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Omicron variant: Grammy awards gala postponed, Sundance festival 100% virtual | Coronavirus

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The Grammy awards ceremony has been postponed indefinitely due to “uncertainties surrounding the Omicron variant” while the Sundance Film Festival has decided to be completely virtual again this year, the organizing teams of the two announced on Wednesday. events.

Hosting the show on January 31 is simply too risky, explained, in a statement, the Academy of the American disc, which organizes each year the ceremony of the Grammy prizes in Los Angeles.

A new date for this evening which rewards the best of music will be announced soon.

Omicron has become the ultra-majority variant of Covid-19 in the United States, where more than a million new cases of contamination were recorded in 24 hours on Monday, a record.

Citing Surprisingly high transmission rates of the Omicron variant, the organizing team of the Sundance festival, which was to open on January 20 in Utah, for its part had to resolve to abandon the planned face-to-face events.

The festival, which was to take place in a hybrid format this year, will therefore take place online again.

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