Dr Hilary slaps down Matt Hancock holiday optimism – we ‘can’t promise freedom’

Dr Hilary says we ‘have to be realistic’ about summer holidays

Dr Hilary has issued a caution to Britons this morning that we cannot be too optomisitic when it comes to summer travel and that staying “realistic” is vital. The warning comes after Matt Hancock spoke on BBC Politics East this morning. The minister said: “In six months we’ll be in the middle, I hope, of a happy and free Great British summer.”

“I have a high degree of confidence that by then the vast majority of adults will have been vaccinated,” he added.

However, Dr Hilary told ITV’s Lorraine this morning in his latest travel advice: “What we can’t do is promise people freedom entirely by the summer.

The medical professional warned: “I think we just have to be realistic.”

“Let’s wait to see what the numbers doing let’s see how border controls work let’s see how effective the vaccination is going forward.

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“And then we can make a sensible decision about, you know, how quickly and easily we can lift lockdowns and restrictions.”

However, Dr Hilary’s appearance wasn’t all doom and gloom.

He emphasised it would all be over… eventually.

“We will get there, we will get there,” he told Lorraine Kelly.

The presenter added: “I don’t know how long it will be but it would be fantastic if it was this summer.”

Lorraine also said that “if we all actually stick to the rules,” this freedom would come sooner.

According to the latest Government figures, more than 8.4 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 480,432 have had their second dose.

However, Public Health England’s Covid strategy chief has expressed some concerns about the return to normality.

Dr Susan Hopkins told BBC’s Andrew Marr yesterday that ending Britain’s current lockdown must happen “very slowly” and “very cautiously”.

She said: “The NHS is going to be under pressure until the end of March, as normal in winter, but even more so with the number of inpatients they still have with COVID-19.

“It is better to be cautious, let’s get the population vaccinated,” she added.

For now, travel is very much not allowed and a total of 33 countries have been banned from entering the UK.

The latest Government advice is: “If you are in the UK you should not travel abroad.

“Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home.

“You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so.

“It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.”

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