World welcomes New Year 2022 amid Omicron alert | See pics

People around the world welcomed the New Year amid surging Covid cases fuelled by the Omicron variant. These pictures show celebrations from around the world.

Fireworks explode over the Yarra River waterfront during downsized New Year celebrations on Jan 01, 2022 as the Omicron Covid-19 variant continues to spread in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Reuters)

With hope for a better year, people around the world welcomed 2022 even as the rising Covid cases played a spoiler in the New Year celebrations. The latest wave of Covid-19 dampened the festivities around the world. However, few countries welcomed 2022 with firecracker shows.

A light display to mark New Year was witnessed over St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Britain on Jan 01, 2022. (Photo: Reuters)

Fireworks exploded in the sky over the Kremlin and St Basil’s cathedral during the New Year’s celebrations in Moscow, Russia Jan 1, 2022. (Photo: Reuters)

Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year celebrations in Australia on Jan 1, 2022. (Photo: Reuters)

Fireworks explode over skyline building to celebrate New Year in Hong Kong, China on Jan 01, 2022. (Photo: Reuters)

A child wearing a face mask, following the Covid-19 outbreak, walks in front of a 2022 installation at a shopping mall in Beijing, China on December 31, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)

A woman prays in front of lanterns on New Year’s Eve at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea on Dec 31, 2021. (Photo: AP)

A man hangs a paper note bearing his New Year wishes on New Year’s Eve at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (Photo: AP)

Attendees at an event that coincided with the New Year Eve cheer as fake snow from a foam machine is blown overhead in Beijing, China on Dec 31, 2021. (Photo: AP)

Workers of a political party and others cheer in front of a huge kite to welcome 2022 in Ahmedabad. (Photo: AP)

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