India has joined the UK’s travel red list – effectively banning travel – as a deadly second wave of infections sweeps the country. 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.
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.
The rising number of cases has resulted in a deepening healthcare crisis that has gripped several states, and India’s top court has asked the central government for a national plan by Friday on bolstering supply, oxygen, medicine, treatment and vaccines.