Coronavirus UK news – Last India flight arrives in UK before ‘red list’ travel ban after surge in variant cases

THE LAST flight from India landed in the UK tonight before the Covid-ravaged country is put on the UK’s travel ‘red list’ tomorrow morning.

Families have been rushing to grab a seat on UK-bound flights to dodge the new hotel quarantine rules that come into force at 4am.

The last scheduled commercial flight ahead of the rule change – Vistara flight VTI017 – landed at London’s Heathrow Airport at 6.48pm, according to FlightRadar24.

India has recorded the world’s highest number of daily Covid cases – and another 55 cases of the Indian variant have been confirmed in the UK in the last week, bringing the total to 132.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government was banning almost all travel from the country to protect the vaccine rollout here in Britain.

Hancock said “the vast majority have links to international travel and have been picked up by our testing at the border”.

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