Government minister gives update on summer holidays abroad

A Government minister has revealed the likelihood of Brits going on holiday this summer as the UK continues to battle coronavirus.

Earlier this month, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told Brits to postpone all foreign travel "indefinitely".

The original advice was announced on Tuesday March 17 and initially applied for 30 days, but the FCO is now indefinitely advising against all non-essential global travel.

However, a government minister has now said he would advise Brits not to book a summer holiday.

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Speaking to Nick Robinson on Radio 4's Today programme, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was asked if people should continue to arrange holiday plans or look to travel later in the year.

He said: "Clearly people will want to see what the trajectory of this disease is in the next few weeks.

We've just started to see a flattening of that daily tragic curve that shows the deaths each day where they're bubbling around at the same level, and the number of people going into intensive care and the rest of it.

"But we're not seeing the declines yet.

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"I won't be booking a summer holiday at this point, let's put it that way."

Last week, TUI, easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair shared an update regarding flights restarting.

TUI said beach holidays up to and including May 14 and Marella Cruise holidays up to and including May 31 will no longer operate.

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EasyJet told the ECHO they have not set a date as to when their flights will be restarting.

Jet2 revealed that they would be restarting flights on June 17.

And Ryanair confirmed to the ECHO, they are still operating on their earlier policy which suggests flights will not restart until June.