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Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, June 17

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Vaccinated travellers could be allowed holidays in ‘amber list’ countries without quarantine

Britons who have had both coronavirus vaccine doses may be able to avoid quarantine when returning from amber list countries under new government plans.

A Government spokeswoman confirmed that work has begun to “consider the role of vaccinations” for inbound travel following the continued success of the jab’s rollout.

This could mean the return of holidays to popular summer hotspots such as Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, which are all currently on the UK’s amber list.

People arriving from the limited number of holiday destinations on the green list are not required to self-isolate, while amber arrivals must quarantine at home for 10 days.

Covid-19 cases ‘rising exponentially in England among unvaccinated age groups’

Covid-19 cases are “rising exponentially” across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists tracking the epidemic.

A study commissioned by the Government found that infections have increased 50 per cent between May 3 and June 7, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant which was first detected in India and is now dominant in the UK.

Data from nearly 110,000 swab tests carried out across England between May 20 and June 7 suggests Covid-19 cases are doubling every 11 days, with the highest prevalence in the North West and 1 in 670 people infected.

The data comes as MPs approved the extension of coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19, although Boris Johnson suffered a major rebellion from members of his own party over the delay.

Met officer convicted of possessing child abuse video wins appeal against dismissal from force

A highly decorated officer convicted of possessing a child abuse video on her phone has won an appeal against her dismissal from the Metropolitan Police.

Superintendent Robyn Williams, 56, who was commended for her work after the Grenfell Tower disaster, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for possession of an indecent image in November 2019.

She was dismissed from the force with immediate effect after a special disciplinary hearing in March 2020 found her conviction amounted to “gross misconduct”.

Ms Williams appealed the dismissal decision and it was upheld on Wednesday by a panel which determined that she should have been issued with a final written warning rather than being dismissed.

British cellist who played at Harry and Meghan’s wedding has passport cancelled

A British cellist who played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan has had his passport cancelled by the Home Office.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 22, the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016, was left fuming after sending off his passport as part an application for further documents but never received it back.

The Home Office said it had been an error and pledged to issue a replacement as soon as possible.

Rain hits England to end sunny spell with days of storms expected

Stormy weather has hit the UK, breaking a long stretch of warm weather across the nation.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for almost all of England over the next four days with thunderstorms and flooding expected in some parts.

Rain began to fall on Wednesday, which fell short of becoming the hottest day of the year so far when a high of 29.2C (84.56F) was recorded at Heathrow short of the 29.7C (85.46F) peak felt in TeddingtonMiddlesex on Monday.

The Met Office’s yellow warnings mean people could see flooding to homes and businesses, communities becoming “cut off”, power cuts and delays to public transport following heavy rainfall.

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