Angela Merkel said Germany will soon relax quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated Britons.
On her last visit to the UK as Chancellor, where she also met the queen, Merkel held a joint press conference with Boris Johnson at Checkers.
The German Chancellor said: “For the foreseeable future, those who have suffered double injections will once again be able to travel without quarantine.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister added that there was “no reason” for the British to be excluded from the EU travel passport regime because they had received doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 made in India.
Meanwhile, it seems that Greece and Spain could be excluded from the UK travel green list in what would be a huge disappointment for Brits who are still hoping for a summer vacation.
Analysis by former British Airways chief strategy officer Robert Boyle, who claims to have deciphered the algorithm used by government scientists to decide which countries are safe to travel, identified 22 destinations as having better numbers or similar in all categories as places currently classified as green.
Greece and Spain fail to carve out a place for themselves. Read the countries that do.
Matt Hancock case may have cost us dearly, Conservative MPs say
Conservative MPs singled out Matt Hancock’s case for the party’s loss in the by-election to Batley and Spen, after Labor’s Kim Leadbeater edged the Tories by 323 votes to win today. Again Camille Tominey analyzes how it was in fact the angry Prime Minister who lost touch with the British public and scares voters away. With 35pc of the vote, the result marks Labor’s worst performance in the constituency since its inception in 1983. These charts show the decline in the share of votes and party majorities. Gordon rayner analyzes how victory will keep Sir Keir Starmer’s rivals at bay for now, but explains how Labor leader might face a challenge next year, if not sooner.
PS: Some breaking news: Chief Minister Michael Gove and his journalist wife Sarah Vine must separate after almost 20 years of marriage.
Meet the new British tennis star as Murray waits for the tie
The hype around UK tennis prospects is never hard to come by, but in Emma Raducanu’s case it is certainly justified. After his resounding victory over Marketa Vondrousova, Molly McElwee Portrait of model student passionate about motocross – and the next big thing in British tennis. Sir Andy Murray will start his third round after Match of British men’s No.1 Dan Evans. Oliver brown described Murray’s second coming as gloriously useless – and explains why we must savor every moment. Follow Murray’s game here. The Duchess of Cambridge joined the crowd on one of the outdoor courts earlier. Tamara Abraham analyzes its new holding formula which is perfect for a “low summer” Wimbledon.
In brief: Evening briefing on the coronavirus
Also in the news: other titles from today
Hero skateboarders take on murder suspect | A 60-year-old man has died after being stabbed in a “random and unprovoked assault” in central London. The victim was found injured following the incident at Oxford Circus, near Regent Street, around 8 p.m. Thursday and died in hospital. Police are looking for two hero skateboarders who helped tackle the suspect, who is under arrest. Read on for more details.
In the world: n ° 10 condemns the overthrow of statues
Statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria were ripped off in Canada in the middle of the montage anger at the discovery of anonymous graves near former residential schools owned by over 1,000 Aboriginal children. Downing Street today condemned protesters’ attack on the statues after their rally outside the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Thursday. Read after discovery of 182 anonymous graves near a former residential school in British Columbia.
Friday big read
“Parliament should not force women to choose between being a good parent and a good Member of Parliament”
Faced with the prospect of having to take early maternity leave, Stella creasy asks why our political system does not respect the laws it imposes on others when it comes to having babies
Commentary and Analysis
Body conscious | “I’m dating after a closed divorce, but I’m afraid to have sex”
Ask the expert | I need a hybrid car with a lot of trunk space, which is better?
Business and money briefing
UK risks falling behind | Eurozone economies could emerge from the pandemic in better shape than they did even as the UK struggles to recoup growth lost due to lockdowns, HSBC cautioned.
Euro 2020 | What do we know about Ukraine and how can England beat them in the quarterfinals on Saturday? Read the analysis Ukrainian football expert Andrew Todos and former Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, who staged a win over Ukraine at Euro 2016. The telegraph the writers have set who Gareth Southgate should choose in his starting XI. Follow Spain quarter-final against Switzerland here while two tournament favorites face off at 8 p.m. Italy faces Belgium.
Three things for tonight
And finally … for tonight’s downtime
Beyond the fringe | Comedians from all over the world typically flock to Edinburgh every August for the Fringe Festival. But this year, uncertainty over social distancing in Scotland has left comics and places in a mess. Tristram Fane Saunders review this summer best comedy festivals – which are not in Scotland.