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Some countries relax restrictions, anticipating omicron peak

A pedestrian walks past a covid-19 public health notice in London, Britain. The British government has announced that Plan B measures to stop the spread of the omicron variant are to be dropped across England starting 27 Jan. (Andy Rain/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Northern Ireland is easing its limits on gatherings and nightlife.

Officials in Thailand said Thursday that the country will restart a program meant to ease travel that was suspended in December.

And British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that rules implemented to fight omicron in England, such as public masking and proof of vaccination for access to events, will lift.

Some countries are relaxing their coronavirus restrictions, hopeful that cases of the omicron variant will fall as quickly as they exploded last month.

France is still in the thick of an omicron wave and reporting some of the world’s highest daily coronavirus case counts. But Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that restrictions there would gradually lift — with mask and remote work mandates easing early next month and nightclubs reopening later in February.

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