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Friday evening news briefing: Quarantine conundrum for UK tourists

Chris Price
A smattering of tourists have returned to France as lockdowns ease across Europe - STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/ AFP
A smattering of tourists have returned to France as lockdowns ease across Europe - STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/ AFP

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British travellers weigh up early return from France

It is thought about 450,000 Britons are now holidaying in France and the mood among them appears to be sour and indignant. Speculation continues that the Government will impose a two-week quarantine on their return, following a rise in Covid-19 infections. "I just can't believe it," said John Harrison, 45, from Hertfordshire, outside the Louvre museum. "It will be very frustrating if they do this while we're here." This morning, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Britain will not hesitate to add more countries to its quarantine list, adding to the frustration of British holidaymakers across the Channel. David Chazan has spoken to travellers in Paris about whether they will return to avoid the 14-day quarantine. Our travel liveblog details how countries across Europe are introducing fresh restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The threat of travel restrictions means many Britons are looking to take a holiday in the UK. Yet the enthusiasm for staycations appears to have taken another scalp in the South West. Chris Moss explains how, having already made the towns of Padstow and Salcombe unliveable for locals, and turned the beaches of Cornwall into Benidorm with drizzle, the influx of tourists has sparked new draconian ban at a popular spot.

Illegal Channel migrants 'to pass 7,500 by Christmas'

About 7,500 migrants will cross the Channel this year on current trends, an analysis shows, as the UK's immigration minister prepared to head to France to demand it turn back the boats. The 235 illegal migrants who reached the UK on Thursday - a record for a single day - has pushed the total for the year to date to 4,137, more than double the 1,892 in the whole of 2019, according to the analysis of official figures by Migrationwatch. Today, a further estimated 100 migrants had reached Britain by lunchtime although some incidents were still ongoing. Our politics liveblog has the latest, with immigration minister Chris Philp due to travel to Paris to meet authorities to discuss the growing issue.

Warning about 'highly dangerous' heat as UK sizzles

Britons have been warned "not to underestimate" the heat this weekend as Britain basks in the hottest August day since 2003. Temperatures have reached 36.4C in Heathrow and Kew Gardens, the Met Office announced, but there are concerns it will become "highly dangerous" to be outside. Click through these pictures of packed beaches in Bournemouth and Brighton - and fires at Chobham Common nature reserve. The stifling heat means wearing a face mask as well is likely to be uncomfortable. Read how to cope with wearing a face covering in a heatwave. And if you are looking for something to keep your mind occupied while you sunbathe (or hide in a cool, dark room), it could be the perfect time to take out a Telegraph subscription in our Summer Sale. Details here.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Ex-MP sentenced | Former Labour MP Eric Joyce has been sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work for making an indecent image of a child. The 59-year-old, who was MP for Falkirk between 2000 and 2012, had on a device a 51-second film depicting a number of children, one of which was said to be 12 months old. Read on for details.

Around the world: Tear gas fired at Beirut protesters

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters overnight amid mounting outrage at political leadership blamed for the massive explosion that laid waste to large areas of Beirut. Several people were wounded in clashes between demonstrators and security forces near the parliament building in the city's downtown, state-run National News Agency said. Officers fired tear gas after protesters threw stones at security forces, lit fires and vandalised nearby buildings.

Friday interview

Jonathan Edwards - A giant leap for mankind

 

Jonathan Edwards - Gary M. Prior/ Getty Images
Jonathan Edwards - Gary M. Prior/ Getty Images

It is the 25th anniversary of Jonathan Edwards' unsurpassed jump, cementing him as only British world record-holder left standing in track and field. He talks to Oliver Brown about the moment in Gothenburg that has defined the rest of his life.

Read the full interview

Comment and analysis

Editor's choice: Features and arts

  1. Third time lucky | The weddings that have been corona-cancelled... again

  2. Katie Morley Investigates | 'My husband got dementia and I was scammed out of £75k'

  3. 'People need music theatre' | Glyndebourne's post-lockdown renaissance

Business and money briefing

Job losses | British Airways has begun telling thousands of staff whether they will lose their jobs as the airline presses on with painful restructuring of operations in response to coronavirus. Cabin and ground crew will be asked to sign up to steep pay cuts, while others will be told that they have been made redundant. Read on for details.

Sport briefing

England vs Pakistan | England’s batsmen struggled on the third day of the first Test. Click here to follow live updates from Old Trafford.

Tonight's TV  

Unreported World, Channel 4, 7.30pm | The investigative series returns with this disturbing report following the world of Junior Idol, a Japanese sub culture centred around very young female singers. Read more.

And finally... for this evening's downtime

I Saw the World End | How do you make art out of a blast that killed an estimated 129,000 to 226,000 people - and the terrible trauma that follows? Chris Harvey talks to the makers of a new film that asks uncomfortable questions about Hiroshima and Nagasaki.