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States move to lock out Sydney residents

Residents of greater Sydney have again found themselves isolated, as every state and territory moves to lock them out after a COVID-19 cluster on the city's northern beaches ballooned to 70 cases.

Victoria closes its borders to Sydney

Victoria has shut its borders to people travelling from greater Sydney and the NSW Central Coast, declaring the area a red zone for coronavirus.

Tough UK curbs may go on: health minister

London and southeast England may stay under tighter coronavirus curbs for some time, with Britain's health minister saying dropping plans to ease restrictions for Christmas was needed to stem a new fast-spreading strain.

US approves Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine has become the second to receive emergency use authorisation (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration, which is welcome news to a nation with a staggering COVID-19 death toll of more than 307,000 lives lost.

Sydney stares down COVID-19 barrel again

Sydney's northern beaches peninsula has entered quasi-lockdown as a local coronavirus cluster jumps to 28 people and several states implement or flag the reimposition of travel bans on NSW residents.

We've prepared for this: Hunt on NSW cases

Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australian authorities are well prepared to tackle the growing NSW coronavirus cluster, which has thrown a spanner into the nation's Christmas travel plans.