Dr Hilary Jones has issued a holiday warning to millions of Brits hoping to jet off for some summer sun.
The first Brits flew into Spain yesterday after the country reopened its borders and are enjoying a 100-degree heatwave.
And air bridges are expected to be announced in days between countries with low coronavirus rates and the UK to allow quarantine-free travel.
But speaking on the Lorraine show this morning Dr Hilary urged caution for those going on holiday.
Air bridges are expected to be announced in days
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Lorraine Kelly said that just because countries don’t have quarantine measures does not mean that it’s “totally risk free”.
Dr Hilary replied: “No, of course not. It’s just a reciprocal arrangement with an area.
“You have lots of Brits that want to go to Spain or Greece or Italy and those people there want tourism.
“They’re got a reciprocal arrangement – you look after us and we’ll look after you and we’ll abandon quarantine but the virus doesn’t reciprocate any of that.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to go to places with not very prevalent disease, where there isn’t much virus around and equally people can come back here.
Dr Hilary said people still need to take precautions
“But, of course, we’ve got to remember that travel is how it spread in the first place around the world and you can’t make an aeroplane safe – not yet we can’t.
“Until we’ve got a test which is 20 mins, bang, the test is done and it’s reliable, we can’t say it’s safe to fly because you could be asymptomatic and carrying COVID-19 so I just think we still need precautions.
He added: “I understand people still want to get away, go and gets some sunshine and relax….
“This is a pandemic – the first one in over 100 years – and we’re just not going to ease out of it like that – it’s going to take time.”
At the weekend TUI announced they will resume holidays to eight destinations from July 11 following the coronavirus lockdown.
Brits will be able to fly to destinations in Greece, the Balearics and the Canaries from TUI’s three biggest UK airports, Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.
TUI are offering up to 44 flights a week to Ibiza, Palma, Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
Subject to Government advice the company plans to add more flights and destinations by the end of July to 19 destinations from five UK airports.
The company has launched a new ‘holiday promise’ that has five guarantees to take travellers on holiday safely including only flying customers to quarantine-free destinations and offering in-resort support around the clock seven days a week.