Malta, some Greek and Caribbean islands and Finland are expected to be added to the list next month, meaning that British holidaymakers will not have to self-isolate on their return.

However some of the UK’s most favoured holiday destinations, such as Spain’s Balearic islands, face being left off the list because officials fear Border Force will not be able to deal with the extra traffic when travellers return home.

It means Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca could remain off the list until the next travel review at the end of June, The Times reports.

More than five million Brits visit the Balearics every year.

Home Office rules require Border Force officials to check coronavirus paperwork of every passenger at passport control.

This has quadrupled the amount of time it takes to process every passenger.

A source said: “The Balearics are hugely popular and the government is worried about opening up too quickly.

“Opening up to the Balearics would mean a huge increase of Brits leaving the UK. There are fears that opening up would overwhelm Border Force while the 100 per cent passenger location forms checks remain in place.”

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Footage from the anti lockdown and anti vaccine protests in London


Ireland confirms Covid case numbers

Another 464 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been notified in Ireland.

On Saturday morning there were 90 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 35 were in intensive care.


Key workers enjoy trip to Legoland as a ‘small thank you’ for their covid efforts

NHS key workers were let loose on Legoland Windsor’s latest attraction on Friday as a “small thank you for their selfless efforts” over the past year.

Lego Mythica: World Of Mythical Creatures opened to the public on Saturday, but key workers from the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – along with their families – enjoyed a special preview.

As part of the experience, the VIP group enjoyed a flying theatre ride, the Hydra’s Challenge water ride and the Fire And Ice Freefall drop tower.

The brand-new land at the resort features 13 mythical creatures made up of more than 1.7 million bricks.

“Our local NHS key workers continue to do an amazing job and we wanted to say a small thank you for their selfless efforts during what has been an incredibly difficult and challenging year for us all,” said Helen Bull, divisional director at Legoland Windsor Resort.

“We were delighted to work with the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust to invite families to experience the incredible world of Lego Mythica and the UK’s first flying theatre ride before it opens to guests.”

More thank-you tickets have been given to the trust for families to enjoy throughout the year.


Meanwhile queues form at Glasgow vaccine centres

Queues formed outside a drop-in vaccine centre in Glasgow on Saturday as Scotland recorded 583 new coronavirus cases.

There were no further deaths of people with the virus in the past 24 hours, according the the latest figures.

It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,668.


Scotland records 583 new cases

Scotland recorded 583 new coronavirus cases but no further deaths of people with the virus in the past 24 hours, according the the latest figures.

It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,668.

The Scottish Government figures indicate a total of 24,532 tests reported results in the past 24 hours and the daily test positivity rate is 2.5%, slightly down on 2.6% the previous day.

So far, 3,215,770 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 1,998,409 have received their second dose.

The statistics being updated are restricted to the above until June 1, when full breakdowns for the bank holiday weekend will be provided.


NHS reveals London vaccination figures

NHS England data shows a total of 6,828,429 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and May 28, including 4,298,796 first doses and 2,529,633 second doses.

This compares with 6,157,277 first doses and 4,084,062 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 10,241,339.

The breakdown for the other regions is:

– East of England: 3,909,633 first doses and 2,532,522 second doses, making 6,442,155 in total

– North East and Yorkshire: 5,111,613 first and 3,330,760 second doses (8,442,373)

– North West: 4,163,185 first and 2,756,722 second doses (6,919,907)

– South East: 5,339,147 first and 3,436,743 second doses (8,775, 890)

– South West: 3,477,056 first and 2,430,271 second doses (5,907,327)


Russia reports 9,289 new COVID-19 cases, 401 deaths

Russia reported 9,289 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 3,241 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5,053,748.

The government coronavirus task force said 401 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 120,807.

The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and has said Russia recorded around 250,000 deaths related to COVID-19 from April 2020 to March 2021.


Hundreds join anti-vaccination protest in central London

Hundreds of people have gathered in central London to protest against the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

Some claimed the pandemic is a hoax while others carried placards reading “My body, my choice”, and protested against the idea of vaccine passports.

Several people set off smoke bombs and one launched a firework.

One man, who did not give his name, told the PA news agency he had come “because I want to be free and I want you to be free and the Government are lying to us”.


Kate gets first vaccine dose

The Duchess of Cambridge has received her first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, following in the footsteps of her husband who was jabbed earlier this month.

A photo of Kate being injected on Friday was posted on the Kensington Palace Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.

In an accompanying message the duchess said: “Yesterday I received my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at London’s Science Museum.

“I’m hugely grateful to everyone who is playing a part in the rollout – thank you for everything you are doing.”

Kate, 39, wearing a face mask, white vest top and jeans, was pictured receiving a jab in her left arm.


India and New Zealand to play World Test Championship final in bio-secure bubble

The inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will take place in a bio-secure environment at the Ageas Bowl, the International Cricket Council has announced.

The five-day showpiece will be held in Southampton from June 18-22 after the event was granted an exemption by the UK Government.

Lord’s was hoping to safely stage the final, but because of the coronavirus pandemic it was moved to the home of Hampshire due to the venue having on-site hotel facilities.

The Ageas Bowl was one of two venues, along with Emirates Old Trafford, to host England matches last summer during the pandemic.

India will arrive in the UK on June 3 via a charter flight and carrying evidence of a negative PCR test, having spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in their homeland prior to travelling.

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