British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to visit India on 25 April. But the pressure on Johnson to cancel the tour is increasing. Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in India. In such a situation, the opposition Labor Party of Britain has also demanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson to cancel his tour.
The Labor Party has questioned why Johnson cannot discuss bilateral relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi online.
Public Health England (PHE) has said that there have been 77 cases in the UK since last month of the Indian variant ‘double mutant’. PHE says that it is now placed in the category of ‘Variant under Investigation’.
What did the Labor Party say?
Shadow Communities Secretary of the Labor Party, Steve Reid, said that the government is telling people not to travel and I am unable to understand why the Prime Minister cannot negotiate with the Government of India on zoom.
“This is what many of us are doing and I think the Prime Minister should try to set an example. I would like the Prime Minister to have a meeting on zoom instead of going to India. “
What does the government say?
It is being said that the Indian variant spreads rapidly and it can also defeat the protection provided by the vaccine. However, a British government minister says that there is no evidence that this variant is more contagious.
Environment Minister George Eustis said, “I am told that there is no evidence at this time that this variant can outperform the vaccine or that it is more contagious than others, but we are paying attention and it will be studied.”