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Holidaymakers returning from France are being required to self-isolate because of high cases of a coronavirus variant on an island 6,000 miles from Paris, Dominic Raab has revealed.
The Foreign Secretary said today that the decision to put France on the amber-plus list was "based on the prevalence of the so-called Beta variant, in particular in the Reunion bit of France".
Reunion is a French island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
Mr Raab has also rejected suggestions that rapid testing alone could be used to release travellers to the UK from quarantine.
Meanwhile, Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said today that he hopes more destinations will move to green or amber in next week's update.
Although Britain is set to be one of the big winners from the staycation boom this year, Annabel Fenwick Elliot hails how, at long last, Boris Johnson is seeing at least some sense over travel restrictions.
In California, a "jabs for jobs" policy among employers is gathering pace, with staff being told they require a Covid certificate if they want to return to the workplace.
Facebook, Google and Netflix are doing it, with London-based Pimlico Plumbers among the first to announce a "no jab, no job" approach earlier this year.
Elsewhere, read why AstraZeneca may offload its Covid vaccines business.
Storm Evert to unleash 75mph winds on south coast
Winds of up to 75mph are set to lash parts of the South West as Storm Evert hits the UK this evening and tomorrow. The Met Office said the newly named storm will bring "unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain". Warnings are in place for parts of the south of England and Wales, with warnings of possible damage to infrastructure and travel issues. Click on the tool to track the storm's progress. It comes as the UK's leading meteorologists have warned British summers are likely to regularly see temperatures of above 40C even if humanity manages to limit global warming to 1.5C. Read data on 2020 showing how the UK is already seeing increasingly extreme weather. Meanwhile, the head of the Environment Agency has said plug sockets should be higher up the wall so they are at less risk if a property is affected by flooding.
Jodie Whittaker to quit Doctor Who after ratings slide
Jodie Whittaker is to quit Dr Who after becoming the first female to play the main role in the show, amid claims woke storylines led to its lowest ratings in years. She is to be followed out of the door by the writer who made the decision to cast her - Chris Chibnall. During their reign, the BBC has been accused of turning the iconic programme woke, and ratings in 2020 slid to one of the the worst in Doctor Who's 58-year history. Read on for details of Whittaker's final specials and the who are the bookies' favourites to replace her. Meanwhile, Marianka Swain reflects that Whittaker deserved better than Chibnall's boys' club.
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
Classified Pentagon data | British soldiers would be given access to a US "combat cloud" that the Pentagon hopes will revolutionise how it fights any future war with China, America's second-most senior military commander said. Read how UK forces could log in to US systems.
Suffolk Strangler | Steve Wright arrested over unsolved murder
Murder mystery | How a three-word text solved a gruesome crime
Facebook adverts | Migrants told 'we will return you' by Home Office
Replacing the Typhoon | Tempest jet fighter moves a step closer
Around the world: Billionaire pig farmer jailed
Sun Dawu, a tycoon and outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, becoming the latest high-profile executive targeted in a widening crackdown. Mr Sun, who made his fortune in animal husbandry, was found guilty of eight charges including "picking quarrels and provoking troubles"; a charge which is used frequently to go after dissidents and human rights activists in China. He is the latest figure to fall foul of Beijing as it ramps up its campaign against critics of the ruling Communist Party.
'I didn't grasp the impact of the Hitler business'
Two acclaimed new films have catapulted eccentric art-rock siblings Sparks back into the spotlight. Neil McCormick meets them - just don't mention the 'tache
Comment and analysis
Harry Mount | To call the Marble Arch Mound 'folly' insults folly
Olivia Utley | Britain is a hostile place to become a mother
Patrick O'Flynn | Civil servants should lead Britain's return to work
Joe Burgess | Pity the Northerners who will soon lose their accents
Ward off dementia | Get your three a day – and the other rules of eating for a better brain
Retiring to Portugal? | The lowdown on visas and property – and why you'll only pay 10pc tax
'French shag' | Gemma Arterton's new look is the perfect back-to-work haircut
Business and money briefing
'Offensive investment' | Virgin Media O2 has unveiled plans to upgrade more than 14m homes and businesses to ultrafast full fibre in an attack on BT's dominance of the broadband market. Read on for details.
Back in profit | Lloyds expects house prices to keep rising
On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Behind the scenes | The Olympic athletics competition descended into chaos on the eve of its first day when the world pole vault champion was ruled out with Covid, the majority of the Australian team were temporarily forced into isolation, and a major drugs row saw 20 athletes – including almost half the Nigerian team – told they had not conducted enough tests to compete. Ben Bloom in Tokyo reports on the drama. Meanwhile, Duncan Scott continued his imperious progress towards becoming the first British Olympian to win four medals at a single Games, qualifying along with four other team-mates for swimming finals tomorrow morning. Read how he has slipped under the radar. The golf also started, with Rory McIlroy leaving many scratching their heads.
Three things for tonight
Gardening | How to protect your plants this summer
And finally... for this evening's downtime
Too clean for their own good? | Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis caused a stir by saying they let their children go days without a full wash... but that may not be a bad idea. Lauren Libbert analyses the science of how often we should wash our children.