Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been postponed amid global concern over the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The report said the prime minister was scheduled to visit the Gulf country on January 6. It is believed that this was his first foreign trip in 2022.
PM Modi’s visit to the strategically important country was planned as both the countries were celebrating 50 years of their diplomatic ties.
The rising cases of the Omicron type of coronavirus, which is more transmitted than the delta strain, have raised alarm bells across India and the world.
The delta strain was responsible for the second deadly wave of infections in the country in April-May this year when lakhs of people succumbed to the disease and the health system collapsed.
India has reported nearly 800 cases of the new strain since Omicron was detected in South Africa in the last week of November.