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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson to warn public to ‘act responsibly’ when pubs reopen in England on Saturday

Prime minister will give televised press conference as government struggles to balance protecting jobs and preventing second wave

12.15pm BST

Boris Johnson has refused to condemn his father for flying to Greece in apparent breach of Foreign Office guidance to avoid non-essential travel.

Stanley Johnson was widely criticised after reportedly travelling via Bulgaria – in order to avoid the ban on direct flights from the UK – to visit his Greek villa.

I think you really ought to raise that with him. I am not going to get into details of family conversations.

I think the overwhelming majority of the British people have understood what needs to be done and have been very prudent and that is the right thing to do.

I really, really do understand people’s feelings about that. Most people in this country have shown huge forbearance and sacrifice – the overwhelming majority.

My message is that the government really is very much on people’s side.

There is certainly no law against it. This is travel advice.

But what isn’t up to an individual to decide is when they return from that location then they will need to self-isolate, they will need to do that quarantine for 14 days.

11.54am BST

While we wait for the government to publish a list of countries and territories English holidaymakers will be able to visit without quarantining on return, the UK is set to be upgraded into category B from 1 August by Cyprus, according to the Cyprus Mail.

This means flights will be allowed, but travellers from the UK – the island’s biggest tourism market – will need to provide the Cypriot authorities with a negative coronavirus test upon arrival. Cyprus’ second largest market, Russia, remains in category C.

Britain’s data however, according to the presentation done by the epidemiological team, show, and it has been decided, that if the same good epidemiological profile continues, it can be placed in category B by 1 August.

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