Tuesday morning UK news briefing: June's likely green list countries

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Holidaymakers are set to be jetting off within weeks. Britons are expected to be free to go to Europe's top holiday destinations next month after Brussels opened the door to vaccinated travellers from the start of June.

Under the traffic light system being drawn up by Downing Street for international travel, Spain, Greece and France are among countries that could join the safe green list by the end of June.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson played down hopes of an immediate mass getaway, saying that putting a significant number of countries on the green list from May 17 would risk an "influx of disease".

He is expected this week to sign off on a green list comprising only a "tiny handful" of fewer than 10 highly vaccinated countries.

These are the likely locations Britons will initially be able to visit without having to quarantine on their return.

Some of the people Boris Johnson met in Hartlepool yesterday were more enthusiastic than others - LINDSEY PARNABY /AFP/Getty
Some of the people Boris Johnson met in Hartlepool yesterday were more enthusiastic than others - LINDSEY PARNABY /AFP/Getty

It came as the UK recorded a single Covid death in a day for the first time since August.

Mr Johnson said there was a "good chance" the one metre plus rule could be ditched from June 21. He yesterday greeted voters - and those left nonplussed at the chance to meet him, pictured above - in Hartlepool, where Tories aim to win this week's by-election.

See the crucial battlegrounds where Labour's Red Wall is under pressure.

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At a glance: Coronavirus morning briefing

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Trade pact | Britain and India have "fired the starting gun" on a full free trade agreement with the announcement today of a preliminary deal worth £1 billion. Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, have secured fresh co-operation and investments that could create 6,500 jobs in the UK. Writing for The Telegraph, International Trade secretary Liz Truss says it will help fuel the UK's recovery.

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Not a zebra crossing: A sow crosses the road with its litter - DAN BALILTY /EYEVINE 
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Business and money briefing

Mapping a rival bid | The taxpayer-backed satellite network OneWeb is being lined up to underpin a British navigation system intended to rival GPS and reduce dependence on America and the EU. OneWeb is exploring whether a new generation of its satellites could support a space-based navigation system for military and critical infrastructure.

Sport briefing

'Reckless and dangerous' | Man United fans have issued an ultimatum to the Glazer family that they will face further protests unless the owners respond by Friday to demands for changes at the club. The FA has launched an inquiry into the security breaches during Sunday's Old Trafford protest that forced United's game with Liverpool to be called off and left six police officers injured. But Jamie Carragher writes: I cannot blame Man United fans for revolting - their voices have to be heard.

Tonight's dinner

Creamy chicken and ginger curry | This quick and tasty chicken curry by Angela Hartnett is a great option for busy midweek evenings. View the recipe and try our Cookbook newsletter.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

Soaring stress levels | With no commute in lockdown often meaning a longer work day, researchers are concerned about the long-term impact of "overworking from home". Victoria Lambert asks: Can a stressful job really give you a heart attack?

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