The UK government has banned travelers in India from entering the UK, because of a worsening epidemic in that country, allowing access to only UK residents who must pay their own pockets at the hotel.
Health Minister Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that 103 cases of the Indian version had been identified in the UK, “most of which are related to international travel and were revealed by our tests on the border.”
He explained that the samples were analyzed to see if this new version had “features of concern”, such as vaccine resistance.
From Friday morning, he told MPs, “After studying the data, and as a precaution, we took the difficult but important decision to put India on the red list.” This decision obliges any British and Irish resident to enter the country to observe a ten-day quarantine in a hotel at their own expense.
Due to the situation in India, Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled a trip planned for the end of April in this country, his first foreign trip since assuming office, on Monday, announcing his services.
“Given the current situation in the context of coronovirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to visit India next week,” Downing Street said in a statement.
Instead the leader will meet with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi about “ambitious plans for a future UK-India partnership” later this month.