The ominous Omicron COVID-19 variant has made a splash on international dailies and weeklies alike.
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.
The Guardian Weekly
South Africa Sunday Times
Sunday Times (South Africa)
The New Statesman
The Japan News
New York Post
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