Full scale of Britain's long Covid challenge emerges

Full scale of Britain’s long Covid challenge emerges

Elsewhere, it has emerged half of Britons who had booked a Tui holiday to Portugal for this month are still planning to travel there, according to Europe’s largest tour operator.

Stories of stranded families, ruined plans and financial loss have flooded in since the country was moved from the green to amber travel list.

Some small consolation may come from the news that France will lift its self-isolation rule for fully-vaccinated Britons who arrive in the country from next Wednesday, although it also remains on the amber list.

If you have given up on the idea of summer abroad this year, here are 25 great British holiday alternatives.

Police dismantle migrant camp after 700 cross to UK

French police today dismantled a camp outside Calais housing around 800 migrants seeking to reach Britain in one of the biggest such operations in months. The move, involving hundreds of officers, was the latest in a string of operations to remove such camps amid a sharp rise in Channel crossings by boat this year – some 568 last weekend and at least 50 on Wednesday alone. Watch a video about life on the frontline of the migrant crisis in Kent and see pictures of the evacuation of the camp.

Why Tom Cruise’s mission looks nigh on impossible

The seemingly cursed production of Mission: Impossible 7 has been beset by delays ever since it had the bad fortune to start filming in Italy in February 2020 – ground zero for coronavirus in Europe. The latest has just landed, with the final weeks of production in the UK halted until June 14 due to a positive Covid test on set. Amid pandemic shutdowns, Polish bureaucracy and motorcycle stunts gone wrong, Ed Power goes inside the unluckiest Hollywood sho-ot in recent memory.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

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Hillsborough disaster | Hundreds of Hillsborough victims have been given payouts for “psychiatric injury” following allegations of a police cover-up, it has emerged. Today, lawyers for the families confirmed that two police forces, South Yorkshire and West Midlands, had agreed the settlement following a civil claim on behalf of 601 people. Details here.

Around the world: Starvation ‘used as weapon of war’

Ethiopia is on course to suffer a famine last seen in the 1980s, when mass starvation kil-led about a million people, the UN’s humanitarian chief has warned. In an exclusive interview with Will Brown, Mark Lowcock implored warring parties in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray Region to agree to an immediate ceasefire or face one of the greatest tragedies of this century. Read how the conflict led to this perilous point.

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Des Lynam on the BBC’s decline – and ‘sexy football’ at Euro ’96


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