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World welcomes New Year with muted celebrations as COVID-19 cases surge


  • The new variant of Omicron muted the New Year celebrations and many countries around the world are erring on the side of caution and observed low-key festivity.

  • There will be no traditional displays above most of the world’s landmarks, with fireworks cancelled over Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, London’s Big Ben and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Germany has imposed strict contact restrictions to curb the spread of Covid and prohibit New Year's Eve gatherings.