Britain connected Monday added India to its Covid-19 question "red list", which efficaciously bans each question from the state and makes a 10-day edifice quarantine compulsory for UK residents arriving backmost to the country.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the determination successful the House of Commons arsenic helium revealed that 103 cases of the alleged Indian variant had been identified successful the UK, of which the "vast bulk person links to planetary travel".
He said that samples of that variant person been analysed to spot if the caller variant has immoderate "concerning characteristics", specified arsenic greater transmissibility oregon absorption to treatments and vaccines.
"After studying the data, and connected a precautionary basis, we've made the hard but captious determination to adhd India to the reddish list," the curate told MPs.
"This means anyone who is not a UK oregon Irish citizen... cannot participate the UK if they person been successful India successful the erstwhile 10 days," helium said.
The caller rules, which Hancock said has not been taken “lightly”, volition travel into unit from Friday.
The determination came hours aft Downing Street had announced the cancellation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s sojourn to India adjacent week owed to a spike successful coronavirus infections successful the country.
Earlier, erstwhile asked if India would beryllium added to the question “red list”, Johnson said that was "very overmuch a substance for the autarkic UK Health Security Agency they volition person to instrumentality that decision".