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His decision to not visit India came after severe pressure from the opposition party. UK has also placed India on travel ‘Red list’ banning Indians from entering Britain.
Britain PM cancels his trip to India on account of the increasing COVID positives
This is the second time the Britain PM cancels his trip to India on account of the increasing COVID positives. Soon after, the UK government also placed India on its travel ‘Red list’ banning Indians from entering Britain amid growing criticism that it was ‘too little, too late’.
remain in regular contact beyond this and look forward to meeting in person later this year
“Instead, prime ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India. They will remain in regular contact beyond this and look forward to meeting in person later this year,” said a statement from Johnson’s office on Monday.
to call off the trip
A disappointed Johnson said it was “frustrating to have to call off the trip” but said much of the work could be done remotely. “I do think it’s only sensible to postpone given what’s happened in India, the shape of the pandemic there,” Johnson later told reporters.
There are growing fears that the Indian variant could derail Britain’s successful vaccination programme and prove to be the “biggest risk” to COVID restrictions being eased. The UK’s national four-month lockdown has managed to flatten the curve to its lowest point in the last seven months and all this could now be at risk from the Indian variant.
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