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Coronavirus news – live: NHS ‘unlikely to be overwhelmed’ late summer as travel advice amended

The EU is planning on easing restrictions on non-essential travel
The EU is planning on easing restrictions on non-essential travel

Epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson has said it is unlikely the NHS would be overwhelmed after an expected rise in Covid cases in late summer.

When asked about if social distancing rules were scrapped in summer, he said: “We do expect transmission and to some extent hospitalisations and deaths to tick up in late summer, if we completely go back to normal, but at a much lower level than we saw, for instance, back in December and January.”

Meanwhile, the UK has amended its travel advice to show a list of low-risk nations, as the public await an official “green list” of countries to be published before non-essential international travel is expected to resume on 17 May.

An EU official has said it remains a “question mark” whether the UK will be on list of countries allowed to travel to member states for holidays, as the European Council is set to discuss plans today.

The European Commission said it is proposing to let travellers visit the EU for non-essential reasons who are “coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation”, as well as those who have received “the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”.

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Foreign Office changes travel advice to revel ‘low-risk’ nations

The travel industry is furious that, with 13 days to go until non-essential travel is expected to restart, there is still no certainty about which countries and regions may be rated green.

But the changed Foreign Office advice reveals the locations that are regarded as low risk – including Greek and Spanish islands.

Our travel correspondent, Simon Calder, reports:

Zoe Tidman4 May 2021 08:37
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Unlikely NHS would be overwhelmed late summer – expert

Epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson has said it is unlikely the NHS would be overwhelmed after an expected rise in cases in late summer.

When asked about if social distancing rules were scrapped in summer, he said: “We do expect transmission and to some extent hospitalisations and deaths to tick up in late summer, if we completely go back to normal, but at a much lower level than we saw, for instance, back in December and January.”

The epidemiologist told BBC’s Today programme: “It is obviously a political judgement as to what is acceptable in terms of numbers of infections.”

But he added: “We don’t see any prospect for instance of the NHS being overwhelmed.”

However, this would also depend on new variants, he said.

Zoe Tidman4 May 2021 08:29
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UK inclusion on EU travel list remains ‘question mark’ – EU official

British holidaymakers may have the option of jetting off to a handful of European hotspots from next month.

The European Commission proposed to ease restrictions on travel to countries in the bloc amid progressing Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and lower infection rates.

It is proposing “to allow entry to the EU for nonessential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”.

It was not said which countries would be on its list, but one unnamed EU official said the UK remains a “question mark”.

Zoe Tidman4 May 2021 07:47
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