Lahore, 20th April: India has been added to the UK’s Red List of travel ban countries.
According to reports, right after Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his trip to New Delhi, Britain imposed a travel ban on India after the report of an alarming number of coronavirus cases.
UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday that starting from 0300 GMT on Friday, India will be added to Britain’s ‘Red List’ of countries, thereby banning all travellers from India to enter the UK except for the UK or Irish nationals.
Hancock made the announcement in the parliament and said, “We´ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the red list.”
Furthermore, he said that those nationals along with foreigners who reside in Britain will have to pay a huge amount to stay in a government-approved hotel to quarantine for 10 days after their return from red-list nations, including Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The decision was made after seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of a new variant reported in India.
According to the latest reports Indian capital New Delhi has undergone a week-long lockdown following the reports of a new variant of coronavirus.
Baaghi TV reported on Monday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called off his visit to India, which was scheduled for next week owing to the increasing number of infection cases.
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