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Several ‘injured’ after fairground ride collapses in Northern Ireland


Covid: Cost of tests ‘is too much for people to travel on holiday

BBC News says the government has announced plans to safely reopen international travel but says it cannot yet confirm whether foreign holidays can resume on 17 May.

A traffic light system will be used to categorise countries based on risk, and travellers will need to pay for tests when departing and returning to the UK.

The plans have been met with widespread frustration by the travel industry.

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Biden calls for ‘calm’ amid fresh night of violence in Northern Ireland

The Independent says the Biden administration has called for peace in Northern Ireland after a week of riots. A water cannon was fired to disperse crowds in west Belfast during Thursday’s violence. 

“We are concerned by the violence in Northern Ireland, and we join the British, Irish, and Northern Irish leaders in their calls for calm,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Thursday.

It’s the most violent week Belfast has seen in years. There have now been six consecutive nights of unrest.

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France needs to vaccinate 90 per cent of adults to return to ‘normal’ life

France24 says a new study concludes that since the British variant of Covid-19 is now dominant in France, a full 90 per cent of adults will need to be vaccinated before the country can get back to normal life without risking a fresh surge of the virus. 

According to new modelling released, the British variant’s proliferation in France has put a clear damper on the prospect of getting back to life as we knew it pre-pandemic this autumn.

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Death toll in Sudan- Darfur clashes rises to 132

Arab News says intercommunal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur state have left at least 132 people dead in recent days.

Members of the Massalit and Arab communities have fought since Saturday in and around the state capital El-Geneina, trading gun and heavy weapons fire.

Sudan’s government has declared a state of emergency in the region.

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Former NFL player fatally shoots five in South Carolina

Aljazeera says a former NFL player has fatally shot five people including a doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren before later killing himself.

The shooter has been formally identified as former NFL player Phillip Adams.

“There’s nothing right now that makes sense to any of us,” York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said.

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‘Low level of oxygen’ led to George Floyd’s death – expert

TRT World says a respiratory doctor has testified that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen and that Derek Chauvin’s knee was on his neck almost all the time he was facedown in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist, told the jury at Chauvin’s murder and manslaughter trial that he had watched videos of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 arrest “hundreds of times.”

“Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen,” Tobin told the jury hearing the high-profile case in a heavily guarded Minneapolis courtroom.

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Biden moves to curb US gun violence

VOA says Joe Biden, declaring gun violence “a blemish on our character as a nation,” on Thursday ordered tighter regulation of some weapons and pressed Congress to renew the country’s long-expired ban on assault weapons.

“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden told a White House audience of lawmakers and citizens touched by gun violence. “And it’s an international embarrassment.”

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Live Updates

  • Covid: Cost of tests ‘is too much for people to travel on holiday

  • Biden calls for ‘calm’ amid fresh night of violence in Northern Ireland

  • Death toll in Sudan- Darfur clashes rises to 132

  • ‘Low level of oxygen’ led to George Floyd’s death – expert

  • Former NFL player fatally shoots five in South Carolina

News Briefing


Most of Friday’s front pages cover the government’s international travel plans for summer 2021, the public’s trust in the Oxford vaccine and the Northern Ireland unrest


The Daily Telegraph’s front splash leads with the government’s travel plans for summer and focuses on what it means for holidaymakers. The paper says even travellers going to “green” list countries will need to pay for a PCR test at around £120 each. The rule will apply to everyone – including those vaccinated because of variants. The paper adds ministers are facing a backlash from the travel industry and some Tory MPs about the cost of tests. 

Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph


The i newspaper seeks to reassure people to continue taking the Oxford jab after the guidance was changed for under-30s following concerns about a potential link to rare blood clots. The paper says medical leaders have untied to say “clear cut” evidence shows the jab is safe. 

Read the full story on the i


The Times carried out its own poll with YouGov, saying Brits “overwhelmingly” trust the Oxford jab. It found 75% of people considered it safe, down by only 2% since March. The level of confidence is similar to the Pfizer vaccine, the paper adds. 

Read the full story on the Times


The Guardian leads with the riots in Northern Ireland, reporting that President Joe Biden has joined the calls for calm. The paper adds that Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary, accused Boris Johnson of being responsible for a loss of trust among the loyalist community, citing his statements about Brexit.

Read the full story on the Guardian

News Briefing



A spat over Covid vaccine doses has erupted between the European Union and the UK threatens to have far reaching implications over coronavirus jab disruption.

Brussels demanded access to AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in UK plants to make up for a shortfall after the pharmaceutical giant said it would have to cut the amount of doses delivered to the bloc by the end of March.

What do we know about the dispute? And what potential implications could the rumbling dispute have on future Covid vaccine rollouts? – (ITV)

Recent and upcoming changes

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

In England

Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Shielding ends on 31 March.

In Scotland

People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

The stay at home restriction was lifted on 13 March. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES.

In Northern Ireland

The next review will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.

latest Covid-19 news

For the latest Covid-19 news visit the UK governement website 

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