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Iceland surpasses Britain’s quarantine threshold

Iceland was one of the first countries to open up to holidaymakers post-lockdown - Getty
Iceland was one of the first countries to open up to holidaymakers post-lockdown – Getty

Iceland’s rising infection rate now exceeds the UK’s quarantine threshold figure, according to new data – while figures in mainland Greece, Denmark and other ‘travel corridor’ destinations continue to climb. 

In today’s figures, Iceland reported 40.3 cases per 100,000 population, far surpassing the UK’s red zone of 20 cases per 100,000 – beyond which, quarantine restrictions are usually triggered. Mainland Greece, which is currently on the safe list in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, reported 18.1 cases.

According to data gathered by the PC Agency, Italy and Sweden – which also have travel corridor status – recorded 17 and 16.4 cases respectively last week. Meanwhile, cases in Denmark – which remains on the UK’s safe list despite breaking the threshold a fortnight ago – have soared to 45.3.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to

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Britain’s biggest businesses make net zero pledge

Severn Trent boss Liv Garfield - Heathcliff O'Malley
Severn Trent boss Liv Garfield – Heathcliff O’Malley

Some of Britain’s biggest business have committed to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 as the UK gears up to host crucial international climate talks next year. 

EasyJet, Pearson, Deloitte, Standard Chartered, Unilever and Severn Trent are among almost 50 public and private companies making the pledge ahead of a major meeting on Monday between ministers and business leaders to discuss how businesses can help protect the environment. 

The UK has a legally binding target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, and ministers are keen to set an example as the UK gears up to host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop 26) in Glasgow next year. 

The conference had been due to take place this year but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The more than 200 business leaders attending today’s online meeting will

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