Matt Hancock will make a statement about India's 'double mutation' coronavirus variant on Monday afternoon.

The Health Secretary will discuss at 3:30pm, what the virus outbreak means for the UK's roadmap out of lockdown restrictions.

Scientists are concerned that the Indian variant could spread more easily than other strains of Covid-19 in the UK.

It is also feared that its double mutation will allow the variant to evade current vaccines, The Sun reports.

The virus has led to Boris Johnson cancelling his trip to India, as the country struggles with an explosion of coronavirus cases.

The Prime Minister had been due to meet with the Indian leader next week.

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Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told Good Morning Britain that the Indian variant poses a threat.

Prof Altman said: "I am concerned about all the variants.

"I think our roadmap 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."

In New Delhi, unrelated coronavirus patients are being forced to share hospital beds while corpses are left outside the ward.

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Prof Altman continued: "At the moment, this particular variant (from India) is called a variant under investigation, not a variant of concern because it hasn't been escalated to that level yet.

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"My assumption from everything I've seen is that it will become a variant of concern.

"When it becomes a variant of concern, I'd be quite surprised if India wasn't on the red list."

Indian officials earlier announced that New Delhi would be locked down from Monday, April 19 as it recorded a record high of 273,810 daily cases.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said on Sunday that there is no evidence of the Indian variant being able to "get around" vaccines or is easier to catch.