England Health Secretary Matt Hancock will make a statement to the Commons this afternoon to update MPs on the latest developments in the battle with Covid.

The announcement comes as a new variant spread across the UK - originating in India - with fears it could become 'of concern'.

There could be a travel ban for India, while the Government is also due to announce foreign travel plans for all countries for this summer.

And there could be announcements on vaccines as concerns continue over the link between jabs and blood clots.

This morning, Dr Jeffrey Barrett, director of the Covid-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said that the variant of the virus first identified in India should be “watched carefully” but it is “probably not at the top tier of mutations that generate the most concern.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the first cases of the variant were identified late last year.

“This variant has a couple of mutations that are among those that we think are important that should be watched carefully, but they’re actually probably not at the very kind of top tier of mutations, for example in the B117 – or Kent variant – or the South African variant, that generate the most concern."

Live updates will appear below. Mr Hancock is due to start speaking at 3.30pm.