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Italian officials are set to drop on Tuesday a five-day mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for travellers from the United Kingdom who are fully vaccinated and can show a negative test, reports Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo.

Children under the age of 6 do not need to take a test.

The Italian health ministry said existing restrictions for travellers from other countries will remain in place.

It is still unclear what the policy would be towards those who have not completed the vaccination cycle.

As for non-vaccinated UK travellers, the rules will remain the same as before: they will have to show a molecular (PCR) or antigen negative test taken no more than 48 hours before their departure and quarantine for 5 days upon their arrival.

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The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has declared the government has “overcome” the challenges of the national vaccine program, despite the states crying out for more mRNA vaccine supplies to curb the Delta outbreak tearing through NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

The prime minister’s assertion came as the country marked the grim milestone of the first Indigenous death from a Covid-19 case, in western NSW, and as the national death toll surpassed 1,000 since the pandemic began in early 2020.

On Monday, NSW reported an extra 1,290 cases, Victoria 73 and the ACT 26, bringing the total number of active cases to more than 17,000

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Over 1.8m French workers in service jobs in restaurants, cinemas, librairies as well as long-distance rail staff must from today show a health pass to go to work.

Members of the public are already required to show a pass confirming they are vaccinated or have had a recent negative test or recent recovery from Covid 19 in order to eat in a restaurant, enter a library, use a public swimming pool, go to the cinema or take a high-speed, long distance train.

As part of the French government’s drive to increase vaccination and protect against the spread of the virus, workers in service jobs and who deal with the public must now also have a pass. This includes staff in museums, conference halls, festivals and nightclubs.

Failure to present a pass can lead to workers being suspended without pay. Employers who don’t respect the new rules would face financial penalties, and even prison, the culture minister said on Monday.

Emmanuel Macron’s decision in July to make the health pass compulsory for certain activities, such as long-distance rail travel and eating out, has led to a high take-up of vaccines in France. Nearly 72% of French people have had at least one dose and 64% are fully vaccinated – pushing France into the top five EU countries with the highest rates.

A small but vocal minority who oppose the health pass or vaccinations are continuing to protest every Saturday in French cities.

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