Coronavirus live news: UK variant fears while Western Australia to relax border rules

New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; World’s poor need action, not Covid ‘vaccine nationalism’, say experts; Germany’s Covid death toll exceeds 50,000

10.51pm GMT

The World Health Organization said Friday it was too early to draw any conclusions from its mission to Wuhan as to whether the Covid-19 pandemic started in China, AFP reports.

A team of WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on 14 January to start probing the origins of the deadly coronavirus, more than a year after the first cases were detected in the central Chinese city.

10.41pm GMT

Overnight, Andy Murray withdrew plans to compete in the Australian Open after being unable to find a “workable” quarantine solution to allow him to come to Melbourne before the 8 February start of the tournament.

Murray tested positive for Covid-19 just before he was due to fly, and is currently asymptomatic. Under newly-enforced Australian rules, people must receive a negative test result within 72 hours before they are due to fly.

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