Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, April 9

Sean Morrison
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Covid holiday travel restrictions could ease in time for peak summer season

Popular holiday destinations could be opened up to British travellers at the end of June under Government plans to ease Covid restrictions in time for the summer season.

Ministers are expected to allow quarantine-free travel from May 17 to a small number of “green-listed” countries that have a high level of vaccinations.

Under the plans, those returning from “amber” and “red” countries will need to quarantine on their return to the UK.

The Government said it would review the plan on June 28, when the rules on testing and quarantine could be relaxed for countries placed in the amber-listed countries.

Wales accelerates easing of Covid restrictions as new infections fall

Coronavirus measures in Wales are being lifted earlier than previously planned as the rate of infections continues to fall in the country.

Two households will be able to meet indoors a week earlier, and the reopening of gyms, leisure centres and outdoor organised activities are also set to be brought forward.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the “improvements” in the public health situation and the ongoing vaccination programme meant changes could be made to previously announced plans.

The Welsh Government said yesterday that coronavirus cases in Wales had dropped from 37 to fewer than 21 per 100,000 this week.

Police blast rioters with water cannon as violence flares again in Northern Ireland

Rioters have been blasted with a water cannon by police as unrest stirred on the streets of Northern Ireland once more.

After shocking scenes provoked calls for calm this week, violence again flared up on the streets of west Belfast amid rising tensions in the area.

Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by gangs of youths gathered on the nationalist Springfield Road, close to where Wednesday night’s riots took place.

The latest violence came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Irish Premier Micheal Martin and US President Joe Biden called for a calming of tensions.

Covid-19 patient receives world’s first living donor lung transplant

A Japanese hospital has performed the world’s first living donor lung transplant on a Covid-19 patient.

Staff at Kyoto University Hospital said a mother who lost functionality of both her lungs due to infection received a transplant of part of healthy lungs from her husband and son.

The woman was considered to have no hope of recovery with only a lung transplant could save her life, her husband and son offered to donate part of their lungs.

The surgery went ahead after both acknowledged the risk of decreased lung capacity on their part.

Kate Garraway’s husband Derek ‘home after year in hospital with coronavirus’

Kate Garraway’s husband has reportedly returned home after more than a year in hospital being treated for Covid-19.

Former political adviser Derek Draper, 53, was admitted in March last year with coronavirus symptoms, before being placed in a coma.

He was driven by ambulance to the couple’s north London home on Wednesday, according to The Sun.

Draper has been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus but will receive 24-hour care at the property, which Garraway has adapted in his absence to make it more accessible.

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