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British PM Boris Johnson postpones India visit due to virus surge in England

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was set to visit India for Republic Day celebrations on January 26 has postponed his visit.

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Downing Street said the PM Johnson’s visit has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

England entered stringent lockdown on Monday amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

“The prime minister spoke to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi this morning, to express his regret that he will be unable to visit India later this month as planned,” newswire AFP quoted Downing Street spokesman as saying.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told a television channel that the national lockdown in England could last till March with measures to be reviewed from February 15. 

The lockdown in England was announced just a fortnight after the British government revealed a new variant of the virus had entered Britain from South Africa.

England has been rolling out its vaccines at a fast pace amid the virus surge with supermarkets Tesco, Morrisons and Boots declaring they are ready to chip in to provide space and refrigerated lorries. 

The United Kingdom has been hit hard due to the virus with the cases surging to over 2.7 million along with over 75,540 fatalities.

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