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Five updates on Covid-19 pandemic as record number of adults vaccinated in UK but cases surge in Europe



A third wave of Covid-19 is spreading through Europe – with fears it is on the way to the UK.

Scientists believe the country could see similar patterns of rising cases in a matter of weeks.

The UK is currently ploughing ahead with its coronavirus vaccination programme, but experts have said stopping the spread among the young is key.

We looked at some of the biggest announcements in the last 24 hours.

Summer holidays abroad unlikely – scientist

Summer holidays abroad are “extremely unlikely”, a government minister has said.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps addedit was “too early to tell” when holidays out of this country would be allowed.

Europe is seeing increased surges in coronavirus cases, and the risk of opening the borders and letting the virus – or new strains of it in – is worrying the government.

Foreign holidays are currently not allowed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the earliest date people in England could expect to go abroad is May 17, but that is still subject to change.

Lockdown protests

Thirty-six people have been arrested during an anti-lockdown campaign in central London.

Protesters launched bottles at police officers in Hyde Park as tensions rose.

Most of the arrests were for breaching coronavirus regulations, Scotland Yard said.

It comes after 60 MPs and peers wrote to the home secretary calling for changes in Covid legislation so that protests could take place during lockdown.

The letter says there is a human right to protest – organised by campaign groups Liberty and Big Brother Watch.

Half of adults vaccinated

Friday was a record day for Covid vaccinations in the UK.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said half of all adults in the country had received their vaccine, saying it was a huge achievement.

26,853,407 people have now received a first dose of a vaccine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson – one of those to receive a first dose on Friday – urged people to get their jabs..

Covid cases fall

Coronavirus cases are falling in the UK.

On Saturday, another 5,587 positive cases across the UK were confirmed by the government

Cases have fallen substantially in recent weeks during the lockdown, but the decline does appear to be slowing in recent days.

Another 96 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test, were also announced on Saturday.

America opens up as cases surge in Europe

As places in Europe head back into lockdowns, the US is easing coronavirus restrictions.

Large parts of the country are reported to be ‘almost back to normal’.

Texas governor Greg Abbott declared the state “open 100 per cent,” and California, which was one of the most restrictive states, has allowed restaurants to re-open for indoor dining.





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