He told Sky News: “My advice today would be moving on from where we were before. I’m not telling people that they shouldn’t book summer holidays and that’s the first time I’ve been able to say that for many months.
“But I think everybody doing it understands there are risks with coronavirus and of course actually I think people would want to be clear about which countries are going to be in the different traffic light system and people predominantly will be looking to book in a green country. So there’s only two or three weeks to wait before we publish that list itself.
“But yes, tentative progress. For the first time people can start to think about visiting loved ones abroad or perhaps a summer holiday. But we are doing it very cautiously as we don’t want to see any return of coronavirus in this country.”