VIPs ‘to be let into England without quarantine to keep Euros final at Wembley’
Also on a sporting news tip, officials are doing “as much as we possibly can” to accommodate the European football championships after it was reported the government is to allow thousands of VIPs into England without the need to quarantine to stop the final being moved from Wembley to Budapest, a minister has said.
The proposal would exempt about 2,500 Uefa and Fifa officials, politicians, sponsors and broadcasters from the quarantine restrictions faced by ordinary travellers, according to the Times.
On Monday, the government announced a four-week delay to the final easing of lockdown restrictions in England in order to allow more people to be vaccinated to combat the Delta coronavirus variant.
The only teams playing in the tournament on England’s green list of countries that do not require isolation on arrival, are England, Wales and Scotland.
Taiwan reports 187 new local cases and 21 deaths
Taiwan has reported 187 new local cases and 21 deaths, one month after it went into level 3 restrictions in response to its worst ever outbreak.
New Taipei city remained the site with the biggest number of cases, with 76, while the capital Taipei reported 71. In Maioli, where an outbreak among factory workers has infected more than 400, there were 26 new cases reported – primarily workers who have been under quarantine since not long after the cluster was detected.
Vaccination rates in Taiwan – initially terrible – are improving, with huge increases in the daily rate of doses being administered to priority groups. More than 5% of the population has received at least one dose.
While comparatively low when set against other many countries, this has been a major step up. The government is now working to combat some hesitancy over the AstraZeneca vaccine, not helped by sensational media reports of deaths among elderly people who had also received the vaccine.
Health and welfare minister Chen Shih-Chung has confirmed two private companies – Foxconn and TSMC – have both applied to obtain and donate vaccines from overseas suppliers. Chen said the government will do their best to assist.
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