Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, has announced that his government will offer free Covid-19 vaccines to all citizens, marking a much-discussed policy India’s states require to buy their own jabs at higher prices. India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has been struggling with a serious shortage of vaccines for weeks.
Thousands of British tourists return early from their holiday in Portugal after the British government the popular destination removed from England’s quarantine-free travel “green list”. Passengers returning after 4 a.m. on Tuesday will be required to quarantine for 10 days and take an additional Covid-19 test.
Wales to offer a vaccine against the coronavirus to people aged 18 and over early next week as the principality passes its vaccination target ahead of schedule. “We expect 75% uptake across all priority and age groups one month ahead of target,” Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said Monday.
House prices in the UK accelerated last month and are showing the largest annual increase in seven years. Halifax’s monthly house price index showed a price increase of 9.5 percent in May from the same month a year earlier, fastest race since June 2014, valuing the average UK property at a record £261,743.
UK travel agents are lose their homes and faced “absolute hardship and despair” while the government keeps international travel to a minimum, the trade association Abta warned. Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said he feared a generation of travel agents would be lost in the crisis.
Norwegian and Carnival announced plans to resume sailings from US ports this summer, the first return of cruises to the largest market since the start of the pandemic. Norwegian plans to operate from New York, Los Angeles, Port Canaveral and Miami, while Carnival is set to resume voyages from Galveston.
Moderna has asked European Union regulators to approve its Covid-19 vaccine for use in teens as the vaccine rolls out expanding to younger populations. The US pharmaceutical company said Monday it had sought approval from the European Medicines Agency for its vaccine in 12 to 18-year-olds.
Serviced office provider IWG has warned of a slowdown in the recovery, saying profits for this year will be “well below” 2020 levels. “The overall improvement in occupancy is lower than previously expected,” the company said Monday. IWG said it still expected a “strong recovery” in 2022.