Theresa May warns the UK is ‘falling behind the rest of Europe’

Theresa May has stated folks will preserve dying from coronavirus in Britain in the identical method ‘10,000 to twenty,000 folks do yearly from flu’.

The former Prime Minister warned Covid-19 is not going to be eradicated from the UK and ‘there is not going to be a time after we can say that there’ll by no means be one other case’.

Her sobering feedback got here throughout a savage assault on Boris Johnson over his journey visitors gentle system.

She mocked her No 10 successor and stated ‘Global Britain’ is presently ‘shut for enterprise’.

Meanwhile journey chiefs known as for the visitors gentle system to be scrapped amid rising fears for the future of the aviation and tourism industries.

The PM’s system charges international locations one of three colors which determines the quarantine and Covid testing necessities folks face when returning to Britain.

Ministers advise in opposition to journey to amber and crimson international locations whereas the inexperienced record is quick and was plunged into chaos this week after Portugal was faraway from it.

In a bid to relaunch transatlantic journey, Mr Johnson and Joe Biden yesterday signed a brand new Atlantic Charter which vows to revive journey ‘as quickly as potential’.

Links between the two international locations have suffered important disruption throughout the coronavirus disaster – and the two leaders wish to agree a repair to permit extra flights. 

Boris Johnson, pictured visiting a school in Cornwall yesterday, has faced sustained criticism over his international travel rules

Boris Johnson, pictured visiting a faculty in Cornwall yesterday, has confronted sustained criticism over his worldwide journey guidelines

Mrs May informed MPs yesterday the coronavirus an infection is going nowhere quick and recommended we have to study to reside with it.

She stated: ‘First, we is not going to eradicate Covid-19 from the UK. There is not going to be a time after we can say that there’ll by no means be one other case of Covid-19 on this nation.

‘Secondly, variants will carry on coming. There might be new variants yearly. If the Government’s place is that we can not open up journey till there aren’t any new variants elsewhere in the world, then we are going to by no means have the ability to journey overseas ever once more.

‘The third indisputable fact that the Government must state far more clearly is that, sadly, folks will die from Covid right here in the UK in the future, as 10,000 to twenty,000 folks do yearly from flu.’

Mr Johnson’s predecessor stated the Government’s messaging on worldwide journey is ‘blended’ whereas the crimson, amber and inexperienced score system is ‘chaotic’.

She accused ministers of failing to ship on pledges to get holidays overseas again and claimed the UK had ‘gone backwards’ on the subject when in comparison with final 12 months.

Meanwhile journey chiefs are calling for the visitors gentle system to be scrapped amid rising fears for the future of the aviation and tourism industries.

Speaking yesterday in a debate in the Commons on the state of the journey sector, Mrs May stated the Government had didn’t act on its promise from June 2020.

She additionally appeared to poke enjoyable at Mr Johnson as she seized on his ‘Global Britain’ slogan.

She stated: ‘One 12 months on, we aren’t any additional ahead – certainly, what we now have is a devastated trade, jobs misplaced and Global Britain shut for enterprise. More than not being any additional ahead, we have gone backwards.

‘We now have over 50 per cent of the grownup inhabitants vaccinated – a beautiful programme – but we’re extra restricted on journey than we had been final 12 months.

‘In 2020, I went to Switzerland in August, South Korea in September, there was no vaccine and journey was potential – this 12 months there is a vaccine, journey is not potential. I actually do not perceive the stance the Government is taking.

‘Of course it is permissible to journey to international locations on the amber record offered it is practicable so that you can quarantine if you come again however Government ministers inform people who they mustn’t journey, they can not go on vacation to locations on the amber record. The messaging is blended and the system chaotic. 

‘Portugal was placed on the inexperienced record, folks went to the soccer, then Portugal was placed on the amber record – leaving holidaymakers scrambling for flights and devastated households having to cancel their plans, to not point out the influence on the airways, journey brokers right here, and on the journey trade and vacationer trade in our longest-standing buying and selling associate in Europe.’

The ex-premier stated enterprise journey is ‘virtually not possible’ as she urged ministers to be ‘up entrance’ with the British public about the ‘info’ on international journey.

Mrs May additionally stated the UK is ‘falling behind the rest of Europe’ in the case of making selections on journey. 

She stated the Government should ‘determine whether or not it desires an airline trade and aviation sector in the UK or not, as a result of at the fee it is going it will not have one’. 

‘It is incomprehensible that one of the most heavily-vaccinated international locations in the world is one which is most reluctant to provide its residents the freedoms these vaccinations ought to assist.’

Her scathing feedback got here as a new journey taskforce to make suggestions on tips on how to safely reopen routes might be arrange.

The UK and US ‘carefully share considering and experience’ on the finest methodology for bringing again worldwide journey.

In a extremely symbolic act, the PM and President revived the authentic constitution signed by Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, which is credited with laying the foundations for the post-war settlement.

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden yesterday agreed a new grandiose 'Atlantic Charter' setting out their joint vision for the world's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and future prosperity

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden yesterday agreed a brand new grandiose ‘Atlantic Charter’ setting out their joint imaginative and prescient for the world’s restoration from the coronavirus disaster and future prosperity

The original 'Atlantic Charter' was hammered out by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 and acted as a blueprint for life after the Second World War

The authentic ‘Atlantic Charter’ was hammered out by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 and acted as a blueprint for all times after the Second World War

Mr Biden stated the world was at ‘an inflection level in historical past’, including: ‘A second the place it falls to us to show that democracies is not going to simply endure – they’ll excel as we rise to grab the huge alternatives of this new age.’

He stated the constitution would deal with the ‘key challenges of this century – cybersecurity, rising applied sciences, world well being and local weather change’.

The new constitution states the UK and the US will ‘defend key rules corresponding to freedom of navigation and overflight and different internationally lawful makes use of of the seas’.

Britain and America have now agreed in the new doc to work to renew journey between the two international locations ‘as quickly as potential’.

The authentic constitution was hammered out by Sir Winston and Mr Roosevelt and acted as a guiding blueprint for all times after the Second World War. 

Mr Johnson stated they’d confronted the query of tips on how to rebuild after a ‘devastating’ world battle.

He stated he and Mr Biden in 2021 have the ‘very completely different however no much less intimidating problem’ of bouncing again from the pandemic. 

The Prime Minister stated the new constitution will ‘type the basis of a sustainable world restoration’ as he and the US President promised the world a ‘higher future’. 

The new accord comprises many of the identical themes as the authentic which was devised on board the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales and US heavy cruiser USS Augusta off the coast of Newfoundland as Churchill and Roosevelt met face-to-face for the first time since the outbreak of the warfare. 

The two nations have as soon as once more dedicated to enhancing safety, boosting commerce and defending democracy.

But the use of the phrase ‘Atlantic Charter’ has raised eyebrows amongst some historians who stated the new settlement will ‘pale by comparability’ to the authentic and it is ‘more likely to stay a mere historic footnote’.     

Heathrow passenger numbers plunge to 90% under pre-pandemic ranges dropping by greater than 6million as boss John Holland-Kaye calls on world leaders at G7 summit to kickstart worldwide journey

  • Just 675,000 folks travelled by way of the west London airport final month 
  • In May 2019 – pre-pandemic – this determine was round 6,769,000 folks
  • Airport chief urged ministers to discover a strategy to resume worldwide journey safely

Passenger numbers at Heathrow have plunged to 90 per cent under pre-pandemic ranges after dropping greater than six million travellers. 

Just 675,000 folks travelled by way of the west London airport final month in contrast with 6,769,000 in May 2019 – pre-pandemic. 

Airpot Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye is now calling on world leaders at the G7 summit to kickstart worldwide journey.

He stated: ‘With the G7 beginning at this time, ministers have an opportunity to kickstart the inexperienced world restoration by agreeing tips on how to resume worldwide journey safely and setting a mandate for sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) that may decarbonise aviation.

‘This is the time for them to indicate world management.’

Heathrow in July 2019
Heathrow in May 2021

Just 675,000 folks travelled by way of the west London airport final month in contrast with 6,769,000 two years in the past – pre-pandemic. Pictured: Heathrow in July 2019 (left) and May 2021 (proper)

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye urged ministers to find a way that international travel can resume safely

Chief government John Holland-Kaye urged ministers to discover a method that worldwide journey can resume safely

Heathrow criticised ‘ministers’ refusal to supply transparency’ on the knowledge behind choice on the inexperienced journey record.

It urged the Government to ‘depend on the science and restart journey to low-risk international locations like the US’ at the subsequent evaluate later this month.

SAFs are produced utilizing supplies aside from crude oil, and produces round 70 per cent much less carbon emissions.

They are costlier than conventional gasoline, nevertheless it is hoped technological advances will cut back prices.

Heathrow took its first supply of SAF final week, however said that ‘the proper Government insurance policies’ are wanted to construct confidence in demand.

It desires world leaders at the G7 to decide to requiring 10 per cent SAF use by 2030, rising to at the very least 50 per cent by 2050, with incentives just like these use to kick begin different low-carbon tasks. 

The UK presently employs a risk-based system that charges international locations one of three colors to find out the quarantine and coronavirus testing necessities folks face upon their return.

Ministers have suggested in opposition to journey to amber and crimson record international locations whereas the inexperienced record is comparatively quick.

But holidaymakers had been plunged into chaos earlier this week after Portugal was faraway from the inexperienced record with 1000’s of vacationers scrambling to get dwelling earlier than the new quarantine guidelines got here into power on Tuesday.


This was seemingly acknowledged by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick who admitted there is a ‘diploma of danger concerned’ even when travelling to international locations on the ‘inexperienced record’ as a result of they might be swiftly downgraded. 

Mr Jenrick stated ‘this is not a standard summer season for holidays’ as he urged travellers to make sure their bookings to ‘inexperienced’ nations have ‘flexibility’ inbuilt.  

Meanwhile, a journey trade physique stated on Wednesday the ‘failed and damaging’ visitors gentle scheme have to be ditched if the sector is to be saved from whole collapse.  

The London-based World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) stated the Government should scrap the system, which has ‘wreaked havoc’ amongst shoppers and companies, with a purpose to save a whole bunch of 1000’s of jobs.     

Fears of a four-week freedom delay: Curbs may keep AFTER June 21 deadline as Britain’s every day instances and hospitalisations shoot up by 40% – whereas Pfizer scarcity threatens vaccine roll-out 

The finish of lockdown curbs could also be delayed by as a lot as 4 weeks despite the fact that ministers are set to win their race to double-jab tens of millions in time for ‘Freedom Day’.

Figures launched yesterday confirmed the Government is on the right track to hit its goal to have supplied a second coronavirus vaccine dose to all over-50s by June 21. 

Just hours later, nonetheless, it emerged that provides of the Pfizer vaccine will cut back all through June.

Furthermore, the Mail understands that ministers are nonetheless contemplating conserving some curbs in place for an additional two to 4 weeks amid mounting concern about the unfold of the Indian variant.

While an exception is more likely to be made for weddings, ministers have grow to be more and more pessimistic over the course of the week and are actually transferring nearer to a delayed freedom day that would coincide with the begin of the faculty summer season holidays.

The Pfizer setback comes as a specific blow, because it makes the prospect of rushing up the vaccine roll-out to fulfill demand far more troublesome.

Figures released yesterday showed the Government is on course to hit its target to have offered a second coronavirus vaccine dose to all over-50s by June 21 - but a setback followed just hours later

Figures launched yesterday confirmed the Government is on the right track to hit its goal to have supplied a second coronavirus vaccine dose to all over-50s by June 21 – however a setback adopted simply hours later

MSP Humza Yousaf informed Matt Hancock in a letter that provides of the jab are to be ‘notably tight over the subsequent few weeks’, not simply in Scotland however throughout the UK, in response to the i newspaper. 

Mr Yousaf’s fears are the outcome of the up to date recommendation revealed the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation final month, which stated that under-40s must be given Pfizer or Moderna jabs somewhat than the AstraZeneca equal resulting from considerations over a small danger of blood clots in youthful sufferers.

And with 1000’s of under-30s now receiving jabs after the vaccine roll-out picked up tempo, demand for doses of Pfizer has now soared past provide ranges.

Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that the Indian variant now contains 91 per cent of new infections.

Figures confirmed Covid-19 case charges have elevated throughout each area in England in the previous week. But hospital admissions have solely elevated fractionally – whereas deaths are up by simply 1.9 per cent on the earlier week.

NHS bosses have stated vaccines seem to have damaged the hyperlink between rising instances and hospitalisations. Those which are admitted are sometimes youthful and fewer sick than throughout earlier waves.

According to NHS knowledge revealed yesterday, greater than 85 per cent over-50s in England – thought of the age group most in danger – have now had two vaccine doses.

If the NHS in England continues to provide doses to 1.3million over-50s per week, everybody in that age bracket must be absolutely vaccinated by the time all remaining covid curbs are resulting from ease.

Among youthful age teams, 35.5 per cent of these aged 40 to 49 are actually estimated to have had each doses, together with 22.6 per cent of these aged 30 to 39.

The number of people falling ill with Covid has more than doubled in a week, a symptom-tracking study warned today amid the rapid spread of the Indian variant across the UK

The quantity of folks falling ailing with Covid has greater than doubled in per week, a symptom-tracking research warned at this time amid the fast unfold of the Indian variant throughout the UK

Boris Johnson is anticipated to determine whether or not England can go forward with the full re-opening on June 21 at a gathering in Downing Street on Sunday night, following the conclusion of the G7 summit in Cornwall. 

Then, after flying to Brussels on Monday morning to attend a Nato summit, he’ll return to London in the night to deal with the nation.

The Government is planning to elevate the 30-person restrict on weddings, Whitehall sources confirmed final night time. 

But they insisted the Prime Minister is nonetheless undecided about the wider lifting of measures together with social distancing guidelines and work-from-home recommendation. 

Yesterday, the UK recorded 7,393 new coronavirus instances and 7 deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic check. Infections have risen 63 per cent in the previous seven days in comparison with the week earlier than.

But the quantity of hospital admissions has remained regular and the common quantity of deaths every day has stayed under ten. 

Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that the Indian variant now comprises 91 per cent of new infections

Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that the Indian variant now contains 91 per cent of new infections

Dr Jenny Harries, chief government of the newly-created UK Health Security Agency, stated the nation was going ‘not fairly in the proper route’ and knowledge recommended there can be an additional rise in infections in the coming weeks. 

But the well being chief stated the figures recommended that these aged 60 and above aren’t getting ailing as a result of they’re ‘doubly vaccinated’.

She added that these showing in hospital are both unvaccinated or have had a single dose.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman stated: ‘The level of the five-week hole between the steps [in the roadmap] is for us to analyse the knowledge. That’s precisely what we have been doing, and we are going to proceed to take action… forward of saying one thing early subsequent week.’ 

‘Mix and match’ unlocking for June 21? Boris may preserve face masks however drop 30-guest marriage ceremony restrict 

Boris Johnson may implement a ‘combine and match’ unlocking on Freedom Day, with face masks, work at home steerage and the rule of six indoors more likely to nonetheless be necessary after June 21 however the 30-guest cap on weddings dropped.

The Prime Minister stated yesterday that ‘everyone can see instances and hospitalisations are going up’ and gave the strongest trace but the much-anticipated milestone might be pushed again as a result of of the fast unfold of the Indian Covid variant.

No10’s prime scientists worry the mutant pressure could also be 60 per cent extra transmissible than the as soon as dominant Kent model and SAGE modellers worry it is going to set off a ‘substantial’ third wave — regardless of three-quarters of adults having been vaccinated.

Despite mounting fears about plans to go forward with the remaining unlocking and intensifying calls to delay it by as much as 4 weeks to permit the NHS time to totally vaccinate tens of millions extra susceptible over-50s, ministers are hopeful they’ll chill out some curbs from later this month.

A senior Government supply informed the FT: ‘A combination-and-match method is most likely on the playing cards, given the restricted quantity of levers left.’

Officials are working to discover a answer that ‘pleases the PM’s instincts’, in response to one minister, however the hybrid method can be ‘very troublesome’ to place in place. It may embrace lifting the present 30-person restrict on weddings and receptions and permitting far higher crowds to attend ceremonies, bringing it in keeping with the Government’s coverage on funerals.

Bar mitzvahs and christenings are additionally set to be boosted beneath the proposals and whereas socially distanced tables wouldn’t be required, company could also be urged to be ‘cautious’ about contact with different households, studies the Times.

Current tips recommend these attending bashes solely take part in the first dance and put on masks always until consuming or ingesting however beneath the new guidelines, folks might be suggested to evaluate the danger of hugging others themselves.

A authorities supply stated: ‘It’s been robust on the sector. If you’ve got received stadiums full of folks, why cannot weddings go forward with greater than 30 folks?’

Mr Johnson softened his lockdown-ending stance yesterday in Cornwall forward of the G7 summit, admitting there was now ‘arguments’ on each side of the restrictions-easing debate. The PM repeated his pledge that No10 ‘might be pushed by the knowledge’.

But simply hours earlier than his feedback, prime SAGE adviser ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson dealt one other blow to hopes of Freedom Day going forward.

The Imperial College London epidemiologist warned it will take as much as one other three weeks for scientists to get sufficient knowledge to precisely work out how harmful the Indian variant is and the way dangerous the third wave might be. He added there was a danger of a ‘substantial third wave however we can’t be definitive about the scale of that’.

The likelihood that scientific advisers, ministers and Mr Johnson — who dedicated to following the science and ‘not dates’ — will log out on June 21 with out the most correct modelling is slim to none.