PRITI Patel has warned Brits not to rush into booking holidays as air bridge deals “won’t happen overnight”.

The Home Secretary said that it will “take time” to finalise agreements with other countries on quarantine-free travel.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: “These measures won’t come in overnight. They will take time because some of this will be down to negotiation [and] discussion with certain countries.”

No10 is due to announce today the first list of destinations it has struck deals with including France, Spain and Greece. It had been hoped Brits could jet off as early as July 6.

Meanwhile, one of the UK’s top scientists has warned the UK is on a ‘knife edge’ in the fight against coronavirus.

Sage scientist and director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Jeremy Farrar, admitted he is worried about seeing a second wave of the virus as lockdown restrictions are eased, and said the next three months were “absolutely critical”.

The news comes as Europe could open up for travel corridors from Monday, which would allow people to go abroad safely without the need to quarantine on holiday or upon return.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 43,550 and the global toll reaches half a million.

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