New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday cancelled his go to to India scheduled for April 26 and the UK added India to its Covid-19 journey “red list”, successfully banning all journey from the nation and making a 10-day resort quarantine obligatory for UK residents arriving within the nation. A BBC report quoted Mr Johnson as saying it was “only sensible” to cancel the go to in view of the raging pandemic in India which is battling a ferocious second wave of the Covid pandemic.
UK well being secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the transfer to place India on its “red list” within the Home of Commons as he revealed that 103 circumstances of the so-called “Indian variant” had been recognized within the UK, of which the “vast majority have links to international travel”.
He mentioned that samples of that variant have been analysed to see if the brand new variant has any “concerning characteristics”, corresponding to better transmissibility or resistance to remedies and vaccines.
“After studying the data, and on a precautionary basis, we’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the red list,” the minister advised MPs.
“This means anyone who is not a UK or Irish citizen… cannot enter the UK if they have been in India in the previous 10 days,” he mentioned. The brand new guidelines, which Mr Hancock mentioned haven’t been taken evenly, will come into pressure from Friday. The “red list” has round 40 badly hit nations.
That is the second time in three months that the British PM has cancelled his go to to India. He was initially scheduled to be the chief visitor at India’s Republic Day on January 26 this yr however cancelled his go to in early January as a result of raging pandemic then in Britain.
India, which has been reporting greater than 2,00,000 circumstances every day, confirmed the “mutually agreed” cancellation “in view of the prevailing Covid situation” and mentioned a “virtual meeting” can be held “in the coming days to launch plans for a transformed India-UK relationship”. It added that each Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the British PM “attach the highest importance to taking the India-UK partnership to its fullest potential”.
Bilateral political ties between the 2 nations have strengthened enormously beneath PM Modi and Mr Johnson. In December final yr, the international ministers of the 2 nations had held discussions in New Delhi on 5 broad themes — connecting folks, commerce, defence and safety, local weather and well being together with the cooperation on the Covid vaccines, with each nations additionally “agreeing on key elements of a 10 year India-UK roadmap”.