"It is the same concern that we have with the variant found in South Africa and is the core reason why we took this decision today, said Hancock.
This follows India being placed on the 'red list' for travel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelling his trip to the country.
Dhesi asked: "The Prime Minister cancelled his India trip and the government just announced that India has been placed on its travel 'red list', amid devastating surge in Covid cases there. But Health Secretary is still unsure if our vaccines are effective against the new double mutation variant detected there."
The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported that a "new double mutant variant" of the coronavirus has been found in India.
It has been named a 'Desi' (Indian) variant.
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