Britons who have had both doses of a Covid vaccine could be allowed to avoid quarantine measures when returning from international travel, reports have said.
Travelling abroad for holidays is currently banned, but The Telegraph reports that when restrictions are eventually lifted in England, fully-vaccinated holidaymakers may not have to quarantine for 10 days following stay in medium-risk countries.
Prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to signal on Monday that foreign travel will return with restrictions based on a traffic light system, which will rate countries as red, amber or green based on coronavirus infection rates, vaccination levels and prevalence of variants.
Meanwhile, the government has announced that care home residents can have two regular indoors visitors, instead of one, form 12 April. Babies and young children will be allowed to attend visits and will not count as one of the two visitors.
This means care home residents in England will be allowed to see small bubbles of loved ones for the first time in months.
‘More work needs to be done’ to investigate rare blood clots among people who received AstraZeneca jab
Evidence is growing that the occurrence of a number of rare blood clot events among people who have had the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is “causally related”, a scientist has said.
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Thursday that it had identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events among people in the UK who had received the AstraZeneca jab, following similar reports from Germany.
Professor Paul Hunter, a medical microbiologist at the University of East Anglia, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “It is not uncommon to get clusters of rare events purely by chance.
“But, once you find that cluster in one population and it then crops up in another – such as previously in the German and now in the English – then I think the chances of that being a random association is very, very low.
“Clearly more work needs to be done, but I think the evidence is shifting more towards it being causally related at the moment.”
However he said that the risks of taking the AstraZenca vaccine were still far outweighed by the risks of not getting the jab.
“The chance of dying if you don’t have the vaccine is many times greater than the risk of dying from CVT (cerebral venous thrombosis) after the AstraZeneca vaccine, even if it does turn out, as I suspect it will, that this link is causal,” he said.
Kate Ng3 April 2021 10:00
Doctor put ‘on alert’ to possible Covid vaccine blood-clotting syndrome
Doctors have been issued with new advice to help them spot and treat a rare blood-clotting disorder that may be linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
The British Society for Haematology decided to act after some experts became concerned at the number of cases of blood clotting linked to a rare syndrome known as thrombocytopenia.
Our Health Correspondent Shaun Lintern reports:
Kate Ng3 April 2021 09:45
Joy as Leicester’s long lockdown begins to ease – one year and six days on
Leicester has been in some form of lockdown since the very first nationwide lockdown on 23 March last year.
As restrictions were eased across the rest of the country, stubbornly high coronavirus rates meant the city remained largely closed throughout. Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby told The Independent that Leicester became “a footnote”.
My colleague Colin Drury finds out how people in Leicester are making the most of restrictions finally being eased:
Kate Ng3 April 2021 09:35
Britons with both jabs ‘could avoid quarantine after international holidays’
It has been reported that travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 could avoid quarantine measures when returning from abroad.
Boris Johnson is expected to signal on Monday that foreign travel will return with restrictions based on a traffic light system.
Countries will be rated as red, amber or green based on risk factors including Covid infection rates, vaccination levels and the prevalence of variants.
According to The Telegraph, those returning to the UK will be expected to have pre-departure Covid tests no matter what their vaccination status is.
But travellers who have received both jabs of a Covid vaccine could need fewer tests after returning from low-risk countries, and may not have to quarantine for 10 days after staying in medium-risk countries, the paper said.
Currently, international travel for holidays is banned under the UK’s coronavirus lockdown measures, but Mr Johnson plans to make an announcement about lifting restrictions in England on Monday.
Kate Ng3 April 2021 09:23
Two visitors allowed in care homes across England from Monday 12 April
Residents in care homes across England will be able to have two regular visitors from 12 April provided they are both tested for coronavirus, the government has announced.
Babies and children are not counted as one of the two visitors, allowing residents to reunite with small bubbles of family and friends for the first time in months.
Care home residents are currently only permitted to see one regular visitor, with this being changed in tandem with the roadmap out of lockdown.
My colleague Bethany Dawson reports:
Kate Ng3 April 2021 09:16
Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog following the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic.
Kate Ng3 April 2021 09:16