New Delhi: Keeping in mind the coronavirus pandemic situation, the Central government on Thursday confirmed that there will be no chief guest at this year’s Republic Day event on January 26. Also Read - Republic Day 2021: Top Bollywood Songs to Help You Celebrate The Love For Nation

“Due to the global Covid-19 situation, it has been decided that this year there will not be any foreign head of state or government as the chief guest for our Republic Day event,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a press briefing. Also Read - Delhi Metro Services on Republic Day: Full List of Stations That Will Remain Closed, Partially Shut on January 26

Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was invited to be the chief guest this year. However, he later turned down the invitation because of the new coronavirus strain that has affected thousands of people in the UK. Also Read - Republic Day Parade 2021 App: Download and Watch Live Telecast of R-Day Parade, Track Traffic Routes

Later, the name of Suriname President Chandrikapersad Santokhi was also floated, but the speculation was denied as well.