Summer holidays abroad plunged into further doubt as Europe’s Covid infection rates rise

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Summer holidays abroad plunged into further doubt as Europe’s Covid infection rates rise

SUMMER holidays abroad were plunged into further doubt yesterday amid fears over Europe’s worsening infection rates. Breaks abroad might have be

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SUMMER holidays abroad were plunged into further doubt yesterday amid fears over Europe’s worsening infection rates.

Breaks abroad might have been back on from May 17 but ministers warned that nothing was set in stone.

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Summer holidays abroad plunged into further doubt amid fears over Europe’s worsening infection rates[/caption]

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the Government ‘can’t be deaf and blind’ to what is going on in Europe[/caption]

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said it was still too early to book a foreign trip.

He said the Government “can’t be deaf and blind” to what was going on in Europe and warned against being “reckless in any way”.

Mr Wallace told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday: “Even though the United Kingdom is almost leading the world on vaccination rates over half the adult population, it’s really important we don’t import new variants to undermine all that hard work.”

The minister insisted that he had not booked his own holiday for this summer yet and urged others to wait for the findings of the taskforce due in mid-April.


Dr Mary Ramsay, of Public Health England, echoed fears over rising rates but was hopeful that might change.

She said yesterday: “But obviously, you know, the safest thing is to stay where you are and to avoid anything that increases your risk.

“We really don’t want to jeopardise what has been an amazingly successful programme by allowing more circulation of unwelcome strains”.

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