UK News 'So big, so sudden': Covid-19 surge leaves Spain and France travel uncertain
Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal
LONDON (AP) — After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple — and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a U.N.-backed effort — could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don't recognizeThe couple — and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a U.N.-backed effort — could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don't recognize the Indian-made version of the vaccine for travel.
declared a fourth wave of the pandemic earlier this week. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal made a rather from sounding prediction, especially for those hoping to travel to or from the country this summer.
"We have entered a fourth wave. The dynamics of the epidemic are extremely strong," he said.
"We see a faster wave, and a sharper rise than all the previous ones...the incidence rate continues to explode."
The French government's spokesman referred to the increasing number of cases as: "A rise so big, so sudden, we haven't seen that since the beginning of the pandemic."
Thousands protest against vaccinations and Covid passes in France
A large crowd turned up for a far-right anti-vaccine march in Paris.A march in Paris led by a far-right, anti-vaccine politician drew an unusually sizable crowd, swelled by anger over the new virus rules French president Emmanuel Macron announced this week.
The country, a popular holiday hotspot for Britons and the home of many British ex-pats, has announced new measures including venues requiring a health pass.
This will prove someone has been vaccinated, has a recent negative test, or has recovered from the virus.
Businesses will be fined up to 45,000 euros for not checking these health passes, starting at 1,500.
It's a blow to those hoping to holiday in the country without such a pass.
Spain, another British expat and holiday hotspot, is facing numerous concerns about travel.
Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty
TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It's an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very real way, something quite different. No foreign fans. No local attendance in Tokyo-area venues. A reluctant populace navigating a surge of virus cases amid a still-limited vaccination campaign. Athletes and their entourages confined to a quasi-bubble, under threat of deportation. Government minders and monitoring apps trying — in theory, at least — to track visitors’ every move. Alcohol curtailed or banned.
There have been worries the country would be added to the new "amber plus list" in the coming days.
is already on said list, so what is it?
As of July 19, those returning from the amber list countries would not have to quarantine.
However, the new amber plus list will see those returning from countries placed on it face quarantine.
Those returning from France will have to self-isolate for 10 days coming back to England or Wales.
Ministers have apparently claimed the same cannot be said for Spain.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps is said to have "been angered at being bounced into adding France to the list," according to the Times.
It reports Mr. Shapps has since "won a commitment within Government to ensure that there would be no further additions until August 2".
Olympic chiefs refuse to rule out CANCELLING Tokyo Games due to Covid
Toshiro Muto, head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee, was asked directly at a press conference today whether the Games might still be cancelled and refused to rule it out.Toshiro Muto, head of the organising committee, was asked directly at a press conference on Tuesday whether the showpiece event - which has cost Japan some £12billion - could still be called off, and refused to rule it out.
Travel insiders are anxious about the unfolding situation.
Easyjet's CEO Johan Lundgren told CNBC earlier this week: "We always knew that (the recovery) was not going to be a straight line...but we are seeing that restrictions are being unwound.
"But it's absolutely true that when you do open up societies and communities, there is an increase also in infections.
"The question is to make sure the vaccinations are breaking the link between (infection and) severe hospitalization and death, and fortunately it looks to be that way."
He claimed the travel industry is facing an "extraordinarily challenging" situation.
Judge rules Shakira must face trial in Spain over 'tax evasion' .
Spanish prosecutors accuse the 44-year-old Colombian singer of six offences, which could result in jail time if she is convicted. They claim the Hips Don't Lie hitmaker stopped paying taxes in Spain in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.Shakira has previously said that during those years she lived in the Bahamas and was not a resident of Spain, only visiting the country 'sporadically'. Now a judge has concluded there are 'sufficient indications' for Shakira to go to trial for allegedly avoiding the payment of 14.5 million euros, Euro Weekly reports.