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World set to ring in another pandemic Christmas

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Sydney (AFP) – Omicron’s rise has heralded another pandemic-tinged Christmas for billions, with Santa’s arrival and longed-for family reunions overshadowed by the prospect of yet more Covid restrictions. Festive jokes about reindeer having “herd immunity” and millions isolating “Home Alone” may be wearing thin, but the emergence of the ultra-infectious Omicron variant means the pandemic isn’t going anywhere. For a second straight year, surging infections have complicated yuletide plans from Sydney to Seville. In Bethlehem — the city Christians believe was Jesus’ birthplace — hoteliers expect…

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