UK prime minister Boris Johnson cancels trip to amid rising cases in the country

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his trip to India amid surging coronavirus cases in the country.

Mr Johnson said it was "only sensible" to cancel the trip, due to take place next Monday.

The British and Indian governments said Monday that “in the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week” as planned.

The two governments said Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi would speak later this month and planned to meet in person later this year.

India has been reporting more than 200,000 cases daily and has been added to the UK's "red list", meaning people returning from there must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

The long-planned trip would have been Johnson’s first foreign visit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic more than a year ago and was aimed at boosting trade and investment ties.

UK health officials are investigating whether the variant, first found in India, spreads more easily and is able to resist the vaccine.

Public Health England says 103 cases have been detected in England, with four more recorded in Scotland.