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News Wrap: New COVID-19 cases top 9.5 million globally with a majority caused by omicron

In our news wrap Thursday, COVID-19 caused a record 9.5 million new infections worldwide over the past week — nearly all involving the omicron variant. The United States Postal Service asked for a 120-day delay of the federal vaccine mandate for large employers. New violence erupted in Kazakhstan, with police killing dozens of rioters. Stocks struggled again to make any headway on Wall Street.

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