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Brits’ holiday hopes dashed as virus ‘breeding ground’ warning issued

Boris Johnson has poured cold water over holiday hopes by refusing to approve unrestricted foreign travel.

The Prime Minister said: "We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don’t think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.

"I certainly don’t and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up."

His comments come amid a bitter Cabinet divide after MPs recommended that holidays abroad should be discouraged even when legal.

The all-party parliamentary group on Covid warned that airports were a "breeding ground" for the virus and the Government should discourage people from travelling abroad unless it is essential.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and chief medical officer Chris Whitty are also believed to be among those pushing for quarantine-free states to be kept to a minimum.

But other senior figures have argued against keeping curbs on freedoms following the successful vaccine rollout, which has seen the outbreak kept under control.

And the EU Commission recommended easing restrictions, with President Ursula von der Leyen tweeting: "Time to revive EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely."

Earlier in the day the PM had said there is a "good chance" social-distancing rules will be scrapped on June 21 as the government had planned.

The Prime Minister said it is likely the UK will be able to "go ahead" with the final phase of Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, but admitted he will not be able to say "categorically" until nearer the time.

  • 'One metre plus' social distancing set to be ditched in June to boost businesses

Currently, Brits are subject to social restrictions of a distance of one metre plus, which means people have to stand apart in places like Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.

Speaking to the press on Monday, May 3, Johnson attributed the potential relaxation of social distancing rules to the success of the vaccine rollout.

He said: "As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is – we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, a quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs."

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