Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the closure of all travel corridors from Monday to protect the UK against new coronavirus strains, ending the quarantine exemption for arrivals from selected nations. He told the Downing Street press conference that anyone who wishes to travel to the UK must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test in the previous 72 hours.
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MEA announced that there will be no foreign leader as Republic Day chief guest. The decision comes due to the global situation arising out of Covid-19. Earlier, India had invited UK PM Boris Johnson as Republic Day chief guest. The UK PM cancelled his visit on Republic Day in view of the spread of the new virus variant. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest at Republic Day last year. India is preparing to celebrate the 72nd republic day this year. NSG 'black cat' commandos were seen practicing for the Republic Day parade. The commandos will be part of the forthcoming Republic Day parade. NSG commandos are making a comeback this year. The rehearsal was carried out with specialized vehicles and equipment. The number of commandos has been reduced this year due to covid-19.
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Estonia's envoy to India Katrin Kivi on GoI's decision to open a mission in Estonia expressed happiness. She called it a 'New Year gift' for Estonia. "It is a pleasure to address India's decision to open a resident mission in Estonia. This was really a kind of Christmas or New Year gift for the entire Estonia nation. We are very happy about it. This is proof of our bilateral relations. It's important for our trade relations but also politically as India and Estonia are good partners, this year we've also started working together in UNSC," said Estonia's envoy to India.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 16 urged people who are spreading rumours for COVID-19 vaccination, to not to do anything that brings two views in the public regarding the vaccination. He said that the whole country needs to be linked to the vaccination campaign and needs to be given confidence.
Apollo Hospitals Chairman Prathap C Reddy expressed happiness after taking the first shot of COVID-19 today. "I am happy that I took COVID-19 vaccine today. By the time I take 2nd shot, my immunity will increase. I hope everyone in India will also have the hope and confidence that 'my turn will come, and I'll not hesitate in taking vaccine'," said Prathap C Reddy.
Wide areas of the UK woke-up this morning to a covering of snow, up to 8 centimetres thick in parts, providing fun for some. Earlier weather warnings have now been lifted. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Dr Sara Kayat says it is crucial the public continue adhering to Covid restrictions and staying at home, until the the national vaccination programme is complete.
She warned the new virus variant is transmitted 50-70% faster than the initial strain as the same time last year. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The British Red Cross says every Covid death repesents a "colossal loss" across the world, as it expects the global death toll to hit two million on Saturday. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Aviation Minister Robert Courts says the UK has "always had one of the most robust" travel measures across the world throughout the Covid pandemic.
His comments follow an announcement the country is to close all travel corridors from Monday over growing concerns of rising infections, and the risks of new strains. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Nick Thomas-Symonds says Home Secretary Priti Patel will be "responsible for criminals walking free", after thousands of records were accidentally deleted from the police national computer due to a coding error.
The shadow home secretary also accused Ms Patel of "hiding", and called on her to make a statement regarding the blunder. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn