India added to UK’s ‘red list’ as PM Johnson cancels trip Apr 20, 2021 0 256 12345 dpa LondonIndia has been added to Britain’s “red list” of countries, the British health secretary announced on Monday, as the increasingly dire coronavirus situation in India led to an upcoming trip by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be cancelled.From Friday, at 0300 GMT, British and Irish residents who have visited India in the preceding 10 days before arrival on British or Irish soil must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days from the time of arrival, Matt Hancock said on Monday.“I understand the impact of this decision, but I hope the House [of Commons] will concur we must act because we must protect the progress we have made in tackling this awful disease,” Hancock told lawmakers.Johnson’s visit, which was being held as part of a post-Brexit trade drive, was originally due to be four days long, with the British leader flying out on April 25 and officially starting his visit the next day.A joint statement from the British and Indian governments on Monday said: “In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week.“Instead, Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India.“They will remain in regular contact beyond this, and look forward to meeting in person later this year.” Hours before the red list announcement on Monday, Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, said he expected India to be placed on the list.Countries placed on a red list in Britain require people flying back to enter, at their own expense, a government-approved hotel for 10 full days to quarantine, where they are routinely tested.People flying in from non-red-list countries can quarantine at home. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Pakistani Islamists free police hostages after anti-France protests Apr 20, 2021 0 283 Lockdown in New Delhi as India sees new virus record, migrants flee Apr 20, 2021 0 251 11 dead, 98 injured in Egypt train derailment Apr 20, 2021 0 825 O2 supply under stress as virus cases surge: Pak IslamabaD: Pakistan reported its highest count of coronavirus patients in critical condition to date on Monday and said oxygen supply capacity in the country was under “stress” amid a third wave of the pandemic. .. Iranian parliament temporarily halts work due to virus Tehran: Iran’s parliament must temporarily suspend its work due to the rapidly rising numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths in the country. “Due to the fourth coronavirus wave and rising infection numbers, .. Saudi feminist activist receives Vaclav award Strasbourg: Saudi feminist activist Loujain Alhathloul has won the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, awarded by the Council of Europe on Monday. The award was accepted by the activist’s sister, Lina Alhathloul, who said .. Missing Russian climbers rescued from Nepal peak Kathmandu: Three Russian climbers who had gone missing near the summit of Mount Annapurna on Friday have been safely rescued, expedition officials say. The climbers were rescued between Camp 3 and Camp 4 of the peak .. Malaysia starts giving Covid jabs to elderly and ‘high risk’ groups Bangkok: Malaysia started the second phase of its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Monday, though only around one-quarter of 9.4 million people eligible have registered, according to the minister in charge. .. ‘China committing crimes against humanity in Xinjiang’ dpa Beijing Because of the persecution of the Muslim minority Uighurs, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch has called on the international community to impose tougher sanctions on China. In a report .. 3 militants killed for executing Egyptian Christian in Sinai dpa Cairo Egyptian security forces have killed three militants believed to be behind the execution of a Christian man in the restive province of North Sinai, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The Islamic State ..