Monday evening news briefing: Quarantine shake-up revealed



Seven Greek islands to go on England’s quarantine list

The good news is that England is to start applying a regional approach to its quarantine policy for international arrivals. The bad news (if you are planning a holiday to Greece) is that it means seven Greek islands will be added to the Government’s “red list”. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the move in the Commons this afternoon, adding that mainland Greece would maintain its coronavirus quarantine-exemption. Our travel liveblog explains how the abandonment of England’s all-or-nothing approach to self-isolation for travellers is heartening news for islands where Covid-19 cases are low. One country the Government has still not offered a “travel corridor” to is Sweden – despite its seven-day figure of 9.2 cases per 100,000 people being well below England’s apparent quarantine threshold of 20. Oliver Smith argues there is no good reason for the Scandinavian country to remain out in the cold. And this is the full list of countries exempt from England’s travel quarantine.

It came as footballers Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home from England duty after breaching the team’s coronavirus guidelines. Manager Gareth Southgate today said the players would not be travelling from Iceland, where they made their senior England debuts on Saturday, to Denmark for Tuesday’s Nations League match. Police will examine footage that allegedly shows the pair being visited by two local women.

EU chief’s warning over Brexit trade talks

The president of the European Commission has threatened to not do business with Britain if “trust” is broken by the UK reneging on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Ursula von der Leyen said respect for the divorce treaty that paved the way for the UK to leave the EU on January 31 this year was a “prerequisite” for any free trade agreement with Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to use the internal market bill – due to be published on Wednesday – to go back on provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement. Downing Street insisted it was only seeking “minor clarifications” to the Brexit divorce deal. Meanwhile, the pound tumbled against the dollar today as Brexit talks faced their “moment of reckoning”. Follow live markets updates.

Emma Barnett to take over BBC Woman’s Hour

BBC Radio 4 has hired broadcaster Emma Barnett to host Woman’s Hour following the departure of Dame Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey later this year. Barnett, who has made waves with her eponymous BBC Radio 5 Live show, will be the long-running programme’s main presenter. Radio 4 controller Mohit Bakaya said: “She brings a terrific combination of intellectual inquiry, robust journalism and curiosity about the human condition.” Read more reaction to her appointment.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

School-run shooting | A teenager has been arrested after a 15-year-old boy was shot on his way to a Suffolk secondary school this morning. The victim, a pupil at Kesgrave High School, suffered serious injuries in the shooting at about 8.40am. He was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he is receiving urgent medical attention. Officers took a teenager into police custody for questioning. View footage from the scene.  

Around the world: Escape from Syrian camps

British female Islamic State (IS) suspects have been smuggled out of detention camps in north-east Syria – with some raising funds online to pay for further escapes, according to jihadist social media activity. At least one British woman is among numerous European IS supporters who have broken out of Al-Hol camp to reach rebel-held Idlib, where they can freely proselytise for the terrorist group. Read our report from Middle East Correspondent Campbell MacDiarmid.

Monday interview: ‘I feel I’ve been forgotten. I wish I knew how to catch the eye’

James Tarkowski was named alongside Messi and Ronaldo in a European team of the season. But his England selection remains elusive. In an interview with Football News Correspondent Matt Law, the out-in-the-cold England defender asks: What about me? Read the full interview.



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