India has been added to the UK’s red list of travel destinations, with ten-day hotel quarantine restrictions to be introduced from 4am on Friday 23rd April.
Confirming 103 cases of the India variant had now been detected, Hancock told the House of Commons: “The vast majority have links to international travel and have been picked up by our testing at the border.”
Hancock said: “The biggest risk to our progress here in the UK is a new variant that the vaccine does not work as well against. We need updated vaccines to tackle mutated viruses.”
There will be 40 countries on the red list as of Friday.
Boris Johnson will hold a press conference about the growing concerns of the Indian Coronavirus Variant today (20th April) at 5pm.