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1. Public told to abandon summer holidays abroad
The public have been told to abandon plans to go abroad this year by a health minister as the Government’s advice on holidays descended into chaos.
Lord Bethell – who is close to Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary – told peers that people should “stay in this country”. Read the full story.
2. Government secrecy contributed to the Covid catastrophe, says Dominic Cummings
Dominic Cummings has warned that the Government needs to allow “public scrutiny” of its vaccine strategy as he said “secrecy contributed greatly to the catastrophe” of the early months of the pandemic.
The former Number 10 adviser, who is set to give evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry next week, launched another public attack on the Government on Tuesday. Read the full story.
3. Exclusive: Wembley Stadium could be used for vaccination drive in fight against Indian variant
Football stadiums could be used to vaccinate over-18s in the areas hit hardest by the Indian Covid variant under plans being discussed by the NHS, The Telegraph understands.
On Tuesday, health officials were in talks about expanding mass vaccination using Wembley Stadium and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground in London in a bid to stop the spread of the variant across the capital. Read the full story.
4. Britain banned from sending plastic waste to Turkey
British households should be guaranteed their rubbish is being properly recycled in the UK, campaigners said on Tuesday, as Turkey closed its doors to plastic waste imports.
Waste companies were left scrambling for new destinations to send 40 per cent of the UK’s plastic waste after the Turkish government said it would end all imports within 45 days. Read the full story.
5. ‘A beautiful blessing’: Naomi Campbell becomes a mother at 50
Naomi Campbell has become a mother at the age of 50, announcing the news with a surprise post on social media.
The supermodel shared a photograph of her baby daughter and described her as “a beautiful little blessing”. Read the full story.