Labour leader Keir Starmer has accused the UK prime minister of leaving the borders open long enough to allow the Delta, or ‘Indian’, Covid variant to enter the country, sparking a spike in cases and delays to lockdown easing.

Criticising Boris Johnson’s “indecision” in delaying putting India on the government’s travel ‘red list’, Starmer on Wednesday accused the PM of having “blown” chances for a quicker end to Covid restrictions. The opposition leader said that had that decision been made earlier, it could have prevented both the spreading of the Delta variant in the UK, as well as the lockdown extension. (RT)