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World rings in 2022 under COVID shadow — follow the New Year live

New Year's 2022 Times Square sign
Source: Aljazeera
Many large parties and fireworks displays cancelled or scaled down due to a rise in coronavirus infections across the world.

The year 2022 is here in some countries, with the inhabitants of the South Pacific islands of Samoa and Kiribati the first to start the new year at 10:00 GMT, and New Zealand following an hour later.

It will take 26 hours, up to 12:00 GMT on Saturday, for the entire globe to ring in the new year and the last will be American Samoa.

Follow the updates around the world by linking here to Aljazeera's updates