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Police  patrol  Bondi Beach  on horseback in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Australian police hiked fines for people breaking lockdown rules in Sydney and the rest of its home state on Saturday. Strict stay-at-home orders were(...)

Large families and household transmission in southwestern Sydney are thought to be factors in the city’s rising infection rate. Photograph: Getty

Despite being in a citywide lockdown since June 26th, Sydney recorded 390 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, its highest daily number since the pandemic(...)

Anton Tohill: Former Derry U-20 star made his full  Australian Football League debut for Collingwood last month.

A new rule change allowing AFL clubs to give third-year rookies an extra ‘replacement year’ away from the primary list is certain to boost willingness(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: ‘If we open our borders now, we will lose the freedoms and advantages we have achieved.’ Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand will gradually reopen its international border next year but will maintain its zero-tolerance policy towards the spread of coronavirus as (...)

Quiet streets in Sydney as harsh lockdown conditions continue in the area. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Sydney reported a record daily number of new coronavirus infections on Thursday, as Victoria state said it will enter a snap one-week lockdown as Aus(...)

A stay-at-home message is displayed on a screen in western Sydney during the city’s prolonged Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty

Soldiers in Australia began patrolling Sydney on Monday to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly-contagious Delta varia(...)

Volunteers direct traffic at a Covid-19 drive-through testing clinic in eastern Brisbane, as Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state will enter a snap Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton / AFP/ Getty Images

Anti-lockdown protests planned in Sydney on Saturday failed to materialise, with police confident a city-wide crackdown on movement and checkpoints en(...)

Trayvon Bromell: the American is favourite to win the Men’s 100 Metres title in Tokyo. Photograph: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Men’s 100 metres final, this Sunday, 1.50pm (Irish time) They were gathering around in small numbers on the streets outside just to get a look at the(...)

Members of  public  tested at pop-up Covid-19 clinic in Sydney, Australia. The stay-at-home orders for coronavirus-hit Greater Sydney and the surrounding area have been tightened. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Sydney’s poorest neighbourhoods on Friday braced for military enforcement of the city’s toughest and longest lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic as the (...)

Police vans are seen at an apartment building in Sydney, Australia, where residents have been placed in isolation overnight. It’s understood that health officials discovered several Covid-19 cases inside the building were linked. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Authorities in Sydney extended a lockdown by four weeks on Wednesday after an already protracted stay-at-home order failed to curb a Covid-19 outbreak(...)

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