Boris Johnson's long-awaited India trip in doubt after country faces Covid spike

Boris Johnson’s long-awaited visit to India this month could be in jeopardy as the country faces a new spike in Covid cases.

India has recorded its highest number of infections in a single day since the pandemic began prompting concern over the wisdom of an official trip.

More than 103,790 new cases were recorded on Sunday, taking the total number of infections to over 12.5 million, second only to the US and Brazil.

Downing Street said the trip would go ahead as planned but the international situation on Covid would be “kept under review”.

Mr Johnson, who is planning to visit the country at the end of April, has already had to postpone the trip once.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

He cancelled his meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi in January following the surge in cases in the UK.

The visit will be his first major international trip since Britain’s departure from the European Union.

It would also be the first bilateral visit by any UK leader since Theresa May went to Africa in August 2018.

As a second wave spreads across India, the country’s Covid death toll now stands at 165,132, the fourth highest in the world.

The sharp rise in cases in recent days has alarmed the Indian government and scientific advisors.


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