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World to ring in New Year under Covid cloud

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Sydney (AFP) – The world prepared to usher in 2022 on Friday after another tumultuous and pandemic-ridden year capped by new restrictions, soaring case numbers, and a slight glimmer of hope for better times ahead. The past 12 months saw a new US president and a new Adele album, the first spectator-free Olympics, and dreams of democracy from Afghanistan to Myanmar and Hong Kong crushed by authoritarian regimes. But it was the pandemic — now entering its third year — that again dominated life for most of humankind. More than 5.4 million people have died since the coronavirus was first reported…

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