After rising for most of the year, the number of deaths on French roads fell 21 percent in July compared to the same month last year.

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Road deaths fall in July

After rising for most of the year, the number of deaths on French roads fell 21 percent in July compared to the same month last year.

A total of 358 deaths were recorded compared with 453 a year earlier. The number of people injured in accidents was 2,431 against 3,146 in July 2010.

“This figure is the lowest recorded for July since we started collecting monthly statistics in 1956,” said a spokesperson for the road safety agency, Sécurité routière.

There were several high profile accidents in France in July, including two involving drunk drivers who drove the wrong way on motorways A7 and A9. In each accident, four people were killed.

Despite the better figures, the overall toll since the start of 2011 is up on the same period last year. The number of deaths has increased every month so far this year, with the exception of May.

Sécurité routière said the improvement was the result of better driving as well as a “greater presence of police particularly around holiday departures during a time of bad weather.”

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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