More than six tonnes of spectacular fireworks were shot into the sky across Sydney as it rang in the new year.
Fireworks created a stunning display over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and tickets to some of the best vantage points cost hundreds of pounds.
It's thought 1.1billion people around the globe tuned in to watch the world-famous display make its return after the 2020 event was scaled back to just seven minutes.
But while most people marvelled in the show-stopping display, others were left less than impressed and some even thought the fireworks bared an uncanny resemblance to Covid-19 particles.
Sydney resident Debra Jackson tweeted: "Happy New Year from Covid ridden Sydney. Even the fireworks looked like covid bugs falling on our city!"
Another wrote: "Sydney fireworks launching covid viruses into the air absolutely iconic."
A third said: "Sorry, the Sydney fireworks just loo like big nasty Covid viruses."
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In London, fireworks have reportedly been "given the go-ahead" with just hours to spare and live performances are featuring for the first time ever.
The annual display was originally axed for a second year running in October after Covid previously spoiled 2020's plans.
The Sun has reported that Londoners will now be able to enjoy the annual fireworks bonanza tonight despite the ongoing gloom of the pandemic.
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Officials are hoping to pull off the biggest ever drone display as 500 take to London's sky and Sir Elton John and Dua Lipa will be bringing in the new year.
Big Ben will also finally bong at midnight after undergoing restoration for the celebration.
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