Thousands of Britons have cut holidays short in a scramble to make it home before new restrictions on arrivals from European countries came into effect this morning.

In New Zealand the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is set to decide by Monday whether a general election will go ahead on September 19, with most analysts expecting her to resist opposition calls for a delay due to a flare up in infections.
New Zealand, home to five million people, has fared far better than most countries during the pandemic, but a spate of new infections forced Ardern earlier this week to lockdown Auckland, the largest city. Seven new cases were reported today.
Having kept New Zealand clear of infections for 102 days straight before the flare-up, Ardern has won praise for her decisive response to the pandemic, and opinion polls have shown her Labour Party in a winning position.
The opposition National Party have said they would like the election to be delayed, in the hope that Ardern loses some of her lustre once hardships caused by the lockdown begin to bite.
“She is a savvy politician,” Grant Duncan, professor of politics at Massey University, told Reuters. “It pays for the government to have an election sooner rather than later, while the opposition wants it delayed.”
Forced to cancel campaign events due to restrictions on movement and crowds due to the health scare, the opposition has accused Ardern of using the pandemic to shore up support as she appears on television nearly everyday to reassure New Zealanders, while their own leaders struggle to draw audiences.
Parliament is due to be dissolved on Monday, and Ardern told reporters yesterday that she would have decided by then, while giving assurances that the election commission had already planned for the vote – which must be held by November 21 – to be conducted safely.