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Leeds news LIVE: Number of over 50s across city double vaccinated revealed

Last updated: Friday, 04 June, 2021, 17:33

  • Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in 12 to 15-year-olds
  • Around 84 per cent of over 50s in Leeds have had both vaccine doses

Latest stories this evening:

These are the latest stories on the Yorkshire Evening Post this evening:

Bogus workman jailed for six years for preying on vulnerable man at his flat in Harehills

A bogus workman who tricked his way into a house in Leeds by pretending to be fixing a water leak his been jailed for six years.

Man killed after collision involving unlicenced minibus in Leeds named by police

A man who died after a collision involving a minibus in Burmantofts, Leeds, has been named by police.

Leeds General Infirmary and St James' Hospital issue urgent update on A&E capacity

An update on the A&E capacity at the LGI and St James' Hospital in Leeds has been issued.

Two West Yorkshire schools hit with outbreak of Indian Covid variant

Two West Yorkshire schools have been hit by outbreaks of the Indian variant of coronavirus.

UEFA in talks with British Government to ease quarantine restrictions for Euros

UEFA is in dialogue with the British Government to ease coronavirus quarantine restrictions on overseas supporters for the knockout stages of Euro 2020.

The UK has the toughest entry requirements of any of the host countries, requiring visitors from amber list countries to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Travel between the other host nations – particularly other European Union countries – is largely possible with proof of a recent negative PCR test.

Wembley will host the semi-finals and the final along with two last-16 matches and Euro 2020 tournament director Martin Kallen said talks are ongoing to allow those key matches to be attended by foreign spectators without the need for a lengthy quarantine period.

He told the PA news agency: “We are in a dialogue with the Government, we are looking at what’s possible.

“The Prime Minister and the British Government said the 21st of June would be the date when in principle everything should go back to normal. And if it goes back to normal, what will the rules say for foreigners to come to the UK who are not on a business trip?

“We are in a dialogue and we hope that we can achieve something if the situation allows it, that something could happen on that side.

“Other countries are more flexible, they expect the negative PCR test which is for 72 hours or 48 hours (before arrival) and they come in and out, with the exception of countries that they have put on the red list in their country.

“We are looking at how the situation is moving and what could be achieved.”

Travel firms take another hit from latest Government restrictions

Airlines and travel firms took another battering on the stock market as the fallout from the UK Government’s decision to remove Portugal from its green list of countries hit investors.

No other country was added to the green list for travellers to head to and the sector has reacted with fury over the moves. Investors were also unimpressed, wiping millions off the firms.

The market caps of EasyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, IAG and engine maker Rolls-Royce all fell by a combined total of close to £800 million – following falls of £2 billion on Thursday.

Ryanair shares fell 1.3%, losing 0.22 cents to 16.16 euros; IAG lost 0.9%, closing down 1.84p at 196.3p; EasyJet closed down 25.2p, or 2.6%, at 934p; Wizz Air lost 153p, or 3.3%, to 4,533p and Rolls-Royce was down 2.36p, or 2.15%, at 107.32p.

But Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, pointed out there had been some benefits to other firms.

He said: “With airline stocks still under pressure as a result of yesterday’s changes to the travel traffic light system, the likes of Ocado and Just Eat are amongst the best performers on the basis of expectations of a slower relaxation of restrictions.”

New on the Yorkshire Evening Post this lunchtime:

These are some of the latest stories on the Yorkshire Evening Post this lunchtime:

Carvela store opens in Leeds Victoria Quarter as 'first of its kind outside London'

Shoes and accessories retailer Carvela has opened a brand new store in Leeds - dubbed as the 'first of its kind outside London'.

Dogs Trust Leeds centre set to reopen to public for pooch information days

The Dogs Trust centre in Leeds has announced that it will reopen to the public for set information days about its pooches.

Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in 12 to 15-year-olds

The UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use in children aged 12 to 15.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorised the use of the jab in the younger age group on Friday following a review of its safety, quality and effectiveness.

The Pfizer Covid-19 jab was the first to be authorised for use in the UK at the end of last year.

Dr June Raine, MHRA chief executive, said: “We have carefully reviewed clinical trial data in children aged 12 to 15 years and have concluded that the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective in this age group and that the benefits of this vaccine outweigh any risk.

“We have in place a comprehensive safety surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all UK-approved Covid-19 vaccines and this surveillance will include the 12- to 15-year age group.

“No extension to an authorisation would be approved unless the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness have been met.

“It will now be for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to advise on whether this age group will be vaccinated as part of the deployment programme.”

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “The government has asked the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to advise whether routine vaccination should be offered to younger people aged 12 to 17.

“We will be guided by the expert advisors and will update in due course.”

Today’s front page: Have you icked up your copy yet?

This is today’s front page on Friday, June 4. It’s available in your local shop now, or you can read our e-paper version here:

Today’s story leads on a story about a man who set fire to the Leeds General Infirmary and made threats to kill people. You can read it online here:

Here’s where Covid rates are highest in Leeds:

The Leeds areas where Covid rates are highest as June 21 approaches and variant concerns grow

Lockdown is gradually lifting in Leeds and across England - but there are some areas where coronavirus cases are higher than others.

Around 84 per cent of over 50s in Leeds have received both vaccine doses

New figures reveal that 213,937 over 50s in Leeds have had both jabs.

This equates to 84.1 per cent of people of that age group across the city.

NHS data shows that 95 per cent of over-50s in England have been vaccinated.

News this morning:

Free chips for everyone at this Leeds chippy to celebrate National Fish and Chip Day

A popular family-run fish and chip shop in Leeds is offering 'free chips for everyone' today to celebrate National Fish and Chip Day and their opening success during lockdown.

Caring Leeds mum donates 'lending library' to LGI baby loss bereavement clinic

A caring Leeds mum has donated a 'lending library' to the LGI bereavement clinic to support women suffering baby loss.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s live blog on Friday, June 4.

Here are some of the latest stories on our website this evening:

Angry patient caused terror at Leeds General Infirmary by setting hospital on fire and threatening to kill medical staff

A patient caused terror at Leeds General Infirmary when he set fire to the hospital and threatened to kill people as he was unhappy at the treatment he had received.

'We really need some support': Leeds restaurant's plea as cash reserves dry up

The owner of an acclaimed Leeds restaurant has said they "really need some support" as the effects of Covid are still battering the hospitality industry.

TikTok stranger's kindness to young Leeds woman goes viral after "heartwarming" donation for wheelchair

A young Leeds woman who suffers from a rare genetic condition said the kindness of a TikTok man to donate towards her new wheelchair was "the kindest thing a stranger has ever done" for her.

Leeds based transgender charity Mermaids launches crowdfunder to strike pressure-group off the charity register

A Leeds-based transgender youth charity is appealing for another campaign group, which it says discriminates against trans people, to be struck off the charity register.

Liverpool have made no contact with Leeds United over Raphinha, despite speculation

If Liverpool are as interested in Raphinha as speculation suggests, they've yet to inform Leeds United.

Portugal added to the amber travel list amid Covid mutation concerns

Portugal will be added to the amber travel list as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps raised concerns of a new coronavirus mutation and rising cases.

The holiday hotspot, including the islands of Madeira and the Azores, will be removed from the green list exempting the need to quarantine on return from 4am on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka, Egypt and five other countries will also be added to the red list requiring isolation in a Government-approved hotel, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Labour criticised the "chaos" as reports about the restrictions dripped out of the Government ahead of official confirmation and travel bosses said the move will cause "untold damage to customer confidence".

Ministers confirmed Portugal would be placed on the amber list following a meeting between the Westminster and devolved governments, as well as the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

People returning to the UK from Portugal will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be placed on the red list, meaning people arriving in the UK from those nations will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights.

Leeds woman facing jail over £5m money laundering offences

A woman has pleaded guilty money laundering offences totalling more than £5m after she was stopped at Heathrow Airport with suitcases full of cash.

Tara Hanlon, 30, was held as she tried to board a flight to Dubai on October 3 2020 with more than £1.9m in sterling notes.

Hanlon, of Pelham Court, Leeds, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court by video-link this afternoon.

Portugal to be removed from green travel list, reports claim

Portugal will be removed from the green travel list on Thursday, it has been reported.

The summer hotspot will be put on the amber list following a meeting between the Westminster and devolved governments, and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, according to the BBC.

People returning to the UK from amber list countries must self-isolate at home for 10 days as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Many holidaymakers in Portugal face a scramble for flights home before the move is introduced, which is expected to be in the coming days.

The Government’s decision is a huge blow for the travel industry, as Portugal was the only viable major tourist destination on the green list when it was announced last month.

The PA news agency understands no additions will be made to the list on Thursday, despite speculation that Spanish and Greek islands and Malta could be added

Speculation mounts around changes to travel green list

There is growing speculation that popular holiday islands could be added to the Government's travel green list today.

Spanish and Greek islands plus Malta are among the destinations which experts believe may be given green status.

That would mean people visiting those locations from the UK will no longer be required to quarantine on their return.

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways' parent company IAG, predicted that a number of summer hotspots will be added to the green tier.

He wrote in a blog post: "It still seems very likely that whilst Spain and Greece will not make it onto the green list, many of their islands will, due to lower case rates and higher vaccinations than on the mainland."

Mr Boyle added: "Malta, Finland and Slovakia are fairly safe bets, based on high testing rates and low reported cases."

Portugal is the only viable major tourist destination currently on the green list, but there have been reports it could be downgraded to amber.

The Government has urged people to avoid non-essential travel to amber and red countries.

Travellers returning from amber list locations - which include popular hotspots such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece - must quarantine at home for 10 days and take two post-arrival tests.

Several additions to the red list are expected today.

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