‘Learn from last year’: Government adviser warns against allowing foreign holidays

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A surge in Covid-19 infections is inevitable if Britons are allowed abroad on holiday, a government adviser is warning – urging ministers to “learn from last year”.

“We should have learned from what happened last year,” said the vice-chair of Nervtag, the committee that advises the government on emerging respiratory threats.

“There was a lot of importation of new cases from Greece, from Croatia, from Spain – those were major contributors to the cases that were seen in the UK at the end of last summer.

“I’m afraid we’re going to see the same again, because the virus is by no means defeated.”

Prof Openshaw added: “These will inevitably come back to our shores unless we can get high vaccination rates throughout Europe – and in every holiday destination.”

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