Matt Hancock is delivering an update on the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The Health Secretary will make a statement at around 3.30pm to update MPs on the latest developments after dozens of cases of a new variant from India were identified in the UK.

According to the latest update from Public Health England (PHE), 73 cases of the B.1.617 variant, which has been classified as a 'variant under investigation, have been found in England, as well as four cases in Scotland.

There are now four 'variants of concern' and seven 'variants under investigation' in the UK.

The government is also facing calls to move India to the travel “red list”, which would mean only UK nationals could return from the country and those doing so must pay to quarantine in agovernment-approved hotel for 10 days.

It comes as Mr Hancock announced that more than 10 million second doses of a coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in the UK.

Celebrating the milestone on Twitter, he said it "shows how far we’ve come in our fight against this virus".

Prime minister Boris Johnson said: “I want to thank the brilliant staff and volunteers involved in the rollout, and urge all those who are called to keep coming forward.”

Matt Hancock is due to deliver his statement at around 3.30pm and we will have live updates below...

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