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Omicron dampens worldwide New Year celebrations, but South Africa offers hope

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By Sisipho Skweyiya CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -The Omicron variant dampened New Year festivities around much of the world, cancelling celebrations at Paris’s Arc de Triomphe and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, although Cape Town rang in 2022 with the lifting of a nighttime curfew after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. The midnight hour passed in Paris without a planned fireworks display or DJ sets, as city officials cancelled events planned on the Champs-Elysees, following the advice of a scientific panel that declared mass gathering would be too risky. Elsewhere around the globe, events wer…

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