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‘No longer feels appropriate!’ Boris Johnson’s Freedom Day speech cancelled amid surge

The Daily Mail learned the Prime Minister had planned to give a speech to mark the momentous national lifting of lockdown in the style of wartime leader Winston Churchill.

However, a Government source claimed the event “no longer feels appropriate” as cases continue to soar across the country.

The source said: “The plan had been for Boris to effectively declare victory over the virus by summoning the spirit of Churchill, with appropriately stirring rhetoric.

“That no longer feels appropriate.”

Mr Johnson has previously said the long awaited Freedom Day be “cautious but irreversible”.

However, Jeremy Hunt, the former Health Secretary, said the situation is “very serious”, and raised the prospect of another lockdown this autumn.

He said that, if cases are still rising in September, “I think we are going to have to reconsider”.

Although Covid cases continue to climb at an unprecedented rate, deaths from the virus have remained extremely low.

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“This shows no-one is safe from this deadly virus,” she said.

“By easing all restrictions with cases surging, they are experimenting with people’s lives.

“Right now, they are pursuing a strategy of survival of the fittest, where the young and clinically vulnerable will be left defenceless.”

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TUI holidays cancelled: Full list of cancellations to Crete, Cyprus and more

“We are continually reviewing our holiday programme and cancellations in line with the Government updates every three weeks, with the next update expected on the 15th July.”

If your booking is cancelled you should be contacted by the company.

“All customers impacted by the latest cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund, or to change to a later date or alternative holiday and receive a booking incentive,” the travel provider said.

“If we need to cancel any future holidays because of updated Government guidance, or as a result of reviewing our holiday programmes, we will be in touch directly and aim to advise customers at least seven days in advance.

“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding at this time.”

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Australian GP cancelled for second successive year

The Australian Grand Prix was due to be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne from November 18-21 after being moved from its usual date in March; organisers cancelled the event on Tuesday “due to restrictions and logistical challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic

Last Updated: 06/07/21 6:30am


The Australian F1 Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to “restrictions and logistical challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have announced.

The Grand Prix was due to be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne from November 18-21 after being moved from its usual date in March.

However, on Tuesday organisers announced that the event had been cancelled for the second successive season.

“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) in conjunction with the Victorian Government and Formula 1 today announced the 2021 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled due to restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” read a statement.

“AGPC will continue to work with Formula 1 and the Victorian Government regarding the 2022 calendar timings for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix event.”

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Anne Robinson says BBC would have cancelled her as Weakest Link host today 'Woke happened'

“I don’t want the contestants to have to have a box of Kleenex next to them.

However, she added to The Mirror: “With the Weakest Link I never spoke to contestants before the show.

“I was on the podium, with a stern face, to create the atmosphere.

“With Countdown, I have a chat with them, to stop them thinking it’s going to be very cruel.”

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Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen speaks out as fans 'disappointed' show cancelled

One person fumed: “Hi Amanda, I’m really disappointed there is no episode of Our Yorkshire Farm tonight. I thought there was one left.”

Another agreed: “I’ve just noticed the same. I was really looking forward to it. It’s the only thing we put the TV on for.”

“Disappointed not to see tonight’s episode, feel very upset about it,” a third added.

While a fourth penned: “Just set up the telly in our motorhome in Scotland to watch this, very disappointed. And my husband isn’t amused as it took a while to get a signal!”

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury could be cancelled as Fury ordered to fight Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua‘s blockbuster August 14 bout with Tyson Fury is reportedly at serious risk of being called off because of Deontay Wilder, just over 24 hours after Fury posted to declare the fight on in Saudi Arabia later this summer. Fury and Wilder have been locked in an arbitration case for several months with team Wilder looking to have come out on top.
Fury and Joshua are currently due to become the first heavyweights ever to put all four belts on the line, with Joshua owning the WBA, WBO and IBF straps and Fury having been the WBC champion for the last 15 months.

The British duo are bidding to become the first undisputed champion of the division since countryman Lennox Lewis in 2000, though he did not hold the WBO belt, which was not mandatory to be the heavyweight king at that time.

Yet the Daily Star report the mega-money scrap is now at serious risk of having to be cancelled with Fury having been ordered to fight Wilder for a third time this coming summer.

The arbitration court is said to have ruled in Wilder’s favour and said that Fury has to be involved in a trilogy fight due to contractual obligations.

The Gypsy King defeated Wilder in dominant fashion back in February 2020 in Las Vegas in a thrilling throwdown after the first had ended in a contentious draw.

Fury was contracted to go head-to-head with the American a third time but delays caused by Covid-19 meant that the fight never came to fruition, either in the summer or before Christmas.

After Fury’s negotiations to fight an alternative opponent in December collapsed, he moved his attentions towards an undisputed battle with Joshua.

However although it has been declared that the fight is on, the site deal has yet to be officially finalised with Saudi officials willing to pay as much as £108m, per the Star, to secure the rights to host it.

Fury’s team are said to still be awaiting the proper documentation to guarantee him the funds from the deal.

And the ruling from judge Daniel Weinstein that Fury must fight Wilder again may now push back the hotly-anticipated all-British battle until later in the year.

It has been ruled that yet another rematch between Fury and Wilder must take place even though the former’s team felt the Bronze Bomber’s right to a trilogy scrap had expired.

That is because the contract stipulated that a third fight must take place by July 2020, although the ability to do so was of course impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Star say it is unclear whether or not Fury’s team can now appeal the decision of Weinstein.

Fury only confirmed the long-awaited fight against Joshua would be happening in a video posted on his Twitter account on Sunday.

He said: “Got some massive news for you all guys. I’ve just got off the phone from Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia, he’s told me this fight is 100 per cent on.

“August 14, 2021, summer time – all eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“And I cannot wait, repeat, cannot wait, to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all time.

“This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet earth. Do not miss it. All eyes on us.”

Fury followed that up by tweeting on Monday alongside a graphic of him dubbed ‘Tyson of Arabia’: “Time to take back what I never lost. Every belt there all mine chump!”

Yet it looks as though he may have to come through a fight with Wilder once more in the latest of a long series of delays to Joshua vs Fury.

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TUI to fly from just four airports amid 'traffic light' rules – more holidays cancelled

TUI is set to resume some flights and holidays from May 17 in line with the Government guidelines. However, as a result of the “traffic light” system, the holiday provider has made the decision to only depart from four UK airports.
This means all holidays between May 17 and May 27 which do not depart from London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol are cancelled.

In its latest update, TUI explained: “We’re sorry to say the following holidays will not be operating.

“All TUI holidays departing from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings, due to depart on or before May 16 2021.

“All TUI holidays, including flight-only bookings, departing from any UK airport EXCEPT London Gatwick, Manchester Birmingham and Bristol due to depart on or before May 27 2021.”

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A selection of additional holidays due to depart are also cancelled amid ongoing restrictions.

All Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde holidays due to depart on or before June 6, 2021, have been cancelled.

Holidays to Los Cabos, Mexico and Kvarner Bay, Croatia, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings due to depart before October 31, 2021, have also been axed.

TUI has further cancelled all “TUI Lakes and Mountains holidays to all destinations except Switzerland, due to depart on or before June 6 2021.”

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A number of Marella cruises have also been put on hold due to ongoing restrictions.

These include Marella Cruises sailing on Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 due to depart on or before July 31, 2021; Marella Cruises sailings from Palma on Marella Explorer due to depart on or before 25 September 2021; Marella Cruises sailings from Dubrovnik on Marella Explorer 2 due to depart on or before 21 October 2021; TUI River Cruises sailings on TUI Skyla due to depart on or before August 1, 2021; TUI River Cruises sailings on TUI Maya due to depart on or before August 14, 2021; and TUI River Cruises sailings on TUI Isla due to depart on or before October 31, 2021.

The holiday provider assures it will contact customers “nearer the time” if their holiday plans are cancelled in the future.

In a statement, TUI explained: “Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ destinations.

“It’s expected that international travel can resume from 17 May at the earliest.

“We review the information on this page in line with each Government announcement and expect to know more within the next few weeks.”

In order to provide customers with peace of mind, TUI continues to offer its “Holiday Promise” and “Free Changes Policy”.

This means the travel operator will change bookings free of charge or offer customers a full refund if they can not travel abroad due to legal restrictions, FCDO travel advice changes, new quarantine rules, or a nation goes onto the “red list”.

“If we need to cancel your holiday for any of these reasons, you don’t need to do anything,” explains the TUI website.

“We’ll work through bookings in departure date order to proactively contact you as soon as we can.

“If you have an accommodation-only booking, which isn’t impacted by travel restrictions, and that you, therefore, don’t want to cancel, please give us a call.”

Customers will additionally be offered the opportunity to change their booking “for free” if Government rules change for their destination meaning they will face quarantine, if new testing or vaccine rules are introduced, or if a “green” destination is “reclassified as green watchlist or amber”.

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Package holidays: TUI, British Airways, easyJet & Jet2 holiday updates as trips cancelled

Holidays are set to restart again in five weeks but the major tour operators have differed in the stance when it comes to resuming travel. Some companies have been quick to cancel package holidays and flights during the pandemic while others have kept operations in action. These are the latest updates for popular holiday brands TUI[1] Holidays, British Airways[2] Holidays, easyJet[3] Holidays and Jet2 holidays.

TUI

TUI has cancelled all flights and holidays until May 16.

Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to Los Cabos, Mexico, and Kvarner Bay, Croatia, departing on or before October 31, are also cancelled.

The tour operator has stopped issuing credit notes and is instead offering cash refunds to all customers impacted by cancellations.

However, customers who were previously given a voucher have until the end of September 2021 to book their holiday.

In their latest update, issued last week, TUI said: “Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with Green, Amber and Red destinations. We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what testing requirements may be needed and what colour your destination may be.”

READ MORE: Calder reveals places most likely to be on UK travel green list[4]

TUI continued: “However, our TUI Holiday Promise for Green and Amber destinations remains the same for continued peace of mind. If prior to your departure date you know that you will need to quarantine on your return to the UK, you will have the option to change your holiday for free to another time.

“You’ll also be able to change your holiday for free if you’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.

“We won’t take people on holiday to destinations that will require you to quarantine on arrival or those on the Red List. In this instance, we will cancel your holiday and you will be able to amend to another date for free, or you can request a full refund.

“If we need to cancel any future holidays because of updated Government guidance, we will be in touch with you directly and will aim to give you at least seven days’ notice.

“We know our customers are looking forward to their holidays, so to offer continued flexibility and reassurance, we have extended our free changes policy to the end of July.

“Those due to travel between 17 May and the end of July can change their booking to a later date fee-free through Manage My Booking, or if you’ve booked in a TUI store by calling us on 0203 4512688. Customers travelling in July will be able to amend their booking to a later date fee-free through Manage My Booking.”

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British Airways

BA has cancelled all of its package holidays up until May 17.

A BA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “All affected customers will be contacted and offered a refund.”

In a statement, the travel provider added: “If we cannot fulfil a holiday, we’re committed to ensuring customers receive a full refund within 14 days.

“Customers who are unable to travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their holiday without a change fee, or request a voucher for future use.”

easyJet

All easyJet holidays are axed until May 17.

Passengers who are impacted by cancellations will be contacted by the airline.

In its latest update, issued two weeks ago, easyJet said: “We are planning to operate as many flights as possible over the coming days.

“Due to a number of governments imposing travel entry bans on flights arriving from certain countries, or imposing travel bans on passengers who are non-residents or non-citizens of the respective countries, we appreciate the uncertainty this may be causing you and understand that you may need to change your travel plans.”

Options include switching to another easyJet flight for free, choosing a voucher for the full value of your ticket or requesting a refund.

No fresh update has been released since.

Jet2

Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays until June 24, it was announced last week.

The move came after the Global Travel Taskforce set out its framework to safely reopen international travel.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has slammed the document.

He said: “We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.

“After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.”

He called for more clarity, stating: “Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

The CEO continued: “Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021.”

Jet2 passengers impacted by the cancellations will be contacted and provided with their options; refunds will be offered.

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  1. ^ TUI (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ British Airways (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ easyJet (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ Calder reveals places most likely to be on UK travel green list (www.express.co.uk)

Jet2 flights and holiday cancelled until late June amid foreign travel 'uncertainty'

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.

“After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.

“Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

“We know how much our customers want to get away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays. We have seen buoyant confidence levels from UK holidaymakers, as well as strong demand for our ATOL protected package holidays and leisure flights. We are trying to run a business so that we can take customers away, but we need the Government to provide us with clarity to achieve this.

“Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021. Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, we will automatically cancel their booking with a full refund, and our team of travel experts will be in touch to help them to book their summer getaway for later in the year.

“We have received praise from customers, consumer organisations, media and independent travel agents for our industry-leading and prompt refunding of over £1bn to customers whose travel plans have been affected by programme changes during the pandemic, and we will continue this customer-first approach. Unlike many other companies, we will refund customers if they want their money back and we will not force them to accept refund credit notes.

“It has been over a year since international travel was first suspended because of the pandemic. Much has been achieved in that time, making it even more frustrating that we are still to receive a clear framework on how to restart international travel. We know it can be done, in a safe and secure way, and we will continue to support the Government to achieve this.

“The health and safety of our customers and colleagues will of course continue to be our number one priority, and we look forward to taking our customers on their well-deserved holidays once again. We welcome the Government’s ambition to reopen travel, however the time has come for the industry to receive the necessary detail to make this happen.”

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Pfizer second jabs cancelled: Why are second jabs of Pfizer being delayed? What to do?

Pfizer vaccines are being issued nationwide, with Britons receiving two jabs to ensure long-lasting immunity from coronavirus. In the UK, currently, 31.6 million people have received their first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine, with 5.7 million also receiving their second dose. Now the Moderna vaccine is also being issued – with the first jab in the UK given today. However, now there have been some concerns over delays to second doses.
For both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine, two doses are required to ensure long-lasting protection against COVID-19.

Once you have received the first vaccine, you will either be offered the chance to book an appointment from a range of slots or told when to attend for your second dose.

The NHS website states: “You will have the second dose three to 12 weeks after having the first dose.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray today read out a message from Kelly Hoppen, who said she had received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, but some of her friends have now had their second dose appointments cancelled.

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Dr Amir went on to explain for those who have seen delays: “We don’t know for sure what happens beyond that 12 weeks, but chances are your immune system will pick it up and you’ll be absolutely fine.”

He added he had “spoken to an expert about this previously, and they don’t think a few days either side of that 12 weeks will make a massive difference to your immune response.”

On December 30, 2020, the decision was made to give the second doses of the Covid vaccines towards the end of the 12 week period, rather than closer to three weeks.

In a letter to healthcare staff, NHS England said the decision had been taken to prioritise giving the first doses of vaccine to as many people as possible on the priority list to “protect the greatest number of at-risk people overall in the shortest possible time.”

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Delaying the second dose meant the prioritisation process would “have the greatest impact on reducing mortality, severe disease and hospitalisations and in protecting the NHS and equivalent health services.”

In a joint statement, Pfizer and BioNTech said: “The safety and efficacy of the vaccine has not been evaluated on different dosing schedules as the majority of trial participants received the second dose within the window specified in the study design…

“There is no data to demonstrate that protection after the first dose is sustained after 21 days.”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said the space between the first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be over 42 days. 

However, Andrew Pollard, the head of the Oxford Vaccine Group and chief investigator into the trial of this vaccine, said extending the gap between vaccines made biological sense.

“Generally, a longer gap between vaccine doses leads to a better immune response, with the second dose causing a better boost.”

Mr Pollard told the British Medical Journal with HPV vaccine for girls, for example, the gap is a year and gives better responses than a one month gap.

He explained: “From the Oxford vaccine trials, there is 70 percent protection after the first dose up to the second dose, and the immune response was about three times greater after the second dose when the second dose was delayed, comparing second dose after four weeks versus second dose after two to three months.”

If your vaccine appointment has been delayed or cancelled what should you do?

The first step would be to rebook your appointment as soon as you are able to do so.

If you are concerned about your vaccine, you can also contact the number given on any correspondence you have – whether this is a letter, text or email concerning your appointments.

On any correspondence from the NHS or your GP about the vaccine, there will be a contact number for appointment queries, rescheduling and booking appointments.

You can also use the NHS national booking service to cancel, book or reschedule vaccine appointments.

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