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A COVID vaccination booster programme could begin for 32 million Brits 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.

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.

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    STATE OF PINT

    Pub bosses want Covid rules relaxed to pack in punters for England's Euro 2020 quarter-final on Saturday.

    Hospitality chiefs are urging the government to ease social distancing restrictions for the crunch tie with Ukraine.

    Thousands of Brits will hit the pub for Saturday's game as the country roars on Gareth Southgate's boys.

    The 2-0 win over Germany has sent the country into footie fever pitch, sparking a scramble for pub table bookings.

    Patrick Dardis, chief executive of brewery Young’s, which runs 270 pubs, told The Telegraph: "The appetite is huge.”

    He added: “We will not be able to meet the demand due to the Freedom Day delay, unless the Prime Minister gives dispensation for the next one, two, or even better three England games, given 1966 was England’s last success.”

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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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    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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    EXTRA SHOT

    Covid booster jabs are being lined up for over-50s in the UK this autumn to head off another spike in virus deaths.

    The NHS has been told to get ready for a rollout of third doses beginning as soon as September.

    Millions could get a third shot alongside the annual flu programme after advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

    The JCVI, which advises the government on how to use vaccines in the UK, said that Brits “should be prepared” for another round of jabs.

    Ministers will make a final decision later in the summer about whether to use a booster campaign.

    The extra jabs could be called off if studies show they’re not needed, considering two vaccines are highly effective already.

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    JUST OVER 1% OF LONG COVID CASES RECORDED BY GPs

    Only a small minority of cases of long Covid are being recorded by GPs, a study has suggested.

    Previous research estimated that as many as two million people in England are suffering ongoing symptoms after a Covid-19 infection.

    A new study has found that only 23,273 cases were formally recorded between February 2020 and April 2021 at GP practices.

    Experts analysed data from GP records of 57.9 million patients in England – about 96% of GP patients across the nation.

    More than a quarter of practices (26.7%) had never logged a case, according to the article in the British Journal of General Practice.

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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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    GRAPH: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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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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    PAYING THE PRICE

    The UK economy suffered a bigger hit than orginally thought in the first three months of the year, falling 1.6% compared to the 1.5% predicted.

    The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show gross domestic product (GDP) between January and March this year.

    The level of GDP is now 8.8% below – not 8.7% as was first predicted – its pre-pandemic level, between October and December 2019.

    A sharp drop in output in the education, wholesale and retail trade, the UK tourism and hospitality industry were the biggest causes for the economy to shrink.

    The construction output actually grew though as work was allowed to continue throughout lockdown.

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    LOAN LOSSES

    Nearly two thirds of bounce-back Covid loans will never be paid back, MPs fear.

    The scale of fraud and bankruptcy could cost the Treasury £27billion.

    The Bounce Back Loan Scheme was rushed out to allow small businesses quick access to cash.

    But tomorrow the Public Accounts Committee of MPs will say it was rolled out at pace — leading to a “significantly increased” risk of fraud.

    They will say the Treasury was “reliant on banks that it admits lack incentives given it is not their money on the line”.

    Between 35 per cent and 60 per cent — up to £27billion of loans — may now never be repaid.

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    ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’

    The “disgusting yobs” filmed grabbing Chris Whitty “must be found and charged” over their “appalling behaviour”, ministers have blasted.

    They were speaking after the yobs filmed themselves putting England’s chief medical officer in a headlock and pushed in London’s St James Park.

    In the footage, the two yobs can be seen approaching the top medic – who has been heralded for his sensible approach to guiding the UK through the pandemic – before suddenly grabbing him around his shoulders in London.

    The upsetting footage shows the professor’s face turn red with the effort of trying to free himself from their clutches.

    The new Health Secretary Sajid Javid branded the incident “appalling and totally unacceptable”.

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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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    PRESSURE MOUNTS ON LORD BETHELL OVER USE OF PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT

    Health minister Lord Bethell faced fresh calls to resign over his use of a personal email account rather than official communication channels.

    Downing Street acknowledged Lord Bethell was using a private email address but suggested that was allowed within the rules, while the peer insisted he had done nothing wrong.

    Both the minister and his former boss Matt Hancock have faced claims that they used their private accounts to discuss government business during the pandemic, including potential coronavirus contracts.

    Lord Bethell insisted he sought to uphold the ministerial code “in everything I do” as he was questioned by peers.

    Pressed by Tory peer and former Boris Johnson aide Lord Udny-Lister if he “routinely” uses his private email, Lord Bethell said: “In terms of the use of private email can I just reassure members that I have read the ministerial code, I have signed the ministerial code and I seek to uphold it in everything I do.”

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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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    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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    OUT OF CREDIT

    The government will axe a £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit from September, despite pleas to continue to support struggling families.

    Extra support for Universal Credit claimants, worth £20 a week, was first launched at the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020.

    Initially the benefits uplift was meant to last a year but Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the extra Universal Credit payments in the March Budget for six months.

    Minister for welfare delivery Will Quince yesterday confirmed his “expectation” is that the boost “will end once our economy has opened”.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, he said estimates that the £20 cut will push thousands of families below the poverty line were “purely speculative”.

    Quince said: “Projecting the impact of an individual policy on poverty levels is complex and inherently speculative.

    “It is difficult to isolate the specific impact of one policy and determine its effect on how many people fall below the poverty threshold, which itself changes over time.”

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    HEARTACHE

    Heart inflammation is “possibly” linked with Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines, scientists say, as more cases have been found.

    It comes as UK medicine regulators give the first signal of concern in vaccinated Brits.

    Cases are being probed by health officials and scientists alike but so far no concrete conclusion has been made.

    The conditions reported are myocarditis, which causes inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, which is inflammation of the lining outside the heart.

    Two new studies, published in JAMA Cardiology, have provided more evidence of the serious, but extremely rare, side effect.

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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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    COVID CASES SURGING IN CZECH REPUBLIC

    The Czech Republic has reported its second successive week-on-week rise in new daily coronavirus cases and the reproduction “R” number has risen above 1 for the first time since mid-April, Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.

    The ministry said daily cases rose to 160 on Tuesday from 112 on the same day a week ago.

    The numbers are much lower than the around 17,000 daily cases reported in January and March, but the “R” number indicating whether the epidemic is on the rise or decline is now 1.1.

    The number of infections over the past week per 100,000 people has risen to 7.2 from a low of 6.4 last Friday.

    The rise has been driven by an increase in infections in the capital Prague and in the centre of the country.

    The Czech Republic is currently on the UK’s amber list of destinations

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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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    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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    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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    AVOID CONTACT WITH PET CAT OR DOG IF YOU HAVE COVID-19, SAY EXPERTS

    Cat or dog owners who have Covid-19 should avoid their pets while infected, experts have said. Scientists in the Netherlands have found that coronavirus is common in pet cats and dogs where their owners have the disease.

    While cases of owners passing on Covid-19 to their pets are considered to be of negligible risk to public health, the scientists say that there is a "potential risk" that domestic animals could act as a "reservoir" for coronavirus and reintroduce it to humans.

    Dr Els Broens, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, said: "If you have Covid-19, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people.

    "The main concern, however, is not the animals' health – they had no or mild symptoms of Covid-19 – but the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir of the virus and reintroduce it into the human population. Fortunately, to date no pet-to-human transmission has been reported.

    "So, despite the rather high prevalence among pets from Covid-19 positive households in this study, it seems unlikely that pets play a role in the pandemic."

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    BRITAIN COULD ENTER MENTAL HEALTH PANDEMIC WHEN RESTRICTIONS LIFT, WARN EXPERTS

    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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    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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