Health minister says he won't be booking a foreign holiday this year

Health Secretary Edward Argar said he will likely stay in the UK this summer and that there is still a risk of importing Covid-19 variants over international holidays.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Argar said the Prime Minister would try to give “as much foresight and as few surprises as possible” about the possibility of international travel this year during his press conference on Monday.

When asked if Europe was likely to be on the ‘warning list’ of travel destinations due to an increase in cases, the minister replied: ‘We are seeing many of our friends in Europe seeing an increase in infections.

“That’s one of the reasons we have to be very careful that, with the number of infections growing around the world, we’re doing this right because one of the things we don’t want to see – and exactly how the vaccination program works so well – is getting new variations or risk that new variants will be imported into this country.

“But while it’s so tempting, I’m not going to anticipate which countries might be in which categories or what the prime minister might say.”

Mr Argar told Sky News he understood people’s “desire to go on vacation after last year’s events” but said he expected to spend his own break “at home in sunny Leicestershire”.

At a press conference later on May 17, the Prime Minister will outline the government’s approach to lifting restrictions on foreign holidays from May 17.

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