Britain to Add India to COVID-19 Red List

LONDON (Reuters) -
Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock. (Trevor Adams/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain is adding India to its travel “red list” after detecting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the country, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Monday.

“We’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the red list. This means anyone who is not a U.K. or Irish resident or a British citizen cannot enter the U.K. if they’ve been in India in the previous 10 days,” Hancock told Parliament.

“U.K. and Irish residents and British citizens who’ve been in India in the past 10 days before their arrival will need to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days from the time of arrival.”

The rules come into force at 4 a.m. local time on Friday, Hancock said.