It is a move that could threaten plans to open foreign travel to vaccinated UK holidaymakers. Angela Merkel has urged other European countries to force any travellers from Britain to quarantine. 

The German chancellor wants other nations to require people entering them from countries with high levels of the Indian or delta Covid variant – like Britain – to isolate. 

Her appeal comes amid growing concern in Europe over the spread of the variant, which is now dominant in Britain. 

Read everything we know about the new "delta plus" variant, which has already infected at least 41 people in the UK. 

It comes a day before the Government is due to unveil plans to allow double-vaccinated Britons to travel to amber countries without having to quarantine on their return. 

The travel industry today held a "day of action", below. But Ed Grenby says Britain has already lost the race to the sun loungers of Europe.

Six in 10 adults in the UK are now estimated to have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, latest figures show.

Speaking at this evening’s Downing Street Press conference, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "I urge everyone eligible to get their jab and help us get back to normality." Search for vaccine take-up by postcode.

UK denies Russians fired warning shots at Navy ship

The Ministry of Defence has denied claims by Russia that its forces fired warning shots at a Royal Navy destroyer today after it entered the country’s territorial waters in the Black Sea. The Russian defence ministry said a border patrol boat targeted the deterrents at HMS Defender and that a Su-24M warplane dropped four high explosive bombs in its path in waters off Crimea. It claimed the ship left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as two miles inside. But the UK Government insisted no such incident occurred and HMS Defender had been in Ukrainian territorial waters. Defence and Security Correspondent Dominic Nicholls has the latest from Whitehall sources.

One Britain, One Nation song strikes wrong tune

The primary school children who composed the anthem One Britain, One Nation can hardly have imagined the storm their patriotic song has provoked. But after the Government appeared to back a campaign for it to be sung tomorrow, it prompted a savage backlash. Scottish nationalists compared Boris Johnson to the Nazis and the Soviets for encouraging the anthem’s singing while the Welsh government voiced its own criticism. On social media, the event was likened to a festival more normally held in North Korea. Read the song lyrics in full.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

  • Market updates | Pound edges higher as economy reopens
  • Watch | Jonathan Van-Tam keeps cool as he is abused in street
  • Origins | China deleted early coronavirus data, researcher finds
  • Pictures | Queen’s first in-person audience with PM since lockdown
  • Media | TV producers warn C4 sale will scupper pandemic recovery

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Police killing | Dalian Atkinson’s family compared the ex-footballer’s death to that of George Floyd, after a Pc became the first officer to be convicted of killing a member of the public in 35 years. Benjamin Monk was found guilty of manslaughter for Tasering Atkinson for 33 seconds and kicking him at least twice in the head. Gareth Davies has the inside story on the footballer who correctly predicted police would kill him.

  • Britney Spears | Star set to speak in court over father’s control
  • Brexit | UK and EU expected to declare sausage war ceasefire
  • Scotland | Sturgeon accuses Gove of ‘sneering condescension’
  • Royal Academy | U-turn after pulling work of gender-critical artist
  • Rembrant | How AI solved mystery of incomplete masterpiece

Around the world: Crackdown on democracy

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, a pro-democracy newspaper and longtime thorn in the Communist Party’s side, will print its last edition tomorrow as it struggles with financial pressure from authorities. Its assets were frozen the same day that hundreds of police officers raided its headquarters. As Louise Watt reports, five editors and executives were arrested and "considerable" journalistic material was seized.

Wednesday interview: John McEnroe – I got a bonus to say, ‘You cannot be serious’

Former champion John McEnroe speaks to Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs about the four words that have followed him for 40 years – and how Hawk-Eye might have silenced his antics. Read the interview.

John McEnroe, the former tennis champion

Credit: Tony Duffy

Comment and analysis

  • Allison Pearson | Football shows some have more freedom
  • Madeline Grant | Britain couldn’t care less about young people
  • Ella Whelan | Not even children are safe from cancel culture
  • Telegraph View | NHS patients need to be kept in the loop
  • Alberto Costa | Colin Pitchfork should not be released

Editor’s choice

  • Chris Addison interview | ‘Tucker was a monster, but Cummings seems so much worse’
  • Fashion clinic | Every 2021 wedding-guest style dilemma – solved by our experts
  • ‘A disgrace to the BBC’ | How controversial Yesterday’s Men sunk Harold Wilson for good
  • Business and money briefing

    London snubbed | The chief executive of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon, will not visit London on his upcoming trip to Europe due to UK quarantine rules. He will attend the "Choose France" event in Paris, where Emmanuel Macron is seeking to lure global banks away from the City.

    • Wealth soars | Britain now has 2.5m dollar millionaires
    • Fantasy Fund Manager | It is back, bigger and better
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    Euro 2020 | Jack Grealish has branded Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell being forced to isolate as "crazy" and "baffling". The England players missed victory over Czech Republic at Wembley after interacting with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who later tested positive for coronavirus. In his latest column, Jamie Carragher asks: Raheem Sterling has become England’s most important player – so why is he being taken for granted?

    • Rugby | How the 50:22 kicking law trial will change sport
    • Tottenham | Lopetegui rejected ‘dizzying’ manager offer
    • ‘Age of sporting giants’ | Tom Brady to Cristiano Ronaldo

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | Location, Location, Location: 20 Years and Counting, C4, 8pm
    • Can you crack it? | GCHQ releases Turing mural with hidden codes
    • Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    ‘A stranger told me my son needed a good smack’ | It was her lowest, most excruciating parenting moment. But Elaine Halligan explains it presented a chance to change her approach.

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