Coronavirus latest news: Grant Shapps hints at easing of travel rules ahead of today's announcement

© Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP Passengers head towards a Covid-19 test centre at Heathrow airport – Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

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  • Doubts raised over long Covid symptoms 
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  • Hazel Plush: Vaccine travel certificates could soon be worthless

Downing Street has confirmed that Grant Shapps will give an update on England’s travel controls and hinted that an easing of restrictions could follow after “steady progress” in the struggle against Covid-19.

Cabinet ministers met this morning to review the travel traffic light system and whether to scrap the requirement for foreign travellers to take PCR tests, with the Transport Secretary’s statement to follow later.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman could not confirm that the changes would be permanent, but said ministers “continue to make steady progress to ease restrictions, and that is very much the intention of the approach we will be taking”. 

The Government was said to be considering merging the green and amber travel lists and slash the number of red list countries for England, following heavy criticism from the travel industry. 

There is also speculation that minsters will scrap the need for a pre-departure lateral flow test and a post-arrival PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers.

But for unvaccinated travellers, there are reports that measures could become stricter – with even those from low-risk countries required to quarantine at home and take two tests on their return. 

Holidaymakers will still face paying £30 each for supervised lateral flow tests because it is thought they will not be able to use free lateral flows provided by the NHS. 

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12:37 PM

Grant Shapps to ‘reduce costs’ and ‘simply’ international travel

Stay here for the latest updates in the Transport Secretary’s announcement this afternoon. 

I’ll set out measures to simplify international travel later today in order to reduce costs, take advantage of higher levels of vaccination, and keep us all safe. ✈️🚢🚆

— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) September 17, 2021

12:34 PM

Indonesia might reopen to tourists from some countries in October

Indonesia may allow foreign tourists to start returning to the popular resort island of Bali and other parts of the country by October after a sharp slide in Covid-19 cases, senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Friday.

The south east Asian nation intends to move cautiously to reopen its borders following a deadly second virus wave, driven by the Delta variant.

Luhut, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, said the addition of confirmed cases of Covid-19 had dropped by 94.5 per cent since a peak in mid-July.

“We are happy today that the reproduction rate is below 1… It is the lowest during the pandemic and is indicating the pandemic is under control,” Luhut told a news conference.

12:11 PM

One in 80 people have Covid in England in latest figures – ONS

Around one in 80 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to September 11, down from one in 70 the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics estimates. 

One in 80 is the equivalent of about 697,100 people.

At the peak of the second wave in early January, around one in 50 people in England were estimated to have coronavirus, with figures markedly declining since then. 

When modelling the level of Covid-19 infections among different age ranges in England, the ONS said rates have increased for those in school years 7 to 11 – at one in 35 people – and in those aged over 50 years.

But the over 70s continue to have the lowest rates at one in 150.

The trend for all other age groups is uncertain.

11:53 AM

EU unsure if women face higher risk of clots from AZ shot

The European Union’s drugs regulator could not confirm from available data if women and young adults were at a higher risk of rare blood clots with low platelets after vaccination with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot.

Limitations in the way the data was collected meant that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) could not identify any specific risk factor that made the condition, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, more likely, it said.

The European Commission had requested scientific opinion from the EMA after reports of the condition associated with the vaccine, Vaxzevria, earlier this year. This led to many EU states suspending use of the shot once considered key to the region’s inoculation plans.

It also said that no definitive recommendations could be currently given on the use of a different vaccine for a second dose following a first with AstraZeneca’s shot.

11:38 AM

MPs call on Boris Johnson to send more vaccines abroad

Boris Johnson should prioritise donating vaccines to the Covax global vaccine-sharing scheme ahead of offering boosters jabs to healthy over-50s in the UK, MPs have said. 

In June, the Prime Minister called on G7 nations to join the UK, in committing to vaccinating the world by the end of 2022, “to end this terrible pandemic”. 

But recent data compiled by Our World in Data, showed the world’s major economies have promised to donate many more doses of vaccine to poor countries than they have delivered.

Only around 2 per cent of the population in low income countries are estimated to have received a Covid jab.

In a new report, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus warns that low global vaccination rates mean Covid-19 “will continue to pose a serious threat to the UK’s public health, economy and security” and unequal access to jabs poses a “serious risk of repeating the medical divide witnessed during the HIV/AIDS crisis”.

The MPs are urging the UK Government to adopt a formal process that would see the UK  donating one  dose of Covid-19 vaccine for every dose imported and administered in the UK to Covax and boost domestic production capacity to become a net vaccine exporter. 

11:12 AM

Lobby latest: No 10 trails Grant Shapps travel announcement later

England’s transport secretary will “make an international travel update later” on Friday amid speculation the Government is set to overhaul its travel traffic light system and testing rules for travellers.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman hinted that the approach will see Grant Shapps announce an easing of restrictions after “steady progress” in combatting coronavirus.

Asked about whether the changes were likely to be permanent, the Downing Street spokesman told reporters “there is always the chance of unexpected challenges, such as an even more transmissible or more deadly variant emerging”.

“That said, because of the success of our vaccine programme, it is enabling us to move steadily and remove restrictions, as you saw when we came out of Step 4,” he added, and “it would be wrong to rule out anything in the future”.

11:07 AM

Wales to bring in vaccine passports from next month

Vaccine passports will be needed to enter nightclubs and attend large events in Wales from next month, the country’s first minister has announced.

Mark Drakeford said people will have to show an NHS Covid Pass from next month for clubs, indoor standing events for more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people and any event with more than 10,000 in attendance.

Rates of Covid-19 are currently very high in the country, but the alert level will remain at zero for the next three weeks, Mr Drakeford confirmed.

“The last thing we want is further lockdowns and for businesses to have to close their doors once again,” her said. “That’s why we must take small but meaningful action now to control the spread of the virus and reduce the need for tougher measures later.”

He also encouraged everyone to work from home whenever possible. 

The measures broadly mirror those taken in Scotland, but ministers in England have ditched vaccine passports for now amid fury from MPs about their discriminatory potential.

10:48 AM

Three quarters of under-50s delta hospitalisations among unvaccinated

Delta variant hospitalisations have been roughly even split between under-50s and over-50s, new Public Health England figures show, but the majority of younger admissions had not been vaccinated.

Some 12,407 people were admitted to hospital in England up to September 12 who were either confirmed or likely to have the delta variant of Covid-19, Public Health England said.

Of this number, 6,230 were under the age of 50 and 6,167 were aged 50 or over.

Among the under-50s:

  • 4,517 (73 per cent) were unvaccinated
  • 848 (14 per cent) had received one dose
  • 721 (12 per cent) had received both doses

Among the over-50s:

  • 1,786 (29 per cent) were unvaccinated
  • 435 (7 per cent) had received one dose
  • 3,913 (63 per cent) had received both doses

A small number of virus samples from people admitted to hospital could not be matched with vaccination records.

10:30 AM

Two thirds of over-50s delta deaths among fully vaccinated

Two thirds of deaths among over-50s linked to the delta variant of coronavirus were among fully vaccinated people, new figures from Public Health England show. 

A total of 2,542 people died in England up to September 12 within 28 days of a positive test and who were either confirmed, or likely, to have the delta variant. 

Of these, 204 were under the age of 50, while 2,336 were aged 50 or over.

Among the under-50s deaths, 132 (65 per cent) were unvaccinated, 17 (8 per cent) had received one dose of vaccine and 48 (24 per cent) had got both doses.

Of the over-50s deaths, 590 (25 per cent) were unvaccinated, 149 (6 per cent) had received one dose of vaccine and 1,565 (67 per cent) had received both doses. 

A small number of virus samples could not be matched with vaccination records.

10:14 AM

PPE worth £2.8bn not fit for purpose

Personal protective equipment (PPE) worth £2.8 billion is not fit for purpose and cannot be used by the NHS, a health minister has revealed.

Lord Bethell said 1.9 billion items of stock are currently in the “do not supply” to the NHS category.

He was answering a Parliamentary question from crossbencher Lord Alton of Liverpool around “faulty PPE” that has not met the required level of protection.

“As of June 10, 1.9 billion items of stock were in the ‘do not supply’ category,” Lord Bethell said.

“This is equivalent to 6.2 per cent of purchased volume with an estimated value of £2.8 billion.

“We are considering options to repurpose and recycle items in this category which ensures safety and value for money. Discussions with suppliers are ongoing.”

10:02 AM

Dropping PCR tests will put Britain ‘at risk of new Covid variants’, warns immunologist

In response to the Government’s plans to drop PCR testing in favour of lateral flow tests, the immunologist and founding scientist at Cignpost ExpressTest, warned that the move puts Britain “at risk of new Covid variants”.

Denis Kinane said that he “welcomes” plans to simplify the travel restrictions, particularly the Government’s system of traffic light destinations.

However, he warned that the decision to drop “gold-standard PCR tests” in favour of lateral flow tests “will be a calculated risk that could put Britain at risk of new Covid variants entering the country.”

He added: “Currently, Cignpost’s own data shows 4 in every 1,000 people are testing positive after they arrive in the UK, and every one of them had already supposedly recorded a negative lateral flow test while abroad.

“That is the equivalent of 400 people entering the UK with Covid every single day.

“Without PCR testing, we are in danger of reducing our ability to sequence positive tests for variants of concern, making us blind to new threats or changes in the virus.”

© Leon Neal/Getty Images A member of the medical team holds up a used swab from a PCR test at Gatwick Airport – Leon Neal/Getty Images

09:40 AM

Ministers consider changing rules to make foreign travel cheaper and simpler

Cabinet ministers will be reviewing the current travel traffic light system and whether to scrap the requirement for foreign travellers to take PCR tests, the Environment Secretary said.

George Eustice said that while no decisions have yet been taken on a potential shake-up of Covid travel rules that reportedly could make going abroad cheaper and simpler, the Covid Cabinet sub-committee is expected to meet on Friday to look at the current restrictions.

The group is set to consider whether to merge the green and amber lists to form one category of low-risk countries while reducing the number of destinations on the red list.

There is also speculation that minsters will agree that fully vaccinated arrivals will no longer need to take a pre-departure lateral flow test or a post-arrival PCR test.This would save travellers around £100 per trip.

The Environment Secretary told Sky News: “My understanding is that no decisions have actually been taken yet, although I understand there may be a meeting today to review this. We regularly review those travel restrictions.”

Mr Eustice said the travel industry’s concerns that current testing protocols are “unnecessary” and “onerous” have been heard.

08:52 AM

Pictured: Coronavirus around the world

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

© TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP The grandson of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on September 17 – TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP

 Washington, DC

© Provided by The Telegraph A woman walks through a field of white flags on the Mall near the Washington Monument in Washington, DC on September 16

 Sydney, New South Wales

© Provided by The Telegraph A resident holds up a sign posted in the foyer of a housing block in Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 17 September – DEAN LEWINS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

08:27 AM

Long Covid symptoms in children rarely persist beyond 12 weeks, study suggests

Long Covid symptoms rarely persist beyond 12 weeks in children and adolescents unlike adults, new research suggests.

The review found existing studies on the condition in children and adolescents have major limitations.

Some do not show a difference in symptoms between those who have been infected with the virus and those who have not.

It comes as research from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia found that after 10 months in circulation, the delta variant had not caused more serious disease in children than previous variants and most cases remained asymptomatic or mild.

It also found children and adolescents with pre-existing health conditions including obesity, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and immune disorders have a 25-fold greater risk of severe Covid-19.

© Vitaly Nevar/TASS Pupils and parents have their temperature checked as they arrive at School No 58 for a festive ceremony marking the beginning of a new school year on September 1 – Vitaly Nevar/TASS

08:01 AM

Labour has been ‘calling for ages’ for ministers to scrap amber list

A shadow minister said Labour has been “calling for ages” for ministers to scrap the amber travel list because it is poorly understood by the public.

Sarah Jones told Sky News: “We want travel to open up as safely and as quickly as possible.

“We’ve been calling for ages for the amber list to be scrapped, which has been touted in the papers today, because it always added to confusion – people never quite understood what the system was.

“And we’ve been calling for a proper process to work out an international vaccine passport so we can get people safely moving around.”

Asked whether she supports removing the requirement for the double vaccinated to take a pre-departure PCR test for those arriving in the UK, Ms Jones said: “I think we need to make it simpler, we need to make it clearer.

“People have been confused about what the rules are, they have been paying extortionate prices – we need to see what the Government is going to suggest and hopefully it will be based on evidence and, if it is, then we will support them.”

07:41 AM

‘Difficulty’ with lateral flow tests is inability to ‘pick up variants’, says Cabinet minister

Asked whether PCR tests could be scrapped in favour of lateral flow tests for foreign travellers, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “I haven’t heard that because I’m not on that particular sub-committee that deals with this.

“They will want to consider all the evidence before taking a final decision.

“The rationale for the PCR test is that you can do genome sequencing of variants and you can, therefore, detect possible variants of concern.

“The difficulty with the lateral flow test, although it is cheaper and simpler to do, it is not able to pick up those variants.

“So, that’s the rationale and that’s been the rationale so far for making sure we keep some of that PCR testing in place.”

Mr Eustice said that Health Secretary Sajid Javid, while he did not want “unnecessary” testing taking place, “recognises the value of those PCR tests and that there “is a discussion to be had about this” in Government.

07:24 AM

Cabinet sub-committee to sign off on travel rule changes today

The Environment Secretary has said a Cabinet sub-committee meeting due to take place on Friday could sign off on travel rule changes.

The green and amber lists are expected to be merged to form one category of low-risk countries while the number of destinations on the red list will be reduced.

George Eustice told Sky News: “My understanding is that no decisions have actually been taken yet, although I understand there may be a meeting today to review this. We regularly review those travel restrictions.

“Obviously we took an important step earlier this summer when we removed the need to quarantine for those countries coming from amber list countries – that was a really big step forward – but we have retained the need for testing, and that’s really so we can pick up any variants of concern through that PCR test.

“But, look, I know this has been raised by the travel industry, that they think some of that testing may be unnecessary, may be onerous – the Government will be listening to that and the Covid sub-committee of Cabinet that decide these things will be considering that probably later today.”

© Provided by The Telegraph What’s the difference between a PCR test and a lateral flow test?

06:47 AM

Shake-up of Covid travel rules set to benefit double-jabbed holidaymakers

Travelling is set to be made cheaper and more straightforward for doubled-jabbed holidaymakers under a shake-up of coronavirus rules.

The green and amber lists are expected to be merged to form one category of low-risk countries while the number of destinations on the red list will be reduced.

There is also speculation that fully vaccinated arrivals will no longer need to take a pre-departure lateral flow test or a post-arrival PCR test.

This would save travellers around £100 per trip.

But while rules may be eased for fully vaccinated travellers, those who have not been jabbed could face tougher restrictions.

Currently, travellers who have not had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine must take one PCR test and are not required to self-isolate after arriving from a green list destination.

According to reports, they could be required to quarantine at home and be required to take two tests when arriving from a low-risk location under the new system.

© JOHN SIBLEY/REUTERS Passengers stand in a queue to the British Airways check-in desks at Heathrow Airport – JOHN SIBLEY/REUTERS

06:35 AM

Vaccinated Australians promised more freedom even as Covid-19 cases mount

 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday pledged more freedom for vaccinated citizens, even as the country’s second largest state reported its second highest daily rise in new Covid-19 infections this year.

Morrison said federal and state leaders would discuss vaccine passports and expanding home quarantine when they meet for a national cabinet later on Friday.

“You will see vaccinated people being able to move and do more things,” Morrison told radio station 3AW.

“They’re less likely to get the virus, transmit the virus, get a serious illness and end up in hospital,” he said. “And so, that won’t put the pressure on the public hospital system.”

06:10 AM

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06:04 AM

Florida death toll rises to more than 50,000

Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported on Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 50,811 deaths, after adding more than 1500 more  provided on Thursday by the state’s health department. Those reported deaths occurred over various dates in recent weeks.

Florida has the 11th worst per-capita death rate among the 50 states, the CDC says. New Jersey, Mississippi and New York have had the worst, but Florida has risen from  17th spot in the past two weeks.

Overall, about one in every 400 Florida residents who were alive in March 2020 has since died of Covid-19. Only cancer and heart disease have killed more Floridians during that period, according to state health department statistics. 

© AFP Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where Coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on July 30, 2020. – Florida has emerged as a major new epicenter of the US battle against the disease, with confirmed cases recently surpassing New York and now second only to California. The state toll has leapt over the past week and more than 6,500 people have died from the disease there, according to health officials. More than 460,000 people have been infected with the virus in Florida,  – AFP

05:47 AM

Sydney to trial home quarantine system

Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as the country moves to reopen its borders despite persistent Covid-19 cases.

Australia closed its international border in March 2020 in response to the pandemic, allowing entry almost exclusively to citizens and permanent residents who are required to undergo a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine at their own expense.

“This is the next step in our plan to safely reopen, and to stay safely open,” Mr Morrison said, adding the trial could set the standard for the way “we live with Covid-19.”

Sydney, which has received more returning residents from abroad than other Australian city, will trial the seven-day home quarantine program later this month.

05:37 AM

Dutch to forge ahead with corona pass

The Netherlands will require proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test for entry to bars, restaurants, museums, theatres and other cultural events from September 25, as almost all social distancing measures are dropped.

A narrow majority of Dutch parliament late on Thursday rejected a motion calling on the government to change its mind about the corona pass, as Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was needed to prevent a new wave of infections.

“We are still in a dangerous situation. Not doing this would bring great risks,” Mr Rutte said during a heated debate in parliament.

Opponents from across the political spectrum questioned the need for the corona pass, which many said was a ploy to stimulate vaccinations, despite repeated promises by the government that injections would never be mandatory.

© Getty Images isitors view works of art at Rijksmuseum on September 30, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Visitors to the museum are now required to wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  – Getty Images

04:59 AM

Study to examine if children need second jab

Scientists are looking at whether children need a second dose of coronavirus vaccine and if so which type would be best.

It comes after health leaders approved first doses of the Pfizer vaccine for over-12s on Monday.

Researchers are launching a study of Covid-19 vaccination schedules in young people aged 12 to 16. The Com-Cov 3 trial will seek to recruit 360 volunteers who will be enrolled in one of four arms of the study.

Professor Matthew Snape, associate professor in paediatrics and vaccinology at the University of Oxford, and chief investigator on the trial, said: “This study will provide vital information on the range of options for immunising teenagers against Covid-19 in the UK.”

© PA A photo dated 14/08/21 of a child receiving a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Scientists are looking at whether children need a second dose of coronavirus vaccine and if so which type would be best. It comes after health leaders approved first doses of the Pfizer vaccine for over-12s on Monday. Issue date: Friday September 17, 2021.  – PA

04:46 AM

Australian PM promises freedoms for vaccinated

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday pledged more freedom for vaccinated citizens, even as the country’s second largest state reported its second highest daily rise in new Covid-19 infections this year.

Mr Morrison said federal and state leaders would discuss vaccine passports and expanding home quarantine when they meet for a national cabinet later on Friday.

“You will see vaccinated people being able to move and do more things,” he said.

“They’re less likely to get the virus, transmit the virus, get a serious illness and end up in hospital. And so, that won’t put the pressure on the public hospital system.”

© Anadolu A woman crosses the street as a delivery rider drives past in the Sydney CBD, Australia on September 16, 2021. ( – Anadolu

04:41 AM

Brazilian leader to go to UN despite being unvaccinated 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he will attend next week’s United Nations meeting in New York despite requirements that all attendants be vaccinated. 

 “Next week I will be at the UN General Assembly, where I will give an opening speech,” the president said during a social media broadcast on Tuesday.

The New York mayor’s office has stated that delegates must show proof of vaccination to enter the debate hall – a move that raised questions about Mr Bolsonaro’s ability to participate in-person.

04:15 AM

Today’s top stories

  • Rip-off Covid tests for returning travellers are set to be scrapped for the double-jabbed in a boost to holiday plans for the autumn half term.
  • Escalator falls have soared in Tube stations because passengers are too afraid to hold handrails over fears they could catch Covid. 
  • More than half of people suffering from long Covid may not have the condition and may just be suffering from normal bouts of ill health, research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests.
  • An IT consultant was detained in a prison cell for two hours after she was arrested for failing to wear a face mask in Waitrose.

  • ​Winter sun holidays to Jamaica and Grenada could be off the cards if the two islands are placed on the red list in this week’s review.

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Nanny in Dubai speaks of joy as driver returns Dh4,000 she left in taxi

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Covid-19: Public parks in residential areas reopen in Sharjah

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UAE: 35,406 Covid vaccine doses administered in 24 hours

© Provided by Khaleej Times UAE: 35,406 Covid vaccine doses administered in 24 hours The UAE has administered 35,406 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours. The ... Read more »

Dubai Police's student platform receives UK Business Cultural Award

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UAE and Israel to co-operate on two space missions

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Dubai Police showcase advanced bodycam, smart stations at GITEX

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Aufregung in Deutschland: 19 Corona-Infizierte nach Berliner Techno-Party – trotz Impfung

Nach mehr als einem Jahr ging im Berliner Berghain wieder die Post ab. Die Freude währte aber nicht lange. Nun sorgt der Techno-Club für Corona-Schlagzeilen. Gleich 19 Gäste haben sich ... Read more »

Agriculture sector to have ‘really ambitious targets' for reducing emissions

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Kaczynski: EU-Institutionen wollen Machtwechsel in Polen

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Ihr Boss verspies Feinde als Cevapcici: Serbische Ex-Politikerin sitzt wegen Mafia-Verbindung in U-Haft

Die serbische Ex-Staatssekretärin Dijana Hrkalovic wurde verhaftet. Der Grund: Sie soll in Verbindung zu einem Mafia-Boss stehen, der seine Feinde angeblich gerne mal durch den Fleischwolf drehen lässt und dann ... Read more »

Österreich führt 3G-Regel am Arbeitsplatz ein

© Keystone/dpa/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand Am 1. November tritt in Österreich die 3G-Regel am Arbeitsplatz in Kraft. Ab diesem Tag müssen Beschäftigte nachweisen können, dass sie geimpft, regelmässig getestet oder von Covid-19 ... Read more »

Covid press conference today: What time is the announcement?

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