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

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up as he has his temperature checked during a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Britain January 4, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson 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 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.”


January 5, 2021

Reporting by William James; editing by Michael Holden

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