British PM Boris Johnson cancels trip to India due to coronavirus worries

British PM Boris Johnson cancels trip to India due to coronavirus worries

The India-UK Partnership in Climate Action, clean energy, healthcare and building on a successful vaccine collaboration to combat COVID-19 and other pandemics were also highlighted as being priority areas for the visit, which will now take place virtually.

Travel to England is banned for anyone who has been in one of the countries in the past 10 days, except for United Kingdom citizens and residents, who have to isolate on arrival at government-approved hotels for 10 days.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told lawmakers in the House of Commons that India would be added to a "red list" of countries with high coronavirus rates. These are the variant first found in Kent, the Kent variant with a specific E484K mutation, the Brazilian variant (carries E484K) and the South African variant (carries E484K).

There are now four variants of concern in the UK.

In the capital New Delhi, the hardest hit city in the country with 1.3 billion inhabitants, decided die Authorities to lock up 20 million people for a week from Monday evening to contain the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic and ease pressure on hospitals.

The U.K. has recorded at least 77 cases of a new variant of the virus that was first identified in India.

Mr Hancock said the samples have been analysed to see if the new variant has any "concerning characteristics" such as greater transmissibility or resistance to treatments and vaccines.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (19 April) cancelled a planned trip to India, scheduled to take place next week, due to the current coronavirus situation in India, Johnson's office said.

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Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, said the variant features two "escape mutations" - E484Q and L452R - which "are causing people to be concerned".

India brings the number of countries on the list to 40.

Scientists are now investigating whether the variant known as B.1.617 may spread more rapidly or escape some of the protection given by the existing vaccines.

However, the spread of a Covid variant in India had led some to suggest the trip should not go ahead.

The soaring cases and deaths come just months after India thought it had seen the worst of the pandemic, but experts say even these figures are likely an undercount.

According to the latest update from Public Health England (PHE), 73 cases of the B.1.617 variant, which was first discovered in India, have been found in England, as well as four cases in Scotland.

Johnson said it was "only sensible" to postpone the trip, "given what's happened in India, the shape of the pandemic there".

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