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Vacationers should be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to comply with the 14-day quarantine rule upon return. The government should include Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, the Netherlands and Finland. Portugal and Sweden should not make the cut.

But Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis postponed July 6 this morning, suggesting that it could take weeks for his country to safely establish an airlift with Britain.

He said the Greek government is working closely with health experts to develop a recovery plan for the country’s tourism industry.

He said if the UK seems to be “going in the right direction” in terms of returning from vacation, “it is a matter of a few days or weeks to ensure that all restrictions are lifted.”

Theoharis said if new outbreaks do not appear, “we can certainly lift the restrictions in the next few days or, you know, two to three weeks.”

He added: “As soon as we have more clarity, we will be able to send the right dates and the right message, which is why it is not easy for me to determine the exact dates. I am just giving you the feeling of the advice we get from the experts right now. “

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Coronavirus news: Barcelona scientists found COVID-19 in March 2019 wastewater samples (Image: GETTY)

He said that Greece is looking forward to welcoming British vacationers again when the time comes.

His comments come as a tourism chief warns of the “nervousness” of the British before the July 6 vacation.

VisitBritain’s director of strategy and communications, Patricia Yates, said the vacation “will be very different”.

She told BBC Breakfast that people could feel “real nervousness” around travel, as she warned that the industry had lost around £ 37 billion during the foreclosure.

Ms. Yates said: “We have a sense of weekly consumption and we have seen a real nervousness about traveling, even in the country, throughout the summer.”

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UK coronavirus map (Image: EXPRESS)

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Micheal Martin became the Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (Image: GETTY)

1:24 pm update: the fight against the coronavirus crisis at the center of Micheal Martin’s concerns

Speaking as the newly elected Taoiseach of the 33rd Irish Parliament, Micheal Martin said that the fight against coronaviruses will be the main focus of his role in the coming months.

He said: “We are meeting away from our permanent room due to a historic pandemic that has struck Ireland and the rest of the world.

“To date, 2,278 people on this island have lost their lives.

“Thousands more have waged a long struggle to recover. No community, no part of our country has escaped.

“Over the past three and a half months, tremendous progress has been made in fighting the spread of the virus and treating people who are sick.

“The fight against the virus is not over. We must continue to contain its spread. We must be ready to face any new wave, and we must move quickly to ensure a recovery for the benefit of all our inhabitants.”

12:34 pm update: Warning: COVID remains “a clear, present and global danger”

The world’s largest online auction to support charities tackling the five Ds of the COVID-19 virus – death, illness, depression, domestic violence and disproportion for ethnic minorities – will close today with a Speech by cryptocurrency pioneer Brock Pierce on philanthropy and art as collectibles.

Mr. Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with extensive experience in creating, advising and investing in disruptive businesses.

Pierce said: “Covid represents a clear, present and global danger.

“There is no time like the present to fight this danger.”

A total of 255 works of art are auctioned to bidders worldwide by Art & Co. The funds raised are shared by seven registered charities and 46 artists who have come together in the fight against COVID-19.

11:27 am update: COVID cases worldwide exceed 9.9 million

There are now more than 9.9 million cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to data from Worldometer.

And the death toll worldwide is 497,363.

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Residents of New York, the former epicenter of the global epidemic, cross the Brooklyn Bridge (Image: GETTY)

10:52 am update: Indonesia reports 37 new deaths from COVID-19

The total number of deaths in the Asian country now stands at 2,720.

And 1,385 new infections were added to the tally today, bringing the total to 52,812.

10:29 am update: Greeks happy to open airlift to Britain

Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said it could take up to three weeks for his country to be happy to open an airlift to the UK.

He told BBC Breakfast: “We are currently consulting with our health experts, but I think considering that the UK is going in the right direction, it is a matter of a few days or weeks to find out. ensure that all restrictions are lifted.

“So I feel that things are now – and we must always put this asterisk that the health situation must continue to be on the same track as today – that we can certainly lift the restrictions in the coming days or, you know, two to three weeks. “

He added: “As soon as we have more clarity, we will be able to send the right dates and the right message, which is why it is not easy for me to determine the exact dates. I am just giving you the feeling of the advice we get from the experts right now. “

He said that Greece is looking forward to welcoming British vacationers again when the time comes.

He said: “Our friends from the United Kingdom are always welcome in our country.”

9:20 am update: inevitable tax hikes to help post-COVID economy recover, warns Sir John Major

Former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major argued that the tax increases were not appropriate in the short term, but that they would be necessary as recovery from the coronavirus in Britain was underway.

He told BBC Radio 4 Today: “I think putting taxes in place before the economic recovery, which may take some time, would be a mistake in my opinion.

“But, over time, I think there is no question that taxes will go up.

“For the time being, with interest rates so low and likely to remain so, it is possible for borrowing to take the pressure off as it could not have done a quarter of a century ago.”

Asked about the advisability of continuing to borrow when the debt level currently represented 100% of national income, Sir John said: “I think it will be inevitable in the short term.

“I think there is short term scope – not forever, there is no magic tree, let me say it clearly – but for a period until the economy be reinstated and taxes for some people can then increase. “

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COVID-19 test site operates in Melbourne as a Victoria surge (Image: GETTY)

8:42 am update: No buffet breakfast in hotels as hotel industry prepares to reopen

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said the vacation “would look very different” without a buffet breakfast and hotels operating under reduced occupancy.

She told BBC Breakfast: “I love the hotel’s buffet breakfast – it’s a thing of the past.

“And hotels will have to be social in order not to open up to full occupancy and companies will have to look at the type of services they provide and really prune them to make sure that infection control, that the cleaning is right and they can have a social distancing.

“So I think, be prepared for some things not to look like what you would normally expect.”

8:37 am update: Czech coronavirus cases increase at the start of the vacation

The Czech Republic recorded 168 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, authorities said, the largest daily increase in cases since early April, as the country begins the two-month summer vacation season.

It was also the fourth day of the last 10 showing a daily increase of more than 100.

Over the past week, the eastern Karvina region has been by far the hardest hit by the increase in cases, according to the Ministry of Health website.

Friday was the last day of school for most children and students, their families preparing for the holidays.

8:01 am update: Victoria Australia struggles to contain coronavirus

]Australian state of Victoria recorded 41 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, double the daily rate seen a week ago, struggling to take control of the pandemic as the rest of the country continues to loosen restrictions of social distancing.

Victoria, the second most populous state in the country, has now had 11 double-digit new cases for 11 consecutive days, mostly linked to known epidemics in the Melbourne suburbs, health officials said.

Victoria has 204 of the 72 active cases in Australia.

Victoria’s deputy director of health, Annaliese van Diemen, told reporters: “We are very concerned”.

One of the new cases was a returning traveler.

7:55 am update: Coronavirus detected in Barcelona wastewater from March 2019

Traces of COVID-19 were found in wastewater samples taken in Barcelona in March 2019 – 11 months before mainland Spain confirmed its first case of coronavirus.

This shocking discovery comes after researchers found evidence that the virus was present in wastewater samples taken in Milan and Turin as early as last December.

The scientists’ discovery raises serious questions about the location and spread of the disease in the months leading up to the outbreak of the first epidemic in Wuhan, China in December.

Experts said the test results appear to be timely and cautioned against over-thinking about the results.

They suggested that contaminated samples may be behind the study results.

However, a series of samples taken in Barcelona from 15 January systematically showed traces of coronavirus.

The first case of illness in mainland Spain was not confirmed until the end of February.

The University of Barcelona team used chain reaction polymerization (PCR) tests to study the wastewater.

The study aims to facilitate the tracking and control of the virus.

Anyone who has been infected with a coronavirus will pass COVID-19 cells into their feces.

University biology professor Albert Bosch, who led the research, said early detection could have reduced the number of deaths.

He said: “In the specific case of Barcelona, ​​having detected the contagion of SARS-CoV-2 a month earlier could have improved the response to the pandemic.”

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