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Coronavirus news UK latest: Covid cases at HIGHEST level since January as Malta and Ibiza open for travel on green list

THE number of Brits diagnosed with Covid is at its highest daily point since January – as the UK prepares for freedom on July 19.

A further 14 people have died, while a whopping 26,068 new infections were reported today.

Despite the alarming rise in cases, Boris Johnson plans to proceed to stage four of his roadmap to freedom on July 19 – as Brits "learn to live with Covid".

That's because officials believe the jab has severed the link between infection, severe illness and death.

Meanwhile, Brits heading abroad might soon be able to use their NHS app to prove vaccination status when they fly to Europe.

Tourists could be allowed to bypass quarantine if they can prove they are double jabbed, show a negative test before departure or provide evidence they have caught the bug in the past 180 days.

Read our Coronavirus blog below for the latest news and updates...

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    MAPPED: THE FIVE AREAS WHERE COVID CASES ARE RISING THE FASTEST

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    SAJID JAVID CONFIRMS JULY 19 AS DATE FOR ENGLAND’S LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS TO END

    Boris Johnson and his new Health Secretary Sajid Javid have confirmed their intention for July 19 to mark the end of England’s lockdown restrictions.

    Mr Javid resisted pressure from Tory MPs to bring forward the date of Step 4 of the road map, but he said there was “no reason” why the July 19 deadline would not be met.

    The Prime Minister signalled that the “terminus” date would mean going “back to life as it was before Covid as far as possible”.

    In his first Commons statement since replacing Matt Hancock, Mr Javid told MPs: “There remains a big task ahead of us to restore our freedoms – freedoms that, save for the greatest of circumstances, no government should ever wish to curtail.

    “So my task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great while of course protecting life and our NHS.”

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    COVID-19 BOOSTER JABS COULD BEGIN FOR 32M BRITONS IN SEPTEMBER

    A Covid-19 vaccination booster programme could begin for 32 million Britons as soon as September, officials have said.

    New interim guidance from experts advising the Government sets out the priority list for who should get a third jab if a booster programme is needed.

    The plans have been drawn up to ensure the NHS is prepared for any possible booster jab campaign while officials await more data on whether a third vaccine is required to bolster protection over the winter months.

    It will coincide with the rollout of flu jabs, which health officials have said will be vital this winter as they prepare for a potentially difficult influenza season.

    The UK is the first country in the world to publish interim guidance on a Covid-19 vaccine booster campaign, though a number of other countries are considering proposals.

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    EXTRA HELP

    Martin Lewis has reminded parents they could be eligible for a £500 payment if their kids are sent home from school.

    The Money Saving Expert founder tweeted that low-income households could receive the payment if they have to care for children sent home to isolate.

    The money is available if you receive certain benefits and have to miss out on work to look after a child under 15.

    If they have been sent home to self-isolate because another child in class or in their bubble has tested positive for Covid, you could claim the one-off grant for the full 10 days they will have to stay off school.

    In the tweet that was posted this morning, Martin said: “Spread word. Many children are being sent home by school due to someone in class or year group bubble testing positive for Covid.

    “If so, and you then can’t work due to needing to be home with them, this (not just NHS test and trace) can trigger the £500 payment for those on low incomes.”

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    BREAKING POINT

    Brits could be released from Covid restrictions and enter into a mental health pandemic, an expert has warned.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has consistently highlighted the “roadmap out of lockdown”, but the mental health of the nation has taken a back seat during the pandemic.

    The government has failed to address the dark side of lockdowns, Dr Raj Persaud fears.

    Over the last year over a fifth of people in Britain have experienced some form of depression – more than double the pre-pandemic figure, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) states.

    It was also previously reported that the pandemic is the “greatest threat to mental health” since the second world war and others have bravely spoken out about how the impact of the pandemic made them want to take their lives.

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    NOT APPY

    Malta has announced even more restrictions for travellers from the UK – Brits now need a letter from the NHS proving they are double vaccinated to enter the country.

    The Maltese government is refusing to accept proof of vaccination on the NHS app because it believes the QR code can be easily forged.

    According to the Travel Gossip website, they prefer a letter from the NHS because it holds a bar code that is harder to copy.

    The advice on the FCO website says:” From 30 June 2021, the Maltese authorities have announced that they will require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination. Only the paper version of the NHS Covid letter will be accepted.”

    The change in rules could spell a nightmare for holidaymakers heading out to the island nation this week though, because of the length of time it takes to acquire proof of vaccination letter.

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    GRAPH: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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    UPDATED COVID VACCINATION RATE

    A total of 65,135,293 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and June 29, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 230,860 on the previous day.

    NHS England said 37,497,766 were first doses, a rise of 115,376 on the previous day, while 27,637,527 were a second dose, an increase of 115,484.

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    CASE BY CASE

    The UK’S daily Covid case figure has risen by over 20,000 again as Europe clamps down on Brit holidaymakers amid the rise of the Delta variant.

    A further 23 people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours – while infections have risen by 20,479.

    Today’s figure brings Britain’s grim Covid death toll to 128,126.

    And now, a total of 4,775,301 people have been infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began last year.

    This is the second day in a row that Covid cases have risen into the 20,000s – a concerning figure as Brits prepare to unlock next month.

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    NOT APPY

    Malta has announced even more restrictions for travellers from the UK – Brits now need a letter from the NHS proving they are double vaccinated to enter the country.

    The Maltese government is refusing to accept proof of vaccination on the NHS app because it believes the QR code can be easily forged.

    According to the Travel Gossip website, they prefer a letter from the NHS because it holds a bar code that is harder to copy.

    The advice on the FCO website says:” From 30 June 2021, the Maltese authorities have announced that they will require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination. Only the paper version of the NHS Covid letter will be accepted.”

    The change in rules could spell a nightmare for holidaymakers heading out to the island nation this week though, because of the length of time it takes to acquire proof of vaccination letter.

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    SEA-ING GREEN

    The UK’s traffic light travel system has now been updated and the Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira have now been added to the green list.

    Other nations turning green today include Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, Barbuda, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

    In a major win for summer holidays, the bumper list of new destinations where Brits can travel without quarantining on their return to England opened up from 4am today.

    All 16 green list additions except Malta are on a “watch list” which means they could revert to amber.

    The announcement has been welcomed by cash-starved airlines, travel companies and holidaymakers longing for a post-pandemic retreat after months in lockdown.

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    CAN YOU GET THE VIRUS IF YOU'VE HAD THE JAB?

    No vaccine is 100 per cent effective and the Covid jabs are no different.

    It takes up to two weeks for the vaccines to kick in, so during that period of time you are still vulnerable to infection.

    If you test positive for Covid after your vaccine it's likely that you had contracted it before you were given your jab.

    You cannot catch the virus from the vaccine, so it's likely you were already carrying the bug on inoculation.

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    PAY BACK

    Thousands of parents will be forced to cough up for any child maintenance fees they haven’t paid as single parents miss out on £408 million.

    Parents in the UK legally have to support their children financially – so if a couple has separated, one parent will have to pay child maintenance to the other.

    Payments can be arranged privately, but if your ex is refusing to pay, or not paying what they should be, you can arrange payments through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).

    But new figures released from the Department for Work and Pensions, which oversees the service, reveal that unpaid child maintenance payments has reached a whopping £408.3million since the scheme began in 2012.

    This equals 9% of all payments due to be paid.

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    SAJID JAVID CONFIRMS JULY 19 AS DATE FOR ENGLAND’S LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS TO END

    Boris Johnson and his new Health Secretary Sajid Javid have confirmed their intention for July 19 to mark the end of England’s lockdown restrictions.

    Mr Javid resisted pressure from Tory MPs to bring forward the date of Step 4 of the road map, but he said there was “no reason” why the July 19 deadline would not be met.

    The Prime Minister signalled that the “terminus” date would mean going “back to life as it was before Covid as far as possible”.

    In his first Commons statement since replacing Matt Hancock, Mr Javid told MPs: “There remains a big task ahead of us to restore our freedoms – freedoms that, save for the greatest of circumstances, no government should ever wish to curtail.

    “So my task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great while of course protecting life and our NHS.”

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    SALUTE OUR SAVOIRS

    The nation’s heroes in the Covid fight will be hailed on National Thank You Day on Sunday.

    PM Boris Johnson will join Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and a string of others to thank NHS workers, carers and community leaders.

    Mr Johnson is hosting a Downing Street BBQ for volunteers, key workers and young people.

    Dragon’s Den star Levi Roots will be cooking Caribbean grub.

    Thousands of events including tidy-ups and lunches are also planned.

    And schoolchildren will contribute to a giant national thank you card.

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    BREAKING POINT

    Brits could be released from Covid restrictions and enter into a mental health pandemic, an expert has warned.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has consistently highlighted the “roadmap out of lockdown”, but the mental health of the nation has taken a back seat during the pandemic.

    The government has failed to address the dark side of lockdowns, Dr Raj Persaud fears.

    Over the last year over a fifth of people in Britain have experienced some form of depression – more than double the pre-pandemic figure, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) states.

    It was also previously reported that the pandemic is the “greatest threat to mental health” since the second world war and others have bravely spoken out about how the impact of the pandemic made them want to take their lives.

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    WATCH: COVID CASES REACH 20,000 ACROSS UK

    UK Covid cases over 20,000 again with 23 deaths as Europe clamps down on Brit holidaymakers amid Delta variant

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    CLASS ACTION

    Every kid in the UK should be jabbed before Britain moves onto the final stage of unlocking, say doomsters from Sage.

    In a call to delay July 19, some experts say the country shouldn't take back its freedom until every youngster has had both vaccinations.

    Scientists have clashed over plans for the coming weeks – after Professor Chris Whitty said the date IS the right time to end restrictions and England is on track to open up as much as possible for summer.

    The Chief Medical Officer for England told a cabinet briefing on Monday the country's recent spike in Covid cases was not leading to a sharp rise in hospital admissions.

    But Professor John Edmunds said we must delay – to make sure schoolkids have been offered the vaccination.

    He told BBC's Newsnight: "At some point we do have to dismantle all of these measures that we've put in place.

    "I think, for me, the safest time to do that is when children have been vaccinated, certainly secondary school aged children at least. That's the safest way."

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    NUMBER OF COVID-19 PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS AT HIGHEST LEVEL FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS

    The number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in England's hospitals has climbed to its highest level for more than two months, new figures show.

    Analysis by the PA news agency shows that the average number of patients in hospitals in England is also climbing, with younger people driving the rise.

    The average number of patients with Covid-19 in England in mechanical ventilation beds stood at 245 on June 29, according to the NHS England figures.

    This is up from 206 a week earlier and is the highest since April 24, having dipped as low as 113 on May 29.

    The number is still far below the peak of the second wave, when the average hit a high of 3,676 on January 26.

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    OVER A THOUSAND SCOTTISH COVID CASES LINKED TO EUROS TRAVEL

    A total of 1,991 Covid-19 cases in Scotland have been linked to fans watching Euro 2020 football matches.

    Public Health Scotland (PHS) said nearly two-thirds of these cases – 1,294 people – reported travelling to London to watch Scotland v England on June 18.

    A total of 397 of these were fans at the game at Wembley Stadium.

    The PHS report said a "relatively small number" of cases in Scotland were linked to the Euro 2020 fanzone at Glasgow Green at 55 while 38 and 37 respectively were linked to Scotland v Croatia and Scotland v the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

    The report states: "PHS is working with Test & Protect and NHS boards to ensure that all public health actions are taken in the close contacts of these Euro 2020 cases as part of the 32,539 cases that were reported to the Test & Protect Case Management System during this period [June 11-28]."

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    CASE BY CASE

    The UK’S daily Covid case figure has risen by over 20,000 again as Europe clamps down on Brit holidaymakers amid the rise of the Delta variant.

    A further 23 people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours – while infections have risen by 20,479.

    Today’s figure brings Britain’s grim Covid death toll to 128,126.

    And now, a total of 4,775,301 people have been infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began last year.

    This is the second day in a row that Covid cases have risen into the 20,000s – a concerning figure as Brits prepare to unlock next month.

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    MIX SUCCESS

    A mix-and-match approach to vaccines could be used in the future to give a even better protection against Covid-19, a study has found.

    Using different brands of jab for first and second doses could “give greater flexibility for a booster programme”, according to experts.

    The Com-Cov trial studied the efficacy of either two doses of Pfizer, two of AstraZeneca or one of them followed by the other.

    All of the combinations worked well and were found to prime the immune system.

    The trial also hinted that people who have already had two doses could have a stronger immune response if they were given a different jab as a booster later in the year.

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    NEW RULES

    The Balearic Islands have opened to Brits today after being added to the green list – but you have just two days until new restrictions are introduced.

    Spain has announced that new entry restrictions for Brits will be enforced from Friday.

    These new rules will be in place from Friday, so anyone who heads to the Balearic Island which includes Ibiza and Majorca should do so by tomorrow.

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez confirmed that any Brits entering the country will be like the “rest of European citizens” which requires a negative Covid test or to be fully vaccinated, according to local media.

    Mr Sánchez explained: “They will be required either a complete vaccination schedule or a negative PCR.”

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    PAY BACK

    Thousands of parents will be forced to cough up for any child maintenance fees they haven't paid as single parents miss out on £408 million.

    Parents in the UK legally have to support their children financially – so if a couple has separated, one parent will have to pay child maintenance to the other.

    Payments can be arranged privately, but if your ex is refusing to pay, or not paying what they should be, you can arrange payments through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).

    But new figures released from the Department for Work and Pensions, which oversees the service, reveal that unpaid child maintenance payments has reached a whopping £408.3million since the scheme began in 2012.

    This equals 9% of all payments due to be paid.

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    SAJID JAVID CONFIRMS JULY 19 AS DATE FOR ENGLAND’S LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS TO END

    Boris Johnson and his new Health Secretary Sajid Javid have confirmed their intention for July 19 to mark the end of England’s lockdown restrictions.

    Mr Javid resisted pressure from Tory MPs to bring forward the date of Step 4 of the road map, but he said there was “no reason” why the July 19 deadline would not be met.

    The Prime Minister signalled that the “terminus” date would mean going “back to life as it was before Covid as far as possible”.

    In his first Commons statement since replacing Matt Hancock, Mr Javid told MPs: “There remains a big task ahead of us to restore our freedoms – freedoms that, save for the greatest of circumstances, no government should ever wish to curtail.

    “So my task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great while of course protecting life and our NHS.”

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