Britain to add India to Covid-19 travel red-list

UK adds India in its travel'red list amid Covid-19 surgePremium

UK adds India in its travel'red list amid Covid-19 surgePremium

It had initially been scheduled for January and heralded as an opportunity for Britain to refocus its worldwide trade policy in the wake of Brexit as it pursues a so-called "global Britain" strategy.

The long-planned trip would have been Johnson's first foreign visit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic more than a year ago.

India has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases over the last month, with more than 150,000 new infections being reported each day over the past three weeks. "This means anyone who is not a United Kingdom or Irish resident or a British citizen can not enter the United Kingdom if they've been in India in the previous 10 days", Britain health minister Matt Hancock told their parliament.

The Indian Health Ministry also reported 1,619 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the toll over 178,769. India has the fourth-highest number of deaths after the U.S., Brazil and Mexico - though, with almost 1.4 billion people, it has a much larger population than any of those countries.

New Delhi, where Johnson and Modi had been due to meet, was placed under a weeklong lockdown Monday as the explosive surge in cases pushed the Indian capital's health system to its limit.

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This is the second time Johnson has had to cancel his India trip this year.

A total of 103 cases of the Indian variant have been identified in Britain, said Hancock.

"After studying the data, and on a precautionary basis, we've made the hard but vital decision to add India to the red list", the Minister told MPs.

During their managed quarantine stay, passengers will be required to take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and they will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine period on receipt of a negative test result or through the Test to Release scheme.

The European country had added Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines to the list on April 9.

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