Covid-19: New research into coronavirus impact and green travel list expandedon June 30, 2021 at 6:52 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday morning.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday morning. We’ll have another update for you this evening.

A higher death rate in Greater Manchester and a decline in life expectancy across the north-west of England as a result of Covid have emerged in new research. The study found Greater Manchester’s Covid-19 death rate was 25% higher than that of England as a whole in the 13 months to March 2021 and life expectancy in the region fell by 1.6 years for men and 1.2 years for women in 2020. The average fall in England was by 1.3 years and 0.9 years respectively. In the report, Sir Michael Marmot makes a series of recommendations about health, housing, transport, community development, jobs and schools. “It cuts across the board,” he says. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham welcomes the findings.

North West Ambulance Service staff work outside the "Nightingale Hospital North West", the converted Manchester Central Convention Complex, in Manchester, north-west England on April 13, 2020,

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The green list of countries has been expanded and now there is no need to self-isolate when returning to the UK from Malta, Madeira, and the Balearic Islands as well as number of UK overseas territories, including Antigua, Barbados and Grenada. But the additions, apart from Malta, will be on the “green watchlist”, which means if things change then they risk being moved to the amber or red lists.

People shelter themselves from the sun under an umbrella in Mellieha, Malta, on June 25, 2021

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Thousands of deaf and disabled people across the UK have told the BBC of the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their lives. Most said their disability had worsened and more than 2,400 said routine, often vital, medical appointments had been cancelled. Disability charity Scope said the findings confirmed disabled people’s needs “had been forgotten”. Read the full story here.

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Meet 16-year-old Liliana Jackson who caught Coronavirus expecting it to only last a week or two. But months later she was still experiencing repeated flare-ups including skin rashes, nerve pain, chest cramps and severe fatigue.

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As England’s footballers concentrate on preparing for the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020 tournament, so will fans. The team, who beat the German side for the first time in the knock-out stage of a major competition since the 1966 World Cup final, will be travelling to Rome for their next fixture against Ukraine on Saturday. But there’s little chance for fans hoping to travel to the Italian capital for the match. Italy is on the UK’s amber list, and also has its own quarantine rules in place so for most UK travellers the best-case scenario would mean arriving there only to be stuck watching the match in a hotel room. And the Football Association has said it will not be selling tickets because of that. Find out more here.

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Government statistics show 128,126 people have now died, with 23 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 4,755,301 people have tested positive, up 20,479 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 1,585 people in hospital. In total, 44,581.771 people have received their first vaccination.

With England football fans potentially looking to fly to Italy for the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020 tournament against Ukraine on Saturday, take a look at the rules about travelling to amber-list countries.

Find further information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

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