Europe rang in the new year in subdued fashion as several countries reported record Covid-19 infections and governments considered how to contain the virus when workers return to offices and children go back to school.
Fireworks displays and large public gatherings were scrapped or scaled back for New Year’s Eve across the continent despite early data suggesting the Omicron variant produces a milder form of disease compared with its predecessors. Hospitals are bracing for a flood of patients because of increased social contacts over the festive period and the high transmissibility of the strain.
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