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Doctor warns travellers to be ‘cautious’ when booking summer holidays over risk of bringing back ‘mutant viruses’

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A doctor on Good Morning Britain has warned that people need to be ‘cautious’ when booking a summer holiday as even though restrictions may ease locally by then, there is a risk of bringing ‘mutant viruses back’.

Speaking to Alex Beresford and Charlotte Hawkins on Friday’s instalment, Dr Amir Khan tried to remain optimistic as he told viewers to remain ‘hopeful’ – but still urged them to be careful when booking a 2021 holiday as hospital rates of people with Covid-19 are ‘still high’.

‘I think it’s important to be hopeful, I think the figures do give us good news. We’re seeing death rates come down, infection rates are coming down, good news with the vaccines,’ he began.

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‘Hospital rates of people with coronavirus are still high, still over 20,000, comparable to April figures.

‘My advice, and I know people are going to groan at this, is just be careful about booking a holiday, certainly in Easter and possibly in the summer as well.’

Dr Amr Khan
Dr Amir is urging people to be careful when booking a holiday (Picture: ITV)

‘It may be that restrictions ease locally for us, but there is always a risk of bringing viruses and mutant viruses back. Just exercise a degree of caution because it’s such a pain when you have to cancel things and try and get money back,’ he added. ‘Be hopeful, but cautious.’

Earlier this week travel expert Simon Calder came under fire from This Morning viewers after he encouraged people to book their holidays despite the government’s advice telling them not to.

BENIDORM, SPAIN - JULY 22: People sunbathe at Levante Beach on July 22, 2015 in Benidorm, Spain. Spain has set a new record for visitors, with 29.2 million visitors in June, 4.2% more than the same period in 2014. Spain is also expected to be the main destination of tourists seeking a value-for-money all-inclusive holiday after the Tunisia attack. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Dr Amir says there’s a risk of bringing viruses back (Picture: David Ramos/Getty Images)

He spoke about the SOS Save Our Summer campaign, which has seen over 120 UK travel companies push for overseas holidays to be allowed by the Government from May 1.

‘We are demanding all of the restrictions, or at least some of them are relaxed by the start of May,’ he explained. ‘Which is when the main summer holiday charter season starts.

‘The Government has made it absolutely clear that all holidays are off for the indefinite future, it’s illegal to go on holiday.’

‘The idea is, let us travel for goodness sake,’ he continued, before insisting: ‘Also, don’t tell people to book holidays because it’s perfectly rational to book holidays if you book the right ones.’

It was recently reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson could soon give the green light for staycations in the UK if Covid-19 cases continue to fall.

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The Prime Minister could give the green light for holidays as he sets out his ‘road-map’ out of lockdown on February 22.

Last week, Mr Johnson warned people to be patient with their holiday plans, saying it was ‘just too early’ to be certain about what they can do.

However, industry leaders are urging the PM to give the hard-hit travel sector a way forward heading into the summer.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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