Meanwhile, 77 countries are under review by government scientists for a possible move to the green list for quarantine-free foreign travel, it has emerged.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre is understood to be reviewing the destinations before ministers decide on a final list due to be unveiled next week.
It is the first insight into the size of the potential “long list” of countries whose Covid status means they can be rated as “possibles”.
But do not pack your bags just yet. Sources warned many of the countries might not make the cut once the assessment had been completed. See your current green list options – and our picks for UK summer breaks.
Freed burglars to wear 24-hour tags under crackdown
Burglars released from jail are to be made to wear tags 24/7 to tackle reoffending under Boris Johnson’s crackdown on crime. The Prime Minister will announce today that 19 police forces covering nearly half the country will be able to use the GPS tags to check burglars, muggers and other thieves’ movements after they have been freed from prison. It is part of Mr Johnson’s Beating Crime Plan, which will also include enhanced stop-and-search powers for police as well as new unpaid community work schemes where offenders in high-vis jackets will have to clean graffiti and litter from neighbourhoods. Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas has full details of the strategy, which comes as concern grows in Whitehall about a sharp rise in violent crime after lockdown.
Britannia rules the water with Team GB’s fourth gold
Team GB have secured their first ever one-two finish in an Olympic swimming event for 113 years, with Tom Dean beating Tokyo room-mate Duncan Scott to gold by 0.04 seconds in a dramatic finale to the men’s 200m freestyle. After Magic Monday, the gold rush continued early today with the swimmers taking Team GB’s tally of gold medals to four after four days. Jeremy Wilson in Tokyo says it makes it the best ever start to a summer Olympics. Read everything else you missed overnight. For more analysis, I can suggest trying our free Olympics Briefing newsletter.
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Squeaky clean | Do not rinse plates before putting them in the dishwasher to limit the impact on the environment, Boris Johnson’s COP26 spokesman has suggested. Allegra Stratton also gave the ideas of freezing leftover bread to reuse rather than throwing it away and ordering shampoo in cardboard packaging. Read Ms Stratton’s article for The Telegraph on the “microsteps” that families may wish to adopt.
Around the world: US to continue Taliban strikes
The United States has said it will continue launching air strikes against the Taliban while it withdraws from Afghanistan, amid warnings that civilian deaths could soon be the highest in more than a decade due to a surge in violence by the militant group. Read how the Taliban is now expected to target the country’s more heavily populated urban centres. For more pictures of the day from around the world, view our gallery.