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U.K. Adds India to Travel Ban List Amid Covid Variant Fears

  • India is tackling a record surge in coronavirus infections
  • Comes after Boris Johnson cancels planned trip to New Delhi
A health worker collects supplies left at the door of a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in a banquet hall in New Delhi.
A health worker collects supplies left at the door of a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in a banquet hall in New Delhi.Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg
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The U.K. government added India to its travel ban list, amid soaring coronavirus cases in the country and the emergence of a new variant scientists fear could prove partly resistant to vaccines.

Under the new rules coming into force at 4 a.m. U.K. time on Friday, anyone who is not a British or Irish national or has U.K. residence rights will be refused entry to Britain if they have been in India in the last 10 days.