India to be added to travel ban ‘red list’ over Covid variant fears

India will be added to the UK’s “red list” of countries where travel is banned under Covid regulations, the health secretary has said.

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India will be added to the UK’s “red list” of countries where travel is banned under Covid regulations, the health secretary has said.

It comes after Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to the country scheduled for next week.

Matt Hancock told the Commons on Monday that the decision had been made “after studying the data, and on a precautionary basis”.

“This means anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident, or a British citizen cannot enter the UK, if they’ve been in India, in the previous 10 days,” he explained.

“UK and Irish residents and British citizens who’ve been in India in the past 10 days before their arrival, will need to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days from the time of arrival. These rules will come into force at 4am on Friday.”.

Mr Hancock added: “Mr Speaker, India is a country, I know well, and love. Between our two countries we have ties of friendship and family.

I understand the impact of this decision, but I hope that the House will concur that we must act because we must protect the progress that we’ve made in this country, in tackling this awful disease.”

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