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Dr Hilary revealed to Britons it is safest to travel by car abroad and create a bubble with your household. He also said staying in the UK is also another good option as British businesses fear closure due to the pandemic. His comments come as the Government will set out its plans for air bridges later this week that will allow people to go on holiday to certain countries without facing quarantine on their return, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary said: “I think if you’re in your own car and your bubble with your household.
“You don’t necessarily have to get out of your car on the Channel Tunnel.
“You could drive to a location that is remote and quiet, not in a hotel, not on a ferry.
“That would be one of the safest options.
“But also a staycation in the UK is another very good option.
“Stay domestic, there are some very beautiful locations.”
Co-host Ranvir Singh added: “There are hotels and B&Bs up and down the country who are desperate.”
Ben Shephard noted councils in the southwest are concerned that if there is an influx of Britons on their beaches which leads to a potential outbreak, there wouldn’t be enough hospital beds.
Dr Hilary added: “These things need to be considered. Hopefully, the rates of infection are going to go down.
“But it’s very confusing. Some are saying the overall rate is going down, other are saying in some areas the rate is 20 times higher than the average for the UK.”
But the Government has warned against non-essential foreign travel and said it risks undoing the progress the country has made in combating the virus.
There is uncertainty around whether people should travel overseas after Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan advised Irish residents to cancel foreign holidays to prevent a potential second surge.
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Ryanair is operating 40 percent of its schedule across Europe from Wednesday and the Government is due to release a “green list” of countries deemed safe to travel to.
Senior civil servant Liz Canavan of the Department of the Taoiseach said on Wednesday that additional movement due to the lifting of restrictions means the risk of virus spreading becomes greater if people do not act responsibly.
She said: “COVID-19 has not changed, it’s the same infectious disease it was at the beginning of all of this. It is still the disease that is most dangerous for older people.
“During this phase, the Government advice is still to avoid non-essential travel. As I said already, we have largely suppressed the spread of the virus in the community in Ireland and this is a major achievement.”
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