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UK Covid live news: data ‘pointing in more negative direction’, says professor Neil Ferguson

Latest updates: decision over whether to delay 21 June lifting of restrictions will be a ‘very difficult judgment call’, says epidemiologist

Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of travel agent group Advantage Travel Partnership, said the decision in relation to Portugal was “an absolute devastating blow” for consumers and the industry, PA news reports.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

It now throws confidence completely out of the window. It puts the industry in a really difficult position and consumers in a difficult position in order to be able to plan effectively.

For people coming back from green countries you have to take a pre-departure test, you have to take a test when you come back.

There is not a free flow of people coming back from those countries.

The Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, is anywhere between 30% to 100% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha (or Kent) variant, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, whose Covid modelling was key to the UK’s first lockdown.

Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London who advised the government at the beginning of the pandemic.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re certainly getting more data. Unfortunately, the news is not as positive as I would like in any respect about the Delta variant. The best estimate at the moment is this variant maybe 60% more transmissible than the Alpha [Kent] variant.

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