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Coronavirus news LIVE: Spain quarantine to be cut to 10 days after Jet2 and TUI cancel flights and UK deaths hit 45,759

Coronavirus news LIVE: Spain quarantine to be cut to 10 days after Jet2 and TUI cancel flights and UK deaths hit 45,759
THE Foreign Office is now advising against travel to Spanish islands.
It comes following the shock 'U-turn' on air bridges at the weekend, which saw thousands of Brits holidaying in Spain now forced to isolate on their return to the UK.
But The Telegraph reports the two week self-isolation will be shaved down by to ten days after holidaymakers were in uproar about the lost wages and cancelled plans.
The FCO had initially left the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands exempt from the 14-day quarantine.
But now, official advise says Brits should avoid "all but essential travel to Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands.
Jet2 and Tui have now temporarily cancelled flights to the region.
Meanwhile, the latest coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 45,759.
And in other news, a pet cat has tested positive for coronavirus, according to government officials.
Follow all the latest coronavirus news and updates below...
  • 5 MINUTES AGO
    EMPLOYERS URGED TO TAKE 'COMPASSIONATE' APPROACH TO THOSE ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE
    Employers should take a “sensible and compassionate” approach to staff who may have to self-isolate after travelling abroad, the Government has urged.
    Local government minister Simon Clarke said the Government hopes employers will put “sensible steps in place” to support those required to self-isolate.
    It comes after it was announced that travellers from Spain will be required to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.
    Mr Clarke told BBC Breakfast: “We all feel deeply for everyone who's been affected by this.
    “We very strongly encourage employers to take a sensible and compassionate approach to people who find themselves in this situation.”
  • 17 MINUTES AGO
    DOORS TO REOPEN AT LONDON'S MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
    Madame Tussauds London, Sea Life London Aquarium and The London Dungeon are set to reopen their doors for the first time since being shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Merlin Entertainments said these and other major attractions including the London Eye and Shrek's Adventure! London will reopen with enhanced hygiene and safety measures on August 1.
    Anyone looking to enjoy a day out at these London hotspots will have to pre-book tickets and a visiting time slot online and use cashless payments.
    Social distancing is in place and staff have had rigorous training in the new safety measures.
  • 22 MINUTES AGO
    RUSSIA REPORTS ANOTHER 150 CORONAVIRUS DEATHS
    Russia reported another 150 Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the official death toll in the country to 13,504.
    It also reported 5,395 new cases on Tuesday, bringing its nationwide tally to 823,515, the fourth highest in the world.
  • 39 MINUTES AGO
    BAR CLOSES IN STOCKPORT AFTER 3 STAFF MEMBERS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
    Thom's Bar and Kitchen, in Stockport, reopened on 'Super Saturday' but has had to close its doors again following the positive cases.
    They have contacted Public Health England but encouraged punters to book or order a coronavirus test in the meantime.
    Bosses at the bar insisted they had followed all of the appropriate social distancing guidelines since reopening on July 4.
    One staff member initially tested positive for the virus, before two more also contracted the disease.
    Story here.
  • 43 MINUTES AGO
    KATE GARRAWAY GIVES UPDATE ON HER HUSBAND'S HEALTH
    ITV Good Morning's Kate Garraway has given an update on her husband Derek's health after visiting him in hospital yesterday.
    She said: “It was quite a tough visit yesterday.
    “He's had a tough couple of weeks. It's just frustrating. It's actually Billy's (their son) actual birthday today, so I think I was extra emotional because you think about the day he was born, Derek's involvement and how much Derek would like to be present and all of that. So it's very emotional.
    “But what the doctors said to me is 'sometimes Kate a day when nothing has gone backwards and nothing has gone wrong is a positive'.
    “It's just that I'm desperate for a step forward. And I'm sure he is too. But it's always lovely to see him. So it's wonderful to have the chance to do that.”
  • TODAY, 07:58
    HONG KONG FACING 'THIRD WAVE' OF CORONAVIRUS
    Hong Kong has suspended dining services and has banned public gatherings of over two people following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.
  • TODAY, 07:37
    DAUGHTER OF BUS DRIVER WHO DIED FROM COVID WANTS PUBLIC INQUIRY
    The daughter of a bus driver who died from Covid-19 has called for a public inquiry after a report revealed people doing that job were more than three times more likely to die from the virus.
    Leshie Chandrapala, whose 64-year-old dad, Ranjith, died on May 3 after driving the No 92 bus on the Ealing hospital route from the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, described reading the report as “extremely distressing” for her and her family.
    She said: “The report made it very clear that a lot of bus drivers, including dad, could still be alive today if Boris Johnson and his government had taken the pandemic seriously and locked down earlier.
    “We need an initial inquiry to find out what’s gone wrong so more drivers don’t die if there is a second wave of Covid-19 and we also need a public inquiry to see why bus drivers like my dad died and for the necessary parties to take accountability for that.”
  • TODAY, 07:18
    'I WOULDN'T SAY DON'T GO ABROAD'
    Local government minister Simon Clarke has said he “wouldn't say don't go abroad' after the government announced all people returning from Spain must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • TODAY, 07:16
    HOUSING MARKET LOSES £27BN DUE TO COVID
    The UK housing market will have “lost” an estimated 124,000 sales collectively worth £27 billion this year due to the coronavirus lockdown, according to a property website.
    Zoopla said sales during the first half of this year were down by around a fifth compared with the same period in 2019.
    Looking at the whole period from January 1 and June 30, sales were running 20% lower than they were during the same period in 2019.
    Sales have now picked up, as pent-up demand is released into the market and buyers look to take advantage of a recent stamp duty cut announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
    Cities including Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham are seeing a strong growth in demand, according to Zoopla.
  • TODAY, 07:14
    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM PREPARES EXHIBITS FOR REOPENING
    Conservation work is under way at the Natural History Museum on exhibits including its blue whale skeleton ahead of the venue's reopening.
    The London museum is set to welcome back visitors on August 5 following months of closure.
    Staff at the museum have been preparing by cleaning skeletons and displays and laying out signs explaining new social distancing measures.
    The museum's head of conservation Lorraine Cornish said that “quite a lot of dust” had accumulated on exhibits while the venue was closed because of coronavirus.
  • TODAY, 06:53
    VACCINE HOPES
    Some positive news on the vaccine hopes – seen as the way to return to normality.
    US and company officials were hopeful on Monday that Moderna Inc's vaccine against coronavirus could be ready for widespread use by the end of this year, after the drugmaker announced the start of a 30,000-subject trial to demonstrate it is safe and effective, the final hurdle prior to regulatory approval.
    German biotech BioNTech and US drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Monday they would begin a pivotal global study to evaluate their lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
    If the study is successful, the companies could submit the vaccine for regulatory approval as early as October.
  • TODAY, 06:03
    CORONAVIRUS 6AM SUMMARY:
    – WHO SAYS COVID-19 IS 'EASILY THE MOST SEVERE CRISIS' “This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe.” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
    – FOREIGN OFFICE'S EFFORTS TO BRING BRITONS HOME WERE CRITICISED The Foreign Affairs Committee said the repatriation operation had been too slow. People were on the phone for “long periods of time” and whilst others' calls were not answered.
    – BRITS SET TO LOSE ‘THOUSANDS’ OVER HOLIDAY CHAOS Brits faced summer travel chaos today with angry families losing thousands on cancelled trips, holiday companies pulling flights and workers being forced into quarantine on their return.
    – SPAIN QUARANTINE WILL BE CUT TO TEN DAYS Quarantine will be cut to ten days for Brits coming home from Spain under Government plans.
    – FAUCI 'CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC' ABOUT COVID VACCINE Dr. Anthony Fauci said he's “cautiously optimistic” about the Moderna coronavirus vaccine as it entered the Phase 3 trials. He also briefed Trump about the 89 sites across the US that are giving the vaccines as part of the trial.
    – TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID Robert O’Brien, 54, is the closest person to the president known to have contracted the disease. The official allegedly contracted the virus at a family event and has been isolating at home.
  • TODAY, 05:38
    WHO SAYS COVID-19 IS 'EASILY THE MOST SEVERE CRISIS'
    “This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
    The organization added that that cases have roughly doubled in the last six weeks, as the pandemic “continues to accelerate.”
  • TODAY, 05:32
    QUEEN ELIZABETH TO WEAR FACE MASK AT BALMORAL
    The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will wear face masks to keep up the tradition of worshipping at their local Scottish church.
    The monarch – a devout Christian – and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to move to Balmoral in a few days.
  • TODAY, 04:25
    PM URGES BRITS TO LOSE WEIGHT TO FIGHT COVID-19
    Johnson released a video Monday saying that he was “too fat” when he was admitted to the ICU earlier this year.
    Since his recovery from coronavirus, he has been steadily rebuilding his fitness.
    The video is part of the UK government's strategy to lower obesity rates in the country.
  • TODAY, 04:02
    FOREIGN OFFICE'S EFFORTS TO BRING BRITONS HOME WERE CRITICISED
    The Foreign Affairs Committee said the repatriation operation had been too slow.
    People were on the phone for “long periods of time” and whilst others' calls were not answered.
    Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat also said that many had received advice that was “confusing, inconsistent and lacking in compassion”.
  • TODAY, 00:33
    WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS ON A HOLIDAY REFUND?
    Millions of Brits have had holiday plans cancelled.
    Firstly, speak to your airline or holiday firm about a refund or rearranging your plans.
    You are entitled to a refund if they've cancelled your holiday but many have large delays or may offer vouchers instead.
    As the FCO is advising against all but essential international travel, you may also be covered by your travel insurance if the holiday provider or airline is not helping you.
    Keep in mind the travel insurance must have been taken out before the FCO advice changed, otherwise you won't be covered.If you don't have travel insurance, you may be able to claim your money back through your credit or debit card provider.
    Credit card payments between £100 and £30,000 are covered under Section 75 of the Consumer Rights Act.To start a claim, you need to contact your credit card provider directly – Which? has a free tool that can help you do this.
  • TODAY, 00:16
    BRITS SET TO LOSE ‘THOUSANDS’ OVER HOLIDAY CHAOS
    Brits faced summer travel chaos today with angry families losing thousands on cancelled trips, holiday companies pulling flights and workers being forced into quarantine on their return.
    Downing Street even advised those who miss out on work due to the sudden quarantine should claim Universal Credit or employment support allowance – up to £74.35 a week – to make ends meet.
    Workers could be sacked or lose out on cash while sticking to the sudden rules – as employers do not have to offer any pay while they are off.
  • TODAY, 23:55
    SPAIN HITS BACK: ‘ISLANDS ARE SAFER THAN THE UK’
    Spain has hit back at Britain's quarantine for travellers coming back from holidays there.
    Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez said on Monday evening it is safer to be in the Canary or Balearic islands than in the UK.
    Mr Sanchez said: “In epidemiological terms, it would be safer to be in these areas than in the UK.
    “We are going to carry on talking because we are friends and we have many commercial and economic links as well as geopolitical links.
    “Rather than reproaches what we have to do is try and find a point of equilibrium that above all involves the UK making its decision based on the cumulative evolution of the virus in these regions which are tourist areas.
    “I think the UK’s decision is an incorrect one.
    “Spain is made up of a number of regions that have a cumulative rate of contagion that is lower than the European average as well as the UK average.”
  • TODAY, 23:31
    PUTTING MASKS ON PETS COULD KILL THEM
    Pet owners have been urged not to put face masks on their cats and dogs to protect them from coronavirus as it could kill them.
    Vets issued a warning after pictures of animals who have had masks put on them by their owners have emerged on social media sites such as Instagram.
    Animals experts have issued the warning as some owners fear their beloved pets will contract coronavirus.
    Dr Melissa Meehan, a vet based in Melbourne, Australia, said forcing animals to wear masks can cause stresShe added masks impair animal's breathing which “can increase their stress levels and could even be fatal, especially for brachycephalic breeds who already have difficulty breathing”.s and anxiety for them, reports Yahoo News.
  • TODAY, 23:27
    SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE
    British Tourists eyeing a holiday to Spain face disappointment after the UK government provided a further update.
    Boris Johnson and co took Spain off their quarantine rules over another coronavirus outbreak – but this has now been extended to the country's islands.
    Flights are still departing from the UK to Spain, but the FCO has changed its advice to only travel to mainland Spain for essential reasons.
    Some airlines like Easyjet are still flying to Spain and some hotels are still open.
    However, the government has advised to only travel to Spain for an essential reason.
    If you decide to book a holiday to Spain you will be travelling against government advice.
    This means you are unlikely to be covered under travel insurance.
  • TODAY, 23:13
    ‘WORRYING SPIKE IN COVID CASES’ AT TRAVELLER SITE
    A coronavirus at a travellers site has been described as “worrying” amid concerns it could be linked to another cluster at a different caravan park.
    Two further cases have been confirmed at the caravan site in Craven Arms, a market town in Shropshire, bringing the total to 23, with health officials fearing the number will continue to rise.
    Testing started when two positive cases were confirmed at the site in Long Lane last week.
    Rachel Robsinson, the county's director for public health, said: “Cluster outbreaks are not uncommon during a pandemic and we would like to reassure people that the risk is still very low.
    “We are continuing to provide Long Lane residents on-site support, as well as guidance to help keep them and their loved ones safe.”
  • TODAY, 23:01
    NANDO'S WILL SELL A QUARTER CHICKEN FOR £1.85 UNDER NEW COVID RECOVERY SCHEME
    Nando’s has confirmed its Eat Out to Help Out prices – and customers will be able to pick up a quarter of Peri Peri chicken for just £1.85 next month.
    A quarter of chicken would typically cost £4.35, depending on your location – so that's a saving of £2.50.
    The lower prices will come into effect when the Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches on August 3 to August 31.
    Under the initiative, Brits can get 50 per cent off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 a head, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday.
  • TODAY, 22:49
    LUTON AIRPORT 'CHAOS' AS TRAVELLERS RETURN FROM SPAIN
  • TODAY, 22:33
    SPAIN QUARANTINE WILL BE CUT TO TEN DAYS
    Quarantine will be cut to ten days for Brits coming home from Spain under Government plans.
    The Telegraph reports the two week self-isolation will be shaved down by a few days after holidaymakers were in uproar about the lost wages and cancelled plans.

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