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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Just seven countries remain on travel red list AND fuel shortages blamed on deliveries being sent to the ‘wrong parts of the country’


RED LIST: Forty seven countries including South Africa and Mexico will be removed from England's red list.

Travellers arriving from those destinations will no longer need to spend eleven nights in a quarantine hotel. Just seven countries will remain on the red list following the changes.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “These rule tweaks will make travelling more straightforward, supporting businesses and families right across Britain – and allow more of us to see friends and loved ones with greater peace of mind.

“We’re striking the right balance between keeping people safe which remains our priority and giving them the freedom to exercise personal responsibility, while supporting the travel sector as it continues to recover.”

The full list of countries for which the FCDO has eased its travel advice is: Algeria; Armenia; Bangladesh; Belarus; Benin; Comoros; Tokelau and Niue; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Fiji; Gambia; Guinea; Kazakhstan; Kiribati; Kosovo; Liberia; Madagascar; Malaysia; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Solomon Islands; Togo; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Congo; America Samoa; French Polynesia; and Ghana.

FUEL SHORTAGE: Fuel retailers claim "inept prioritisation" of deliveries is to blame for continued shortages in some parts of the UK. A representative from the Petrol Retailers Association warned that fuel supplies are being sent to "the wrong parts of the country" while the Government insisted "the situation is improving".

MEAT CONSUMPTION: And finally - Daily meat consumption in the UK has fallen by almost a fifth over the last decade. Researchers found average daily consumption per capita dropped by about seventeen percent. Despite the decrease, the authors warned it was far from enough to reach meat consumption targets outlined in a National Food Strategy report which says we need to cut meat eating by thirty percent by twenty thirty to reduce the impact on the planet.

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