Covid live: UK government ‘did not change mind’ on vaccine passports; Japan fears fourth wave before Olympics

UK health minister denies government U-turned on vaccine passports; Japan fears variants are behind possible fourth waveUK Labour says reports of up to 8,000 tourists arriving a day ‘staggering’Everyone in England to be offered twice-weekly Covid tests, PM to sayIndia reports national record of 103,558 new cases in 24 hoursPhuket gets Covid jabs in race to offer quarantine-free holidaysUK: dozens of aristocrats claim furloughSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.59pm BST In the UK, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said he worried that introducing vaccine passports would make people feel they were being forced into having a jab.The senior Labour MP told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: My concern is that if you want to drive up vaccination rates further – and to be fair, vaccine hesitancy has fallen in this country and we are doing very well. But all the evidence has always suggested that if you want to maintain confidence in vaccination, that you don’t make it compulsory, don’t force people to be vaccinated – you encourage people, you persuade people. And my worry with what the government are suggesting is they are effectively trying to force people into taking a vaccine and I think in the end that will be counterproductive. 1.55pm BST Cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has said it would require mandatory vaccinations for guests and crew when it restarts trips from US ports from July, Reuters reports.The company’s announcement follows the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance last week to the cruise ship industry, including the need for Covid vaccinations. Continue reading…

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Covid live: UK government ‘did not change mind’ on vaccine passports; Japan fears fourth wave before Olympics  
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