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Boris Johnson expected to unveil Covid passports, travel traffic lights for UK

With the vaccine programme rolling out rapidly across the United Kingdom and infection numbers falling, Johnson said England would proceed to Stage 2 of his roadmap out of lockdown from April 12. And please use the free National Health Service (NHS) tests - even if you don't feel ill, because remember 1 in 3 people with this virus doesn't have any symptoms and you can get these tests from pharmacies or your local test site, you can even order them on gov.uk and get home deliveries, ' Johnson said.

"Taking into account the latest situation with variants and the evidence about the efficacy of vaccines against them, we will confirm in advance whether non-essential global travel can resume on 17 May, or whether we will need to wait longer before lifting the outbound travel restriction", a government review said.

Johnson while asserting a cautious approach said: "We set out our roadmap and we are sticking to it".

"I think it is right that we look at this and see if there is a way that, while balancing all of those practical, ethical and fairness considerations. could in the short-term, speed up our reopening of the country", Argar said.

A ban on overnight stays away from home in England will also be lifted April 12, and outdoor venues such as zoos and drive-in cinemas can operate again.

LONDON, England - Prime minister Boris Johnson announced Monday that 31 million people have been vaccinated and that he is "pleased that we've also been able to support our overseas territories so that Gibraltar has become one of the first places in the world to offer a vaccination to its entire adult population". Britain has recorded nearly 127,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Europe.

Latest government figures released on Monday showed another 2,762 cases had been confirmed, and a further 26 people had died with coronavirus within 28 days of testing positive.

A series of events will start this month, including soccer matches, comedy shows and marathon races.

The Global Travel Taskforce, which was set up by the government previous year, is due to publish a report setting out more details on the traffic light system later this week.

The idea is opposed by a wide swath of British lawmakers, from left-of-center opposition politicians to members of Johnson's Conservative Party, and the policy could face stiff opposition when it is put before Parliament later this month.

Sir Keir Starmer said it would be against the "British instinct" to use certification and shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth told BBC Breakfast that Labour was "very sceptical" about the idea.

The government said the new system "will help ensure the UK's vaccine progress isn't jeopardised and provide clear guidance for travellers".

Those attending will be tested for the virus both before and after, but the government has said the events won't initially involve vaccine passports.

The UK government has promised to supply everyone in England with two quick-result lateral flow tests each week in a bid to cut the chain of transmission as the lockdown eases.

And it said barring British businesses from asking customers for similar proof would be "an unjustified intrusion on how businesses choose to make their premises safe".

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