Coronavirus live news: Israel ends outdoor mask-wearing; ‘too early’ to say if all hospitality in England can open in May

Israel now has 54% of population fully vaccinated; UK cabinet minister George Eustice says not yet clear if plans for 17 May reopening can be met

12.09pm BST

Should Boris Johnson cancel his trip to India amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant in the country?

Yes, Labour said this morning.

11.56am BST

Nicola Sturgeon also said that her understanding was that the Indian strain of coronavirus was no more transmissible and no more likely to evade vaccines.

“At the moment it is a variant of interest as opposed to a variant of concern but I think the thing we’ve got to recognise about Covid is that it is mutating and we are seeing new variants appear in different parts of the world,” she told Sophy Ridge on Sunday, on Sky News.

First Minister of Scotland @NicolaSturgeon criticises the government’s #COVID19 traffic light system for international travel because “we don’t know where the next dangerous variant will come from”.#Ridge: https://t.co/jC2xzcMCbv pic.twitter.com/ZJ2tjsupJK

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