Due to the rising Covid surge the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France and Portugal has been cancelled, said sources.
The visit to Portugal was scheduled on May 8 and the PM was set to travel for the 16th India-EU summit. After this he was scheduled to visit France for a bilateral visit. However, the India-EU summit will now take place virtually.
The 15th India-EU summit in July 2020 was also held virtually as the PM had to cancel his Brussels visit due to Covid pandemic back then.
India is facing the second wave of Covid-19 which is proving itsely deadlier than the first one. The country has been reporting more than 2.5 lakh cases since a couple of days.
The UK President Boris Johnson on Monday also cancelled his visit to India in a view of the Covid-19 situation in the country. He was scheduled to visit on April 25.
Johnson was earlier scheduled to visit India on Republic Day (April 26) as a guest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done only one foreign visit since November 2019 that is since the Covid outbreak in the word. The visit which he has done during the pandemic was when he travelled to Bangladesh on its 50th Independence year celebrations in the month of March.