Summer holidays abroad 'extremely unlikely' this year, warns scientist

Brits are being warned that summer holidays abroad are ‘extremely unlikely’ this year.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 4:04 pm
Summer holidays abroad are 'extremely unlike', a scientist has warned. Picture: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of the Spi-M modelling group which advises the Government, said that the risk of new Covid-19 variants being brought back into the UK could jeopardise the vaccination programme later in the year.

It comes as a rise in coronavirus infections has led to countries across Europe imposing tougher restrictions, with scientists concerned about outbreaks of the South African variant.

Other experts have warned there could be a third wave of Covid-19 infections in the UK and advised people not to consider overseas holidays when restrictions ease later this year.

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It comes as Matt Hancock announced that half of the adult population has now received its first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

In a video posted on Twitter on Saturday morning, he said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that we have now vaccinated half of all adults in the united kingdom.

‘It’s a huge success and I want to say many, many thanks to all those involved, including the half of all adults who have come forward.

‘The UK vaccination programme is a big success story. It’s down to the hard work of many, many people.’

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