Boris Johnson canceled a trip to India later this month to focus on responding to the coronavirus after imposing a third national lockdown on England.
The prime minister called his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning to “express his regret” that he cannot visit as planned, said No. 10.
Instead, Mr Johnson will stay in the UK amid tough new measures he has taken to keep the NHS from becoming overwhelmed in the face of an increase in infections.
His visit was billed to boost trade and further its global agenda for the UK after leaving the European Union’s internal market after Brexit.
A spokesman # 10 issued a lecture of their appeal saying, “The Prime Minister spoke with Prime Minister Modi this morning to express his regret that he cannot visit India as planned later this month.
“Given the national lockdown announced last night and the speed with which the new variant of coronavirus is spreading, the Prime Minister said it was important for him to stay in the UK so he could focus on the domestic response to the virus. ”
He told Mr Modi he hoped to visit India “in the first half of the year” before attending the UK-hosted G7 summit, which he would attend as a guest.