UK Covid LIVE: Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel hold talks at Chequers amid AstraZeneca jabs row

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UK Covid LIVE: Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel hold talks at Chequers amid AstraZeneca jabs row
Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson before their bilateral meeting  (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson before their bilateral meeting (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel have held a joint press conference following talks at Chequers, with coronavirus travel restrictions high on the agenda.

The Prime Minister was hosting his German counterpart at his country residence for her final UK visit before stepping down as Chancellor later this year.

It comes amid fears millions of Britons could be shut out of European holidays because India-made AstraZeneca jabs are not automatically recognised by the EU vaccine passport scheme.

Meanwhile new data revealed UK cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 have risen almost four-fold in less than a month.

Public Health England figures show a total of 161,981 confirmed and probable cases of Delta variant have now been identified in the UK - up by 50,824, or 46 per cent, on the previous week.

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