COVID cases have dropped for the fifth day in a row, according to government statistics with 29,173 new infections.

Vaccines have reduced waves of Covid deaths to mere ripples – despite a spike in the number of cases reported, according to the data.

Hospital patients are, on average, younger, less poorly and able to leave the wards faster than in previous waves, analysis shows.

Some 46,563,452 have had their first vaccinations and 37,160,659 have had their second.

Yesterday, Covid cases fell for a fourth day with 31,795 new infections in 24 hours.

Read our coronavirus live blog for the very latest updates…

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    FOOTBALL CHAOS

    Footie fans say plans to exclude supporters not fully vaccinated from attending Premier League matches in October could cause "chaos".

    Chairman of the Football Supporters' Association chairman Malcolm Clarke warned the proposal being considered by the Government to make vaccine passports mandatory for events with more than 20,000 attendees will need to be "managed very carefully".

    Boris Johnson was also facing further criticism from backbench Conservatives who were already opposed to plans to introduce their use for entry into nightclubs this autumn.

    Talks are in an early phase with the Premier League to discuss whether supporters who have not been double-jabbed could be barred from entry.

    Brits are also facing weeks of pandemic chaos with disruptions to transport, bin collections and food supplies due to isolating workers.

    Companies and councils have warned the August 16 date to lift quarantine for the double-vaccinated could now be delayed amid fresh concern.

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    POLICING MINISTER SUGGESTS AIRLINE STAFF COULD BE EXEMPT FROM PINGDEMIC ISOLATION

    Policing minister Kit Malthouse has apologised for delays at the borders as he suggested airline staff could also receive isolation exemptions to relieve the “pingdemic”.

    He told Times Radio: “I know Border Force are one of the frontline services that will be able to access more of this test and release.

    “And I think at Heathrow yesterday we had a technical issue with the e-gates where they went down for 90 minutes or so that caused a problem and I’m very sorry about that and I’m sorry for the people that were inconvenienced.

    “Hopefully Border Force will be relieved of some of the aspects of the pingdemic.”

    Asked whether airline staff could receive exemptions as well, he said: “Yes, we would be in conversation with employers.”

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    BOOZY BRITS

    Thousands of revellers hit bars and clubs last night as they celebrated the first weekend of freedom.

    Two men rocked full Homer and Marge Simpson fancy dress costumes while others went as oompa loompas, lifeguards and Tiger King’s Joe Exotic. 

    A group of girls served up the Wimbledon spirit in their tennis kits while another copped police outfits for celebrations last night.

    They were all taking part in the first Otley Run – a legendary 16-pub crawl in Leeds – since freedom day.

    And party-goers across Britain later queued as early as 9pm to get into night clubs.

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    WATCH: SIX MILLION BRITS FACE SUMMER HOLIDAY CHAOS IF SPAIN AND GREECE SLAPPED ON ‘AMBER PLUS’ LIST

    Six million Brits face summer holiday chaos if Spain and Greece slapped on ‘amber plus’ list with France

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    DISCONTENT GROWS OVER ‘PINGDEMIC’ AMID FOOD WARNINGS AND TRANSPORT DISRUPTION

    Discontent with the Government’s self-isolation policy is growing as food industry bosses condemned changes to ease the “pingdemic” as “worse than useless”, hospitality leaders warned of a summer of closures and train operators were forced to cut services.

    There were increasing calls for Boris Johnson to bring forward his wider relaxation of quarantine rules for the fully vaccinated from August 16 as businesses were hampered by staff being told to isolate as coronavirus cases soar.

    In a bid to calm the concerns of industry, ministers published a limited list of sectors whose double-jabbed workers are eligible to avoid isolation if they undergo daily testing before the wider easing of rules for England.

    Industry leaders said the move did not include sufficient workers, but doctors warned the problem is that the Prime Minister has let the virus “rip” and not the “pings” being issued by the NHS Covid-19 app to tell coronavirus contacts to isolate.

    The mounting criticism came as data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed Covid-19 cases continued to rise, with around one in 75 people in England infected.

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    FANS WARN COVID PASSPORTS FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES COULD CAUSE 'CHAOS'

    Football fans have warned that plans to exclude supporters who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus from attending Premier League matches from October could cause "chaos" at some clubs.

    Chairman of the Football Supporters' Association chairman Malcolm Clarke warned the proposal being considered by the Government to make vaccine passports mandatory for events with more than 20,000 attendees will need to be "managed very carefully".

    Boris Johnson was also facing further criticism from backbench Conservatives who were already opposed to plans to introduce their use for entry into nightclubs this autumn.

    Talks are in an early phase with the Premier League to discuss whether supporters who have not been double-jabbed could be barred from entry, the PA news agency understands.

    The use of vaccine passports could also be extended to lower divisions and other sports in England as ministers seek to reduce the surge of Covid-19 cases as other restrictions are ended.

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    WATCH: MARTIN LEWIS REVEALS HOW TO CLAIM MONEY IF YOU'RE SELF-ISOLATING

    Martin Lewis reveals how to claim money if you’re self-isolating

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    SAJID JAVID WAS RIGHT TO APOLOGISE FOR 'COWERING FROM COVID' TWEET SAYS LEADER OF BEREAVED FAMILIES GROUP

    The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, which criticised Sajid Javid's initial tweet as "deeply insensitive", said the Health Secretary was right to apologise.

    The group also repeated an earlier request for Mr Javid to walk the National Covid Memorial Wall with it "to understand the hurt and insult his poor choice of word still remains".

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    GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ENSURE STOCKPILED PPE 'NOT BEING WASTED' SAYS COMMITTEE CHAIR

    Dame Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said the Government needs to make sure stockpiled PPE is not being wasted.

    Speaking on LBC on Sunday about the committee's report which found there were 10,000 shipping containers of PPE still to be unpacked, Dame Meg said taxpayers' money is sitting in those containers.

    She added: "This is a large amount of expensive kit, we need to make sure it gets to the right place.

    "The main thing is what are they [the Government] doing logistically to make sure that stockpile isn't wasted."

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    GRAPH: DAILY DEATHS PER 10,000 COVID-19 CASES

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    NISSAN WORKERS FAKED ISOLATION ALERTS TO BLAG TIME OFF WORK IN PINGDEMIC SWIZZ

    NISSAN workers faked self-isolation alerts to blag time off work.

    More than 10 staff at the car giant's Sunderland factory were disciplined after they lied about receiving alerts.

    Sources reportedly claimed that workers used a screenshot of a colleague's genuine self-isolation alert on the NHS app to lie to their bosses about needing to quarantine.

    A staff member told the Mirror: "Workers have been using other people’s screenshots to get time off work.

    “They sent their gaffer a screenshot from the Covid app that wasn’t even from their phone."

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    BOOZY BRITS GO WILD AS THOUSANDS HIT BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS TO CELEBRATE FIRST WEEKEND OF FREEDOM

    THOUSANDS of revellers hit bars and clubs last night as they celebrated the first weekend of freedom.

    Two men rocked full Homer and Marge Simpson fancy dress costumes while others went as oompa loompas, lifeguards and Tiger King’s Joe Exotic. 

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    WATCH: CAN FLATULENCE TRANSMIT COVID-19?

    Can flatulence transmit the COVID-19 Coronavirus?

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    TAXPAYERS TO FACE COVID BILL FOR DECADES TO COME, MPS WARN

    Taxpayers will be facing the costs of Covid for decades while an inquiry will not come quickly enough to learn the lessons needed from the pandemic, MPs have said.

    Two reports from the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) released on Sunday slammed the Government’s spending on unusable personal protective equipment (PPE) and said a public inquiry expected next year was not soon enough to fix some issues.

    The PAC said the taxpayer would be exposed to “significant financial risks for decades to come”, and already the estimated cost of the Government measures had reached £372 billion.

    While the committee also “remains concerned that despite spending over £10 billion on supplies, the PPE stockpile is not fit for purpose”.

    The PAC said that as of May this year, out of 32 billion items of PPE ordered by the Department of Health and Social Care, some 11 billion had been distributed, while 12.6 billion are stored in the UK as central stock. Some 8.4 billion on order from other parts of the world have still not arrived in the UK.

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    SAJID JAVID APOLOGISES FOR 'COWERING FROM COVID' TWEET

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid has apologised for a tweet which suggested the nation needs to not "cower" from coronavirus.

    He said this morning: "I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise."

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    THOUSANDS RUN THROUGH LONDON IN FIRST MASS 10K SINCE LOCKDOWN WAS LIFTED

    Thousands of runners have taken to the streets of London for their first mass 10k since lockdown restrictions were lifted.

    Roads across central London were closed as the runners in the Asics London 10k swept past views of landmarks to the sound of cheering crowds and entertainers who lined the streets.

    Race director Ian Allerton described it as "an important day for the mass participation industry" as many runners helped raise funds for more than 200 charities in what he hoped would be the start of "a new season of safe running events in 2021".

    TV presenter and activist Katie Piper, who was the victim of an acid attack in 2008, officially started the race before stepping out to become one of up to 14,000 runners on the course.

    Her run was to raise funds for a rehabilitation centre and she later said she had "such an amazing day".

    Ms Piper said it had been "really powerful" to see the benefit the race had on her mental wellbeing and on others who took part.

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    CASES OF CHILDHOOD VIRUS EIGHT TIMES HIGHER THAN PRE-COVID

    The number of RSV infections is currently eight times higher than the same time period before the pandemic.

    The “out-of-season” trend has resulted in PHE giving a warning to parents to watch out for symptoms.

    It’s expected the wave will continue well into the winter, when experts have warned of pressure on NHS paediatric intensive care units.

    Azra Ghani, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London, told the Sun: “This is of concern for the NHS because although RSV is a mild infection in the majority of children, a few require intensive care.

    “Paediatric intensive care units are limited in capacity.”

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    GRAPH: DAILY VENTILATED PATIENTS PER 10,000 COVID-19 CASES

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    MINISTERS EYE VACCINE PASSPORTS FOR PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES AND LARGE EVENTS

    Only fully-vaccinated football fans may be able to attend Premier League matches and other events with more than 20,000 spectators from October under Government plans.

    Boris Johnson risks provoking further criticism from backbench Conservatives as ministers seek to extend the future use of vaccine passports from nightclubs to sporting stadiums.

    Talks are in an early phase with the Premier League to discuss whether supporters who have not been double-jabbed could be barred from entry, the PA news agency understands.

    The use of vaccine passports could also be extended to lower divisions and other sports in England as ministers seek to reduce the surge of Covid-19 cases as other restrictions are ended.

    While no final decisions have been made, it is currently being discussed whether vaccine passports could be introduced for seated events with a capacity of 20,000 people and over.

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    POLICING MINISTER SUGGESTS AIRLINE STAFF COULD BE EXEMPT FROM PINGDEMIC ISOLATION

    Policing minister Kit Malthouse has apologised for delays at the borders as he suggested airline staff could also receive isolation exemptions to relieve the "pingdemic".

    He told Times Radio: "I know Border Force are one of the frontline services that will be able to access more of this test and release.

    "And I think at Heathrow yesterday we had a technical issue with the e-gates where they went down for 90 minutes or so that caused a problem and I'm very sorry about that and I'm sorry for the people that were inconvenienced.

    "Hopefully Border Force will be relieved of some of the aspects of the pingdemic."

    Asked whether airline staff could receive exemptions as well, he said: "Yes, we would be in conversation with employers."

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    POLICING MINISTER REFUSES TO RULE OUT VACCINE PASSPORTS AT FOOTBALL STADIUMS AND VENUES WITH 20,000+ CAPACITIES

    Policing minister Kit Malthouse did not rule out the idea of vaccine passports becoming mandatory at football stadiums and other venues with capacities of 20,000 and above.

    He told Times Radio: "No doubt they will have looked at some of the impact of the virus that came out of the Euros recently.

    "There was also checking there as well on the Covid app on the phone, but we'll be having a look at how that works and setting out for the future, but at the moment I think that's all speculative."

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    VACCINE EXPERTS WARN GOVERNMENT MUST BE CAREFUL TO NOT MAKE PUBLIC FEEL THEY ARE FORCED INTO GETTING JABBED

    Professor Adam Finn, of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said "nudging" people to get jabbed needs to be done "really quite carefully" so they do not feel they are being forced to get it.

    When asked on LBC on Sunday if the Government should use vaccine passports as a way of encouraging uptake in younger people, he said: "It has to be done really quite carefully.

    "If people begin to feel they are being kind of forced against their will to do something, then in a sense that's quite a damaging thing to do because it gives people the impression vaccination is something being imposed on them from outside.

    "Nudging can be done but it has to be done in a way that people don't feel that people are being pushed into something they don't want to do."

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    DISCONTENT GROWS OVER 'PINGDEMIC' AMID FOOD WARNINGS AND TRANSPORT DISRUPTION

    Discontent with the Government's self-isolation policy is growing as food industry bosses condemned changes to ease the "pingdemic" as "worse than useless", hospitality leaders warned of a summer of closures and train operators were forced to cut services.

    There were increasing calls for Boris Johnson to bring forward his wider relaxation of quarantine rules for the fully vaccinated from August 16 as businesses were hampered by staff being told to isolate as coronavirus cases soar.

    In a bid to calm the concerns of industry, ministers published a limited list of sectors whose double-jabbed workers are eligible to avoid isolation if they undergo daily testing before the wider easing of rules for England.

    Industry leaders said the move did not include sufficient workers, but doctors warned the problem is that the Prime Minister has let the virus "rip" and not the "pings" being issued by the NHS Covid-19 app to tell coronavirus contacts to isolate.

    The mounting criticism came as data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed Covid-19 cases continued to rise, with around one in 75 people in England infected.

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    TAXPAYERS TO FACE COVID BILL FOR DECADES TO COME, MPS WARN

    Taxpayers will be facing the costs of Covid for decades while an inquiry will not come quickly enough to learn the lessons needed from the pandemic, MPs have said.

    Two reports from the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) released on Sunday slammed the Government's spending on unusable personal protective equipment (PPE) and said a public inquiry expected next year was not soon enough to fix some issues.

    The PAC said the taxpayer would be exposed to "significant financial risks for decades to come", and already the estimated cost of the Government measures had reached £372 billion.

    While the committee also "remains concerned that despite spending over £10 billion on supplies, the PPE stockpile is not fit for purpose".

    The PAC said that as of May this year, out of 32 billion items of PPE ordered by the Department of Health and Social Care, some 11 billion had been distributed, while 12.6 billion are stored in the UK as central stock. Some 8.4 billion on order from other parts of the world have still not arrived in the UK.

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