We are promised more clarity on holidays. Boris Johnson, pictured above at an Army barracks today, said there is a "real opportunity" to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Britons – in the clearest signal yet that quarantine will be waived for those who have had two doses of a Covid vaccine. But we await the details.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was expected to announce plans for extra freedoms for the double-jabbed this evening. Follow live updates.
Ministers were under intense pressure to add more destinations – including Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands – to the quarantine-free green list. These are the other countries that could open up.
But Angela Merkel’s call to impose quarantine for Britons in Europe has been backed by France’s Emmanuel Macron. The pair will now lobby other EU leaders to bring in mandatory isolation to halt the spread of the delta variant.
Eliot Wilson asks: Who is the German chancellor kidding with her Brexit-phobic policy?
Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak today insisted he will ditch his mask at the earliest opportunity when it ceases to be a legal requirement.
Asked if he would stop wearing a face covering if it becomes only advisory, the Chancellor told a summit: "Yes, as soon as possible."
As Mr Sunak stressed his "strong expectation" that Covid restrictions will be lifted in England on July 19, read the other advice that could remain in place.
Return of European roaming charges in U-turn
The cost of using mobile data on the continent is rising. EE is the latest operator to announce roaming charges for UK customers using their smartphones in Europe. It will charge new customers or those upgrading after July 7 £2 a day when they use their phones in 47 European countries. The U-turn by the BT-owned firm follows the announcement of similar charges by O2. As Julia Bradshaw reports, UK mobile operators had said they did not plan to reintroduce roaming charges after the Brexit deal struck between Britain and the EU.
How to beat Germany – and who England should pick
History may suggest Germany go into Tuesday’s last-16 match at Wembley as favourites against England, but the form of Joachim Löw’s team at Euro 2020 certainly suggests otherwise. Manager Gareth Southgate should take note of the German side’s sizeable vulnerabilities and look to exploit them with these players. Meanwhile, a report submitted to Uefa found that England fans had been heard singing the banned song "10 German bombers". And in an exclusive interview, ex-Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann tells Chris Bascombe England’s fixation with past traumas and successes might be their undoing.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Backlash | NHS workers abused as patients refuse Oxford vaccine
- Education | Entire schools closed due to rising delta variant cases
- Events | Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legal action against government
- Cooped up | No baby boom in lockdown as births drop 10 per cent
- Long Covid | ‘I struggle to talk – doctors dismissed it as psychosomatic’
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Royal mix-up | For those who spend more time with the real Queen than in the Queen Vic, Coronation Street and EastEnders can be tricky to differentiate. The Prince of Wales risked a diplomatic incident today as he confused the two soaps during an investiture ceremony. Victoria Ward reports what he said. It came as it emerged Prince Charles gave the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a "substantial sum" when they stepped back from official roles – contradicting Prince Harry’s claim over money.
- Flats ‘pancaked’ | Video: 12-storey block collapses in Miami
- Adverts | Loophole allows food giants to stay on TV before 9pm
- Doctors | Early retirement triples amid squeeze on pension pots
- ‘Catch the pigeon’ | Disappearance of 10,000 prized birds
- Strictly | Anton to be full-time judge – should Bruno leave for good?
Around the world: The ‘bonkers’ world of John McAfee
John McAfee, who has died in a Barcelona prison aged 75, was a cybersecurity pioneer. He subsequently became known for his eccentric behaviour, which culminated in his fleeing Belize in 2013 disguised as a street hawker when wanted in connection with a murder. From Russian roulette to poisoned dogs, US Editor Nick Allen has the inside story on his "bonkers" life. And read McAfee’s Telegraph obituary.
Thursday interview: Hayley Mills – ‘When we’re young, we’re capable of being very cruel’
Sixty years on from The Parent Trap, its star Hayley Mills looks back on the pitfalls of finding fame as a child. Read the interview.
Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap
Comment and analysis
- Robert Taylor | Harry’s money complaints got more distasteful
- Ben Marlow | The City is in danger of forgetting its purpose
- Con Coughlin | Putin’s provocations will backfire disastrously
- Ben Lawrence | Free speech shown contempt – with one exception
- Rowan Pelling | Britishness is laughing at ‘One Britain, One Nation’
Business and money briefing
Emergency ‘over’ | Britain is recovering faster than expected from the latest lockdown, with GDP surging and the number of workers on furlough down. The Bank of England today kept interest rates on hold at 0.1pc and pressed on with the rest of its latest £150bn QE programme.
- Inheritance | This mistake will leave your retirement in tatters
- Fantasy Fund Manager | It is back, bigger and better
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Cricket | New Zealand v India might have had a thrilling conclusion, but there is lots of work to be done to improve the test game’s uncertain future. Tim Wigmore explains eight ways to put it on a surer footing.
- Olympics | First Date’s Fred Sirieix and daughter on diving debut
- F1 | ‘Pivotal’ moment as all-female team championship trialled
- Mick Cleary | ‘Lions tour will not be the same without Miles at mic’
Three things for tonight
- Watch | Diana: ITV, 9pm – feature-length biography
- Listen | Podcast: Planet Normal – trans athlete debate
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Mental health | Panic attacks, anxiety, fear of going out… children are facing a crisis thanks to Covid. So what can parents do? Read how to spot if your child is suffering from "locked-in trauma".
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