British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India as scheduled during the last week of this month, said the British High Commission to the media. There is no change in his plan so far although there is a complete lockdown imposed in the UK over the new mutant strain of coronavirus. Mr. Johnson had accepted India’s “very generous” invite to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26.
This will be Boris Johnson’s first India visit since he took office. The whole of the UK is reeling under this new wave and a huge surge in coronavirus cases. The new mutant strain, which was detected in September is believed to be much more infectious.
Mr. Johnson “will use his visit to India to boost cooperation in areas that matter to the UK and that will be priorities for our international engagement throughout 2021 – from trade and investment, to defence and security, and health and climate change,” his office said last month.
On Monday, the British PM enforced a full nationwide lockdown due to the rising concern of the new strain of the COVID virus. “With most of the country already under extreme measures, it’s clear that we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out,” said Johnson.
As of Monday, almost 27,000 people with Covid were in hospital — 40 percent more than at the peak of the first wave of the outbreak in April last year.