Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to India. No 10 has just released this joint statement from the British and Indian governments.
In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week. Instead, Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India. They will remain in regular contact beyond this, and look forward to meeting in person later this year.
As my colleague Nicola Davis reported last week, only 77 cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus, B1617, have been found in the UK so far. “It is designated a ‘variant under investigation’ but is worrying researchers as it contains two mutations that it is thought may help the virus to evade the body’s immune responses,” Nicola explained.
This morning Prof Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, said he expected B1617 to be upgraded to a “variant of concern” quite soon. That would lead to India being placed on the “red list” for travel, he said (which would probably force Boris Johnson to cancel his trip due to start this weekend). Altmann told Good Morning Britain:
At the moment, this particular variant (from India) is called a variant under investigation, not a variant of concern because it hasn’t been escalated to that level yet.
My assumption from everything I’ve seen is that it will become a variant of concern. When it becomes a variant of concern, I’d be quite surprised if India wasn’t on the red list.
This variant has a couple of mutations that are among those that we think are important that should be watched carefully, but they’re actually probably not at the very kind of top tier of mutations, for example in the B117 - or Kent variant - or the South African variant, that generate the most concern.
And in terms of spread, clearly this variant has increased in frequency in India around the same time as their very large and tragic recent wave.
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Fourth Perth hospital health worker goes into self-quarantine while scammers target people seeking vaccines. This blog is now closed
That is where we will leave the live blog for Monday. Thanks for following along. Here’s what we learned today:
The PM’s office has just released the statement out of the national cabinet meeting tonight. This is the bit on what was agreed to:
National cabinet agreed in-principle to a series of changes to the Australian Covid-19 vaccination strategy that will be put forward for approval at the next meeting of national cabinet, including options to bring forward the commencement of vaccinations for over-50-year-olds under the Australian Covid-19 vaccination strategy priority group 2A, and the readiness of more state- and territory-operated vaccination sites, including mass vaccination sites, as vaccine supplies increase.
National cabinet reinforced that general practice will continue to be the primary model of rolling out vaccinations for Australians over 50 years of age, with states and territories to consider options to supplement rollout through expanded state vaccination centres.
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Ahead of a busy summer of domestic tourism in the UK, qualified lifeguards and trainees rehearse life-saving procedures
From a distance the ocean looks calm – safe, even – but a sticker peeling from a window in St Agnes lifeguard station offers a cautionary warning to all visitors: Respect the Water, it says.
The summer ahead promises to be busier than ever in Cornwall, with a boom in domestic tourism fuelled by global coronavirus restrictions. This beautiful but unforgiving stretch of coastline will see its fair share of rescues.
The RNLI is training new lifeguards in preparation. Today, a group of five are learning first aid skills and rehearsing water rescue techniques using tubes and rescue boards – they must wear PPE for close proximity drills, even in the water. The trainees range in age from 16 to 33 and include students, a gas engineer, a marine biologist and a former champion surfer.
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Australia opens travel bubble with New Zealand Mon, 19 Apr 2021 05:58:29 GMT The world's first major travel bubble set up in the Covid pandemic allows quarantine-free visits. Match ID: 5 Score: 35.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
With journeys to distant corners of the globe still on hold, our writers are gearing up to hike, climb, camp, and swim on home turf
When we were kids it was always UK holidays, usually under canvas, and always recalled with affection. I have no problem giving up foreign travel for a while, although I do miss the sheer scale and biodiversity of distant wildernesses and worry about the communities who invested hope, and effort, in tourism as a way of holding off the oilmen, gold prospectors and road diggers. I’m praying they hang on. We will return!
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Gett inks deal with Curb Mobility to bring yellow cabs to its enterprise-focused on-demand ride-hailing app Sun, 18 Apr 2021 23:30:17 +0000 Gett, the ride-hailing startup that has been carving out a niche for itself in a crowded and competitive market for on-demand transportation by focusing on enterprise accounts and connecting people with rides in some 1,500 cities leveraging a number of third-party fleets, is adding another partner today as it continues to double down on its […] Match ID: 9 Score: 35.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
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Outdoor startups see supercharged growth during COVID-19 era Sat, 17 Apr 2021 14:15:45 +0000 After months of shelter-in-place orders, widespread shutdowns and physical distancing, outdoors became the only location for safe socializing. Match ID: 12 Score: 35.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
In 2008, Thomas Pesquet applied to become an ESA astronaut. On 22 April 2021, he will fly his second mission to the International Space Station. In this video Thomas shares how he found his way to space, and encourages viewers to follow their passions as ESA seeks its next class of astronauts.
Nobody is perfect on their first attempt at a task, but Thomas says the only way to improve is to try and keep trying. Though becoming an astronaut seemed a distant dream when he was younger, by continuing to challenge himself and learn along the way he developed the skills he needed to put himself forward and become one of a small group who have travelled to space.
Whatever your passion, his advice is universal: try your best, and if you don’t succeed it doesn’t matter. What does matter is perseverance.
Find out more about how you can apply to become an ESA astronaut and explore other ESA careers at esa.int/YourWayToSpace
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D.I.Y. Fixes for Your Broken Dreams Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:00:00 +0000 Did you want to be famous for some reason? Earn a shit ton of money? Travel the world? Match ID: 18 Score: 20.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 5 days qualifiers: 20.00 travel(|ing)
A Theory of (Almost) Everything Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:30:00 GMT A new book analyzes the seven grand transitions that have formed the modern world Match ID: 20 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 10 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Here's What You Need to Know About China's Mars Rover Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT Tianwen-1 is expected to attempt a difficult Martian landing in May; if it survives, expect to hear much more Match ID: 22 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 20 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
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Japan Prepares to Welcome Home Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Sun, 06 Dec 2020 21:02:00 GMT Return of the space probe launched six years ago could help answer the question of how life began on Earth Match ID: 28 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 133 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Spotting Mystery Methane Leaks From Space Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:00:00 GMT A fleet of microsatellites will identify emitters of the gas, which is responsible for a quarter of global warming Match ID: 32 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 173 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
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Spacety Has Big Plans for Small Satellites Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT Spacety was one of China’s first private space companies and has so far been involved in 10 space launches Match ID: 35 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 424 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Building an Orbiting Internet Just for Satellites Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:00:00 GMT Kepler Communications’ CubeSat routers will keep other satellites in constant contact with the ground Match ID: 38 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 451 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
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