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ICYMI – The world rings in the New Year in the shadow of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.

People around the world rang in the New Year this weekend, although the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 Omicron variant undoubtedly dampened the mood. Among the first to hear the clock strike midnight were the onlookers of a spectactular light show in Auckland, New Zealand, where lockdown rules have recently eased. The celebration marked the first time since August that crowds could meet publicly in the island nation’s capital.

On the otherhand, midnight passed in Paris without its usual planned fireworks display or DJ sets, as city officials cancelled events planned on the Champs-Elysees. Traditionally, the city would be lit by colorful displays centred on the Arc de Triomphe along the famous Parisian boulevard. “It’s understandable,” said Jonas Berstein, a German tourist who had come to Paris for the celebrations.

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