Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to provide a Covid-19 update to the Commons today.

He is expected to make the announcement at around 3.30pm on Monday afternoon to update MPs on the latest developments in the battle with Covid-19.

It comes as it was announced Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his visit to Delhi next week, as concerns grow over a new variant.

So far, dozens of cases of the Indian variant have been identified in the UK with Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, warning people could be "caught out".

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: "I am concerned about all the variants. Don’t get me wrong, I think our road map is going well and at the moment, in this country, we are doing rather well, enjoying unlocking.

"But out there, there is the Indian variant, the South African, Brazilian etc, and they do pose a threat."

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The Prime Minister was due to visit Delhi next week, but rising Covid cases and worries about a variant found in India - and has already been diagnosed in dozens of people in the UK.

Boris Johnson has cancelled his visit to Delhi next week, as the coronavirus crisis worsens in India and concerns grow over a new variant there Photo credit should read: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire (Image: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire)

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“Over 10 million second vaccine doses have been administered across the UK."

More than 10 million people in the UK have now received their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to Government figures.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the UK having administered more than 10 million second doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

He tweeted: “Over 10 million second vaccine doses have been administered across the UK.

“This milestone shows how far we’ve come in our fight against this virus & I want to pay tribute to the whole team involved.”

Matt Hancock to give Covid update to the House of Commons today

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will make a Commons statement today on the ongoing coronavirus situation.

He is expected to make the announcement at around 3.30pm on Monday afternoon to update MPs on the latest developments in the battle with Covid-19.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock (Image: Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It comes as Boris Johnson cancelled his visit to Delhi next week, as the coronavirus crisis worsens in India and concerns grow over a new variant there.

So far, dozens of cases of the Indian variant have been identified in the UK with Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, warning people could be "caught out".

Read more