UK Allows 20,000 Arrivals From India Despite New Strain Warning

Britain has allowed at least 20,000 passengers to travel from India despite warnings of the new strain.

The presence of the new variant has caused tension in Whitehall as Britain’s prime minister was hesitant to put India on the red list as it plans to visit Delhi.

According to a report, a source who attended a Whitehall war gaming exercise on Thursday told the Sunday Times that Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not close the border to India as he doesn’t want to offend Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It’s very clear that we should have closed the border to India earlier and that Boris did not do so because he didn’t want to offend Modi,” a source said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier said that Britain was confident that existing vaccines will protect a more transmissible Indian coronavirus variant now spreading across the country.

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