Omicron spreads global gloom over New Year’s celebrations

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New Year celebrations are approaching and across the world there is an urge to party

Omicron spreads global gloom over New Year’s celebrationsBy RAF CASERTAssociated PressThe Associated PressBRUSSELS

BRUSSELS (AP) — As omicron spreads ever more gloom around the globe ahead of New Year’s Eve, governments are moving at different speeds to contain the scourge, with some reimposing restrictions immediately and others hesitating to spoil the party again.

In Britain, where the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus has sent caseloads soaring to record highs, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Monday no further restrictions will be introduced in England before the new year. New daily infections in England are hovering around 100,000, and hospital admissions were up more than 70% on Christmas from a week earlier.

“When we get into the new year, of course, we will see then…

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