| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Boris Johnson cancels visit to India as Covid cases surge

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his upcoming trip to India  as the pandemic situation worsens on the subcontinent.

A scaled-down trip was due to take place next week but the visit has now been scrapped in its entirety.

“In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week,” a joint statement from the British and Indian government said.

“Instead, Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India.”

India’s most recent wave of coronavirus has been devastating, with a record 273,810 cases and a record 1,679 deaths reported on Monday.

The capital region of Delhi will enter a six-day lockdown on Monday night as the country’s health system crumbles under the weight of new infections.

Fewer than 100 critical care beds were available in the city of New Delhi, with a population of more than 20 million people, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday.