India has reported a new "Delta plus" coronavirus variant of concern, officials have said. Sixteen cases of the variant, a mutation of B.1.617.2, were found in the state of Maharashtra on Tuesday, federal health secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a news conference. Delta plus is thought to be more transmissible than the original Delta variant, according to state officials who are increasing testing and local vaccination drives.
Double-vaccinated Britons may be given the go-ahead within “weeks” for summer holidays in Mediterranean resorts without having to quarantine on their return, Matt Hancock signalled on Tuesday. The Health Secretary said he wanted to relax the restrictions on foreign travel, with millions of people still eager to head abroad to “amber” list countries. “It's something we are taking clinical advice on and we will have more to say in the weeks to come,” he told Times Radio.
Green groups and unions are calling for an "offshore passport" to help oil and gas workers transition more easily to clean energy jobs. A survey of more than 600 offshore oil and gas workers revealed two thirds said in the past two years they had had to pay for all their training themselves - up from 45% in 2015. The survey, which was conducted by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Scotland, the RMT union and the campaign group Platform, showed that almost everyone - 97% - was concerned about offshore energy industry training costs.
A McLaren, Bentley and Porsche crushed by a backhoe… it’s enough to make any car enthusiast wince. These are just a few of the luxury cars – totalling over €1 million – that were destroyed by the Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) on June 18 in a grand show of force against car smugglers. In a post on their Facebook page on June 18, the Philippines Bureau of Customs posted a series of photos showing seven cars being crushed by construction equipment on a lot in Manila. The cars destroyed includ
Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail people if they refuse to get vaccinated against coronavirus. Mr Duterte, 76, said those who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine would be arrested or face deportation during a televised address on Monday. The Philippines has vaccinated just 1.99% of its population so far.