Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 28 April, 2021

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 28 April, 2021
28th April 2021 Zac van Manen

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 28 April, 2021

Accurate as of: 28 April 2021

UK Media & Consumer Market Update

Current UK status

Visit https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ for all official information.

  • As of 4pm on 28 April 2021, a total of 150,101,360 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests have been conducted in the UK. 4,411,797 people have tested positive.
  • 33,959,908 people have had their first dose of the vaccination, while 13,581,076 have been fully vaccinated.
  • 151,243 patients in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
  • Guidance for the current lockdown rules in England can be found.

UK travel restrictions:

Visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office for all official information.

  • Boris Johnson has laid out a roadmap out of lockdown, with key touchstones to further open up the country on 17 May and 21 June.
  • Currently, UK residents can only travel internationally where they first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, they should consider the public health advice in the country they are visiting.
  • In order to enter the UK, a negative Covid-19 test must be completed 72 hours before travel and presented to staff on planes, trains, and ferries in order to board. A further two tests must be completed at the travellers’ expense during their quarantine before they can return to day-to-day life.
  • People entering the UK from high-risk countries, or “red” countries, will have to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for 10 days.
  • A travel “green list” is expected to be announced by the government in early May.

Latest updates:

  • Boris Johnson has said there is now a “very good chance” of ending coronavirus restrictions completely in the UK on 21 June in his most optimistic assessment yet. The Prime Minister said that he still expects a third wave of the virus but vaccination had built “some pretty robust fortifications” against it. (Times)
  • Compulsory Covid status certificates to enter pubs and restaurants are now off the menu and the government’s review is likely to recommend that documents are required only for larger events. (Guardian)
  • Which? Have warned that private Covid testing facilities for travel could be overwhelmed when international travel restarts (Travel Weekly)
  • A concert in Barcelona showed that mid-sized cultural events of 5,000 attendees could be held safely despite the pandemic, organizers said. Before the event, attendees were screened and tested for coronavirus using antigen tests. The crowd was also instructed to wear FFP2 masks, with the organizers limiting bathroom capacity. (com)
  • Germany is implementing an ‘emergency brake’ system to stop the spread of Covid, closing schools and enforcing curfews. (VOA News)
  • Pfizer’s Covid-preventing pill could be available by the end of the year if human trials in the US and Belgium are successful. (Daily Mail)
  • EU member states plan to start testing digital ‘green’ health certificates next month. (MSN)
  • Vaccinated Americans could be let into Europe this summer with a mutually recognised vaccine passport, though the UK has not been invited to join these talks. (The Guardian)
  • Spain plans to welcome visitors from June, following a pilot trial of digital health certificates at all 46 Spanish airports in May. (Travel Weekly)
  • Portugal’s ambassador to the UK has raised hopes holidaymakers will be able to visit the country as early as mid-May. (Evening Standard)

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