British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his delayed journey to India subsequent week, his first main international go to since taking energy in 2019, his workplace mentioned on Monday, as coronavirus instances surge in India.
“Within the gentle of the present coronavirus scenario, Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be able to journey to India subsequent week,” it mentioned.
The assertion added that the 2 nations’ leaders would as an alternative communicate later this month “to agree and launch their bold plans for the longer term partnership between the UK and India”.
“They may stay in common contact past this, and look ahead to assembly in particular person later this yr,” it mentioned.
Johnson’s workplace had final week introduced the go to can be shortened. It was initially organised to span three days and set to start on April 26.
It had initially been scheduled for January and heralded as a chance for Britain to refocus its worldwide commerce coverage within the wake of Brexit because it pursues a so-called “international Britain” technique.
However spiking coronavirus instances, hospitalisations and deaths in Britain earlier this yr led to its delay.
Now, surging infections in India — the place officers have recorded 5 consecutive days of greater than 200,000 instances — have led to its total cancellation.
Every week-long lockdown was imposed in New Delhi from Monday night time to attempt to include a spike in instances which have overstretched metropolis hospitals.
The go to was geared toward strengthening commerce ties, funding and cooperation in numerous areas, together with defence, safety, well being and local weather change.
It adopted an invite from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took half in a local weather summit hosted by London earlier this yr.
Johnson has highlighted the 2 nations’ burgeoning commerce and funding relationship, price an estimated £24 billion ($32 billion, 26 billion euros) yearly.