Gloomy New Year for many as COVID-19 crashes the party again

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SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) – New Year celebrations around the world have been called off as the coronavirus casts gloom over festivities for a second year but Australia was determined to enjoy the night and there were even signs North Korea was preparing fireworks. Global coronavirus infections hit a record high over the past seven-day period, with an average of just over one million cases detected a day worldwide between Dec. 24 and 30, some 100,000 up on the previous peak posted on Wednesday, according to Reuters data. With numerous countries registering all-time highs, authorities in many place…

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