Covid news — live: UK at ‘pre-peak stage of third wave’ as daily cases pass 10,000 for second day

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Italy has said that it will impose quarantine rules on British travellers due to soaring cases of Covid-19 in the UK following the arrival of the Delta variant.

The country’s health minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday that travellers arriving from the UK would have to self-isolate for five days.

It came as scientists advising the Welsh government warned that the UK was at the “pre-peak stage of a third wave” of Covid infections.

Cases of the Delta variant have risen by 78 per cent in just one week, according to Public Health England data, with infections now at their highest level since mid-February.

A total of 806 people in England have been admitted to hospital with the variant, as of 14 June, a rise of 423 on the previous week, but the vast majority of those affected have either been unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.

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