Monday, November 29

Quarantine-free travel ‘planned for fully vaccinated people’

Self-isolation for holidaymakers who have received two coronavirus vaccines could be scrapped as soon as August, a report says.

The Times reports that confirmation of the plan, which Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed ministers are considering, is expected at the next international travel review on 24 June.

The rules change could see those who have been double-jabbed undergoing daily testing rather than quarantining before and after travelling to England from non-green list destinations this summer.

Meanwhile, mental health minister Nadine Dorries has claimed that some people enjoyed lockdown and that the pandemic’s impact on mental health isn’t all doom and gloom. I know the outlook about the pandemic and the impact on mental health, if you read the media, is all doom and gloom, she told a government health committee.

In fact, some people, particularly families, actually reported an improvement in mental health and improvements in wellbeing. Some people surprisingly enjoyed lockdown with their children for a year, so it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

Her comments came after NHS England unveiled £40 million additional funds for mental health services for young people amid reports that children as young as five have experienced panic attacks about meeting up with friends after enduring repeated lockdowns.