It is yet more stress for holidaymakers.
Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca are moving back to the amber travel list, in a move that could dash hopes of a summer getaway for thousands of young people.
The change to the more restrictive list of destinations, taking effect from 4am on Monday, comes just a fortnight after the Balearic Islands were placed on the quarantine-free green list. Read on for details.
Meanwhile, Croatia and Bulgaria are among four destinations that will move to the green or green watchlists from 4am on July 19, Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has announced.
All of this makes booking a holiday on the Continent like putting your house on black: risky.
It is as if Mr Shapps is standing before a giant map of the world, throwing different coloured darts at locations.
Read which of the "Big Five" European holiday destinations is your best bet for a summer escape, while Allison Pearson says she is still going on a red list holiday, claiming it’s safer than going to Blackpool.
Croatia is open to British tourists
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It comes as Mr Shapps has announced British holidaymakers will no longer be turned away from Malta after having Indian-made doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
It follows the Telegraph’s story that holidaymakers were barred from flights after it emerged they had received doses of the jab made in India.
Read what the Transport Secretary said, although Malta has not yet confirmed the change. Here is how to find out if you had the Indian Astrazeneca vaccine batch.
PM: Ban from matches for fans posting racist abuse
Football fans who are racist to players on the internet will be banned from attending games for up to ten years, Boris Johnson has announced. The Government is changing the football banning order regime to cover online racism, the Prime Minister told MPs, as he sought to brush off suggestions he had "given the green card to racism". During a rowdy Prime Minister’s Questions, in which the Speaker had to intervene, Sir Keir Starmer was damning of Mr Johnson’s prior reluctance to condemn fans who had booed England footballers for taking the knee. It comes as a man has been arrested on suspicion of posting racist messages towards England players following the team’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final.
You need a new phone: BT to switch off 3G network
Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced to upgrade their mobile phones as BT prepares to switch off the 15-year-old 3G network. The former state monopoly said that it would turn off the mobile airwaves by 2023, becoming the first UK operator to do so. It will upgrade large swathes of its network to faster 5G and aim for nationwide coverage by 2028, despite the cost of ripping out gear from China’s Huawei. Read which customers will be "phased off" 3G and see a map of 5G coverage.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Outbreak at sea | 100 sailors infected aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth
- Warning | Patients ‘may have died due to ventilator errors by staff’
- Children | Crisis has left them riddled with anxiety
- Asian epicentre | Indonesia overtakes India as pandemic rages
- Sydney | Restrictions extended as lockdown fails to curb rising cases
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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Troubles prosecutions | Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis today announced that the Government will legislate to end Troubles prosecutions for all combatants as he attempted to quell a backlash from families of victims of IRA terror. He confirmed proposals to introduce a statute of limitations which will prevent further prosecutions related to deaths from the conflict that occurred prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Victims’ families called the move "obscene".
- Jihadi brothers | Father charged with terrorism offences
- Kidnap plot | Iranians ‘wanted to capture New York journalist’
- Harry Maguire | ‘My father had rib injuries after Wembley stampede’
- US | ‘Woke’ Navy told to focus on fighting, not diversity training
- Prince Charles | Making cheap food ‘threatening rural communities’
Around the world: Baby thrown from burning building
A desperate mother was forced to throw her baby from a burning building in the South African city of Durban after looters set fire to shops on the ground floor. The woman was seen dropping the child down to a crowd of bystanders as smoke billowed around her. The baby reportedly escaped unhurt and was later reunited with its mother. It was one of countless scenes that have left South Africans in shock after six days of looting and arson in Johannesburg and KwaZulu Natal. See images of the looting and violence and watch a video showing white militia being accused of shooting at a car of unarmed black South Africans.
‘Here in Britain in 2021, anti-Semitism is an existential threat’
Classic FM presenter Robert Rinder
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Strictly star and celebrity barrister Robert Rinder tells Louis Wise about putting a new spin on classical music today
Read the full interview
Comment and analysis
- Jeremy Warner | Italy faces multitude of woes despite Euros euphoria
- Rakib Ehsan | Of course king of grievance complex deems UK racist
- Zareer Masani | Paying reparations for historic crimes is unethical
- Ben Wright | ‘Handbag king’ has new formula to rescue Aston Martin
- Allison Pearson | It’s our patriotic duty to live as freely as we can
Business and money briefing
1,000 job losses | The John Lewis Partnership has told staff it plans around 1,000 redundancies across its department stores and Waitrose supermarkets. The company said the shake-up will take place as part of a simplification of store management. Read on for details.
- Cost of living | Inflation surge turns the screw on savers
- Tax rules | Pensions quirk allows retirees to boost income by 75pc
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
The Open | He was synonymous with the Open Championship as a player and commentator for more than 70 years. But this week’s 149th staging of golf’s oldest major will be the first without Peter Alliss since he died aged 89 in December. Read who is poised to take over while Daniel Zeqiri reveals our formula for predicting the Claret Jug winner.
- Bernie Ecclestone | ‘Hamilton will regret backing Black Lives Matter’
- Lion tour | Alun Wyn Jones makes sensational return
- Athletics | Adidas’ latest ‘super shoe’ is illegal and proud of it
Three things for tonight
- Watch | The Two Ronnies: Ronnie Corbett’s Lost Tapes, ITV, 9pm
- Listen | Hong Kong Silenced podcast episode three: ‘Loyalty’
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
New ‘greenprint’ | Ministers may be plotting a new network of road tolls to help make up for the decline of fuel duty as electric vehicles gain momentum. Oliver Gill and Rachel Millard analyse the plan to drive petrol cars off the roads to meet emissions targets.
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