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Coronavirus UK news update – Massive summer holiday boost as Cyprus says it will welcome all vaccinated Brits from May

CYPRUS will allow all vaccinated Brits to on holiday in the country without restrictions in May, it was revealed today.

Brits won’t even have to have a negative coronavirus test or quarantine upon arrival if they’ve had both jabs, according to plans unveiled by Cyprus’ deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios this morning.

Although the UK government has warned Brits they won’t be able to travel abroad before May 17, Cyprus statement is a massive boost for those looking for a bit of Mediterranean sunshine this summer.

The news comes as 16 cases of a new worrying coronavirus variant were discovered in the UK.

Public Health England said 16 cases of a Covid strain – known as VUI-202102/04 – were detected in the UK.

The variant has been designated a “variant under investigation”, which means it will be closely monitored but surge testing won’t be rolled out.

It is understood to be an evolution of the UK variant, containing the E484K mutation, and similar to the one found in Liverpool earlier this year.

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  • John Hall

    WU WHAT?

    A team of World Health Organisation experts probing the origins of Covid-19 is scrapping a top level report on its recent mission to China, say reports.

    No reasons were apparently given for the decision to ditch the interim report but the move comes after a string of delays and a dramatic U-turn by the WHO.

    And after it was accused of "a whitewash" by saying it found Covid probably did not originate at the Wuhan wet market or from a state science lab leak.

    The much-heralded probe had been plagued by delays, concern over access and bickering between Beijing and Washington.

    Tensions were heightened when the US accused China of hiding the extent of the initial outbreak and criticised the terms of the WHO visit, under which Chinese experts conducted the first phase of research.

  • John Hall

    EXTRA STRAIN

    A new coronavirus variant has been identified in the UK, health bosses have revealed today.

    Public Health England said 16 cases of a Covid strain known as VUI-202102/04 have been detected.

    The variant has been designated a "variant under investigation", which means it will be closely monitored but surge testing won't be rolled out.

    It is understood to be an evolution of the UK variant, containing the E484K mutation, and similar to the one found in Liverpool earlier this year.

    But it doesn't feature the the N501Y mutation, found in all variants of concern (VOCs) such as the South African and Braziliant variants.

  • John Hall

    MOST LIKELY HOLIDAY SPOTS FOR BRITS

    Holiday abroad are yet to be given the go-ahead by the UK government, although it is hoped that they will resume from the summer.

    A number of countries are very keen to get Brits back, and are offering vaccine passport schemes and fewer travel restrictions to encourage people to return.

    • Spain
    • Greece
    • Turkey
    • Maldives
    • Cyprus
    • John Hall

      SLAP IN THE FACE FOR THE NHS

      NHS staff are expected to get just a 1 per cent pay rise next year.

      As part of measures to tighten the belt, pay rises across the public sector are to be paused from April, but NHS staff and the lowest paid will get a small, below-inflation rise.

      The Department of Health said in its submission to the annual pay review bodies that "the Government will need to take into account the challenging fiscal and economic context" with pay awards.

      It went on: "In settling the DHSC and NHS budget, the government assumed a headline pay award of 1% for NHS staff.

      "Anything higher would require re-prioritisation."

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