UK Opposition joins calls for Boris Johnson to cancel India visit over new Covid variant

London, April 18

Britain’s Opposition Labour Party on Sunday joined calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to cancel his visit to India, starting next Sunday, amid growing concerns of a new variant of COVID-19 detected in the country.

Public Health England (PHE) has said 77 cases of the so-called “double mutant” Indian variant have been detected in the UK since last month and that it has now been classed as a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).

Downing Street had earlier confirmed a much shorter schedule for the UK prime minister’s visit, with the bulk of the programme, including talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, set for a day-long agenda on Monday, April 26.