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Quarantine for arrivals from ‘low risk’ destinations to be scrapped next week

The quarantine policy for passengers arriving in England from “lower risk countries” is set to be lifted, the Government has confirmed.

A full list of countries from which arrivals will not need to self-isolate for 14 days will be published later on Friday. It is expected to include Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

The new measures come into force from July 10, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also set out a number of destinations which will be exempt from its policy of advising against all non-essential overseas travel.

That change will come into effect on Saturday, allowing people to take holidays overseas with regular travel insurance policies.

Ghislaine Maxwell held in custody on sex charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein case

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell remains in custody after appearing in court accused of facilitating long-time associate Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual exploitation of underage girls.

Maxwell is accused of helping the disgraced financier “identify, befriend and groom” multiple girls, including one as young as 14.

Her first appearance in court comes after she was arrested in New Hampshire yesterday.

She is now to be transferred to New York for a detention hearing there.

Brits warned ‘not to overdo it’ when pubs and restaurants reopen

Brits are being warned “not to overdo it” when pubs and restaurants reopen in England on what has been daubed “Super Saturday”.

Leading a Downing Street press conference later, Boris Johnson will tell the public that the health of the economy “is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly”.

The Prime Minister is expected to implore people to act safely when lockdown measures are eased tomorrow in what will likely be a major test for keeping coronavirus transmissions down.

It comes after Mr Johnson told the Evening Standard that he would not hesitate to lock down London again if Covid-19 cases spike following the reopening.

Third of shoppers stung by price-gouging on essential products, investigation finds

More than a third of shoppers have been forced to pay sky-high prices for essential hygiene and medical products as unscrupulous sellers looked to cash in on the Covid-19 crisis, a report has found.

A mask which would usually cost around 80p was found to be on sale for nearly 20 times that at £28.99. And handwash was being sold online for £14.99 rather than the retail price £1.49, the investigation showed.

Consumer group Which? said analysis of almost 1,500 reports sent to its price-gouging tool showed 36 per cent of people said they have paid unfair prices for goods.

Man City 4-0 Liverpool: New Premier League champions hammered as Raheem Sterling stars

Liverpool’s first game as Premier League champions ended in a hammering last night as Pep Guardiola’s dethroned Manchester City side ran riot at the Etihad.

Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were all on the scoresheet as the hosts romped to a 4-0 win and served up a timely reminder of the level the Reds will have to reach once again if they are to defend their title next season.

On this day…

1608: French explorer Samuel Champlain founded the city of Quebec.

1728: Robert Adam, architect of the classical style, was born in Kirkcaldy.

1806: Michael Keen, of Isleworth, exhibited the first edible cultivated strawberry, which he called Keen’s Seedling.

1863: The Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War ended with the Confederate Army routed and more than 50,000 dead or wounded.

1920: The first RAF air display took place at Hendon.

1928: A policeman’s helmet and a bunch of red roses were among the pictures shown on John Logie Baird’s first television transmission in colour at Baird Studios, London.

1954: Food rationing ended in Britain. Smithfield market opened at midnight instead of 6am to cope with the demand for beef.

1959: The first radio broadcast of Sing Something Simple with Cliff Adams and the Adams Singers took place, providing non-stop songs for half an hour.

1969: Brian Jones, who had just left the Rolling Stones, was found drowned in his swimming pool. On the same day in 1971, Doors singer Jim Morrison reportedly died of a heart attack in Paris.

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