Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes milestone as Emirates cancels Australian flights

Global coronavirus death toll reaches 2 million people; UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter; German vaccine officials forced to guess who is eligible from names

10.15pm GMT

In the US governors have accused the Trump administration of deceiving the states about the amount of Covid-19 vaccine they can expect to receive, as the country’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention warns the new more infectious strain of the virus will probably become the dominant infection in the country by March.

The CDC said it is about 50% more contagious than the virus that is causing the bulk of cases in this country so far.

10.04pm GMT

Overnight the West Australian premier Mark McGowan said his government would move Victoria to a “low risk” coronavirus category from next week, meaning some restrictions will be loosened on travellers from the state.

While Victorian travellers will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in WA, from Monday they will be allowed into the state without needing a special exemption. They will also be required to present for a coronavirus test on day 11 of their quarantine.

This is our WA COVID-19 update for Friday, 15 January 2021.

For official information on COVID-19 in Western Australia, visit

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