “facilitate” ticket sales to English residents in Italy, which is also on the UK’s amber list requiring self-isolation for 10 days upon return.

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 12:50

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Portugal says under-18s can travel with vaccinated parents

Portugal has reversed its plan to make unvaccinated children quarantine.

The authorities now say under-18s accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated adult will be admitted.

Our travel correspondent Simon Calder explains:

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 12:35

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Scotland records further 17 Covid deaths

A total of 10,168 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland.

The latest data shows Covid-19 was noted on the death certificates of 17 people registered in the week to 21-27 June, an increase of four on the previous week.

Of the deaths, two people were under 65, five were 65-74, and 10 were over 75.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 12:17

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Join our experts as they give the latest travel advice and answer your questions

Our travel team will be hosting an exclusive virtual event this evening to discuss the latest travel advice and answer as many of your questions as possible.

Join our experts – travel editor Cathy Adams and travel correspondent Simon Calder – for an hour as they break down everything from the rules around travel to specific countries to the latest advice and tips on booking a UK holiday for your summer break.

They will be joined by Covid data expert Tim White, who has become a renowned for his extensive knowledge on how to interpret the latest data on cases and what it means for us going forward.

For more details and to sign up for the event visit the link below:

Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 12:07

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