The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has defended the UK Government’s decision to maintain England’s travel corridors with Portugal and Greece, despite Scotland and Wales reintroducing travel restrictions. Mr Shapps admitted that the difference in quarantine policies is “confusing”, as Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye denounced the Government U-turns and disparate policies as a “quarantine roulette”. Yet Tom Harris questions those feeling confused, saying that, after 21 years, this is how devolution should work. The fast-changing situation may come as little surprise to anyone who has seen this footage obtained by The Telegraph apparently showing nightclubs in Zante flouting Covid-19 rules. Our travel liveblog has the latest as things change across Europe. Across the Pond, America’s biggest businesses have urged the Government to introduce airport testing.
Back home, Leeds has been added to Public Health England’s weekly watch list of areas of concern for Covid-19. Leeds City Council said that being on the list alone would not mean further restrictions for the time being, but monitoring of cases will increase and further steps could yet be taken in future. “The latest seven-day infection figures show Leeds as having a rate of 32.4 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate on testing of 3.5%,” the council said. Our coronavirus liveblog has more.
Police officer arrests man without mask on train
A police officer attempted to pepper spray a rail passenger who resisted arrest for refusing to wear a face mask on a train. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday on a Wirral line service at Lime Street Station in Liverpool, was filmed by other passengers. The man claimed he had a medical condition and was therefore exempt from the legal requirement in the UK to wear a face covering on public transport. The British Transport Police officer insisted the man must wear a mask and can be seen attempting to forcibly remove the passenger. The passenger continues to resist, wrestling the officer. Watch a video of the incident.
Jane Garvey to leave BBC Woman’s Hour after 13 years
Jane Garvey is to follow Dame Jenni Murray and quit BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Garvey has presented the show for 13 years and will leave at the end of this year but she will not leave Radio 4 altogether, and will host her own high profile interview series in 2021. She announced the decision today on air. Her departure comes as the BBC faces a “leaner” future in a shake-up by its new director-general. Tim Davie may have ended his third day in the job by tuning in to Frankie Boyle’s new show New World Order last night. If he did, Ed Power thinks he may have almost spilled his cocoa at times – and wonders whether the Scottish comedian will last long. If you have a moment, look through what your fellow Telegraph readers think of the BBC’s headlines this week.
At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines
- ‘Pandemic era’ | World facing barrage of new diseases to come
- Back to school | ‘No greater risk’ for staff and students than at home
- Sweden’s strategy | Is the country finally silencing the doubters?
- Pandemic and Brexit | Struggles of medicines regulator that left UK
- New Zealand | First Covid-19 death in more than three months
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Brexit deadlock | The UK will “prosper mightily” even if it does not strike a trade deal with the EU, Boris Johnson has said ahead of another round of Brexit talks. Haulage bosses have called for an “urgent” meeting with Cabinet ministers over concerns there are “significant gaps” in the UK’s border preparations. Read what the Prime Minister had to say in response. James Crisp outlines the sticking points stopping a deal.
- HS2 | PM says link will deliver 20,000 new jobs as construction starts
- Chopper’s Politics | Bailey says black people are Left’s ‘chosen victims’
- Portland shooting | Suspect killed by police during arrest
- Electric cars | 500 charging points a day needed to hit deadline
- Disney’s Mulan | Thai pro-democracy protesters join boycott calls
Around the world: China ‘bypassing UN sanctions’
A new investigation into companies trading in the Chinese city of Dandong, on the border with North Korea, has shed a spotlight on Pyongyang’s global money laundering networks and raised fresh questions about China’s complicity in bypassing United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong-un’s regime. Nicola Smith has details of The Billion Dollar Border Town report by a London think-tank.
‘I’m not sure I’d be able to break into theatre now’
As his hotly anticipated new project with Jude Law comes to Sky, playwright Dennis Kelly tells Chris Harvey about the perils facing the industry today and his Wicker Man-esque new series
Comment and analysis
- Jeremy Warner | Business is discovering the cost of home working
- Mary Lussiana | Portugal travel corridor debacle is the final straw
- Leo McKinstry | Justice is no longer blind in face of identity politics
- Matthew Lesh | Abbott can help UK, unless it capitulates to woke mob
- Jonathan Saxty | Why has Switzerland handled this crisis so well?
- My 14 days of sedentary hell | Why quarantine is worse than lockdown
- Big money and the US election | Tech bosses, financiers and politicians holding the reins
- London Fashion Week | It’s going ahead – but not as you know it
Business and money briefing
Virgin Atlantic | Almost half of Virgin Atlantic’s workforce will be axed under a radical restructuring designed to combat the fallout from the coronavirus crisis in the coming years. The carrier has finalised a £1.2bn rescue after the coronavirus pandemic took Sir Richard Branson’s 36-year-old airline to the brink of collapse. Read on for details.
- Pret A Manger | Boss sees long-term shift to home working
- Tech sell-off | Three reasons why this is not Dotcom 2.0
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Football | Lionel Messi has announced he will stay at Barcelona for the final year of his contract at the end of a dramatic day of battling with his club. Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has said he was ready to end his ill-fated spell at former club Manchester United after only one training session. Read the Chilean’s comments. Meanwhile, Kai Havertz will not become the most expensive signing in Chelsea’s history after director Marina Granovskaia managed to negotiate an initial fee of around £62million for the German international. Read on for more.
- Italian Grand Prix | Find out what happened in practice at Monza
- Tour de France | Wout van Aert powers to stage seven win
- Will Greenwood | How line-out mauls became rugby’s key weapon
Soul America, BBC Four, 9.30pm | This opening episode – of three – traces the soul music genre from its gospel beginnings towards the heyday of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. Read on for more.
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
‘God would dig me like crazy’ | Did Marc Bolan – the swan-riding mystic prince of psychedelic wizard folk who envisioned a glam rock world full of electric warriors boogieing around in feather boas and mirrorball top hats, and is now celebrated with an all-star tribute album – foresee his own death? Mark Beaumont looks back at how the T. Rex singer spun out of control.