More than 4,400 doses of coronavirus vaccine were wasted in Scotland in one week, figures have revealed. Statistics published by the Scottish Government under Freedom of Information requests showed in the week ending August 1, a total of 4,448 doses of vaccine were not administered. Between February and July the number totalled 34,026.
PCR travel test market must be regulated to avoid a race to the bottom warns Competition and Markets Authority The PCR travel test market must be regulated to avoid a race to the bottom, the competition watchdog has warned. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that buying a test “is a lottery” with “complaints about dodgy pricing practices” that can’t go on.
British holidaymakers heading to Spain are making contingency plans to get back to the UK as fears mount it could be put on the Government’s red list at the end of the month. Figures released last week showed more than one in 35 of all travellers arriving in Britain from Spain test positive for Covid-19, leading to concern it is the holiday hotspot most likely to be hit with curbs when the Government next updates travel rules.
Government sources confirmed to i that the plans have been dropped, after a rebellion within the Cabinet backed by Rishi Sunak Boris Johnson has bowed to pressure and scrapped plans for an amber watchlist travel category after a revolt by several members of his Cabinet and backbench MPs. The Prime Minister was mulling whether to introduce the new tier to the Government’s traffic light system to warn people that their destination could shift quickly from amber to red, which would require quarantining in a hotel.
Spanish officials are working to recruit foreigners to help police in detecting illegal gatherings Wanted: foreigners between 30 and 40 years old willing to party in Ibiza in the name of combating the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish officials on the island are working to assemble a squad from abroad who would be capable of infiltrating parties that breach local coronavirus regulations and flagging them to authorities.
Speculation builds that Spain could be added to a new amber watchlist Confidence is growing that holidaymakers will be able to enjoy quarantine-free travel to Spain when ministers come to make their decision on the travel rules next week. The latest data from Spain shows that the highest prevalence of the Beta variant are in parts of the country that are not popular holiday destinations for Britons with the proportion of cases caused by the strain falling.
Travel restrictions: The entry requirements for the UK’s favourite holiday destinations from Spain to Italy
Constantly changing travel rules are making it more stressful than ever to pin down a summer holiday this year. And on top of understanding the UK’s green, amber and red travel lists, would-be holidaymakers must keep across the restrictions in the destinations they want to travel to as well.
There are growing fears that the Balearic islands could be added to the amber-plus list, as Mallorca and Ibiza have reintroduced strict public health measures this week amid a new surge in Covid cases. Authorities on the islands are cracking down on social gathering, with a ban on all events which involve mixing between households.