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It was revealed on Thursday that Russian hackers have been trying to steal Britain’s coronavirus vaccine research.

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Key Events

  • Care home worker at Skye’s Home Farm Care Home has tested positive for the virus
  • It has been revealed that Russian hackers have tried to steal the British Covid-19 vaccine research
  • In the past eight days, one person has died from coronavirus 
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Skye urged to reshape tourism as it faces slump in visitor numbers

Skye is "highly vulnerable" to the downturn in international visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic, a report has warned as it revealed tourism generated £211 million for the island last year.

The study found 72.7% of tourists travelling to Skye in 2019 were international visitors, with the major markets including the United States, Germany, France and Australia.

The research, carried out by the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism at Glasgow Caledonian University, found Skye and neighbouring Raasay attracted 650,000 visitors last year and tourism supported 2,849 jobs.

Professor John Lennon, director of the Moffat Centre, said: "This is an important report for Skye as the Scottish tourism industry begins a slow recovery from the Covid-19 impacts, which have decimated trade for more than 50% of the 2020 tourist season.

"Skye is highly vulnerable to the downturn in international visitors that will continue for much of 2020 and beyond.

"Restrictions on access and reduction in air connectivity will impact on visitation.

"The island does benefit from direct road access which will hopefully help catalyse greater domestic visitation - which is likely to characterise visitation for the remainder of the year."

But the report said there is now potential to build a different approach to tourism, developed around a more sustainable approach to island destinations, in consultation with the community and local authority.

The USA will not be on Ireland’s travel green list, and the United Kingdom is unlikely to be included

The US will not be on Ireland's green list for safe travel and the UK is also very unlikely to be included, the country's foreign minister has said.

Simon Coveney said the list, which is due to be published on Monday, will not be particularly long.

Currently people arriving in Ireland from overseas - with limited exceptions such as essential supply chain workers - are required to fill in a passenger locator form and self-quarantine for 14 days.

People crossing the border from Northern Ireland are not subject to restrictions on their movement.

Travellers arriving in Ireland from countries on the new green list will not be required to isolate for two weeks.

People can still enter Ireland from countries not on the green list, but they will be required to self-isolate.

The Irish Government continues to advise citizens not to travel abroad for holidays this summer.

However, people who do choose to visit countries on the green list will not be required to quarantine themselves on their return.

Mr Coveney said Cabinet decisions on which countries would be included on the list will be based on science and epidemiological data and not politics.

He said countries will be excluded from the green list if their Covid-19 infection rates exceed a set threshold.

"I think there's no question that the US will be on the green list, it won't be," he told the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk.

"And I think it's very unlikely our closest neighbour either will be under that threshold that we set.

"And that's really unfortunate because the two countries that we would like to be opening up to, in terms of international travel, are the UK and the US, given the integration between our economy of those two countries and of course the number of visitors that would like to come here to spend money in hotels and have holidays here and so on.

"So, I think it's very unlikely that either the UK or the US will be on that green list.

"It's not going to be a particularly long list."

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Declining travel due to pandemic forces British Airways to retire Boeing 747s

British Airways is to retire its fleet of Boeing 747s with immediate effect.

The airline has used the craft since July 1989 and is currently the world's biggest operator of the 747-400 model.

It was planning to retire the fleet of 31 craft in 2024 but its end has been hastened by coronavirus.

The company said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect.

"It is unlikely our magnificent 'queen of the skies' will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again due to the downturn in travel caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic.

"While the aircraft will always have a special place in our heart, as we head into the future we will be operating more flights on modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as our new A350s and 787s, to help us achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050."

British Airways operated the plane, powered to a top speed of 614mph by four Rolls Royce engines, to destinations in China, the US, Canada and Africa.

UK airlines have struggled to cope with the collapse in demand caused by the coronavirus crisis, with easyJet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic all announcing job cuts and reduced operations.

Meanwhile, demand for air travel will take longer to return to pre-pandemic levels than initially expected, according to the latest industry forecast.

Trade body ACI Europe, which represents European airports, said it does not expect passenger numbers to recover until 2024, one year later than it predicted in May.

This comes after figures for June show the increase in air travel following the easing of coronavirus restrictions has been slower than anticipated.

Passenger traffic across European airports last month was down 93% compared with June 2019.

This was an improvement on the 98% year-on-year decline recorded in May, but highlights how far the industry has to go to recover from the pandemic.

India passes one million Covid-19 cases

India has reported diagnosing one million coronavirus cases, making it third only to the US and Brazil and prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge.

A surge of 34.956 new cases in the past 24 hours took the national total to 1,003,832.

The Health Ministry also reported a record number of 687 deaths for a total of 25,602, adding that 635,757 people have recovered and the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%.

The grim milestone comes at a time when several Indian states are imposing focused lockdowns to stem the outbreak amid frantic efforts by local governments to protect the economy.

So far, three states - Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu - have accounted for more than half of total cases.

But in India's vast countryside, which is much less prepared and with weaker health care, the pandemic is clearly growing.

The continuing surge has forced authorities to reinstate lockdowns in some cities and states.

Scottish care home worker tests positive again for coronavirus

A member of staff at a coronavirus-hit care home on Skye has retested positive for coronavirus.

NHS Highland confirmed the worker at the Home Farm care home in Portree had been advised to isolate following the positive test, with contact tracing undertaken.

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