Changes to the government’s travel list will see fully-vaccinated passengers from France no longer having to isolate.

The new rules, which come in from 4am on Sunday, August 8, will see Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia move to green list on the government’s traffic light system.

Meanwhile, Bahrain, India, Qatar and UAE will move to the amber list from the red list. And Georgia, Mayotte, Mexico and Reunion will move to the red list.

The move aligns France with the rest of the amber list, now that the proportion of beta variant cases has fallen in the country.

Arrivals from popular holiday destination Spain, and all of its islands, don’t need to quarantine either, but are now advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we’ve made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.

“While we must continue to be cautious, today’s changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public.”

The changes mean the total number of green list places will rise from 29 to 36.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “As we learn to live with this virus, we are continuing to take steps to safely reopen international travel based on the latest data and expert public health advice.

“The vaccines have already prevented around 60,000 deaths and 22 million infections in England and, with over 7 in 10 adults in the UK now double-jabbed, we are building a wall of defence against the disease.

“As well as moving more countries to the green list, today’s announcement also demonstrates the need for continued caution. Further countries have been added to the red list to help protect the success of our vaccine rollout from the threat of new variants.”

The family of a man allegedly murdered in Lincoln have paid tribute to a ‘popular and sociable’ dad who secretly cooked for people stuck at home during the Covid pandemic.

Darren Munnelly, 46, suffered a fatal head injury after he was attacked on July 26 at a property in Carr Street in the early hours of the morning. An inquest into his death opened on August 2.

Declan Grant, 22, of St Mary’s Street in Lincoln was later charged with murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on August 31.

In a statement, Darren’s family – Billy, Karen, Sean, Jack and Cheryl – said: “Darren was such a friendly, popular and sociable man who was so kind to others. He grew up in the West End area of Lincoln, and was a really friendly person.

“Many people in the West End knew Darren, who had several interests.

“He was a really enthusiastic cook, and he put this to good use at the start of the pandemic. With so many people forced to remain in their own homes, Darren would cook a variety of things – curries, cottage pies, Irish soda bread, muffins – and then deliver them himself across Lincoln to help people out.

“He never told anyone he was doing it, but wanted it to be a surprise. After cooking the food, he’d put it in a backpack, get on his bike and deliver it.

Darren raised money for charity. | Photo: Facebook

“That was the mark of him – so generous, and so thoughtful to other people, such as in October 2017 when he raised £1,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support by completing Go Sober for October.

“Music was Darren’s life, and he loved singing. Known for wearing a goat-skin fur coat, he would sing at local venues and particularly enjoy 60s, 70s and 80s music – almost anything, in fact, apart from modern day tunes. Neil Diamond, The Beatles and Elvis Presley were among his favourites.

“Darren was also an avid sport fan, in particular his beloved Manchester United. He’d also play snooker with his son Sean, and won several titles including the junior championship of Lincoln two years in a row. We are honoured that the league is considering naming a trophy in his honour.

“He was such an outgoing, well-liked person who could liven up any party and was a lot of fun. He was also so proud of his Irish roots.

Darren wore his Irish heritage and his love for Manchester United on his sleeve. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

“Since Darren’s death, the support we’ve received from the local community has been amazing with so many cards, text messages and flowers.

“We’d like to say thank you to everyone for their generosity, love and support. We’d also particularly like to thank those from Lincolnshire Police, Lincoln County Hospital, the paramedics who initially treated him, Victim Support and Father John Kyne. You have all supported us so much.

“Darren will always be missed. He was irreplaceable.”

Train services across the county will be hit by rail strikes on Sunday.

It comes after rail union the RMT voted in favour of industrial action, saying East Midlands Railway is issuing inferior contracts to some train guards.

The following services will not run from Sunday August, 8, until further notice: the 7.32pm Lincoln to Nottingham, 9.03am Grantham to Nottingham, 11.40am and 7.45pm Newark North Gate to Lincoln and the 11.06am and 7.15pm Lincoln to Newark North Gate.

A rail replacement bus service will run in place of the cancelled trains, but timings will be slightly different. All other services will continue to run as normal. You can check your journey online here.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “It’s time for the company to stop playing games and start respecting the staff who generate their profits.

“EMR should get out of their bunker, recognise the legitimate grievances of their workforce and start negotiations over a fair and just settlement to this long-running dispute.”

An EMR spokesperson said: “This is an extremely disappointing decision taken by the RMT and we appreciate this is immensely frustrating for customers – particularly as Covid restrictions ease and the country reopens.”

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