- What determines which countries are added?
Anyone who is not a United Kingdom or Irish resident, or British citizen, can not enter the United Kingdom if they have been in India in the previous ten days.
He was to visit India on April 26. "While decision was quite rightly taken not to physically travel due to the rise in Covid-19 cases throughout the Subcontinent, I hope a productive conversation can still be had around easing trade barriers and ensuring prosperity for both nations".
"The Silk Road has been the world's most important trade route for millennia, and all the forecasts point to it only becoming more important as emerging economies, particularly India, grow exponentially".
Mr Hancock told MPs: "We've recently seen a new variant first identified in India". "To escalate it up the ranking we need to know that it's increased transmissibility, increased severity, or vaccine-evading, and we just don't have that yet, but we're looking at the data on a daily basis". Another 16 percent of cases are due to the B.1.351 variant that evolved in South Africa.
Dr Gurdasani added that the Indian variant shares the same mutation as both the South African and Manaus variants, which has been associated with a reduction of effectiveness in the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson and Novavax vaccines.
Downing Street has said that designations under the red list, which now covers around 40 countries, are kept "under constant review" and so far the message is that the visit will go ahead in its shortened version.
Earlier this month, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines were also added.
The Prime Minister said: "I do think it's only sensible to postpone, given what's happened in India, the shape of the pandemic there". The Indian variant of the virus has also shaken the world with a new surge, and many scientists have warned the PM against this new variant.
The U.K.'s decision follows similar action by Hong Kong, which banned flights from India for 14 days from April 20 after dozens of passengers from New Delhi tested positive for Covid-19 in Hong Kong, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday.
Warnings over the Indian variant come despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low in England.