The scale of the UK’s long Covid problem has been exposed by official figures, which reveal 376,000 people are suffering with symptoms more than a year after catching coronavirus .
Numbers from the Office for National Statistics reveal that, as of May 2, one million people had symptoms lasting more than four weeks, the threshold for long Covid.
The Telegraph spent a day at one of the NHS’s new long Covid clinics in Birmingham – watch a video of what they are like .
It comes as the UK regulator approved the use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds , which is already being given to children in countries like the US, pictured above.
Meanwhile, the number of people in England with Covid-19 has increased by about three quarters in a week, figures show .
Elsewhere, it has emerged half of Britons who had booked a Tui holiday to Portugal for this month are still planning to travel there, according to Europe’s largest tour operator.
Stories of stranded families, ruined plans and financial loss have flooded in since the country was moved from the green to amber travel list.
Some small consolation may come from the news that France will lift its self-isolation rule for fully-vaccinated Britons who arrive in the country from next Wednesday, although it also remains on the amber list.
If you have given up on the idea of summer abroad this year, here are 25 great British holiday alternatives .
Police dismantle migrant camp after 700 cross to UK
French police today dismantled a camp outside Calais housing around 800 migrants seeking to reach Britain in one of the biggest such operations in months. The move, involving hundreds of officers, was the latest in a string of operations to remove such camps amid a sharp rise in Channel crossings by boat this year – some 568 last weekend and at least 50 on Wednesday alone. Watch a video about life on the frontline of the migrant crisis in Kent and see pictures of the evacuation of the camp.
Why Tom Cruise’s mission looks nigh on impossible
The seemingly cursed production of Mission: Impossible 7 has been beset by delays ever since it had the bad fortune to start filming in Italy in February 2020 – ground zero for coronavirus in Europe. The latest has just landed, with the final weeks of production in the UK halted until June 14 due to a positive Covid test on set. Amid pandemic shutdowns, Polish bureaucracy and motorcycle stunts gone wrong, Ed Power goes inside the unluckiest Hollywood shoot in recent memory .
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Michael Gove pinged | Minister in new trial after trip to Portugal
- SNP ‘stoking fears’ | Doctors dismiss child hospitalisation claims
- Anthony Fauci | ‘China must release records of Wuhan lab staff’
- Analysis | Why Wuhan lab inquiry will help Biden heal divided US
- Not be a ‘traditional Derby day’ | Queen to miss Epsom Derby
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Hillsborough disaster | Hundreds of Hillsborough victims have been given payouts for “psychiatric injury” following allegations of a police cover-up, it has emerged. Today, lawyers for the families confirmed that two police forces, South Yorkshire and West Midlands, had agreed the settlement following a civil claim on behalf of 601 people. Details here .
- Serious burns | Murder charge as woman dies 21 years after set alight
- Manhunt | Boulton in court over stabbing of ex-partner and son
- Tiananmen Square | Vigil organiser arrested in Hong Kong
- OJ Simpson’s lawyer | Flamboyant attorney F Lee Bailey dies
- Biblical replica | Ark grounded by flood of bureaucratic requests
Around the world: Starvation ‘used as weapon of war’
Ethiopia is on course to suffer a famine last seen in the 1980s, when mass starvation killed about a million people, the UN’s humanitarian chief has warned. In an exclusive interview with Will Brown , Mark Lowcock implored warring parties in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray Region to agree to an immediate ceasefire or face one of the greatest tragedies of this century. Read how the conflict led to this perilous point .
Des Lynam on the BBC’s decline – and ‘sexy football’ at Euro ’96
The legendary anchorman opens up to Simon Briggs about why his former employers are now a ‘minority sports channel’ – and why he stays off social media
Comment and analysis
- Ross Clark | Traffic light system is zero Covid policy in disguise
- Sam Brodbeck | The pension revolution is only half complete
- Ben Marlow | Despite EU bullying, AstraZeneca is on world stage
- Sophie Mumford | Why’s it wrong to say at times I hate being a mum?
- Luke Edwards | Benitez now the world’s best manager nobody wants
- Sally Solves | ‘My house burned down but my insurer refused £675k in cover – here’s why’
- Crisis point | ‘The day I started drinking vodka in the morning, I realised I had a problem’
- TV Baftas predictions | Who will win and who should win
Business and money briefing
G7 gathering | A corporate tax deal at the G7 is “in sight”, according to European finance ministers, while the group meeting at London’s Lancaster House today and tomorrow are expected to express “strong support” for a new global system. Click here to see a graph comparing how corporate tax rates differ in countries around the world.
- Competition | Facebook face probe into digital advertising dominance
- Builders hit | Post-lockdown construction boom sends prices up
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Welsh fight | Video footage has emerged of the training-group scrap which left Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones with a black eye earlier this year. Jones, who was recently named British and Irish Lions captain for the upcoming tour of South Africa, can be seen in the video exchanging punches with former Wales second row Jake Ball. Read on for details .
- England vs New Zealand | Play on rain disrupted third day at Lord’s
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix | Who set the fastest times in practice in Baku
- Contract extension | Thomas Tuchel rewarded with Chelsea deal
Three things for tonight
- Watch | Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure, ITV, 9.30pm
- Eat | Six of the best BBQ recipes to make this weekend
- Date night | Top 25 restaurants for dining indoors this summer
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
It’s alive! | An 8ft-tall animatronic Creature will greet visitors at Bath’s new dedicated Frankenstein museum. Jake Kerridge examines the first faithful take on Mary Shelley’s monster .
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- Anger in Russian media at Britain stopping Sharm el-Sheikh flights
- UK weather forecast – ‘Danger to life’ as Met Office issues FIVE ‘severe’ warnings for wind & rain
- Pictures emerge of damage to US military base in Iraq as it's claimed Iran DELIBERATELY botched attack for fear of escalating conflict with Donald Trump
- Emergency Services minister finally admits his decision to stay on an overseas family holiday during bushfire crisis was 'inexcusable'
- Farage calls the shots in Tory leadership contest: Smiling Boris emerges with girlfriend Carrie as Tory rivals scramble to promise Brexit by Halloween and flock towards No Deal after Euro election mauling by Brexit Party
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