Summer holidays abroad could be off cards after warning ‘we’ve got a lot of work to do’

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Holidays abroad could be off the cards for Brits again this year as Matt Hancock said he preferred a Great British Summer.

The Health Secretary hinted people should plan for trips in the UK as he revealed his hope to go to Cornwall.

But he said there was a lot of work to be done before the summer, speaking of the "end in sight" with the vaccination rollout.

Asked about summer holidays in Monday night's press conference at Downing Street, Matt Hancock said: "I’m going to Cornwall.

"And I have said before, I think we’re going to have a great British summer.

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Matt Hancock said he thinks we're going to have a 'great British summer'
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"But we’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then.

"What we can do is see the line of sight to vaccinating everybody by September and anything before that would be a bonus.

"As the foreign secretary said yesterday, we’re driving this as fast as we possibly can."

The Health Secretary's comments came after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it is "too early" to know what  coronavirus travel restrictions will be in place in the summer months and it will be "difficult" to book.

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Speaking to LBC, Mr Raab said: "I think at the moment it’s too early, I think you have to follow the guidance that we’re putting out.

"The rules now are very clear that people shouldn’t be travelling domestically, or certainly internationally unless there are very exceptional reasons.

“I’m afraid until we’re in a position to give the reassurance, I think it’s very difficult to plan.”

People enjoying the warm weather at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, in Dorset last summer
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Mr Hancock is self-isolating after coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

The West Suffolk MP said on Tuesday that he was alerted by the NHS app "last night", having led a Downing Street press conference on Monday evening.

"Last night I was pinged by the NHS coronavirus app, so that means I will be self-isolating at home, not leaving the house at all until Sunday," he said in a video on his Twitter.

"This self-isolation is perhaps the most important part of all the social distancing because I know from the app that I've been in close contact with somebody who's tested positive, and this is how we break the chains of transmission.

"I've got to work from home for the next six days and together, by doing this, by following this and all the other panoply of rules that we've had to put in place, we can get through this and beat this virus."