(WORLDWIDE) #Christmas Travel ALERT Report: Holiday heartbreak for thousands as airlines pull flights #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.25: According to flight tracking firm FlightAware, 2,380 flights were called off and another 11,163 delayed globally on Christmas Eve. The figures for Christmas Day stood at 2,388 cancelations and 2,579 delays as of the afternoon. Another 747 flights scheduled for Sunday have been pulled as well.

#AceChristmasDesk says according to travel news real time tracker reports ……Airline companies have canceled more than 4,500 flights worldwide during the #Christmas weekend, citing staff shortages due to the rapid spread of the #COVID19 #Omicron variant. The move has sparked chaos at airports.

US airports accounted for more than a quarter of all cancelations, with United Airlines and Delta being among the worst hit. There were 688 flights pulled across the US on Friday, and a further 980 called off so far over the peak travel weekend.

The majority of the cancelations came from five airlines, with China Eastern forced to call off more than 1,200 journeys over the weekend. Meanwhile, Air China, United, Delta, Jet Blue, and Lion Air have reported large numbers of pulled flights, according to FlightAware’s real-time tracker.

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“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,”United said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was “notifying impacted customers” and working to rebook them.

Delta also apologized to customers, noting that it had “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying.” The airline attributed the cancelations to both the Omicron variant and poor weather conditions.

Meanwhile, German carrier Lufthansa told AP on Friday that it was canceling 12 transatlantic flights over the holiday period due to a “massive rise” in pilots calling in sick, and despite arranging for a “large buffer” of additional staff for the period.

The last-minute travel chaos added to the frustration for passengers looking to celebrate with their families over the holidays after pandemic precautions severely impacted Christmas in 2020. Airline social media feeds reflected this public anger, with several passengers weathering service delays to demand assistance and refunds.

@Delta HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Flight was canceled yesterday and I’ve been trying to get a refund since yesterday! Hours spent being sent from person to person only to be offered an ecredit!! I want my money back and the sky Miles I used to upgrade my flight— Sonny Wigginton (@SonnyW08) December 25, 2021

According to figures released by the American Automobile Association earlier this month, airlines were expected to see an 184% increase in traffic between December 23 and January 2 from 2020. The US Transportation Security Administration expected to screen nearly 30 million people between December 20 and January 3.You can share this story on social media:

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Dec.25: 2021:

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(GHANA) #Coronavirus Report: Officials are demanding that all adult travellers arriving in the country provide proof of full vaccination, effective from midnight 12 December #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.11: Ghanaian authorities say most of the Omicron cases at Kotoka International Airport are amongst the unvaccinated….

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Ghana’s UPDATES #COVID19 TRAVEL restrictions: All adult arrivals must be vaccinated according to AFP News Report:

Ghanaian citizens and residents abroad are exempt for up to two weeks, but will be required to get jabbed upon landing at the airport. 

The authorities say they are concerned about a surge of infections over the festive period.

These measure appear to be some of the strictest in the world.

Many other countries have avoided an outright blanket ban on unvaccinated arrivals, such as members of the European Union and the United States

Unvaccinated travellers are often given the option of self-isolating on arrival.

Ghana’s land and sea borders have been closed to passenger traffic since restrictions were first introduced at the start of the pandemic.

Alongside the new measures, Ghanaian authorities will also still insist that all arrivals present a negative PCR test.

All Ghanaians flying out of the country will also need to be fully vaccinated.

This means that a Ghanaian national who is not currently vaccinated but gets a jab at the airport would have to wait until getting a second dose before they were able to fly out, unless they got a Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an eight- to 12-week gap between the first and second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and a 21- to 28-day gap between the two Pfizer shots. The Moderna and Sputnik V also require two doses for maximum immunity.

Less than 10% of Ghana’s population have currently been vaccinated.

Ghana’s authorities have expressed concern about the low vaccination rates and they are particularly worried about the new Omicron variant among international arrivals.

“The expected increase during the festive season calls for urgent actions to prevent a major surge in Covid-19 cases in Ghana,” the head of the Ghana Health Service, Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said in a statement.

He said that over the last two weeks, cases detected at Ghana’s main airport, Kotoka, accounted for about 60% of all confirmed Covid cases in the country.

The authorities plan to ramp up efforts to immunize the population in January, by making it compulsory for government employees, students and health workers to get the vaccine. 

Vaccine passports will also be required to enter venues with large crowds like nightclubs and sports stadiums. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Ghana has reported 131,246 cases and 1,228 Covid fatalities.

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: Dec.11: 2021:

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(LONDON) Southwark Crown Court Report: A man who used a travel company to make fraudulent financial claims about fictitious holidays he said had been cancelled after the failure of the travel agents has been convicted #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.10: The scam worked by the company withdrawing cash which was then paid into a customer’s account. The customer then transferred the money back to the company electronically, therefore gaining the evidence of a transaction to submit with a claim.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Final person convicted in long-running travel fraud investigation: Abdul Patel – 59 (01.05.62) of Bury Street, N9 – who posed as a customer of Star and Key Travel – was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud following the conclusion of a trial on Wednesday, 8 December: Patel will be sentenced at the same court on 19 January 2022: This was the last of three linked trials in relation to the fraud…..

COURT CASE NOTES:

The court heard how Patel claimed to have booked a package holiday to Mauritius that he knew didn’t exist through a company called Star and Key Travel. The holiday was supposed to take place between July and August 2014 but the company went bust in June 2014 – the holiday appeared to have been paid in full prior to the company folding.

After the company ceased trading, Patel submitted a claim through the Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) scheme administered by the Civil Aviation Authority, which offers protection to customers of travel agents who hold Air Travel Organisers Licences and cannot fulfil their obligations.

However, when the claim was submitted – part of a total of 23 claims totalling £268,766 that were put in following Star and Key Travel’s collapse – suspicions were raised by a number of factors. These included a number of the claim forms being overwritten in pen on top of pencil, the surnames of people travelling all being different, the lack of full contact details for a lot of the claimants, and the lack of contact from the various claimants once their applications had been submitted.

The police were called in and quickly identified the key players in the travel firm; family members Mariam Bhajun and her sons Roshan and Mohun Bhajun. All three have been convicted for their role in running the scam.

It transpired that the Bhajuns – all of Mauritian descent – had created Star and Key Travel with the express purpose of committing fraud. They encouraged friends, family and associates to engage in the scheme and pretend to be their ‘customers’. For example, Abdul Patel was their accountant.

The scam worked by the company withdrawing cash which was then paid into a customer’s account. The customer then transferred the money back to the company electronically, therefore gaining the evidence of a transaction to submit with a claim.

Once the money was back in the Star and Key Travel account the process was repeated and cash was withdrawn from the company and paid into another customer’s account before being again transferred back to the company. This process was repeated on numerous occasions and provided the illusion that 23 very expensive holidays had been paid for in full and created an audit trail to support fraudulent claims against the ATOL scheme.

Once police obtained details of the company’s bank account it was revealed that of the approximately £270,000 paid in, £260,000 had been withdrawn in cash – the vast majority of which could be traced to the various accounts of the people who claimed to have ‘paid for holidays’.

Detective Inspector Richard Ward from Holborn Police Station who led the investigation said:

” This was a complex fraud involving a number of people that was established with the sole purpose of defrauding the Air Travel Trust of significant sums of money.

“The painstaking work that has gone into this investigation cannot be done justice in words. But it is fair to say that thanks to the tenacity, dedication and diligence of my team of detectives and with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority, those who set out to commit this fraud have been held to account.

“In addition to the sentences handed down by the court, confiscation proceedings have taken place to ensure that there is no benefit from this crime and compensation could be paid to the Air Travel Trust for the fraudulent claims that had been paid out before this matter was reported to police.”

At the conclusion of the case the Judge Nicola Howard QC commended both DI Ward and his colleague DC Andrea Gornell for the thorough and fair investigation that was carried out into the fraud.

List of those previously convicted for conspiracy to defraud:

  • Roshan Parsad Bhajun – 51 (21.10.70) of Rathbone Place, W1 – found guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to five years’ imprisonment;
  • Patricia Lynch – 62 (06.12.59) of Stainby Road, Tottenham – pleaded guilty and sentenced on 28.08.18 to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Mohun Raj Bhajun – 52 (18.07.69) of Priory Avenue, E17 – found guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to five years’ imprisonment; Confiscation order £224,483.28 – paid in full 28.06.2019;
  • Mariam Bibi Bhajun – 73 (20.04.48) of Folkestone Road, E17 – found guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months; Confiscation order £100,000 from which £48,566 was paid as compensation to the Air Travel Trust. Paid in full 04.07.2019.
  • Da’Vanya Monique Duncan – 33 (05.11.88) of Maya Place, N11 – pleaded guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Sandra Edwards – 58 (03.04.63) of Holly Street, E8 – pleaded guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Swastee Thomas – 48 (11.11.73) of Holbrook Close, EN1 – pleaded guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Claudette Cummings – 59 (29.09.62) of Maya Place, N11 – pleaded guilty and sentenced on 09.03.18 to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Malik Hossein Kurrimboccus – 58 (18.10.63) of Glengarry Road, SE22 – found guilty and sentenced on 24.08.18 to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Amandine Greneux – 43 (09.10.78) of Rathbone Place, W1 – found guilty and sentenced on 24.08.18 to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Tianna Antoinette Regisford – 28 (12.08.93) of Golfe Road, Ilford – found guilty and sentenced on 24.08.18 to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months;
  • Lillieth Edwards – 60 (10.10.61) of Darwin Road, N22 – pleaded guilty and sentenced on 26.02.21 to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Dec.10: 2021:

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(LONDON) GOVUK Union Connectivity Statement Report: PM Boris Johnson has today (Friday 26th November) committed to forging and strengthening transport bonds that will create a more cohesive and connected UK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: As the UK Government publishes Sir Peter Hendy’s final report of the Union Connectivity Review, the Prime Minister has underlined the importance of better connections – on both local and national transport networks – to bring all UK communities within closer reach of social and economic opportunities.

#AceDailyNews GOVUK Connectivity Report: Prime Minister underlines commitment to stronger transport connections between Scotland and the rest of the UK as the UK Government publishes Sir Peter Hendy’s independent Union Connectivity Review according to : The Prime Minister has particularly welcomed, and intends to accept, the proposal for the creation of UKNET – a strategic transport network spanning the entire United Kingdom” The final Union Connectivity Report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/union-connectivity-review-final-report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

With some of the busiest travel corridors for both passengers and freight, strengthening transport connections between Scotland and the rest of the UK is critical to maximise the potential for growth and jobs.

Sir Peter Hendy’s review identifies key areas where we can boost rail, road and air links to better support Scottish businesses and communities, and we will work closely with the Scottish Government to take these proposals forward in ways that will bring our towns and cities even closer together.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps:

Improved connections between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom are essential for driving economic growth, forging relations, and bringing communities closer together.

I am indebted to Sir Peter for his work. We will consider his recommendations carefully, engage closely with the Scottish Government, and work collegiately to ensure these proposals strengthen the ties that bind us, now and for the future.

The proposals for Scotland include upgrades to the West Coast Main Line, increasing capacity and cutting journey times between Scotland and London, the Midlands and North West England, which are key for both communities and businesses.

Another recommendation is for the UK and Scottish Governments to work together on developing an assessment of the East Coast road and rail transport corridor from North East England to South East Scotland, including improvements on the East Coast Main Line and the A1.

It also includes offering the Scottish Government new funding to support the upgrade of the A75 making journeys between Northern Ireland and Great Britain quicker and easier.

This would provide a major boost for jobs and further consolidate the UK Government’s commitment to improving cross-border connectivity.

The Review also encourages the Scottish Government to improve the A77 to support journeys between Belfast, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.

Independent Chair of the Union Connectivity Review, Sir Peter Hendy, said:

My recommendations provide comprehensive, achievable and clear plans forward to better connect the whole of the United Kingdom, leading to more growth, jobs, housing and social cohesion.

I welcome the enthusiasm shown by the Prime Minister and the Government to my final report and I look forward to their formal response to my recommendations, which aim to spread opportunity and prosperity right across the United Kingdom.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

I thank Sir Peter for his work and I believe his central recommendation – the creation of a UK strategic transport network – lays the foundation for linking up the home nations much more effectively, boosting our economy and levelling up opportunity around the country.

His specific proposals for upgrades to the A75 and the West Coast Main Line, plus rail and road improvements on the east coast corridor from North East England to South East Scotland will be welcomed by businesses, commuters and leisure travellers alike. As will him encouraging the Scottish Government to improve the A77 to support journeys between Belfast, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.

Our task is now to turn the vision into real improvements. I urge the Scottish Government to work with us to make that happen so we can deliver the benefits travellers want and businesses need.

The independent Union Connectivity Review was launched in October 2020, led by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, to undertake how a detailed review of the quality and availability of transport infrastructure across the UK can support economic growth and quality of life.

The recommendations published today include:

  • The UK Government should design and implement UKNET – a strategic transport network for the whole of the UK, with funding commitments targeted at parts of the network that require the most improvements;
  • Improvements should be planned using multimodal corridors, which should be appraised on their ability to support the levelling up and net zero agenda;
  • The UK Government should support the development of sustainable aviation fuel plants in parts of the United Kingdom that are particularly reliant on aviation for domestic connectivity.

The UK Government will now carefully consider the Union Connectivity Review’s recommendations in detail, and has invited the Scottish Government to work together to identify the solutions which work best for the people of Scotland and the rest of the UK, and make tangible and meaningful progress as swiftly as possible.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Nov.29: 2021:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: Six African countries added to ‘RED LIST’ to protect public health as UK designates new #COVID19 variant under investigation #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: The government is taking decisive precautionary action against a new #COVID19 variant by introducing travel restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from midday tomorrow (Friday 26 November).

#CoronavirusNewsDesk GOVUK Travel Report: That a new precautionary travel restrictions are being introduced as from midday today as the UK Health Security Agency confirms a new variant under investigation according to news release from

  • From midday Friday 26 November, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia will be added to the UK’s travel red list
  • Passengers arriving from 4am Sunday in England will be required to book and pay for a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days
  • British nationals arriving from these six countries between midday Friday and 4am Sunday, and who have been in these countries within the last 10 days, must quarantine at home for 10 days and take NHS PCR tests on day 2 and day 8, even if they already have a lateral flow test booking
  • Direct flights from the 6 countries will be banned from midday Friday until hotel quarantine is up and running from 4am Sunday 28 November
  • Precautionary move follows designation of a new variant under investigation by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a variant under investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

The variant includes a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome. These are potentially biologically significant mutations which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility. More investigation is required.

No cases have been identified in the UK. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect public health and the progress we’ve made so far through our successful vaccination programme.

From midday on Friday 26 November, non-UK and Irish residents who have been in these countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. This does not apply to those who have stayed airside and only transited through any of these countries while changing flights.

UK and Irish residents arriving between midday Friday 26 November and 4am Sunday 28 November from these six countries will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days. They must take PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8 post-arrival. These can be NHS PCR tests and passengers should take them even if they have already booked or taken their lateral flow test.

UK and Irish residents arriving from 4am Sunday must isolate in a government-approved facility for 10 days. During their stay, they will be required to take a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8.

A temporary ban on commercial and private planes travelling from the six countries will also come into force at midday on Friday until 4am Sunday to reduce the risk of importing this new variant under investigation while hotel quarantine is stood up. This excludes cargo and freight without passengers.

The UK government thanks the government of South Africa for its surveillance of this variant and its transparency.

Meanwhile UKHSA continues to monitor the situation closely, in partnership with scientific and public health organisations across the world, and we will offer to work collaboratively with the 6 countries that have been currently placed on the UK red list to understand the virus and possible mitigations.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, said:

As part of our close surveillance of variants across the world, we have become aware of the spread of a new potentially concerning variant, which UKHSA has designated a variant under investigation.

We are taking precautionary action to protect public health and the progress of our vaccine rollout at a critical moment as we enter winter, and we are monitoring the situation closely.

I want to pay tribute to our world-leading scientists who are working constantly to keep our country safe, and I urge everyone to keep doing their bit by the getting the jab and following public health guidance.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said:

We’ve always maintained public safety is our number one priority, which is why we’ve kept in place measures which allow us to protect the UK from new variants.

We’re taking this early precautionary action now to protect the progress made across the country, and will continue to keep a close eye on the situation as we continue into the winter.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive, said:

Scientists at UKHSA are in constant close collaboration with colleagues around the world to identify and assess variants as soon as they emerge. This is the most significant variant we have encountered to date and urgent research is underway to learn more about its transmissibility, severity and vaccine-susceptibility. The results of these investigations will determine what public health actions may limit the impact of B.1.1.529.

This is a clear reminder to everyone that this pandemic is not over, and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to limit transmission and reduce the infection rate and prevent the emergence of new variants. This means coming forward for vaccination as soon as possible and following public health advice. Wear a face covering in crowded places where it’s difficult to avoid coming into close contact with others, try to meet people in well-ventilated areas and seek a test immediately if you have symptoms.

The first genomes of this variant were uploaded to the international GISAID database on 22 November. Genomes have now been uploaded from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong but the extent of spread is not yet determined.

The government has been clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus and has taken the decision to add these destinations to the red list.

We continue to work with the hospitality sector to ensure it is ready to meet any increased demand – with hundreds of rooms on standby which can be made available to book as needed.

British nationals in these countries should check Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and follow local guidance. The FCDO will continue to offer tailored consular assistance to British nationals in country in need of support overseas on a 24/7 basis.

The UKHSA produces risk assessments of the spread of variants of concern or variants under investigation internationally. These risk assessments cover a range of factors for each country including assessment of surveillance and sequencing capability, available surveillance and genome sequencing data, evidence of in-country community transmission of COVID-19 variants, evidence of exportation of new variants to the UK or other countries and travel connectivity with the UK.

Background

  • British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights, arriving to England from countries on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel in advance. The quarantine package will include a managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and a travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. Read more about booking and staying in a quarantine hotel
  • Further information on international travel requirements can be found elsewhere on GOV.UK, including advice on transiting through red list countries.
  • Arrivals to the UK will need to meet the UK’s health and border requirements and comply with the relevant quarantine restrictions if coming from a red country or if not fully vaccinated. If you do not have the correct documentation ready to meet UK health and border requirements, you may delay yourself and others, be denied boarding, or face a fine.
  • Passengers arriving after 4am Sunday 28 November will be required to book a managed quarantine service (MQS) quarantine hotel. Bookings will open from midday Friday 26 November.

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Nov.26: 2021:

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(ENGLAND) Home Care Report: Many councils are not paying companies a high enough hourly rate to cover basic costs like travel time between clients, it says #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: Low wages and feeling undervalued are key factors leading care staff to quit, says the report: Councils say they do not have enough money to pay companies more.

#AceDailyNews says according to a report Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, they say and it means, despite losing staff faster than they can be replaced, companies are unable to raise wages, says the Homecare Association.

By Alison Holt and Judith Burns
BBC News

Care worker with elderly woman

The Homecare Association, which represents some 2,340 care providers, calculates the true minimum cost of providing an hour of homecare in the UK is £21.43.

This covers the minimum wage, travel time, pensions, holidays, training, PPE, office staff and 60p for profit or reinvestment in services. 

Private clients who hire care direct from providers pay an average £24.94 for an hour of homecare, according to separate analysis by software company The Access Group.

But private clients are a minority, with the bulk of homecare (about 70%) funded by the state, says the Homecare Association. 

Inequality

Freedom of Information data collected for the Association shows the average paid by councils in Great Britain and health boards in Northern Ireland is £18.45.

The report found that areas with some of the highest levels of deprivation also had the lowest average fee rates for homecare.

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The Homecare Association says with some local authorities still buying homecare by the minute, and little or no funding for better pay, it makes it very difficult to compete with other sectors for staff. 

Richard Walker, chief executive of Optimo Care Group in South Yorkshire, has tried to improve pay and conditions for staff, but says his efforts are limited by local authority funding levels. 

“We’re simply not competing… so I think people go elsewhere…

“It feels like we’re in a harder position now than we’ve ever been before.” 

Richard estimates that, overall, Optimo’s costs outstrip council funding by about 25%, although this varies according to local authority.

“We’re miles away at the moment in terms of the rates that have been paid.” 

The staff shortage means the company is having to turn away referrals – and he finds not being able to give people the help they require when they need it “really tough… quite demotivating”.Pay is not “level with the job you do out there”, says Denise Wickson

Among his staff is Denise Wickson, a home carer for 16 years. 

For Denise, the work brings “great reward, great satisfaction”.

“I love the job,” she says. 

But sometimes she can be up at 05:00 and not finish until 23:00. 

“You never get to switch off, you’re always worried, ‘Is it covered?’. You get called and they say you’re needed to go out. I never say no.” 

Denise says the money is not “level with the job you do out there”, and some people “just go elsewhere where it’s more money and it’s not unsociable hours”. 

‘Crisis point’

The Homecare Association says lack of support in the community can lead to:

  • hospitals unable to discharge patients who are medically ready
  • emergency admissions of people whose conditions deteriorate through lack of appropriate care

“It makes little sense to neglect people at home in the community, wait until they reach crisis point, then admit them to the most expensive setting of care in an acute hospital,” says the report. 

The Association wants central government to “invest properly” in homecare, raising pay to £11.20 per hour, at a cost of £1.6bn a year across the UK, plus:

  • a ban on purchasing homecare by the minute
  • a professional register for care workers
  • social care workers added to the Shortage Occupation List to make it easier to hire from overseas

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said: “Councils may want to pay more for care, but their hands are tied, because they simply do not have the money to do so.”

An ADASS spokesperson urged ministers to use Wednesday’s Spending Review to invest in care and support at home to “lift the pressure on family carers, ensure the viability of high quality home care providers, and properly reward the committed, courageous and compassionate people working in social care”.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England, said: “Councils work closely with care providers, and understand their concerns about paying a fair price for the cost of care. 

“Such is the scale of funding pressures, this is proving harder to achieve and we urgently need new national funding to meet immediate pressures in the social care system.” 

The government says a new £162.5m fund will help “bolster” the homecare workforce, while the social care levy, announced last month, includes £5.4bn earmarked for social care over the next three years, with £500m to be spent on the workforce.

But the LGA questions whether the levy will raise enough money to fund crucial reforms, and wants to see a greater share of it go to front-line social care.

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) Five UK Changes Report: Rishi Sunak: Launches extension to ‘Plan For Jobs’ Traffic Light System’ ends and more out of ‘Red List’ with other changes below: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: Rishi Sunak launched the government’s “Plan for Jobs” with the support of the Trades Union Congress and Confederation of British Industry….

#AceDailyNews says that the #COVID19 Travel Changes with Job support extension as Rishi Sunak commits a further 500-million to extend until to fund those eligible on ‘Universal Credit’ with paying £3,000 per apprentice …..

1. Sunak to extend job support schemes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will use his Conservative Party conference speech to commit £500m to renewing job support schemes introduced as part of the pandemic response. The £2bn Kickstart Scheme – subsidising eligible jobs for young people on universal credit – will be extended to March. Programmes to help long-term unemployed people on universal credit and to pay employers £3,000 per apprentice taken on will also be extended. Labour says it will not compensate for tax rises, a raised cost of living crisis and universal credit cuts.

2. Amber list scrapped as new travel rules take effect

Simplified travel rules announced weeks ago have come into force in the UK, with the traffic-light system replaced by a single red list. It means most fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries will no longer have to take a test before setting off for the UK, although those coming from red list destinations must still pay to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

3. Jab offers for ages 12 to 15 in Wales by half-term

All 12 to 15-year-olds in Wales will be offered a Covid vaccine by the end of the October half-term, Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan says. The rollout is due to gather pace this week with all health boards providing jabs, mostly at mass vaccination centres and others in schools.

4. The bitter battle over mandatory vaccination

While Health Secretary Sajid Javid says he’s not prepared to “pause” the requirement for care staff in England to be fully vaccinated by 11 November, a row is raging in the US over mandatory jabs for certain workers. With a legal battle looming in Florida, we hear from those arguing for both personal freedom and public health.Watch: The showdown over Covid-19 mandates

5. First 100,000 high street vouchers issued

If you live in Northern Ireland, it could be time to treat yourself. The first 100,000 Spend Local cards – worth £100 – are being posted to applicants to the high street voucher scheme. More than 970,000 people have applied for the cards, which the Northern Ireland Executive’s Economy Minister Gordon Lyons says will “deliver the timely boost” businesses need to help them emerge from the pandemic.

Department for the Economy:

The rules on international travel have been updated today, with “traffic-light” system being replaced. Here’s all the latest information.

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(DEL RIO, T.x.) CBP REPORT: Reopening of ‘trade and travel’ operations on Monday morning after recent closer on Sept.17: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced that trade and travel operations will resume at Del Rio Port of Entry for passenger traffic the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 25 and for cargo traffic effective the morning of Monday, Sept. 27.

#AceDailyNews reports that CBP Officers have restored ‘Trade, Travel Operations at Del Rio Port of Entry’ after recent closure

Release Date: September 25, 2021: español

Passenger vehicle and pedestrian operations will resume at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 and commercial cargo operations will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27: CBP had temporarily closed Del Rio Port of Entry on Sept. 17 and rerouted traffic to Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

Following efforts this week by U.S. Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations and DHS partners to expedite processing of the migrant flow to manageable levels and with public safety restored, CBP reopened trade and travel operations at Del Rio Port of Entry.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Sept.28: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: This statement provides an update on developments on international travel and on changes to the traffic light system made over the summer recess period #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.07: As announced on Thursday 29 July 2021, and as part of the second Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint review, the government extended the policy on fully vaccinated passengers arriving from amber list countries to include those who have been vaccinated in Europe (EU member states, European Free Trade Association countries and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and US residents vaccinated in the United States.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk reports on the Summary of updates to international travel: Developments on international travel and changes to the traffic light system during the summer 2021 recess period…

Global Travel Taskforce July checkpoint review

These changes came into force at 04:00 on Monday 2 August 2021 and mean that amber list arrivals vaccinated in the US and in Europe no longer have to take a day 8 test or quarantine. However, they are still required to take a pre-departure test before arrival as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 after arrival.

Children (under 18s) who are ordinarily resident in the US or Europe are also exempt from quarantine and the day 8 test, the same as children ordinarily resident in the UK. Children aged 11 and over will still need to complete a pre-departure and day 2 test. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 will only need to complete a day 2 test, and children aged 4 and under do not need to take any tests.

Passengers vaccinated in Europe with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are required to provide proof via an EU Digital COVID Certificate and those vaccinated in the US are required to provide proof via the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card. The policy does not currently cover those who have proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Additional restrictions for France were applied on Monday 19 July 2021 due to the persistent presence of cases in France of the Beta variant. These temporary additional restrictions were removed at 04:00 on Sunday 8 August 2021 and the fully vaccinated policy now applies to France.

Unvaccinated passengers or passengers whose vaccines were not provided in the UK, Europe or US through Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), EMA and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines, respectively, arriving in the UKfrom an amber list country are required to quarantine at home, provide a valid notification of a negative test result prior to travel and take a test on day 2 and 8 after their arrival.

The government will explore how to expand this approach to other countries, where it is safe to do so.

Further to this, international cruises also fully restarted on 2 August 2021. Passengers travelling on international cruises are subject to the same rules as other international passengers and should therefore follow the traffic light system. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice has been amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad.

Traffic light system review

During parliamentary recess there have been 2 reviews of the country allocations within the traffic light system, on Thursday 5 August 2021 and Thursday 26 August 2021.

The following countries and territories have been added to the government’s green list:

At 04:00 BST on Sunday 8 August:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

At 04:00 BST on Monday 30 August:

  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Switzerland
  • The Azores

Passengers arriving from green list destinations need to provide evidence of a negative COVID- 19 test result prior to travel and take a further test on or before day 2 of their arrival in the UK.

The following countries have been added to the amber list at 04:00 BST on Sunday 8 August 2021:

  • Bahrain
  • India
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates

The following countries and territories have been added to the red list, reflecting the increased case rates in these countries as well as presenting a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern:

At 04:00 BST on Sunday 8 August:

  • Georgia
  • La Reunion
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico

At 04:00 BST on Monday 30 August:

  • Montenegro
  • Thailand

Passengers arriving from these destinations, irrespective of vaccination status, are required to self-isolate in a managed quarantine hotel, provide a valid notification of a negative test result prior to travel and take a test on day 2 and 8 after their arrival.

All arrivals into the UK must continue to complete a passenger locator form.

Managed quarantine service

From Thursday 12 August 2021, the cost for staying in a managed quarantine facility when arriving from a red list country increased to £2,285 for a single adult and £1,430 for a second adult to better reflect the total costs involved. The price remains unchanged for children.

Testing

Testing remains an important part of ensuring safe international travel. The government continues to work with the travel industry and private testing providers to further reduce testing costs while ensuring travel is as safe as possible. The government has recently reduced NHS Test and Trace costs for travel testing for a second time to £68 and £136 for day 2 and days 2 and 8 testing packages respectively, to send a clear signal to industry and encourage a reduction in private sector pricing.

The Health Secretary has asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to conduct an urgent review of private testing providers to explore whether individual PCR providers may be breaching their obligations under consumer law; to report on any structural problems in the PCRmarket affecting price, reliability, or service quality; and whether there are any immediate actions that the government could take in the meantime. The CMA has also sent and published an open letter to providers of PCRtests on how they should comply with consumer law.

On 23 August 2021: The government also announced that, following a rapid review of the pricing and service standards of day 2 and day 8 testing providers listed on GOV.UK, more than 80 companies have had their misleading prices corrected on the government’s website and given a final warning, and a further 57 firms have been removed. The action will help ensure consumers can trust the testing providers listed on GOV.UKand only the most reliable companies are available.

While public health is a devolved matter, the government works closely with the devolved administrations on any changes to international travel and aims to ensure a whole UK approach.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.07: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Heathrow Airport has criticised Border Force after passengers faced “unacceptable queuing times” when arriving back from abroad over the weekend #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.06: A Heathrow spokesman apologised for the delays, but blamed Border Force for not providing enough staff at immigration.

#AceDailyNews says that Heathrow criticises Border Force for ‘unacceptable’ queues at immigration desk with many now filled with people coming back from holidays over the weekend with many of the staff vetting Afghans from Kabul

By Alex Therrien
BBC News

People queuing at Heathrow Airport
Images on social media showed packed queues at the west London airport on Friday night, with travellers complaining of waits of several hours.

The Home Office, which has responsibility for Border Force, said the wait times were “unacceptable”. 

It said Border Force was “rapidly reviewing its rosters and capacity and flexibly deploying our staff across the airport to improve waiting times”.

Travellers at Heathrow used social media to complain about lengthy queues with inadequate ventilation, while some claimed people had fainted while they were waiting.

One Twitter user said: “There are people collapsing in Terminal 5 Arrivals due to overcrowding and no ventilation. Some Covid secure measures…”

Another said: “Horrendous kettling at Heathrow Terminal 5 arrivals tonight. No Border Force. No ventilation. No fire exits. No explanation. Held there for over an hour. People fainting. Panicked skeleton Heathrow ground team not knowing what to do.”

On Saturday morning, Heathrow Airport tweeted that it was unable to say how long travellers would have to queue for immigration. 

In a subsequent statement, the airport said it had “escalated” the issue with Border Force and expected it to provide a better service over the weekend.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are very sorry that passengers faced unacceptable queuing times in immigration due to too few Border Force officers on duty. 

“Border Force were aware of the extra demand from families and we are very disappointed that they did not provide sufficient resource. 

“We have additional Heathrow colleagues to support in managing queues and to hand out passenger welfare including water, but we need every immigration desk to be staffed at peak times. 

“We have escalated this with Border Force and expect them to provide a better service over the remainder of the weekend.”

The Home Office said it was the busiest weekend of the year for returning passengers, with particularly high numbers of families with children under the age of 12 who cannot use e-gates.

E-gates allow travellers with biometric passports to bypass manual inspections when they cross border control.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Throughout the pandemic we have been clear that queue times may be longer as we ensure all passengers are compliant with the health measures put in place to keep the UK public safe. However, the very long wait times we saw at Heathrow last night are unacceptable…

“Border Force is rapidly reviewing its rosters and capacity and flexibly deploying our staff across the airport to improve waiting times.” 

The Home Office added that Border Force was working closely with Heathrow Airport and its airlines and was committed to ensuring passengers had “a safe and hassle-free journey”.

The ISU union, which represents borders, immigration and customs staff, said Border Force had been “chronically under-funded for years” at major airports, with new recruits directed to inland and international trade to address issues arising from Brexit. 

Speaking about the scenes on Friday, an ISU spokeswoman said: “It will happen again. Not just at Terminal 5 but potentially at any large airport.”

EPAMore people have travelled overseas after the government relaxed some travel restrictions

The UK’s travelling restrictions were eased for many on 19 July when the government dropped the requirement for fully-vaccinated people and those under the age of 18 years and six months to quarantine after returning from amber list destinations. 

Most countries – including the UK’s most popular holiday destinations – are on the amber list.

Travellers coming from green list countries do not need to quarantine when they come back to the UK – whether or not they have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

However, travellers from green and amber destinations must have one test before returning to Britain and another two days after they get back.

Only British nationals can enter the UK directly from a red list country, and they must pay to quarantine in government-approved hotels and be tested.

The travel industry has criticised the UK’s changing travel rules, with airlines saying the system risked making international travel “more expensive, burdensome and uncertain compared to other countries”. 

Travel lists are currently updated every three weeks and the system is similar for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

At-a-glance: UK Covid travel rulesGetty ImagesCountries are placed on different coloured lists depending on the Covid situation in each nationGreen list countries are said to carry the lowest risk for travellers – and so isolation is not required, though testing pre-arrival and on day two is neededMost

MOST COUNTRIES: Including the UK’s most popular holiday destinations – are on the amber list: Amber list arrivals do not need to isolate if they are fully vaccinated or under-18 – but testing is required pre-arrival and on day two after landingThose who have yet to have both jabs will need to isolate and take additional Covid testsOnly British nationals can enter the UK directly from a red list country and they must pay to quarantine in special hotels and be tested.

#AceHealthDesk report …Published: Sept.06: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: A proposal to create an “amber watchlist” of countries at risk of moving to red in the travel traffic light system has been abandoned, government sources have told the BBC

#AceHealthReport- Aug.03: On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted a “simple” and “balanced approach” to pandemic travel: The sources said no new categories would now be added.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that accouroing to BBC Travel Sources #COVID19 Amber watchlist travel idea will be scrapped as BBC News also breaking news reports that airlines and travel companies will take more precautions to protect passengers more later?

By Joseph Lee
BBC News

People arrive at Heathrow's Terminal 5 in west London on August 2, 2021 as quarantine restrictions ease.

What are the traffic light system rules? See below: The next update to the travel list system is due on Thursday…….

Tory MPs and travel industry figures earlier warned a complex system risked putting people off from travelling.

The government had been considering the idea of a new level in the government’s traffic light system for overseas travel, ahead of the next review this week.

It would have warned people when a destination was at risk of a sudden shift from amber to red – meaning that travel would be banned for everyone except UK nationals and residents, who would be required to quarantine in a hotel on their return.

As opposition to the proposal gathered, Mr Johnson said he wanted to prevent new coronavirus variants entering the UK, though he recognised the desire to go abroad.

“We also have to recognise that people want, badly, to go on their summer holidays, we need to get the travel industry moving again, we need to get our city centres open again and so we want an approach that is as simple as we can possibly make it,” he said.”We must stop importing variants from abroad”

The prime minster said the UK’s economy and society were about “the most open in Europe” but he said caution was still needed as he defends approach to international travel

The travel industry reacted with relief at the news that the watchlist would not go ahead.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of the air travel industry body Airlines UK, said: “This is a victory for common sense. The PM has hit the nail on the head – people want a clear and consistent travel system that they can understand and that is workable.” He urged the government to go further and include more countries on the green list, exempting them from quarantine requirements.

Labour said scrapping the watchlist idea showed the Tories were “in total chaos” over their pandemic borders policy.

Green country: When returning from a country on the green list you must take a Covid-19 test before departure and have proof of a negative result. You also need to book a test for day two after your returnAmber country: A Covid test is needed three days before returning, and a PCR test two days after arriving. People who are not fully vaccinated in the approved countries need to self-isolate for 10 days, although this can be shortened for people in England by using the Test to Release scheme – paying for a test on day five

Red country: Regardless of your vaccination status you must take a test before departure and, on arrival, self-isolate for 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotelShadow transport secretary Jim McMahon called on the government to publish the data behind its decisions and provide “maximum clarity” to passengers and the travel industry.He said clear information about what was happening with infections in each country was needed to build confidence about travel.Mr McMahon said: “Not only have ministers failed to protect our borders, allowing the Delta variant to reach the UK in such force, but time and time again they’ve refused to be straight with the public and industry.”

Earlier, the idea had also faced opposition from the Conservative benches, with Huw Merriman, chairman of the Commons Transport Committee, telling the BBC that an amber watch-list would be a “massive red flag” that would cause travel bookings to collapse.Others said increasingly complex travel rules would put the UK at a competitive disadvantage compared to other nations which were more open for international travel.Mr Merriman later welcomed the scrapping of the amber watchlist, saying: “To deliver confidence and stability, the traffic light system needs to be red, amber and green, and nothing in between.”The government already has a green watchlist, which features more than half the countries on the green list and signals they are at risk of moving to amber.

Your travel guide to summer holidays in the Mediterranean

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Aug.03: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Senior cabinet ministers are to discuss allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US to avoid quarantine when they arrive in England #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.28: A review of the border rules is due by 31 July – the second date in the Department for Transport’s plan for a safe return to international travel.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Travel: Fully jabbed from EU and US could avoid quarantine as ministers discuss with airlines on best way forward as U.S and E.U do not have an open border policy with rise in cases and lower vaccination rates than U.K. …as sources said the isolation exemption was likely to be discussed at the Covid Operations meeting on Wednesday over 31st July review of border rules….but todays cases are these below for 28/07/21 …

What is the EU vaccine ‘passport’ and can I use it?

By Joseph Lee & Francesca Gillett
BBC News

Woman arriving at Heathrow

But they said a decision on whether to proceed will not necessarily be taken.

Currently, people who have been fully vaccinated in the UK do not have to quarantine when travelling from the US and EU, apart from France, because those places are on the amber list (and some EU countries are on the green list). But that exemption does not apply to people who have been vaccinated outside the UK.

Downing Street and the Department for Transport declined to comment on newspaper reports the government would go ahead with the plan to also exempt people vaccinated in the US and EU. 

The travel industry has been pushing for this change in the rules so that people living abroad can more easily come to the UK for holidays or to visit loved ones.

“At the moment we’re in this slightly ridiculous situation where if I’m on a plane from Spain, because I’m lucky enough to have had two jabs, once we get to the UK I just wander off, no problem,” said travel expert Simon Calder.

“But the person sitting next to me, who happens to have had their vaccinations in Spain, not in the UK, has to go and sit in a room for 10 days. Doesn’t make sense.”

The aviation industry is also calling for a change after carrying out a 10-day trial of checking the vaccination status of passengers.

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport wanted to demonstrate that vaccination status could be checked away from the border and allow safe entry to the UK from countries on the amber list.

The companies said 99% of documents were verified correctly during the trial, which involved about 250 fully-vaccinated participants from the US, the Caribbean and Europe, travelling to Heathrow.

Two passengers had their credentials rejected, the companies said: one because their vaccination was completed less than 14 days before travel, and the other because of a discrepancy between the name on the passport and on the vaccine card.

The relaxation of the quarantine rules for travellers into England from the EU and the US is backed by a broad coalition of government ministers, who see the benefits to the tourism industry and the economy in general. “There’s no reason not to do this,” said one advisor. Another warned that an airline could go bankrupt if it didn’t happen.

A decision may be imminent but it may take days or weeks to put it into practice. For example, airlines will need time to prepare because they’ll be the ones checking the documents.

And the recent creation of an “amber plus” category at the last minute and without the knowledge of some members of the government shows that sometimes the process doesn’t always go smoothly.

Then there’s travel in the other direction, with the US in no rush to allow in British travellers despite the high-profile launch of a transatlantic travel taskforce last month. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport said the UK was falling behind the EU in opening up to international travellers.

BA chief executive Sean Doyle said the trial provides the evidence that the government needs to allow fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to come to the UK without self-isolating.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said there was “no reason to delay with rolling out the solution from July 31”, while the head of EasyJet told LBC such a change was “the right thing” but a “little bit too late”.Freddie Julius runs tour company Tourist England which puts on trips for overseas visitors. He said around 80% of his customers are from the US and EU and “over the last 18 months we’ve seen almost none”.

Tourist EnglandTourist England said a rule change was critical for the revival of the travel sectorHe said changing the rules to allow vaccinated tourists to visit without quarantining was “critical for the revival of the inbound tourism sector”.But he told the BBC any change needed to be lasting, adding: “

The constant easing and tightening of restrictions have made it almost impossible to plan ahead, both for tour companies and tourists.” However, even if the UK changed its rules for the US, its citizens have been urged not to travel to the UK by the country’s health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the US border is currently closed to the UK, as well as many other countries, except for US citizens.

The UK and US have set up a taskforce to discuss a travel corridor, although earlier this week the White House said it had no plans to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions for non-Americans.Boris Johnson told LBC on Wednesday that “we’re talking to them the whole time”.

The EU has encouraged its members to gradually lift travel restrictions for the UK, and each country has its own rules.Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner told Sky News the potential plan was “reckless”, adding: “We also know that people who have had the vaccine of course can still get the virus so a testing regime is very important and crucial as well.”US to maintain Covid foreign travel restrictionsYour travel guide to seven Mediterranean countriesUnder current rules, other countries are granted a “traffic light” status for arrivals – red, amber or green.

The vast majority of countries, including the US and many European countries including Spain, Italy and Germany, are on the amber list. Adults who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, and under-18s who are UK residents, no longer have to self-isolate after visiting any amber country apart from France. But anyone who was fully vaccinated outside the UK still has to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, or pay for the test-to-release scheme to shorten their quarantine.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: July.28: 2021:

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(HONG KONG) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Ban on all flights from the UK to curb the spread of the Delta variant of #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.30: The UK is to be classified as an “extremely high-risk” country, the highest rating Hong Kong has for #pandemic travel.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Hong Kong bans all incoming flights from UK over #COVID19 concerns as the new ban comes into effect on 1 July and affect all incoming passenger flights from Britain amid rising tensions over Hong Kong’s recent pressure on opposition media and dissenting voices under a controversial national security law.

Cathay Pacific plane
No more flights to Hong Kong for now

It also comes amid political tensions between China and the West over a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong. 

The ban means people who’d recently spent more than two hours in Britain wouldn’t be allowed to board flights to Hong Kong from any airport. 

The city’s authorities said the decision was based on the “recent rebound” of the pandemic in the UK and the “widespread Delta variant virus strain” in the country.

There are around 8 daily non-stop flights from the UK to Hong Kong, all flying out of London. 

Flights outbound from Hong Kong to the UK are not affected by the upcoming ban.

Record spike in the UK

Despite high vaccination rates, the UK is currently seeing Europe’s highest number of daily new cases by far. Most of the new infections are linked to the Delta variant, first detected in India. 

Hong Kong however confirmed its first local Delta variant only last week, ending a 16-day streak of zero local cases.

The city has had some of the strictest border curbs in the world since 2020, which helped to keep infections numbers low throughout the entire pandemic.

Officials said the city recently recorded a growing number of Delta variant cases in people arriving from the UK, who like all incoming travellers have to quarantine. 

According to news agency Reuters, parents in Hong Kong with children who are studying in the UK have reacted with shock that they would now be stranded abroad. 

Reuters: Throughtout the pandemic, Hong Kong has managed to keep cases low

The 1 July flight ban is the second time Hong Kong has stopped arrivals from Britain after a ban from December 2020 until May of this year.

Hong Kong already bars flights from several other countries over rising cases of the Delta strain, including Indonesia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.

The UK government said it “restricts the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”.From protests to ‘patriots’: Why China is bent on crushing Hong Kong dissent

#AceHealthDesk report …..Published: Jun.30: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Check what you need to do to travel internationally and countries included or excluded #AceHealthDesk report

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Travel abroad: step by step: #Covid19 firms reject ‘overly cautious’ green list: The travel industry has expressed disappointment that so few countries are on the UK government’s green list for travel, describing the announcement as “overly cautious”

These are countries on GREEN LIST: Portugal, Israel. Singapore , Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Iceland, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, South Georgia, Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Tristan de Cuna, & Accension Islands and the list will be reviewed every three weeks. Countries can be added or removed at short notice.

There’s different guidance if you are travelling for business in the EU or driving professionally abroad.

All Steps Below:

  1. Step1:Plan your trip, Showthis section
  2. Step2:Get your passport, visas and permits ready, Showthis section
  3. Step3:Get travel insurance and check if you need vaccinations or inoculations, Showthis section
  4. Step4:Travel safely and check for travel disruption, Showthis section
  5. Step5:Going through border control, Showthis section
  6. Step6:When you are abroad, Showthis section
  7. Step7:Return to the UK, Showthis section
  8. andWhen you arrive in the UK , Show

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Beachgoers crowd Praia da Duquesa in Cascais, Portugal
Portugal is one of just four European countries on the green list

The traffic light system means travel abroad from 17 May will not be illegal.

The 12 green list countries, which include Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel, will not require people to quarantine on return to England.

Firms said leaving the US off the list would risk the UK “falling behind”.

Travel to amber or red lists countries is not advised.

The change in travel rules applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not said when they might ease their strict travel rules.

Only four of the countries on the green list are in Europe, and Portugal is the only large holiday destination from the continent on the list. 

Israel and Singapore are also included, but Australia and New Zealand – which are approved as safe by the UK government – are not currently allowing in visitors from abroad.

France, Greece, Italy and Spain, normally hugely popular holiday destinations for UK travellers, are not included on the safe list.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of holiday firm TUI, said: “While we were expecting to see just a handful of destinations on the green list, this is an overly cautious start.”

Airlines UK, representing UK carriers, described it as “a missed opportunity” and “a reopening of air travel in name only” which left the UK “at risk of falling behind”.

And Easyjet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “The decision to put so few European countries into the green tier is simply not justified by the data or the science, and is inconsistent with the approach to reopen the domestic economy.”

UK citizens risked missing out on bookings for hotels if other European tourists were permitted to travel, he added. 

Making the announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the easing of restrictions was “necessarily cautious” in the light of the threat from new variants of Covid-19.

He said the UK’s success in combating the virus was not matched in many other countries.

However he said the list would be reviewed every three weeks by the Joint Biosecurity Centre – the team set up last year to monitor the threat from the virus.

Some firms had hoped the rapid roll out of the vaccination programme in the US would allow summer travel to resume there more quickly.

“There is no reason for the US to be absent from the green list. This overly cautious approach fails to reap the benefits of the UK’s successful vaccination programme,” a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic – one of the airlines which relies heavily on UK-US traffic – said.

“A transatlantic travel corridor is vital to deliver a much-needed boost to economic recovery,” the spokesperson added.

But British Airways predicted that more countries would be included before the summer.

“What’s clear is that with high levels of vaccination in the UK being matched by other countries, we should see more destinations going ‘green’ before the end of June,” BA chief executive Sean Doyle said.

“We cannot stress more greatly that the UK urgently needs travel between it and other low-risk countries like the US, to re-start the economy, support devastated industries and reunite loved ones.”

‘A happy moment’

Meanwhile, Ryanair, Easyjet, Tui and British Airways all said they would be increasing their flights to Portugal and other destinations on the green list. 

Tourist-dependent firms in Portugal were quick to welcome the news.

“No-one enjoys a holiday more than the British people,” said Miguel Campino, owner of Maria’s Restaurant – a beach venue on Praia do Garrão Poente.

“They bring a colourful atmosphere to all the restaurants, bars and hotels. This is a happy moment for everyone, for Portugal, for England… it’s great news.””No-one enjoys a holiday more”: A restaurant owner in Portugal is excited to welcome back tourists from England

João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Bureau, also said the region was ready to welcome UK visitors back.

“We are obviously delighted with the news,” he said. “It’s a recognition of the remarkable work Portugal has done in reducing levels of Covid to be able to restart the economy safely.”

It comes as ministers continue talks with Uefa about holding the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the UK, after host nation Turkey was added to England’s travel red list.

From 04:00 BST on Wednesday 12 May, travellers from Turkey, as well as those from the Maldives and Nepal, will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on their return.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC Breakfast that the UK had offered to host the match but that it would “ultimately be a decision for Uefa”.

However, the UK consumer body Which? warned that practical difficulties over taking a holiday abroad would remain.

“Travellers will have an expectation that these new government rules should protect their health and their money, yet serious issues around lengthy airport queues and a broken testing system remain unresolved,” Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said.

Although international travel has been heavily restricted since January, returning travellers have experienced long delays at border control when arriving at Heathrow, sometimes waiting for up to six hours. 

Private firms offering Covid tests to returning travellers have been criticised for failing to deliver tests and results on time. 

“Travellers should also be aware that there is still some financial risk involved in booking travel plans, depending on how you book and which company you choose,” said Mr Boland.

“In a summer when further disruption can be expected, travel companies must be honest about the risks holidaymakers may be taking on. Crucially, holidaymakers also need to do their research before booking, as choosing the right provider could be the difference between getting hundreds of pounds back or just getting the run-round.”

A further 15 deaths in the UK within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Friday, bringing the total to 127,598. There were 2,490 new cases.

More than 35 million first doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been given and more than 16.7 million second doses.

Which countries are on the green list for foreign holidays?

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From 17 May, people in England will be allowed to take holidays abroad in a small number of countries.

Portugal and Israel are among the permitted destinations on the government’s green list, which tourists will be able to visit without having to quarantine on their return.

What’s been announced?

Countries are in three categories – green, amber and red. Green countries have the fewest rules.

Their status depends partly on the number of Covid-19 cases in each country and the success of their vaccine rollout.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet announced plans to restart foreign holidays.

Which countries are holidaymakers allowed to visit?The government advises that not all the green list destinations are currently open to UK tourists and it is travellers’ responsibility to check. For example, travel to mainland Portugal and the Azores is currently for essential purposes only. This could change, as in March the Portuguese government said it hoped to welcome UK tourists in May.The 12 countries and territories on the green list are:

What are the rules for visiting a green country?

Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination before returning home – this can be a lateral flow or PCR testFill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destinationTake a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in EnglandThere will be no need to quarantine when back home, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive.The cost of private PCR tests vary between suppliers, but the transport secretary said he hoped prices could come down to less than £50 per person. Tui Group is offering test packages for between £20 and £90.People should not be travelling to amber countries for leisure.Take a private Covid test before returning to EnglandFill in a passenger locator form online before heading homeSelf-isolate at home for 10 daysTake a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eightThey could end self-isolation early by taking an optional PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme.You should not be travelling to red countries for leisure.Forty-three countries are now on the red list, including Turkey, India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Maldives, Brazil and South Africa.People can only enter the UK if they are a UK or Irish national (or UK resident).Take a private Covid test before returning to EnglandFill in a passenger locator form online before they head homeBook a 10-day hotel quarantine and testing package for each member of their group before departureTake a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eightCountries can be added to the red list at short notice. If a country’s status changes while you are visiting, you would have to follow the stricter rules on your return.What have other countries said about holidays?The European Commission has recommended allowing travel for anyone who has received the last dose of an EU-approved vaccine at least two weeks beforehand. Vaccines used in the UK would qualifyGreece’s tourism minister tweeted that tourism will reopen on 14 May, but with five security levelsPortugal and Cyprus hope to welcome UK tourists from mid MaySpain hopes to open up from JuneFrance says tourists with a French Covid-19 “health pass” (TousAntiCovid) will be allowed from 9 JuneHow can travellers prove they’ve been vaccinated?From 17 May, the main NHS app will include a feature allowing users to demonstrate they have had two vaccine doses.It’s hoped the app can be used as proof of vaccination when people holiday abroad. A letter can also be requested.The app is not the same as the NHS Covid-19 one – currently used for contact tracing.What are the vaccine passport plans for holidays? What about UK holidays?Getty ImagesHolidaying in England, Scotland and Wales is now possible, but there are still rules to follow. When, where and how can I go on holiday in the UK?What are the current international arrival rules?At the moment, people in England face a £5,000 fine for having a holiday abroad and must fill in a travel declaration form with a valid reason for their journey.You must take a Covid-19 test (in the three days before your departure). You must book and pay for two PCR tests for your UK quarantine, unless you are exempt and complete a passenger locator form.You must travel directly to your home/place you’re staying and not leave for 10 days.Only use public transport if you have no other option.Day one of quarantine is your first full 24-hour day in the UK. Rule-breaking fines are £10,000.Common Travel Area arrivals (Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man) do not have to arrange tests, fill out the locator form or quarantine.There is separate advice for quarantining in:ScotlandWalesNorthern IrelandWhen would I need to quarantine in a hotel?Anyone allowed to enter England from a red list country (or who has passed through one in the previous 10 days) must quarantine for 10 full days in a managed facility, rather than a private address.You will need to agree to book and pay for a quarantine package in advance.10-day (11-night) rate for one adult in one room is £1,750Additional rate for one adult (or child over 11) is £650Children aged five to 11 are charged £325You can be fined £10,000 or jailed for not providing accurate details of countries you visited.Please upgrade your browser

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Grant Shapps announces that Chelsea & Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey as it placed on the rest list of countries in a conference from Downing Street on Friday evening #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.08: Chelsea and Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey for the Champions League final, says transport secretary Grant Shapps, after he added the country to England’s travel red list:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk Champions League Final: ‘Fans should not travel to Turkey says UK Government: European Football last hosted the Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milanas the biggest game in European football is set to take place in Istanbul on 29 May’

Istanbul last hosted the Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milan
Champions League

Schapps said Covid-19 red list countries “should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances”.

He added that the government was open to hosting the game in England.

Schapps said that the Football Association is in talks with Uefa about switching the game, but that it is “ultimately a decision for Uefa”.

“The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators so we are well placed to do it,” he said.

“So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for Uefa to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”

The BBC understands that the government will look at solutions for whatever circumstances arise around the final, including exploring travel exemptions for players and club staff.

UK citizens returning from red list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

If the final was to switch to England, Wembley Stadium, the most obvious host venue, is already set to host the Championship play-off final on 29 May.

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: UK travellers returning from “red list” countries are flying home via Turkey to avoid hefty hotel quarantine #AceHealthDesk

#AceHealthReport – May.06: Travellers from countries on the red list would otherwise face bills of up to £1,750-per-person to isolate in a hotel if they flew to the UK directly:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk#Covid19 Britons fly via Turkey to avoid costly quarantine: Passengers are breaking their journey in Istanbul, and staying in hotels there for a fraction of the cost they would have to pay in Britain but are they endangering other peoples lives?

21 hours ago

By Sue Mitchell
BBC News

Aerial photograph of Istanbul
Istanbul in Turkey is under a lockdown but foreign tourists are exempt

Those using the route must still quarantine at home once back in the UK.

One hotel worker in Istanbul said he had seen British nationals flying in from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – which are all on the UK’s red list.

The BBC has also spoken to travellers returning from Pakistan to the UK, many of whom were attending weddings or funerals and say they couldn’t afford the cost of quarantining once the rules changed.

As long as they isolate at home for 10 days after returning from a non-red list country, they are not breaking the UK government’s Covid rules.

‘Red list’ countries

The UK has a so-called red list with travel heavily restricted to countries on it – usually those with high coronavirus rates.

Any British citizen arriving home who has been to a country on the list in the past 10 days must then pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

The cost is £1,750 for a single adult, while a family of four with teenage children would pay £3,700. Guests are largely restricted to their rooms for the duration.

By comparison, anyone arriving in the UK from a country not on the list is told to self-isolate at home – so long as they’ve not been in a red list country in the past 10 days.

SuppliedHashir, a student, said he could not afford the cost of quarantining in the UK

One travel agent in Bradford said some of his clients who had travelled to Pakistan had been left facing a hefty bill to return home after the country was placed on UK’s banned list on 9 April. 

“I’ve got customers who can’t afford to come back,” said Ascher Khawaja of Oltrax Travel, citing UK quarantine costs. To ease the burden on his clients, Mr Khawaja says he has arranged 15-20 journeys home via Turkey. 

The country brought in a three-week lockdown last week because of rising infections – but it has not been added to the UK’s red list. “With the hotel factored in, it works out at around £600 compared to £1,700-plus,” he said. 

Anyone entering Turkey must have had a negative Covid test within 72 hours. They also must have a negative PCR test to leave the country. Foreign tourists are, however, exempt from Turkey’s current lockdown rules. 

TV and a fridge

Bradford businessman Mohammad Saad travelled to Pakistan on 23 March to attend his nephew’s funeral and had been due to fly home on 10 April – the day after Pakistan was added to the red list. 

When he couldn’t change his flights, he and his 16-year-old son flew to Turkey instead. The cost was about £450 for 10 days in Istanbul, he said.

“It’s like an extra holiday. Then you can fly back into the UK from Istanbul without any hotel quarantine.”

Hashir, a 21-year-old student returning from Pakistan, said he had met other Britons at the airport when he arrived in Istanbul. 

“There’s no way I have that money, I’m a university student,” said Hashir, referring to the cost of returning directly to the UK. He is due back in the UK on 7 May.

Zulfiqar Ali, a 45-year-old taxi driver from Leeds, travelled from Pakistan to Istanbul on 24 April. “I paid £100 for 11 nights. It’s a double bed, a TV and a fridge. It was online and food was very cheap.”

He said he was returning to the UK on 5 May.

SuppliedZulfiqar Ali paid £100 for 11 nights in Istanbul

The BBC has also spoken to staff at hotels in Istanbul. One accommodation worker in the old city said British travellers were using the country as “a bridge”.

His hotel had booked British passport holders travelling from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India – all on the red list, he said.

Turkey has since tightened its rules on people arriving from India, who must now quarantine in designated dormitories.

A manager at another hotel in the city said, through his membership of an international booking website, he could see there had been a rise in people travelling from Pakistan and India to Istanbul. 

Bradford MP Naz Shah said others had been unable to book family rooms on the UK hotel quarantine booking system. She said she was “deeply concerned” about children potentially missing school because their parents can’t afford to fly home.

The UK’s Department for Transport said people who had not been in a red list country for the past 10 days were not prevented from entering the UK – but should isolate at home.

It said the rules were aimed at stopping people – other than British residents – entering the UK from red list countries.

Additional reporting by BBC Turkish Service.

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(SPAIN) Coronavirus Travel Report: The country is to require people arriving by land from France to present a negative Covid-19 test, the Health Ministry said, amid rising numbers of French arrivals and an uptick in the case rate #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Mar.28: The new requirement will not apply to truck drivers, cross-border workers, and people who live within 30km of the border.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Spain introduces test rules for land arrivals from France: ‘Anyone arriving by land from risk areas will have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival’

The order will take effect three days after its publication in the Official State Gazette and until the government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose yesterday to 138.6 per 100,000 people from 134 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said: It reported 7,586 new cases, bringing Spain’s overall tally to 3.26 million. The death toll rose by 590 to 75,010.

A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)
A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)

Many French people, weary of their own lockdown, have been flocking over the border to enjoy open bars and restaurants in areas such as Madrid.

But Spain’s coronavirus infection rate has continued to climb steadily over the past week, suggesting a long decline could be in danger of reversing.

The Health Ministry said risk areas were those classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The centre’s map shows that includes the whole of France

Johnson criticises ‘disgraceful’ attacks on police at protest: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly criticised “disgraceful attacks” on police officers after protests in Bristol against a new policing bill turned violent, resulting in ten arrests.

“Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol. Our officers should not have to face having bricks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at them by a mob intent on violence and causing damage to property,” Mr Johnson said in a tweet.

“The police and the city have my full support.”

Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and batons.

Bristol has been a centre of protests against a bill that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.

Last Sunday, two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles set on fire in the city after a peaceful protest turned violent.

Local police said the disorder last night followed a protest involving more than 1,000 people. Large gatherings are currently not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“The majority of people acted peacefully, however there was a minority who showed hostility to officers,” said Bristol police commander Mark Runacres. He added that three of the ten people arrested were also detained in connection to last Sunday’s disorder.

“Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action.”

Philippine to reimpose stricter curbs in capital after surge in cases

The Philippines will reimpose stricter quarantine measures in the capital Manila and nearby provinces, a senior official said, as the country battles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that put a bigger strain on hospitals.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the measures would be in effect from 29 March to 4 April.

The health ministry reported 9,595 new coronavirus cases, marking the second straight day the daily jump in infections remained above 9,000.

The country posted a record rise in three of the past five days.

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: Travellers will be required to take a #Coronavirus test before departure, regardless of the coronavirus risk level in their country of origin. Airlines will only be allowed to let passengers with proof of a negative #COVID19 test on board #AceHealthDesk report

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Germany to require #COVID19 tests on all flight arrivals everyone entering the country by plane to undergo a test starting on Sunday whereas previously it was, only travelers from high risk areas were required to present a negative test’

#AceHealthReport – Mar.26: The stricter rules were originally supposed to have been enacted on Friday. However, health officials said they would push them back to Sunday to allow passengers and airlines time to prepare. Travelers will have to pay for the tests themselves:

The German Health Ministry announced on Thursday that people flying into Germany will be required to undergo coronavirus testing as of midnight (2300 UTC) on Sunday, March 28: As German tourists flock to ‘pandemic safe’ Mallorca as

A person holding a test swab at Dresden's airport

News of the changes were first reported by the tabloid newspaper, Bild.

The old rules had required tests only from travelers coming from high-risk areas. Now, travelers coming from popular vacation destinations with lower case numbers, like Mallorca, will need a negative test. 

The testing requirements are expected to last until mid-May. 

Airlines have said they will lay on hundreds of extra flights to cope with the surge in demand.

The number of virus cases per 100,000 population stands at 113 in Germany.

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