Pressure on Boris Johnson to say why he delayed India ‘red list’ as variant concerns grow – follow live
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Pressure on Boris Johnson to say why he delayed India ‘red list’ as variant concerns grow – follow live

Boris Johnson warns India variant could delay 21 June stage of lockdown exit plan

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to say whether his planned trade trip to India impacted upon his government’s delay in implementing the strictest level of border controls with India, with Labour’s shadow home secretary accusing the prime minister of having “serious questions to answer” over suggestions “that he did not put the safety of the British people first.

Nick Thomas Symonds’ comments to The Independent came as health minister Edward Argar said there was no “hard and fast answer” on how many of the thousands who arrived from India during the four days between Matt Hancock’s “red list” announcement and its implementation may have been infected with the variant now threatening the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

At a Downing Street briefing on Friday, the prime minister said the variant had created the “risk of disruption and delay”, plunging his…

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