New Year in Pictures: World Ushers in 2022 With Scaled Down Celebrations

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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world welcomed 2022 with largely reduced crowds and fireworks amid the spread of the more contagious, albeit less severe, Omicron variant. In some regions, events were scaled back or canceled outright.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has claimed upward of five million lives since the start of 2020. Governments across the globe have used the CCP virus and new variants as justification to subject people to rounds of lockdowns and restrictions, as well as mask and vaccine mandates, sparking numerous widespread public protests over the past two years.

Australia celebrated the new year with spectacular fireworks and light shows over Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House at 9 p.m. and at the stroke of midnight. New Year’s Eve in the years prior to the pandemic would normally attract over one million people. Crowds were far smaller this year, with most viewing areas having capacity limits and requiring tickets to access.

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