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Scary numbers of COVID-19 put India in red list

As the nation sees a high spike of COVID-19 cases nowadays, with each day presenting a number higher than the previous one, making it India’s highest record up till today.

With a high spike of 2.95 lakh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, India once again holds 2nd rank in the list presenting the highest Chinese virus cases in the world.

As COVID-19 cases catch abnormal speed in India, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a ‘Level 4’ means a Very High warning for potential travellers. This warning warns the travellers to “avoid all travel” to the nation even if they are totally vaccinated.

The guidelines were made out on the same day when the Britain government put India on a “red list” of travel. The UK Government issued the notice that one has to go under a stringent quarantine procedure on returning to the United Kingdom.

The U.S based public health agency CDC on Monday posted on its official website, “Because of the current situation in India even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India.”

The other post said, “If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travellers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands.”

As the COVID-19 cases see high skies these days, the U.S based agency alerted its people to stay safe from the Chinese virus as the second wave in India is proclaimed to be the worst up till today.

Notably, the United States of America declares the travel to the nation unsafe on the same day when the British government issued a “red list” of travel inclusive of India in it, which banned all travel to India from the UK and making stringent quarantine rules of compulsory 10 days hotel quarantine for UK natives arriving back to the United Kingdom.

Health Secretary UK, Matt Hancock on Monday upheld the move in the House of Commons as he opened up on the identification of 103 cases of so-called Indian variants in the UK with the majority of them having links to international travel.

He further said that the samples of new variants are under analysis to check whether the new variant has any new ‘concerning characteristic’ or not. As such can be then turn out to be challenging with greater transmissibility or abrasion to the vaccines or treatments.

Health Secretary Matt went on saying, after studying the data, and precautionary, we’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the red list.” he further said, “This means anyone who is not a UK or Irish citizen cannot enter the UK if they have been in India in the past 10 days.”

The new stringent ordinances discussed in the House of Commons will be enforced from Friday and will not be given any loose rope.

The announcement was made in the house hours later the Downing Street had announced the cancellation of the visit of its Prime Minister Boris Johnson to India just a week after. The decision for the same was taken taking into account the high spike of several positive cases in the nation.

“In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week,” a joint statement was made public by the Indian and the British government released by Johnson’s office.

Another notification said that the Prime Ministers of the two nations will be holding a virtual meet in the upcoming days to launch plans for a transformed India-UK relationship. They are even likely to talk about the driving future plans of partnership between the UK and India.

Notably, Britain has invited India to the G7 summit which is to be hosted in June, later this year.

The huge tide of the Chinese virus cases is horrifying; nonetheless, the nation is also witnessing huge vaccination drives across the lengths and breadths of the nation giving a good recovery rate and vaccinated population. The nation is also all set to start the inoculation of all above 18 years of age from May 1st of this year.

Shreya Gohel

Intern, Goa Chronicle

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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