Police say compulsory face masks in shops will be impossible to enforce as Leicester lockdown to be reviewed this week

EU officials reportedly said the decision was proposed by Germany at a meeting late on Monday and was supported by several states, including France, Spain and the Netherlands.

The removal from the list will need to be formally confirmed by EU diplomats at a meeting later on Tuesday.

EU set to remove Serbia and Montenegro from coronavirus safe list, sources say

The European Union is set to remove Serbia and Montenegro from its safe list of countries for non-essential travel, officials have told Reuters.

The two Balkan countries were set to be removed because of spreading infections, officials said.

If Serbia and Montenegro are excluded, 13 countries will remain on the list – Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Despite being on the list, travel from China will be allowed only if Chinese authorities also allow in EU visitors. The reciprocity requirement is not applied in the case of the other listed countries.

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