Britain Puts India in “Red List” : PM Johnson Cancels Visit As COVID Cases Surge

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Britain has banned the entry of Indian Citizens. The UK has put India in the ‘Red List’ of travel category. This is because of the rise in cases of Corona in the country. According to the UK Health Minister, they took this decision after receiving 103 COVID cases of alleged Indian nature. However, they will allow entry from India to those who hold UK or Irish citizenship.

Britain has put India in the ‘Red List’ of those countries. Also, it has been made compulsory for British returning from abroad to self isolate for 10 days in the hotel.

Health Minister Matt Hancock confirmed this in the ‘House of Commons’. He said that there were 103 cases of suffering from the alleged Indian strain of corona virus in Britain. Most of these cases relate to travelers returning from abroad.

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He said that they have analyzed the format to ascertain whether the new form had alarming results, such as its widespread spread or difficulty in treating and preparing vaccines.

The minister told the MPs that after analyzing the data, as a precaution, we have taken a difficult but necessary decision to put India on the red list. This means that if a non-British or Irish has lived in India for the last ten years, then they will not get entry into Britain.

Hancock said people should not take the new rules lightly. The government will implement them from Friday. Hours earlier, Britain’s Prime Minister’s Office Downing Street announced the cancellation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India next week. This was in view of the sharp rise in Corona virus cases in the country.

Earlier, when Johnson was asked if India would be put on the red list, he said that the decision was to be taken by the UK’s Health Protection Agency to a large extent.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled his visit to India

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled his visit to the country next week in view of the corona virus situation in India. Johnson called the decision disappointing. But he said it was prudent to postpone the trip at this time.

Johnson said he would talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to introduce plans for a future UK-India partnership and that they would meet face to face at the end of the year.

It is a pity that I will not be able to go on the trip: Boris Johnson

Shortly after Downing Street announced the cancellation of Johnson’s visit, the Prime Minister of Britain told reporters during his visit to Gloucestershire that Narendra Modi and I had “basically arrived at the conclusion and that it was “a matter of great sorrow”. I will not be able to go on a journey.

He said, “I think it would be prudent to postpone the journey in view of the current situation in India”. Countries all over the world, including our own country, have gone through this situation. And I believe that everyone is extremely sympathetic to the situation in India at the moment.

Hong Kong prohibits entry of citizens of India

Meanwhile, Hong Kong has also postponed flights arriving from India from Tuesday until May 3. Hong Kong has taken this step due to increasing cases of Kovid-19 in India.