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  • Johnson cancels journey to India attributable to coronavirus worries.
  • Infections in India are at present surging because the nation endures a second wave of the virus.
  • Relations with India are seen as a key part of each Britain’s post-Brexit ambitions to reinvigorate commerce with international locations outdoors the European Union.

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday cancelled a deliberate journey to India, scheduled to happen subsequent week, as a result of present coronavirus state of affairs in India, Johnson’s workplace stated.

Johnson had already postponed the journey as soon as from January, when COVID-19 infections have been excessive in Britain. Infections in India are at present surging because the nation endures a second wave of the virus.

“In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week,” a joint assertion from the British and Indian authorities, launched by Johnson’s workplace, stated.

Learn extra: As India’s coronavirus instances soar, New Delhi faces acute hospital beds scarcity

“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.”

Relations with India are seen as a key part of each Britain’s post-Brexit ambitions to reinvigorate commerce with international locations outdoors the European Union, and a diplomatic push to achieve extra affect within the Indo-Pacific area.

Britain has invited India to attend the G7 summit it’s internet hosting in June.

British well being officers stated on Sunday they have been investigating a COVID-19 variant originating in India, however as but they didn’t have sufficient proof to categorise it’s as a variant of concern.

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