In a statement Tui said: 'The project foresees a reduction of 583 jobs, in the scenario of the closing of all own retail shops, which is approximately 60 per cent of the current Tui France staff base. The policy change came after talks between Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, Boris Johnson and senior cabinet ministers at No 10 on Monday. TUI is set to close 166 high street stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, the tour operator has announced. In a structurally challenging market with a high cost structure and low margins, the company had been making losses in recent years. But as the coronavirus pandemic has drawn on, the shift to online has accelerated. 'It's not just Spain, there are other countries too where the number of cases is rising, and we are absolutely determined to do all we can to keep this country safe.'. Tui said it will not be publishing a list of potential store closures but none of those which have reopened since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased are at risk. Professor Roger Kirby's warning comes as Boris Johnson revealed a second wave could begin in as little as two weeks. The shock news came as a list of the particular stores across the UK was released. ', 'The changes are now being discussed with the relevant committees and employee representatives in France.'. The company has been operating here since 1988. Tui is to close 166 high street stores in the UK and Ireland. Mr Hancock also hinted more European countries could be added to the UK's quarantine list to stop COVID-19 getting a stranglehold in Britain again, after ministers were accused of being too slow to react early on in the pandemic. But NHS data today shows it is back down in third place, with an infection rate of 53.1 cases per 100,000 people during July 21 to 27. Two top scientists today said that banning foreign travel could eliminate COVID-19 and give Britain the 'best chance' of achieving Boris Johnson's pledge of returning to normal life by Christmas. He called for an 'Amazon-style' way for health and care workers to order personal protective equipment where it arrives the next day. Weeks after the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates the president-elect. Travel agent TUI, which has three stores in Milton Keynes, is to close 166 high street shops due to the impact COVID-19 has had on travel. THOMAS COOK has announced 21 of its high street branches will be closing. Travel agent TUI has announced plans to close 166 branches in the UK and Ireland with 900 jobs at risk. Tui said it will not be publishing a list of potential store closures but but has indicated that none of those which have reopened are at risk. A fleet of British Airways Boeing 747 standing at London Heathrow Airport (file picture), Unite leader Len McCluskey (left) wrote to British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz (right). And the rise is largely restricted to North-East Spain, especially Catalonia. The comments below have not been moderated. This week Ryanair revealed losses of £168million during the pandemic but insisted it will continue flying to Spain after UK tourists were told not to travel there. France announced 2,551 new coronavirus cases on Monday. It suggested they claim money back from a travel insurance policy, but most insurers have clauses that reject any claims linked to coronavirus. 'We have world-class travel advisers at Tui, so we hope many of them will become homeworkers and continue to offer the personalised service we know our customers value.'. Read about our approach to external linking. Government scientists say the UK's reproduction number - the average number of people each COVID-19 patient infects - is still between 0.7 and 0.9. This is the full list of Boots stores that will be temporarily closing this month. But every measure helps reduce transmission trails.'. TRAVEL giant TUI is closing 166 stores in another blow for the industry, impacting 900 staff. A full list of store closures … The number of coronavirus deaths has barely changed in the past 10 days, with the rolling seven-day average currently standing at 66. A far-reaching package of measures is now needed to create a perspective for the company within the group.'. Pictured: People queue up at a walk-in COVID-19 testing centre at Crown Street car park in Stone, Staffordshire after nearby Crown and Anchor pub saw outbreak of the disease. 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In March regional carrier Flybe went bust and in September last year Thomas Cook collapsed stranding 150,000 UK holidaymakers abroad. He added that the Spanish government has made clear that the country remained open for tourists, with infection levels low in much of the country. Tui is to close 166 high street stores in the UK and Ireland. Hospital admissions - another marker of an outbreak that go up before deaths - have also barely changed in the past week. Fewer than 100 people are still being admitted in England each day. And then suddenly this week the mood changed again. Tui said the store closures would affect 900 staff but that its strategy would save the vast majority from losing their jobs. It even suggested people who changed their flights could incur charges of up to £95 per person. 'We may get small resurgences when people's behaviour gets more lax, but we can tighten restrictions in these hotspots, look at Leicester – disease is falling. He told Sky News: 'I am worried about a second wave. TUI has not yet released specific information about job losses after their announcement about shop closures. In March virologists at the University of Maryland in the U.S. mapped outbreaks of the disease and found they were concentrated where average temperatures were between 5c (41f) and 11c (52f) and average humidity between 47 and 79 per cent - which put Britain in the firing line in early spring. 25 Brandon Parade S Motherwell, ML1 1RB. The UK's largest tour operator said it hoped to keep on 630 workers in a mix of sales and home-working roles and in remaining stores. Compared with early March, rail travel has fallen by 80 per cent, Tube journeys by 76 per cent, London bus journeys by 55 per cent and bus journeys outside London by 69 per cent. It announced it would cut 8,000 roles worldwide after posting losses of £747million in 2020 compared to £255million in the same period last year. Tui said it will not be publishing a list of potential store closures but none of those which have reopened since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased are at risk. Tui has already closed down 70 travel agent stores in France, with job losses of nearly 600 in the European nation. COVID daily cases jump 50% in a week to 18,450 as ministers threaten to CANCEL Christmas: Pressure on Boris... Is Sussex on the brink of being dragged into Tier Three? Can't stop ordering takeaways? The announcement comes after Tui cancelled all flights to Spain up to and including August 9 after the government struck the country off the UK's list of safe destinations and re-imposed a 14-day quarantine period on arrivals last week. A spokesperson for TUI confirmed that all stores currently open are not at risk of closure, including the Grimsby and Scunthorpe branches. Around 350 retail stores will remain following the closures. In spite of teething troubles which left some of the 25,000 staff running the system complaining of having nothing to do, it is working. He added: 'A country like New Zealand that has eradicated the virus will only get infected when they open up again, as they will eventually have to do.'. The UK’s largest tour operator said it hoped to keep on 630 workers in a mix of sales and home-working roles and in remaining stores. Britain announced another 763 new coronavirus cases yesterday, up 14 per cent in a week - but way below the 5,000 new cases per day that were being recorded at the high of the outbreak. The global airline industry has been hammered by the impact of coronavirus, with the huge slump in demand for international travel leading to thousands of planes being grounded and staff numbers slashed. The decision was made after changes in customer behaviour, including a shift to online, the firm said in a statement. The outlets set to close have been chosen based on a number of factors, including local market data and "predictions on the future of travel", the firm said. Sir Iain added: 'We seem to have lost the ability to balance risk.'. Downing Street risked causing more confusion among British holidaymakers and travel firms, warning 'no travel is risk-free' amid fears of a wave of cancellations sparked by a shock U-turn on quarantine for arrivals from Spain. A question mark has been placed over the future of a Burnham-On-Sea travel agent with this week’s announcement from travel company Tui that it is shutting 166 High Street stores in the UK and Ireland, affecting up to 900 jobs.. Find ⏰ opening times for TUI Holiday Store in Cartlett Rd, Riverside Quay 27, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 2LJ and check other details as well, such … This is just one reason among several that leaves some scientists less than impressed by the Prime Minister's inflammatory use of 'second wave'. BA is currently operating 15 per cent of its normal schedule and losing £20million a day, with two of its biggest markets, the US and India, effectively closed. The stores list has not yet been confirmed. Anglo-German holiday giant Tui is to close 166 high street stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland after it called COVID-19 'the greatest crisis' the airline industry has ever faced. His theory is based on a similar series of events which happened during the Spanish flu epidemic in the early 1900s and killed 50 million people across the world. This means families will potentially lose their holidays and their money. Meanwhile, Richard Branson has controversially begged the British government for an emergency loan to rescue Virgin Atlantic from collapse. Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline: 'I do not think we will ever eradicate the virus. 'What we saw in 1918 was the virus change and the second wave was different from the first wave and it affected a different group of people - particularly younger people.'. The coronavirus R rate is above the dreaded level of one in the South West and South East of England, according to a projection. Meanwhile in the UK, Birmingham had the highest peak excess mortality of any major British city at 249.7 per cent in the week ending April 17. It pays to have good friends! Tui Travel company Tui announced on Thursday 30 July that they would be closing 166 of their stores in the UK and Ireland. However, there is also a low but tangible possibility that people with COVID-19 are still infectious between seven and nine days after their symptoms start, which prompted the change in guidance today. About 350 retail stores will remain following the closures. By the end of May, England had seen the highest overall excess deaths - fatalities from all causes that are above the level that would normally be expected - out of 21 European countries compared by the Office for National Statistics. Speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning, retired surgeon Professor Kirby said: 'The winter is coming and almost certainly a second wave of this virus is coming. According to Linda Bauld, a professor in public health at Edinburgh University, 'what we are seeing now [in parts of Europe] is essentially localised spikes', while Paul Hunter, a professor in infectious diseases at the University of East Anglia, says it would take two weeks of a rising number of cases before we need to start panicking. Tui said it will not be publishing a list of potential store closures but none of those which have reopened since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased are at risk. A spokesperson for TUI confirmed that all stores currently open are not at risk of closure, including the Grimsby and Scunthorpe branches. Meanwhile British Airways faced an 'immediate' strike threat from union bosses over job cuts amid fears over further travel chaos to families trying to plan a holiday abroad. Epidemiologists Professor David Hunter and Professor Neil Pearce believe the virus can be wiped out but would need ministers to 'change course'. Patients who are confirmed to have COVID or who have a cough, fever or loss of sense of smell or taste were told before to stay at home for seven days. So is it possible Spain's 'second wave' could be little more than a statistical illusion? ... Police statement as officers search gardens after Bransholme attack A cordon was put in place outside a convenience store. "We want to be in the best position to provide excellent customer service, whether it's in a High Street store, over the telephone or online, and will continue to put the customer at the heart of what we do," said Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK and Ireland. The disparity was due to the time taken to develop symptoms of the virus. The company has been operating here since 1988. TUI Holiday Store - Motherwell. The move puts hundreds of thousands of British families in limbo and at risk of losing thousands of pounds. A Ryanair spokesman said: 'The past quarter was the most challenging in Ryanair's 35-year history. In comparison, the rate was 697 yesterday, 638 last Wednesday and has been on the up for a fortnight amid fears of a resurgence. The group added that it also intends to open 130 new stores elsewhere during the current year. But even if we do suffer a resurgence of COVID-19, now or in the autumn or winter, there is growing evidence it won't be as bad as the first wave for the following reasons: Test and Trace: Health Secretary Matt Hancock's 'world-beating' track and trace phone app might have disappeared without trace after its trial on the Isle of Wight, but we do now have a manual test and trace system in operation. Today BBC broadcaster Nick Robinson repeatedly asked Mr Hancock if he was being hysterical about rising cases in Europe and the UK because infection rates are nowhere near the lockdown peak and are likely to be a symptom of society returning to a new normal. 'Is elimination achievable? Ryanair said it suffered the 'most challenging' quarter in its 35-year history after carrying 500,000 passengers from April to June compared with 41.9million in the same period last year. Luxembourg has the highest incidence of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Europe. 'With every arriving overseas visitor or returning holidaymaker, the risk of bringing COVID-19 into the country increases. Meanwhile, health leaders said there were 'very high' levels of concern about a fresh spike. Fewer than 20,000 people were getting swabbed for the virus on a daily basis in April. But experts have called on ministers not to over-react to the small spike in cases. 44 Main Street Wishaw, ML2 7AF. According to their model, the R rate is the highest in the South West (1.04) - home to the stay-cation hotspots of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Moment police find 12 Iraqi and Iranian migrants in the back of fruit lorry on the M6 in the West Midlands -... One in six adults in England has a possible eating disorder - including almost a third of women aged 16 to... Apathy and lack of motivation in your mid-forties could be an early warning sign of dementia, study suggests. Professor Hunter, of Oxford University, and Professor Pearce, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added: 'If we want to avoid a 'November nightmare' and have a relatively 'normal' Christmas, a push for elimination gives us the best chance. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the council of the British Medical Association, said another spike should not be seen as an 'inevitability' and it was time to be 'more robust' about mitigating the threat. Around 5,000 positive tests were being recorded each day during the height of the crisis - but this is likely to be a massive under-estimate due to a lack of testing. Flights were resumed on July 1, and the company said it aimed to operate around 40 per cent of its normal July schedule, increasing to 60 per cent in August and 70 per cent in September. Better treatment: In the initial stages of the pandemic, there was a rush to boost the supply of ventilators to the NHS in the belief that this was the only effective treatment for people with the most serious symptoms. Thomson tour holiday operator Tui Travel today announced plans to close 100 of its UK-based travel stores.. It is also estimated to be above one in the South East (1.02). Covid: What are the quarantine rules when arriving in the UK? Is your local store affected? Today that world remains largely closed. Professor Neal said: 'You're always going to have hotspots, like Leicester and in Spain. The travel firm says the move comes in reponse to changing shopping habits, with the shift online "accelerated" by COVID-19. 'Perhaps you don't understand that the British sense of fair play runs deep in the psyche of the British people.'. It struck a deal with its pilots union last week to make fewer people redundant - 270 down from plans for 1,250 redundancies - in return for other staff taking pay cuts. But they would have to quarantine for 14 days when they get back and their travel insurance may be void. It added that losses also came as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft after two crashes with other airlines. Tui is to close nearly a third of its high street stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. TUI store closures - what it means if you already have a holiday booked; Read More Related Articles. Holiday giant Tui is closing 166 High Street stores in Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the UK's biggest tour operator has announced. The carrier, owned by International Airlines Group, has also gone on a huge job-cutting plan, having originally said it would axe up to 12,000 roles. Sharelines. In a comment piece in The Guardian today, the pair said: 'Encouraging travel abroad in the middle of a pandemic makes no epidemiological sense. 'In the wake of the corona pandemic, the situation for Tui France has again deteriorated significantly. 'We want to be in the best position to provide excellent customer service, whether it's in a high street store, over the telephone or online, and will continue to put the customer at the heart of what we do. I call on TUI and other employers to engage with our union so we can jointly lobby government for this to happen.'. 3 miles from this location. In other words, someone who shows up as a 'new' case in Spain today could actually have contracted the infection months ago. For comparison, it was 65 on Tuesday and 64 last Wednesday. 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