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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Brits pay more for travel tests AND prison COVID outbreak fears

 

Here are your latest national news roundup.

Concerns over possible covid outbreaks in prisons have been raised following low rates of vaccination. While all prisoners in England and Wales have been offered the jab, stats show only just over half have had two doses - compared with seventy five percent of those on the outside in England and eighty four percent in Wales.

The news comes shortly after around 65,000 children aged 12 to 15 have registered for their Covid-19 vaccine within 24 hours of the portal opening for Irish youngsters. It comes with more than 80% of the adult population in Ireland now fully vaccinated and around 90% partially vaccinated.

The cost of COVID tests for travel is highest for British holidaymakers. Those jetting off on a getaway from other European countries are having to spend less to meet testing requirements, meaning Britons are forking out, for a family of four, around four hundred pounds on tests. That's compared with some other countries where the cost of PCR tests has been capped by the government.

The news that Britons are spending more on travel follows reports that Gatwick Airport is in talks with banks to avoid defaulting on its loans as it blamed Government restrictions for pushing it to a multi-million pound loss. The business said that a year after requesting short-term waivers on its loans, it was again facing pressure and is asking banks for another extension.

And did your relationships suffer during the pandemic? According to a recent study, one in five adults report a falling out between a friend, partner or family member so bad they don't expect to make up. Other findings from the study by University College London however show around half of us feel the quality of our romantic relationships has improved during lockdown.

See yesterday’s national news roundup here.


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