Tuesday’s national press headlines look ahead to, and hint at the contents of, an address by prime minister Boris Johnson, who is expected to announce far-reaching changes to the UK’s Covid restrictions – including travel rules.
Johnson will be joined by Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance for the announcement, which will come as new figures from the NHS reveal there remains only low levels of Covid among travellers arriving, or returning, from amber list destinations.
Elsewhere, more details are expected on Tuesday of the UK’s Covid booster jab campaign. Here are the key headlines concerning travel on Tuesday 14 September.
Johnson to detail changes to Covid travel rules today
The prime minister is expected to axe the traffic light system for overseas travel, scrap post-holiday PCR tests for the double jabbed and cut the number of red list countries in an address today. (Sky News)
NHS figures show low Covid rate among travellers
Fewer than 1% of travellers returning to England from amber-list countries tested positive for Covid, latest NHS Test and Trace figures show. Just 3,347 people, or 0.9% of travellers, tested positive in the seven days to 1 September. (The i)
Booster jabs for the over 50s to be confirmed
A UK-wide programme of booster jabs will be part of the Covid winter plan. It will consist of a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after a second dose. In addition, all children 12-15 will be offered one dose of the vaccine in England. (BBC News)
Spain’s wildfires still raging after six days
Hundreds have been forced to leave their homes as a fire in a Malaga mountain range continues to burn. The blaze has affected 19,000 acres amid high temperatures in the south of the country. (Metro)