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Lunchtime round-up

In case you
haven’t been following the blog so far today, here is a round-up of this
morning’s top stories.

Indian
Premier League cancelled as India’s COVID cases pass 20 million

The 2021 Indian Premier League has been suspended amid
concerns over rising COVID infection levels in the country

There have now been more than 20 million reported cases of
the coronavirus in India across the pandemic, with 357,229 new infections recorded on Tuesday alone.

In a statement the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) said they didn’t want to “compromise on the safety of the players,
support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL”.

‘A handful of
countries’ may be on the government’s green travel list

The government
will announce which countries will be on the green travel list – meaning no
quarantine measures are required – later this week.

But reports have
suggested the list could include only a dozen countries or even less than 10.

Both The Times and
The Guardian said destinations likely to make it onto the list when the
foreign travel ban ends on 17 May
include Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar, while the Telegraph said Spain, Greece
and France could be added by the end of June.

Meanwhile, International Development Secretary Liz Truss
told Sky News: “If we are able to have people go on holiday, I don’t see
any reason provided it is safe.” But she added the government would be
taking a “cautious” approach.

End of ‘cruel’ isolation rule for care home residents

Care home residents have spoken of their joy at getting to
enjoy outdoor trips, without having to self-isolate for 14 days on their return
thanks to a rule change.

One told Sky News he was looking forward to a trip in the
car to the local town.

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