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US COVID-19 cases surpass 20 million

US coronavirus cases have crossed the 20 million mark as officials seek to speed up vaccinations and a more infectious variant surfaces in Colorado, California and Florida.

SA moves to close the border with NSW

South Australia will impose a hard border closure with NSW in response to the spread of COVID-19 cases in Sydney, with officials also keeping their "fingers and toes crossed" in relation to Victoria as cases emerge in Melbourne.

UK to roll out Astra/Oxford COVID vaccine

Britain has become the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, hoping rapid action will help it stem a surge of infections driven by a highly contagious variant of the virus.

Second cluster elevates NSW virus threat

New Year's Eve restrictions across greater Sydney have been tightened after NSW reported 18 cases of community transmission of coronavirus and a second cluster in the city's inner west.