UK Covid LIVE Update: Fears 0 countries will be added to green list as WHO says reported Nepal variant does not exist

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UK Covid LIVE Update: Fears 0 countries will be added to green list as WHO says reported Nepal variant does not exist
UK Covid LIVE Update: Fears 0 countries will be added to green list as WHO says reported Nepal variant does not exist

Seven countries are expected to be added to the travel red list and none to the green list, in a Government announcment later today.

Travellers from Egypt, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Bahrain, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago and Afghanistan look set to face 10 days in isolation in a quarantine hotel, at a cost of up to £1,750 per person.

This comes as the WHO says they are “not aware of any new variant of SARS-CoV-2 being detected in Nepal”.

According to WHO Nepal, the predominant variant circulating in the country is Delta (B.1.617.2), which was first identified in India.

– Holiday hopes dashed with no countries added to green travel list

No new destinations will be added to the green travel list in the Government’s latest update, the PA news agency understands.

Summer hotspots such as Spanish and Greek islands plus Malta had hoped to be awarded green status on Thursday.

But no additions are expected to be made amid concerns about rising coronavirus case rates in the UK.

There is speculation that Portugal – the only viable major tourist destination currently on the green list – could be moved to the amber tier.

– Sarwar calls for Scottish Covid inquiry into ‘avoidable deaths’

The Scottish people deserve answers about the mistakes made during the coronavirus pandemic, Anas Sarwar has said as he called for a judge-led public inquiry.

At FMQs, the Scottish Labour leader set out a range of decisions made by the Scottish Government around mass gatherings, herd immunity, care homes and Covid-19 testing that were in “lockstep” or slower than the UK Government.

Mr Sarwar urged Nicola Sturgeon to establish a Scotland-specific inquiry into how her government responded.

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