India now falls under the ‘red list’ of countries from which most travel to the UK is banned over COVID-19. This comes amid fears of a new Covid-19 variant.
However, British or Irish passport holders, or people with UK residence rights, will be allowed. But they will have to go under quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
In the House of Commons Monday, the health secretary said that the vast majority of the cases of the new variant B.1.617 – had been linked to international travel.
Health officials fear this new variant which was first identified in India shows some worrying genetic changes.
Till the time assessments are going on, the government is looking to stop more cases from spreading in the country.
The UK government is also stepping up the testing. Vaccination for 18 years and above will start from May 1 in India. The decision comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings. These meetings’ focus was to discuss the situation of COVID-19 in the country.
On Monday, India reported a new high of 2.73 lakh cases in a day. “The government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible of time,” said PM Modi.