Coronavirus live: UK reports 8,125 new cases, highest increase since February; Germany to lift travel warnings

UK also reports 17 deaths as infection rate rises; Germany to update travel guidance for tourists heading to most countries

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4.07pm BST

Today’s UK Covid report shows 8,125 cases up from 7,393 on Thursday.

Moreover, there were 17 deaths within 28 days of a positive test up from 7 on Thursday.

3.46pm BST

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the importance of cooperation and transparency during investigations into the origins of Covid-19 in a call with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Friday, reports Reuters.

According to the US state department, the two diplomats discussed North Korea policy and Blinken expressed U.S. concerns over the deterioration of democratic norms in Hong Kong and the “genocide” of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

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