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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Restrictions on travel to Europe may be lifted for British holidaymakers from next month. The European Commission has proposed to ease some restrictions on travel to EU countries amid progressing Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and lower infection rates. It said it is proposing “to allow entry to the EU for nonessential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”. It was not said which countries would be included, but one unnamed EU official said the UK remains a “question mark”. Meanwhile, the UK government’s 'green list' of countries to which people can travel without having to isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK is expected to be released at some point this week. The government is set to confirm shortly whether a ban on international leisure travel will be lifted for Brits from May 17, as the roadmap sets out. Destinations likely to make it onto the 'green list' include Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar, according to both The Times and The Guardian, while the Telegraph said Spain, Greece and France could be added by the end of June. Read More Related Articles All the businesses and venues expected to reopen on May 17 under roadmap plans Read More Related Articles Sacha Lord loses legal battle against Government over reopening indoor pubs and restaurants It comes as Boris Johnson said the approach to foreign travel this summer will be sensible and cautious to avoid “an influx of disease”. The Prime Minister said there will be “some opening up” on May 17, but that things must be done in a way “to make sure that we don’t see the virus coming back in” to the UK. A total of 50 million Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered in the UK. Scroll down for live updates throughout the day...09:07Fionnula HaineyEU restrictions could be 'clamped down again' if new variants of concern emerge On travel and the EU’s statement over the weekend, Prof Ferguson said: “I think first of all, everybody would like to safely reopen international travel, I think it’s a matter of when and how.“The EU in their statement did have a very strong caveat that they reserve the right to clamp down again if there were variants of concern, and I think that’s everybody’s concerned at the moment across the European continent, that we don’t want to see vaccination undermined by things like the South African variant spreading in an uncontrolled manner, but with that one caveat if we can find ways of reopening international travel which mitigates that risk, then I think everybody would like to be able to have some opportunity to go overseas.
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.He said it was “essential we roll out booster doses, which can protect against that, as soon as we’ve basically finished vaccinating the adult population, which should finish by the summer.”He said it was “much better to be vaccinating people than shutting down the whole of society”, adding he was “feeling fairly optimistic that we will be not completely back to normal, but something which feels a lot more normal by the summer”.09:04Fionnula Hainey'Data is very encouraging' - government adviser Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, who advises the government, said current data on deaths and cases is “very encouraging”.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:“The data is very encouraging and very much in line with what we expected.“Whilst we’re seeing cases actually plateau at the moment – and they may start edging up – mortality, deaths and hospitalisations are still going down, and we expect them to continue to go down, maybe tick up a little bit next month but only within manageable levels, and so that puts us in a very good position to be keeping to the government road map – relaxing some restrictions in a couple of weeks’ time and then many more in June."He said his team still have some concerns about late summer and early autumn but “they’re diminishing”, adding:“If we’re going to see another wave of transmission that’s where it would take place, but the data on the vaccines is getting ever more encouraging, particularly the new data which was released just over a week ago about the fact that vaccines, even if you do get infected if you’ve been vaccinated you’re less infectious.“And so that has pushed our estimates of the scale of any potential autumn wave down.”09:02Fionnula Hainey'Not much longer to wait' before government's travel announcement There is not long to wait before an announcement on the return of international leisure travel, according to international trade secretary Liz Truss. Asked about travel and foreign holidays by Sky News, Ms Truss said:“Well we won’t have much longer to wait to get the full announcement from the travel taskforce.“I would suggest that people wait for that announcement. Of course we’re doing all we can to make sure that we follow our road map, that we open up the economy and travel gradually.“But the really important thing is that we don’t move too fast and jeopardise the progress we’ve made, so people will have to wait a bit longer, I’m afraid, to be able to hear the news on exactly what’s happening on the travel front, but I can assure you the Government’s working very hard.”She added:“I would encourage people to wait until we make that announcement so that we can see exactly what the details are, based on the data, because what we don’t want to be doing is reimporting this virus after we’ve done such an excellent job in getting the levels down in the UK… we need to be cautious and we need to make sure that we’re not simply importing the virus after we’ve successfully dealt with it in Britain.”
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