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British PM cancels India visit due to COVID crisis

British PM cancels India visit due to COVID crisis”

Hancock told lawmakers in the British parliament that the decision came after the detection of 103 cases in Britain of a new COVID-19 variant which first emerged in India.

"There are new variants emerging all around the world, the Government is telling people "don't travel if you don't have to absolutely travel", and I can't see why the Prime Minister can't conduct his business with the Indian government by Zoom", the MP told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

All three countries were seeing coronavirus cases rise.

The decision means, from 04:00 on Friday, worldwide visitors who have departed from or transited through India in the previous ten days will be refused entry into England.

The move, announced just hours after Boris Johnson was forced to cancel a trip to the country, comes into force at 4am on Friday, meaning Britons returning after that point will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

"But out there, there is the Indian variant, the South African, Brazilian etc, and they do pose a threat".

There's a New Virus Variant in India.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called off a trip to India amid surging coronavirus cases in the country.

"I do think it's only sensible to postpone, given what's happened in India, the shape of the pandemic there".

It would have been Johnson's first major foreign visit since he assumed office in 2019.

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Johnson had said in March that he will discuss India and UK's shared vision for a sustainable future and other issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his upcoming visit to India.

India has been added to England's red list as the government seeks to protect the country against a new variant of Covid-19.

The UK variant is causing around 40 percent of cases in Asia, according to the pathogen-tracking project Nextstrain.

With over 42 million vaccinations delivered in the United Kingdom so far, the move will help to reduce the risk of new variants entering England.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong will ban flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days starting from Tuesday as the city reported the first two cases with highly transmissible virus variant in the community over the weekend.

"Experts worry India's second wave of COVID-19, said to be much more unsafe than the first wave last September, is to be blamed on a new and possibly more virulent double mutant coronavirus variant called B".

Devotees take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar, northern state of Uttarakhand, India, on 12 April.

Fewer than 100 critical care beds were available in the city, which has a population of more than 20 million people, officials said.

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