EU delays adding UK to Covid ‘white list’ over fears of Delta variant

Decision not to lift travel restrictions follows rise in cases linked to variant first identified in India

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The EU has delayed putting the UK on a “white list” of countries from where non-essential travel into the bloc is approved because of concerns about the rise in cases linked to the Delta variant first identified in India.

Japan, which is in an extended state of emergency during which there has been a sustained reduction in the number of new infections, has been added to the list, diplomatic sources said. The country is due to host the Olympic Games on 23 July.

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