BORIS Johnson has cancelled his trip to India to focus on the pandemic at home.
The PM was due to head to New Delhi later this month to discuss trade, and relations between the nations, but it will now be bumped to later in the year.
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Boris Johnson has cancelled his trip to India this month to focus on the coronavirus pandemic at home
In a call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday he “expressed his regret” at not being able to visit.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “In light of the national lockdown announced last night, and the speed at which the new coronavirus variant is spreading, the Prime Minister said that it was important for him to remain in the UK so he can focus on the domestic response to the virus.
“The leaders underlined their shared commitment to the bilateral relationship, and to continuing to build on the close collaboration between our countries – including in response to the pandemic.”
Downing Street said they hoped the rearranged visit would be “in the first half of 2021” and ahead of the G7 Summit which takes place in the UK later this year.
It comes after the PM warned that nearly 1.2million Brits are infected with Covid.
Official data shows one in 50 people in England has the killer virus — and 26,467 are being treated for it in hospital.
But, in a positive step, the PM said 1.3 million Brits have already been vaccinated — including a quarter of all over-80s.
He also revealed the first mass vaccination centres will open next week as part of a Covid jab blitz.
In a call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Boris ‘expressed his regret’ at not being able to visit
As Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson met with Modi in New Delhi in 2017
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