India on UK travel red list as Covid crisis grows

# 17:43
23 April 2021

India has joined the UK's travel red list - effectively banning travel - as a deadly second wave of infections sweeps the country, APA reports citing BBC.

British and Irish nationals can travel to the UK from India, but they must now isolate in a government-approved hotel.

India has seen soaring infection rates, a rapidly rising death toll and the discovery of a new virus variant.

The spike has overwhelmed hospitals, creating a critical shortage of oxygen, intensive care beds and ventilators.

On Friday, India recorded 332,730 coronavirus cases, the highest one-day tally anywhere in the world for the second day in a row. Daily deaths from Covid-19 rose by a record 2,263 in the previous 24 hours.

At least two hospitals in the Indian capital Delhi are running out of oxygen, and at least 13 patients have died after a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a hospital set up to treat Covid patients near Mumbai.