Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong orders partial lockdown; Covid fragments found in Sydney sewage

Thousands in Kowloon district put under new restrictions; New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; Germany’s Covid death toll exceeds 50,000Home Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? 3.52am GMT Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, says he and Joe Biden discussed migration, Covid and bilateral cooperation in a “pleasant and respectful” first phone call, Reuters reports:The Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said he and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, discussed migration, the Covid-19 pandemic and bilateral cooperation on Friday during their first phone call since the American assumed the presidency this week.The afternoon call was “pleasant and respectful”, Lopez Obrador said in a brief Twitter post, in which he appeared in a photo smiling, seated at a table with the foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, and the former presidential chief of staff Alfonso Romo. 3.17am GMT Some additional information on the permit system required for people to travel into Victoria from other states in Australia, via the state’s health department:Since the portal went live on 11 January, 294,317 permits have been issued. In the past 24 hours, 24,945 applications have been processed – an average of 17.3 permits issued each minute. Continue reading…

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Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong orders partial lockdown; Covid fragments found in Sydney sewage  
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