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Omicron Extra! 16 Magazine Covers And Front Pages Around The World

The ominous Omicron COVID-19 variant has made a splash on international dailies and weeklies alike.

Photo of a man wearing a black COVID-19 protective mask inside a newsstand, surrounded by dozens of newspapers and magazines, in Budapest, Hungary.

Wearing a COVID-19 protective mask in a news kiosk in Budapest, Hungary

It's been another week dominated by an invisible virus. The news last Friday of a "variant of concern" identified by South African health care officials set off a new round of travel restrictions, global health policy criticism and vaccine debates as COVID-19 once again dominated news headlines and dinner conversations around the world.

Though the full impact of the Omicron variant must still be determined by ongoing scientific studies, the world was once again joined in a collective moment of anxiety and uncertainty a full two years after the first mentions of a novel coronavirus discovered in China began to appear in the world's news outlets. And now...?


This week, we've collected a handful of the notable newspaper front pages and magazine covers devoted to the arrival of Omicron.

Inversion

Inversion

Internazionale

Internazionale

The Economist

The Economist

Milliyet

Milliyet

ABC

ABC

The Guardian Weekly

The Guardian Weekly

Nea Kriti

Nea Kriti

South Africa Sunday Times

Sunday Times (South Africa)

The New Statesman

The New Statesman

Financial Mail

Financial Mail

Joong-ang Ilbo

Joong-ang Ilbo

The Japan News

The Japan News

The Week

The Week

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Suddeutsche Zeitung

New York Post

New York Post

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People waving Argentinian flags

December 18, 2022, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentinian fans celebrating their World Cup victory.

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Ignacio Pereyra

“I’m overwhelmed and I’m not even Argentinian — happy to see people happy,” a friend who lives in Greece, where his partner is from, wrote to me. My friend, who is half-German and half-American, was moved by the jubilant images of millions of people celebrating in the streets of Argentina after Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup in Qatar.

His message came to me while I was reading about how the title might or might not affect the country and its people, but, above all, as I was also asking myself something simpler: Why are Argentine fans so happy — even weeks after winning the World Cup?

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