English holidaymakers will be able to visit Spain, Italy, France and Germany without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return and travel restrictions on up to 60 other countries and territories are also set to be lifted.
The government’s rule change will come into effect on 10 July with the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, describing it as a major step in “reopening the nation”.
The full list of countries is due to be released at lunchtime on Friday.
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Staff and residents in UK care homes for people over 65 and those with dementia will receive regular coronavirus tests from Monday, the government has announced.
Staff will be tested for the virus weekly while residents will receive a test every 28 days. The new measures will be in addition to intensive testing in any care home facing an outbreak or an increased risk of a surge in cases.
The strategy follows the latest advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and new evidence from a study indicating a higher prevalence of Covid-19 in care homes.
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