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UK PM Johnson cancels India visit, citing need to oversee virus response

This comes amid a surge in cases in the UK due to the rapid spread of the mutant coronavirus strain

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British Prime Minister on Tuesday cancelled a planned trip to India later this month, citing the need to oversee the pandemic response at home.

“The prime minister spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning, to express his regret that he will be unable to visit India later this month as planned,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.

“In light of the lockdown announced last night, and the speed at which the new 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.”

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First Published: Tue, January 05 2021. 17:31 IST
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