British PM Boris Johnson cancels next week’s India visit due to ‘current coronavirus situation’


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his next week’s India visit in the wake of a rapidly deteriorating coronavirus pandemic in Delhi.

A statement from 10, Downing Street 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. They will remain in regular contact beyond this, and look forward to meeting in person later this year.”

Johnson was expected to be present at India’s Republic Day’s celebrations as the chief guest but the British PM had cancelled his trip due to the pandemic.

The British prime minister’s decision to cancel his India trip once again came hours after the Delhi government decided to impose a weeklong lockdown in India’s national capital.

India is going through a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with several states reporting a record number of positive cases and fatalities. Crematoriums and burial grounds are struggling to deal with the surge in deaths.

Maharashtra, the worst-affected Indian state, too has imposed a prolonged period of harsher restrictions in Mumbai. Shooting for Bollywood films, TV serials and ads have been banned until 1 May.