‘Do not take journey recommendation from me’, says Transport sec
BRITS should think twice about booking their summer vacation abroad as the world is still affected by the deadly pandemic, Grant Shapps warned this morning.
The transport minister poured cold water on the idea of securing a summer break for later that year – after vacation companies reported a surge in reservations as the vaccine rolled out across the country.
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Grant Shapps told viewers he was unable to provide travel advice after being quarantined last yearCredit: see caption.
But he warned the British about his advice, saying, “I will be the last person you should take this advice from … do not take any advice from me.”
The over 50-year-olds are leaders in vacation travel, report tour operators, with many having received their first stab or planned for the coming weeks.
The government has promised to vaccinate everyone over 50 by the spring – although they haven’t set an exact date yet.
In those over 80, NHS and social workers will be stung by mid-February according to current forecasts – with up to 3 million vaccinations per day, which are forecast by March.
Mr Shapps told LBC today that he was the last person to seek advice after flying to Spain with his family last year to put the country on the quarantine list and head straight back home.
And while the nation was in the midst of the worst part of the pandemic, he expressed caution when booking another getaway.
He was asked this morning, “Would you advise my listeners to book a summer vacation?”
And he replied: “I think we need to realize right now that we are still in the grip of this pandemic.
“I think the hospitals are full to the brim and there are 36,000 in the hospital with a high number of deaths.
“Right now we are making sure that we stay home and that we are doing the right thing.”
When he pressed it again, he added, “I’m just telling you, I had this question last year, I said then, I wasn’t then.
“We then set up the travel corridors. I booked my vacation and went to Spain.
“Then the first thing I did was put Spain on the list of travel corridors within an hour of my arrival. Don’t let me advise you!”
The UK recorded an additional 1,248 deaths from Covid yesterday – and 48,000 positive cases.
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Matt Hancock has previously said he has secured a cottage in Cornwall for the next summer in the hopes of taking a break with his family.
Ministers hope that the introduction of the vaccine will allow the country to go back to normal by spring.
But the whole nation will not be vaccinated until the fall, according to the government’s plan.