Fireworks are seen over Sydney harbour. Photograph: Getty

Australians bade farewell to 2021 with a traditional fireworks display over Sydney harbour as good news from South Africa - the first country to prono(...)

EU commissioner for health Stella Kyriakides: ‘Certain member states lag behind considerably in terms of this crucial dimension.’ Photograph: Julien Warnand/Pool/EPA

The European Union’s health commissioner has urged governments to boost efforts to detect coronavirus mutations, as data shows Ireland is one of seven(...)

The major relaxation of the state’s pandemic restrictions was announced four days after Sydney came out of a 106-day lockdown. Photograph:  David Gray/AFP via Getty

Australia’s most populous state has said it will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travellers as the government accelerates the liftin(...)

Movie goers purchase food and drinks at Palace Verona Cinema following 108 days of lockdown in Sydney. Photograph: Bianca de Marchi/EPA

Sydney’s cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to beg(...)