"Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year," Osaka said in a previous statement, citing a sore hamstring
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Is your UK holiday now illegal? The 24 countries you can (feasibly) visit right now Holidays may not return to normal 'for three years' Test4Travel: 5,000 travel businesses call for airport testing Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter Four more countries have been removed from Britain’s list of quarantine-free travel options: Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao. From 4am on Saturday any arrivals from those destinations, including returning holidaymakers, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The changes were announced on Twitter by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps following the Government’s weekly review of its controversial quarantine policy. It means Britons now have just nine holiday options that don’t include some form of test or restriction; both Greece (except for travellers from Scotland, or those visiting certain islands) and Italy survive, along with the likes of Turkey and Germany. Each of the four countries ditched from the green list has seen a recent rise in Covid cases. Denmark, for example, currently has a seven-day case rate of 65.2 per 100,000, while Iceland’s is 80.4. Slovakia’s exclusion is more surprising, while the removal of Curacao is unlikely to affect many Britons – the only flights to the Dutch Caribbean islands are via the Netherlands, which has already been taken off the travel corridors list. See below for the latest updates.
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Kate Garraway has given an update on husband Derek Draper’s condition.The 53-year-old looked emotional on today’s Good Morning Britain after an interview saw former Prime Minister Gordon Brown send his best wishes to Draper, a former lobbyist and political advisor.
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In a sterile corridor lined with laboratories, scientists in hazmat suits drop liquid into small vials with pipettes. Then trays of test-tubes are sealed and packaged into boxes - ready for distribution. This sprawling new facility in south Beijing is already producing thousands of doses per day of a coronavirus vaccine developed by SinoVac, which the Chinese pharmaceutical firm says will be rolled-out across the world early next year. Sinovac is one of four Chinese vaccines in last-stage human trials, a higher number than any other nation in the world. Also in the leading pack are a handful of final stage vaccines being developed in countries including the UK and US. “Our goal is to provide the vaccine to the world, including the US, EU and others,” CEO Yin Weidong said this week, though it remains to be seen if the company can win approval in Western countries with tough regulatory processes. Beijing appears to be on the cusp of declaring success in the global vaccine race after having already claimed victory in the “people’s war” against the coronavirus. It would be a bold move for China, underscoring its advancing scientific prowess, and one that could help the government deflect global anger against its pandemic cover-up.
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Two other Labour MPs also quit junior roles to vote against Overseas Operations Bill