UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his visit to India on 26th January amid surging cases of new coronavirus strains.  

Mr. Johnson was invited as the chief guest to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations in Delhi. He accepted the very generous invitation on 15th December. Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson has decided to postpone the plan to focus on the domestic responses to combat fast spreading COVID-19 strain.  

Today, Boris Johnson spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express his regret that he will not be able to visit India later this month as planned. Mr. Johnson also said that it is very important for him to remain in the UK and to focus on measures to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus strain in the UK.  

Mr. Johnson has also announced a complete lockdown in England until mid-February and has urged people living in England to stay at home. People can only leave for exceptional reasons. 

All schools and universities will remain closed. Most GCSE and A-level exams will not be conducted this year. 

Boris Johnson believes that this is a very crucial moment in the fight against the corona pandemic and that the weeks ahead would be the hardest yet.