Covid-19: All countries taken off travel red list and Moscow locks down
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday evening.
1. All countries off England's travel red listThe last few countries will be removed from England's red list next week, the government has confirmed. Colombia, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela and Ecuador are all being taken off from Monday, meaning arrivals will
no longer need to pay for a quarantine hotel.But the current travel system will stay and countries could be added back on to the red list in future. "We have been able to do this now because the variants of concern that we have been tracking are no longer of concern to the chief medical officers," said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
Image source,Getty ImagesImage caption,Peru - home to Machu Picchu - will no longer be on the government's strictest travel list2. Moscow shuts up shop in partial lockdownShops, restaurants and schools have closed their doors in Moscow, asthe city is put in a partial lockdown headtopics.com
while Russia battles rising coronavirus deaths and infections. People in the capital can thankfully still go to essential shops like pharmacies and supermarkets, as well as get a takeaway meal from restaurants. Workers across the country have also been given nine days off from Saturday by the government as a means of stamping down the infection rate.Read more: BBC Health News »
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