Dr Hilary Jones has warned of ‘risky’ airport queues as he gave advice on holidays abroad on today’s Good Morning Britain.
The television doctor had joined Adil Ray and Susanna Reid on the programme where they discussed the news that the ban on foreign holidays is expected to be lifted for people in England from May 17 as part of the next easing of coronavirus restrictions.
‘24,000 cases [in France], the R Rate is about one, so that would be another 24,000 people contracting the virus from them,’ Dr Hilary said. ‘So clearly it is a risk travelling to France at the moment, hence we’ve got these restrictions in place.
‘In a recent survey only 13% of Britons said they fancy going abroad this year. 13%, a small minority and a lot of them are put off by the fear of waiting hours and hours in queues at border control having to pay for expensive tests.’
‘Well it feels like that might be the place where you would be most at risk,’ quipped Susanna.
‘Well absolutely,’ Dr Hilary responded.
Dr Hilary warned against ‘risky’ airport queues (Picture: Getty)
‘It’s like a petri dish, isn’t it,’ Susanna added.
‘Absolutely,’ Dr Hilary agreed.
A risk-based traffic light system will be introduced when travel restrictions are lifted later this month, with different rules for returning travellers depending on which list their destination is on.
Dr Hilary discussed France’s soaring coronavirus rates (Picture: Rex)
People arriving from a green location will not have quarantine, while those returning from somewhere on the amber list must self-isolate for at least five days.
The red list requires a 10-night stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £1,750 for solo travellers.
The green list for foreign holiday destinations is not expected to be published until later this week, but Government travel advice gives an indication of what destinations could be on it.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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