The Indian Embassy in the United Kingdom on Friday said that consular services will remain suspended till January 8.
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions extended by Govt of the UK, all Consular Services (passport, passport surrender, visa, OCI, Attestation etc) have further been suspended till Jan 08, 21. For information reg. resumption of Services, kindly monitor our website, Twitter and Facebook,” the Indian embassy in the United Kingdom informed on Twitter.
The mutated strain of Covid-19 which has been detected in the UK has been called ‘more contagious’ and several nations have suspended air travel to and from the UK in wake of the new mutated strain. India has also suspended flight operations to and from the UK till January 7 after reports of discovery of Covid-19 cases of the mutated variant.
The UK has put several thousands under strict restrictions due to rising cases. The government has strictly warned against travelling during the New Year’s Eve and requested citizens to stay at home.
Health secretary John Hancock said, “With our NHS under pressure we must all take personal responsibility this New Year’s Eve and stay at home. I know how much we have all sacrificed this year and we cannot let up.”
Restrictions have been placed on India’s major cities as well to curb the spread of coronavirus. Night curfews have been announced in Mumbai and Bengaluru. The health ministry has asked state governments to keep a strict vigil on New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The United Kingdom has recorded 2,440,202 cases of Covid-19. The death toll due to the pandemic has reached 72,657.