The Health Secretary is to address the nation during a press conference later today as more than 100 cases of the Indian mutation have been found in the UK.
Three more cases have been found in Leicester and there are fears that the Indian strain is more transmissible and much more deadly and could be resistant to vaccines.
Scientists are desperately trying to find more information and data over the new variant to understand more about its impact.
In India more than 300,000 people are testing positive every day amounting to more than 2m every seven days, but authorities believe this figure could be far higher as the country is struggling to get a grip on the pandemic.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has warned, “The current wave is particularly dangerous.
“It is supremely contagious and those who are contracting it are not able to recover as swiftly.
“In these conditions, intensive care wards are in great demand.”
Matt Hancock wrote on social media today, “Vital supplies from the UK are arriving in India.
“We’re working with our Indian friends in these tough times.
“My thoughts are with our Indian friends and everyone affected at this deeply difficult time.”
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