Politics

What are the Covid rules in England from 16th August?

Another raft of coronavirus changes have taken effect in England, as the country's Covid-19 immunisation campaign allows it to take another step toward freedom.

The government says it is able to make adjustments to a number of virus-mitigating-measures because more than 75% of UK adults have now been vaccinated.

Here we take a look at what's changing in England from Monday August 16, and for who:

Some self-isolation rules are being lifted for the fully vaccinated

The biggest change is that fully-vaccinated adults will be able to avoid self-isolation in some circumstances.

Anyone told by NHS contact tracers or the app to self-isolate will not need to do so, as long as they have received their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine more than 14 days prior to their contact with a positive case.

These people are advised to take a Covid-19 PCR test "as soon as possible to check if they have the virus and for variants of concern"

We will hold you to account': Dominic Raab threatens Taliban over Afghanistan human rights

The UK has warned the Taliban it will be held to account if it does not protect human rights in Afghanistan after overthrowing the country's government.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, speaking to broadcasters following an emergency Cobra meeting held to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, said the UK has used its G7 presidency to "make very clear to the Taliban that we will hold them to account".


Nihar reports on the video at 1:33-5:33.

Ps: ruffly