Green list UPDATE: Covid travel review TODAY with Malta and Balearic Islands to go quarantine-free this summer

MILLIONS of sun-starved Brits will today finally get the green light for travel to a slew of  sunshine isles.

Holidaymakers can jet off for a week or more in Malta and Madeira and avoid quarantining when they get back as a new travel green list kicks in at 4am next Wednesday.

The Balearic islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca were last night also on the cusp of being added, with a final decision being made at a meeting today.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to bump up the holiday islands in changes separate to the Government looking into allowing those who’ve had two vaccine doses, and their kids, to  avoid quarantine.

Currently,  Brits have to get at least two tests when returning from green-list countries, while amber countries require a minimum of three. Gold standard PCR tests required for entry to the UK cost around £120, meaning a massive ­burden on travelling families.

Read our Green List Travel live blog below for the latest news and updates..

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    NHS SOUNDS ALARM OVER RISE IN UK COVID PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS

    The NHS is under ‘huge pressure’ as people in ventilator beds increase 41% during last week, NHS bosses say.

    The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said the number of Covid patients in hospital on ventilation beds had increased by 41% in the last week to to 227, which she said was a strong indication Covid was having an impact on health services. 

    Cordery told BBC Breakfast: “Trusts on the frontline are really coming under huge pressure … they have plans in place to tackle the backlog, but with more Covid cases and demand for emergency care going up, that’s really challenging.”

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Prof Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, said this and other surveillance data were “encouraging”, despite rising case numbers. Lower hospitalisations and death rates relative to case numbers prove the high effectiveness of vaccines in protecting people from serious illness, he said.

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    MALTA, MADEIRA AND ‘BALEARIC ISLANDS’ SET FOR TRAVEL GREEN LIST

    Holidaymakers can jet off for a week or more in Malta and Madeira and avoid quarantining when they get back as a new travel green list kicks in at 4am next Wednesday.

    The Balearic islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca were last night also on the cusp of being added, with a final decision being made at a meeting today.

    The Sun can also reveal family holidays abroad could cost £500 less under plans to slash the number of expensive tests faced by double-jabbed Brits on their return.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to bump up the holiday islands in changes separate to the Government looking into allowing those who’ve had two vaccine doses, and their kids, to avoid quarantine.

    Pressure is mounting for those measures to be unveiled  when lockdown is due to end on July 19.

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    GERMANY CALLS ON EU NATIONS TO FORCE BRIT TRAVELLERS TO QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS

    Chancellor Angela Merkel urged all EU nations to make UK visitors quarantine to halt the spreading Delta variant.

    Greece, Spain and Italy, desperate for Brit tourists, are likely to defy her battle cry.

    Merkel raged: “In our country if you come from Great Britain you have to go into quarantine.

    “That’s not the case in every European country and that’s what I’d like to see.”

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    VERY RARE CASES OF HEART INFLAMMATION IN YOUNG ADULTS ‘LIKELY’ LINKED TO MRNA VACCINES, SAY US EXPERTS

    The Pfizer and Moderna jabs could be linked with a slight increase in the risk of heart inflammation, according to a group advising the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Sky news understands experts have been assessing a link between the heart condition and the mRNA vaccines, mainly in young men. 

    Pfizer previously said it had not observed a higher rate of heart inflammation than would normally be expected.

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    41 CASES OF NEW ‘DELTA PLUS’ VARIANT FOUND IN BRITAIN

    The latest coronavirus “delta plus” variant has already infected at least 41 people in the UK, according to Public Health England figures.

    Indian authorities today said the new variant, formally known as AY.1, was of concern and sweeping across the country.

    It remains unknown if it is more dangerous than the original strain.

    The Government said PHE had already put extra measures in place where the variant had been detected including “enhanced contact tracing, testing, and isolation”.

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    VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS

    Covid vaccines are essential to beat the virus, but it is within your best interests to monitor any possible side effects.

    These side effects are mostly nothing to worry about but can cause discomfort.

    Experts have found that rashes and itching in another spot other than the injection site was the most common side effect.

    Read more here

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    INDOOR MIXING JOY AS RULE OF 6 WILL FINALLY BE DITCHED

    Boris Johnson plans to defy doomster scientists and rip up the hated Rule of Six so Brits can raise a toast to Freedom Day with dozens of friends and family. 

    Axing the cap on indoor mixing as per Step 4 of the roadmap has been thrown into doubt by scientists agitating for some curbs to stay.

    But senior government sources confirmed the PM is dead-set on giving Brits the much-needed boost on July 19, while breathing life back into hard-hit pubs and restaurants.

    Draconian lockdown measures currently ban more than six people or two households gathering inside – which is proving a nightmare for people trying to meet in the recent cold snap.

    Read more here

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    DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, JONATHAN VAN-TAM IS ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE BY ANTIVAXXER

    This is the appalling moment an antivaxxer abuses Jonathan Van-Tam and accuses him of genocide.

    Geza Tarjanyi, 60, filmed himself hurling abuse at Van-Tam in Westminster yesterday, before sharing the shocking footage on Facebook.

    Tarjanyi asked: “What was really in that needle you put into Matt Hancock?”, referring to the Health Secretary’s vaccination in April.

    Tarjanyi films Professor Van-Tam as he approaches him before saying: “Are you Van-Tam, aren’t ya?

    “This country’s supposed to be in the worst pandemic of all time.”

    Professor Van-Tam then calmly replied: “It is.”

    Read the full story here

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