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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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David entered this profession 20 years ago "as an act of impulse". Now nearly 70 years old, he speaks of his job with a smile on his face. His clients ranges from 18-year-olds who call him "uncle/daddy", to elderly people in their nineties who still have sexual needs to be fulfilled.

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