Eight private jets transporting India's super-rich—and possibly the coronavirus—arrived in London ahead of the UK's 4 am travel ban.
According to the London Times, the last of the luxury planes, the VistaJet Bombardier Global 6000, which flew from Dubai to Mumbai on Thursday, landed at 3:15 am.
India has been added to the United Kingdom's "red list" of pandemic-affected nations. As of Friday, all Britons returning from India must stay in a government-approved hotel for ten days.
All non-British or non-Irish citizens will be barred from entering the country if they have they have spent the previous 10 days in India. As a "precautionary measure," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to postpone his own state visit to India scheduled for next week.
However, the passengers on the luxury plane were escaping unspeakable horrors back home. A horrific fire tore through an ICU ward in one of India's overcrowded hospitals about 70 miles outside Mumbai, killing at least 14 Covid-19 patients.
An oxygen leak in Maharashtra state, near where the fire broke out, killed 24 Covid-19 patients who were on ventilators earlier this week.
To make matters worse, India announced the largest number of cases in a single day, with 332,730 new infections recorded in a 24-hour period during which time 2,263 people died with Covid-19.