Boris Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that extra measures were being put in place to prevent the Brazilian coronavirus variant being imported to the UK.
“We’re putting in extra measures to ensure that people coming from Brazil are checked and indeed stopping people coming from Brazil,” he said.
Pressed on whether this means a new travel ban being imposed on Brazil, he said: “We are taking steps to ensure that we do not see the import of this new variant from Brazil.”
Scientists working in Britain have not yet announced any coronavirus cases caused by the variant on UK soil, although it is likely widespread in Brazil already.
Brazil has already banned flights from the UK. In 2019 there were around 290,000 visits to the UK from Brazil, but there are currently no direct flights running from Brazil to the UK, according to Skyscanner.