UK travel corridor system to be suspended on Monday | News

British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the UK will close all travel corridors to protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new Covid-19 strains.

The new measures will take effect from Monday.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this evening, he said: “It is vital to take these extra measures now when, day-by-day, we are making such strides in protecting the population.”

Currently, travellers are allowed to enter the UK without quarantine if arriving from a number of safe destinations

However, all arrivals will now be expected to isolate for ten days when entering the country.

Also from Monday, all passengers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling to the UK.

The test must be taken within three days of departure.

The government has said this is also to help protect against new strains of Covid-19 circulating internationally and to identify those who may currently be infectious.

Responding to the announcement, Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “Travel corridors were a lifeline for the industry last summer and the government were right to bring them in when they did.

“But things change

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ABTA calls on government to plot route out of travel shutdown | News

The tourism industry is calling on the government to give more detail on how travel restrictions will be lifted if Covid-19 is brought under control in the UK.

ABTA chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “As news continues to emerge of new variants of the virus developing overseas, along with the significant number of cases and deaths in the UK, it is understandable that the government wants to take every step necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The pre-departure testing for passengers entering the UK, originally due to come into force tomorrow but now delayed for England until Monday, is a clear example of this.

“It joins a myriad of other measures which if still in place when more people start to travel would be confusing, expensive and logistically difficult for customers.

“It would also serve as a barrier to travel putting many people off booking in the first place.”

Authorities earlier confirmed pre-departure Covid-19 testing would not begin until Monday, while also announcing arrivals from South America will be severely curtailed. 

However, the restrictions are worrying for the tourism sector in the longer-term, Tanzer said.

He added: “It is worth pointing out that the government hasn’t given

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UK travel corridor system to be suspended on Monday | News

British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the UK will close all travel corridors to protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new Covid-19 strains.

The new measures will take effect from Monday.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this evening, he said: “It is vital to take these extra measures now when, day-by-day, we are making such strides in protecting the population.”

Currently, travellers are allowed to enter the UK without quarantine if arriving from a number of safe destinations

However, all arrivals will now be expected to isolate for ten days when entering the country.

Also from Monday, all passengers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling to the UK.

The test must be taken within three days of departure.

The government has said this is also to help protect against new strains of Covid-19 circulating internationally and to identify those who may currently be infectious.

Responding to the announcement, Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “Travel corridors were a lifeline for the industry last summer and the government were right to bring them in when they did.

“But things change

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UK authorities ban arrivals from South America | News

Authorities in the UK have banned arrivals from a number of South American countries as fears grow over a new strain of Covid-19.

Passengers who have been in or transited through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Suriname, French Guiana, Uruguay and Venezuela in the past ten days will be barred from entry.

Cape Verde and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) will face similar restrictions.

The new rules came into place this morning.

However, the changes do not include British and Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK.

These groups will be able to enter the UK, but are required to self-isolate for ten days on arrival along with their household.

There will also be a flight ban on any countries with direct flights to the UK.

These are Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores).

This excludes cargo and freight without passengers.

The decision to ban travel from these destinations follows the discovery of a new coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, that may have spread to countries with strong travel links to the country.

Any exemptions usually in place – including for those related

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British Airways facing group action claim over data breach | News

British Airways is facing the largest ever group claim over a data breach in UK legal history following a 2018 incident.

The theft of data from the airline is thought to have exposed details of more than 400,000 customers.

More than 16,000 customers have now joined the case ahead of a March deadline to sign up to the action, according to PGMBM, the lead solicitors in the group litigation case.

The carrier has already faced a £20 million fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office, cut from the initial figure of £183 million.

Lawyers said victims could each be compensated up to £2,000, based on previous court rulings, leaving the flag-carrier facing a total bill of more than £800 million if every victim came forward.

“We continue to vigorously defend the litigation in respect of the claims brought arising out of the 2018 cyber-attack,” British Airways said.

“We do not recognise the damages figures put forward, and they have not appeared in the claims.”

The BA case is the first group lawsuit of its kind to be brought under sweeping GDPR data protection rules introduced in 2018.

Tom Goodhead, a partner at PGMBM, said the airline had presided over a

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Las Vegas Sands founder Adelson dead at 87 | News

Sheldon Adelson, founder of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire, has died at the age of 87 from complications related to the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Adelson had recently resumed cancer treatment and was taking a leave of absence from his roles as chairman and chief executive officer of both Las Vegas Sands and Sands China.

“Born to immigrant parents and raised in a poor section of Boston, Adelson went from a teenager selling newspapers on a street corner to becoming one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs,” said a statement from Las Vegas Sands.

“His achievements in the integrated resort and hospitality industry are well-documented. 

“In Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore, his vision for integrated resorts transformed the industry, changed the trajectory of the company he founded, and reimagined tourism in each of those markets. 

“His impact on the industry will be everlasting.”

Founded by Adelson, Las Vegas Sands today includes the Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Through majority ownership in Sands China, the company developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including the Venetian Macao, the Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai

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