US CDC Urges Citizens To Avoid ‘all Travel’ To India, Even If They’re Fully Vaccinated

In the wake of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases across India, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that travelers should avoid all travel to India. The CDC has also warned that even ‘fully vaccinated’ travelers are at the risk of contracting or spreading the variants of COVID-19 again. However, it stated that in case people need to travel to India, then they must get fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 situation in India has also led to the cancellation of UK PM Boris Johnson’s trip to India. The development was confirmed by Downing Street on Monday. In a joint statement, the British and the Indian governments said that due to the current situation, Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India. Even so, the statement also added that PM Narendra Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the two countries.

On the other hand, Pakistan too has taken measures and decided to ban travelers from India for two weeks. These measures come after a record surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. Additionally, the United Kingdom has banned all travel from India by adding the country to the ‘red list’ on Monday. Moreover, it has also stated that a 10-day institutional quarantine will be compulsory for all home residents returning to the country. The decision was taken after the UK recorded 103 cases of the Indian COVID-19 variant. As per UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the 103 new cases were linked to international travel. The samples of the strain were analyzed for any ‘concerning characteristics’