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Since March, when the coronavirus lockdown was imposed, the Foreign Office has warned Brits against “all but essential travel”.

Patel spoke after reports that travel companies were being bombarded by holiday bargain seekers.

The Home Secretary has warned that quarantine-free “air bridges” will still take negotiations before Brits are able to jet off for holidays after months of lockdown

Priti Patel said “air bridges” will “take time”

People pictured sunbathing in Spain

But Patel warned the UK will face negotiations before travel can commence.

Brit holiday hopes have been dealt a fresh blow after Home Secretary Priti Patel said quarantine-free “air bridges” will “take time”.

She told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday: “There will be an announcement in the next few days ahead, the review point is tomorrow, which is what the Government has outlined.

This was expected to be lifted for some countries from July 6, with the current policy of forcing most UK arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks ceased for some nations – know as “air bridges”.

“But of course these measures won’t come in overnight, they will take time, because some of this will be down to negotiation, discussions with certain countries.”

“You will have to, along with members of the public, listen to the advice, see what the government is saying in terms of the countries that we are going to be opening up with, who we are working with, the countries that my colleague the Transport Secretary (Grant Shapps) is in dialogue with right now.

On the same show Sir Mark Walport, the ex-government chief scientific adviser, said: “The virus is out there, it is very widely distributed and we have to have constant vigilance.

But potential holiday plans come as the nation braces itself for a potential second wave.

“The common denominator is really being indoors, being crowded, being there for prolonged periods of time, noisy environments where people are coughing and shouting, and so there’s more droplet transmission.

“When outbreaks occur they typically occur in clusters and we’re seeing certain work environments, for example, food processing factories, as being fairly common places for those clusters to rise.

“It comes back to local control being really important to identify those clusters when they happen and clamp down on them quickly.

“We need to do everything we possibly can to avoid a widespread second wave. The evidence that the virus does transmit better in cold workplaces again suggests that winter might be quite a risky time again.”

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