With coronavirus pandemic raging throughout the nation, United Kingdom PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday cancelled his go to to India that was scheduled for later this month.
Britain started its third COVID-19 lockdown on Tuesday with residents below orders to remain at house and the federal government calling for one final main nationwide effort to stem the virus earlier than mass vaccinations flip the tide.
Johnson was scheduled to go to India on 26 January for the Republic Day celebrations.
“The prime minister spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning, to specific his remorse that he will probably be unable to go to India later this month as deliberate,” a Downing Avenue spokesperson mentioned.
“In gentle of the nationwide lockdown introduced final night time, and the pace at which the brand new coronavirus variant is spreading, the prime minister mentioned that it was vital for him to stay within the UK so he can concentrate on the home response to the virus.”
Johnson has indicated that his India go to would happen throughout the first half of this 12 months and earlier than the G7 summit presided over by the UK, the place PM Narendra Modi is because of attend as a visitor, deliberate for later this 12 months.
“The Prime Minister mentioned that he hopes to have the ability to go to India within the first half of 2021, and forward of the UK’s G7 Summit that Prime Minister Modi is because of attend as a visitor,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The lockdown comes because the surge of a brand new pressure of the virus that’s mentioned to be extra infectious threatens to overwhelm hospitals, regardless of the rollout of two vaccines, together with the UK’s personal Oxford College/AstraZeneca shot from Monday, bringing hopes of beating the virus within the coming months.
A complete of 58,784 individuals examined constructive within the UK on Monday, with circumstances within the final seven days up 50 p.c on the earlier week.
Total, Britain has been among the many worst hit on the planet by the outbreak, with some 2.7 million circumstances and 75,431 deaths.
Johnson was extensively criticised for hesitating too lengthy in regards to the measures, notably college closures.