Next countries facing UK quarantine rules

The beach and promenade in San Antonio, Ibiza, is quiet today - Bav Media
The beach and promenade in San Antonio, Ibiza, is quiet today – Bav Media

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Mapped: European hotspots at risk of quarantine rules

British holidaymakers have been warned that “no travel is risk-free” and that “disruption is possible” by Downing Street, following the 11th-hour move to impose a quarantine on people returning from Spain. The Prime Minister’s spokesman declined to say whether restrictions on France, Germany or other destinations would follow, urging people to check updates published on and the FCO travel advice website. Yet, he added that “no travel is risk-free” and that “disruption is possible.” A range of factors were taken into consideration when placing a country on the “safe list” for quarantine-free travel, Downing Street said. Greg Dickinson has mapped the countries where Covid-19 infections are on the rise. Read on for the daily death rises for countries across Europe and the countries where coronavirus appears to be under control. Here is the full list of countries exempt from England’s travel quarantine.

The impact of the Government’s measures are beginning to be felt. Italy faces a dire summer holiday season, with the number of foreign tourists, including Britons, down by nearly 80 per cent. Nick Squires in Rome analyses the impact of the severe blow to the country’s tourism sector. The World Health Organization has warned that international travel bans are not a “sustainable strategy” to halt the spread of Covid-19. Meanwhile, airlines have said they will not offer refunds to passengers due to fly to the Spanish islands should they wish to cancel their holiday in the face of quarantine measures. If you have just returned from a break, you may be advised by the Government to take a Covid-19 test as soon as possible, even if you do not have any symptoms.

Boris Johnson admits ‘I was too fat’ in Covid-19 battle

The Prime Minister has said he was “too fat” and has long struggled with his weight, as he spoke about how his Covid scare prompted him to get fitter and lose more than a stone. In a video to launch Britain’s obesity strategy, Boris Johnson urged others to take action to improve their health. He said he was “way overweight” when he was admitted to intensive care in April as he battled Covid-19 and was put on oxygen. It comes as Government sources say the option of imposing more sugar taxes on chocolate and other sweet foods remains on the table.

Cat becomes first animal in UK to test positive

Coronavirus has been detected in a pet cat in Britain for the first time, the UK’s chief veterinary officer has reported. The infection was confirmed after tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency laboratory in Weybridge, on Wednesday last week. It is the first confirmed case of any animal coronavirus infection in the UK, and it is thought the cat picked up the disease from its owner, who has also tested positive for coronavirus. Watch a video of how to protect your pets from Covid-19 and, gents, click and scroll down for the five signs you are a cat man.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Johnny Depp libel trial | Johnny Depp was a “hopeless addict” whose abuse of drugs and alcohol was so extreme he may not have realised “the extent of his violence and terrifying behaviour” against Amber Heard, the High Court has heard. A dramatic three-week legal battle, brought by the Hollywood actor over a 2018 news story which called him a “wife beater”, has begun to draw to a conclusion. Read the latest.

Around the world: Death haunts Italy’s worst-hit town

Europe became the epicentre of the global pandemic before the continent locked down. This week, for the first time, The Telegraph returns to “ground zero” of some of the worst-hit countries to assess the damage. Part one reveals how, in northern Italy, the damage inflicted by Covid-19 casts a long shadow over attempts to recover.

Monday interview

Duncan Goodhew – ‘I was bald and dyslexic. Swimming saved my life’


Duncan Goodhew - Julian Simmonds
Duncan Goodhew – Julian Simmonds

Forty years since he won Olympic gold, the “spindly kid from Sussex” Duncan Goodhew is still dedicated to swimming. Jim White discovers he became the master of sports psychology before the term was coined.

Read the full interview

Comment and analysis

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Business and money briefing

Foreign shoppers disappear | Harrods is braced for a 45pc drop in annual sales as the luxury department store’s boss warned that Asian and US tourists are likely to stay away until 2022. The company’s managing director Michael Ward said that visitors to its historic Knightsbridge shop have plunged by 95pc. Read on for details.

Sport briefing

Premier League club-by-club verdict | Liverpool ran away with it and Aston Villa survived by the skin of their teeth. Yet who was each club’s star and their biggest let down? And which team performed the best against adversity? The Telegraph’s writers grade each club.

Tonight’s TV  

Anthony, BBC One, 8.30pm | Jimmy McGovern’s drama considers the life Anthony Walker might have had. The black child of a single mother in Liverpool, the real Anthony was murdered in a racist attack, at just 18, in 2005. Read on for more.

And finally… for this evening’s downtime

The Peer and the Gangster, review | Giving a glimpse inside Ronnie Kray’s affair with Tory Bob Boothby, Daniel Smith’s new book studies the scandal between a flamboyant Conservative peer and the openly-gay Kray twin. Read on for more.

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