No foreign guest at Republic Day parade this year, here’s why
Due to the COVID pandemic, no foreign guest will be present at India’s republic day parade, something that has actually been one of the highlights of the annual occasion celebrating the nation’s variety at the heart of Delhi.
Revealing the advancement, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “Due to the international covid 19 situation, it has actually been decided that this year there will not be a foreign head of state or head of govt as the chief guest at our republic day event”
India had actually extended an invite to UK PM Boris Johnson to be the guest at the Republic day who had accepted and validated that he would be coming. However earlier this month he had notified the Indian PM of his inability to come due to the new pressure of covid infection that had emerged in the UK.
This is the 4th time in history that no foreign visitor will exist on Republic Day. The last time it had taken place was in the year 1966, and before that in 1953 and 1952.
The option of the Republic Day guest showcases New Delhi’s nearness with the nation. Indian PM Modi had actually welcomed United States President Barack Obama as the chief visitor in 2015, which sent the message of growing ties Delhi Washington partnership. In 2018, all members of the ASEAN grouping were invited, developing history given that never before 10 heads of govt/states existed at the parade together.
Johnson had on January 4 ordered England into a new national lockdown to consist of a rise in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system prior to a vaccine program reaches an emergency.
The announcement came simply hours after the federal government hailed Britain’s success in becoming the first nation to start rolling out the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca against COVID-19
Johnson said a brand-new, more contagious version of the coronavirus first determined in the UK and now present in many other countries was spreading at fantastic speed and instant action was needed to slow it down.
” As I speak to you tonight, our health centers are under more pressure from COVID than whenever because the start of the pandemic,” Johnson stated in a televised address to the country.
” With most of the country currently under extreme procedures, it’s clear that we require to do more together to bring this new variation under control,” he stated.
” We need to for that reason go into a nationwide lockdown, which is hard enough to include this variation. That indicates the government is once again advising you to remain at home.”
Non-essential shops and hospitality would have to stay closed, while primary and secondary schools would close from Tuesday for all pupils other than vulnerable children and those whose moms and dads are essential employees.
( With Reuters inputs)
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