Prime Minister Boris Johnson is anticipated to carry a coronavirus press convention this afternoon.
It comes the day after Well being Secretary Matt Hancock made Covid bulletins within the Home of Commons – together with placing India on the journey pink record.
Mr Johnson is anticipated to quickly reveal the outcomes of a examine into whether or not overseas journey shall be allowed from England this summer time.
Journey might begin as early as Could 17 however the Authorities has been whether or not this shall be protected.
Mr Johnson may also seemingly focus on the vaccination challenge and fears over the hyperlink between vaccines and blood clots.
Ministers yesterday admitted 557 instances of the South Africa variant and 103 of the India variant have been discovered within the UK to this point.
Each have seen some “neighborhood transmission” – which means they didn’t have apparent hyperlinks to worldwide journey.
The announcement is anticipated from Downing Avenue at 5pm.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, former chief scientific adviser to the Authorities, this morning instructed BBC Breakfast that the choice to place India on the pink record might have come a bit late.
“These selections are nearly inevitably taken a bit too late in reality, however what’s completely clear is that this variant is extra transmissible in India,” he mentioned.
“You’ll be able to see that it’s turning into the dominant variant and the opposite concern about it’s that it has a second change within the spike protein which can imply that it’s capable of be a bit more practical at escaping an immune response, both a pure one or vaccine-induced one, so there’s good causes for wanting to maintain it overseas if in any respect potential.
“What we have to do is get the inhabitants vaccinated and in addition get booster vaccines ready that can be capable to take care of these new variants – so shopping for time… in opposition to these new variants is actually necessary.”
He mentioned NHS Check and Hint additionally turns into “actually necessary” as time goes on, particularly when case numbers drop low sufficient “in order that there’s a greater likelihood of form of stamping on instances as they arrive out, isolating them.”
Requested if he felt assured that the subsequent launch of restrictions would go forward on Could 17, Sir Mark mentioned: “Up to now, so good. The numbers of case are low, however however, there are nonetheless new instances arising, and it’s why information not dates are what matter.
“It takes time, we’ve solely been below the most recent relaxations for just a few days and so we simply have to see over the subsequent few weeks how the numbers stack up, however to this point so good and with the nice climate, it’s so good to be optimistic that so long as persons are cautious, we must be alright for the subsequent section.”