New COVID-19 strain: British PM may not attend India’s R-Day parade

New Delhi: Prime Minister Boris Johnson might not attend R-Day parade, senior British doctor, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the Chair of the Council of the British Medical Association, said.

This comes after the discovery of a new, potentially more transmissible strain of Covid in the UK. The British premier is scheduled to travel to India in January 2021 as the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in Delhi.

Reports said the new coronavirus strain is mostly concentrated in the capital city London and England’s south-east.

Till today, over 40 countries imposed travel restrictions on travellers from Britain for the mutant coronavirus.

Media reports said the senior British doctor opined that it was premature for the UK government to decide on PM Johnson’s visit. But, added that the trip may not be possible if this level of infection and spread continues.

India meanwhile, has ordered mandatory RT-PCR testing for all passengers and crew arriving from the United Kingdom. Earlier, British Health Secretary, said  the new virus strain was ‘out of control’ in Britain.

The new version of coronavirus has become a “Super-Spreader” with 70 per cent increased transmissibility rate.