Britain is adding India to its travel “red-list” after detecting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the country, health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday (April 19).
“We’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the red-list. 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,” Hancock told parliament.
“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.”
The rules come into force at 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Friday (April 23), Hancock said.
India on Monday registered a record 273,810 new daily infections and 1,619 deaths. Its total number of coronavirus cases now stands at more than 15 million, second only to the United States.
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