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The planet begins to celebrate a New Year under the sign of the coronavirus


(#Paris) The planet began #Thursday to turn the page of the year 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic which forces billions of people to celebrate in privacy and at home the passage to the #New #Year.






#Andrew BEATTY
#France #Media #Agency

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#Broken to months of restrictions or even confinement due to COVID-19, which has killed at least 1.7 million people worldwide, the new epidemic waves are forcing a majority of residents to follow the celebrations from their sofa.

#From #Sydney to #Rome, they will attend the fireworks and shows behind a television or computer screen provided the festivities have not been canceled.

The tiny archipelago of #Kiribati and the #Samoa islands in the #Pacific were the first to switch at 10 a.m. GMT in 2021, while the uninhabited islands of #Howland and #Baker will have to wait another 26 hours.

#New #Zealand – where only a few restrictions remain, making it one of the few on the planet where residents can celebrate the transition to 2021 without a screen interposed – followed an hour later, with large crowds gathered in #Auckland to watch a fireworks display.

#Although largely untouched by the pandemic, the nations of the #Pacific are experiencing a new kind of #New #Year due to border closures, curfews and containment.

#In #Sydney, #Australia’s largest city, the famous #New #Year’s #Eve fireworks display was fired at 1 p.m. GMT over the #Bay, but with a near total absence of spectators after the appearance of a recent outbreak of contamination in the north of the city which totals some 150 cases.

#Even the plan to allow 5,000 people working on the front lines in the fight against the epidemic to attend to thank them for their efforts has been abandoned.

” #New start ”

“#Everyone is looking forward to 2021 as a fresh start,” said #Karen #Roberts, one of the few spectators to be admitted to a bar near the famous #Sydney #Opera #House.

#In #Hong #Kong, despite the restrictions, a few revelers have ventured to the #Victoria #Harbor waterfront to take selfies.

#In #Tokyo, where residents face the prospect of imposing a state of emergency after a record 1,300 new infections daily, people lined up with masks and face guards to offer #New #Year’s prayers. #Year.

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#People lined up with masks and face guards to offer #New #Year’s prayers in #Tokyo.

The city of #Wuhan, #China, where the virus first emerged in late 2019, has seen thousands of people gather to celebrate the #New #Year. #Same stages in #Taipei, capital of #Taiwan, also held a more traditional celebration. , with crowds gathering to watch fireworks.

#Elsewhere the mood was much more depressing.

#In #Russia, #President #Vladimir #Putin acknowledged in his #New #Year’s speech that a second wave of infections is hitting the nation. “Unfortunately, the epidemic has not yet been completely stopped. The fight against the epidemic does not stop for a minute, ”he said.

#Shortly before, around ten people swam in the icy waters of #Lake #Baikal in #Siberia, as they do every year, braving extreme temperatures ranging between -26 and -35 ° C.

#It is from their living room that the #Romans will attend the festivities which will take place at #Circus #Maximus, the oldest stadium in the city. #Two hours of shows are on the program as well as an illumination of the most emblematic sites of the city. The municipality has banned the fireworks and firecrackers which usually resound in the streets and squares of the city.

#Italy, where photos of improvised mortuaries and exhausted caregivers have made the rest of the planet aware of the severity of the crisis, is subject to lockdown until #January 7 and a curfew from 22 hours. The 31st celebrations are prohibited in both public and private places.

#From #France to #Latvia via #Brazil, police officers and, in certain cases, soldiers will be deployed to ensure compliance with curfews or bans on gatherings.

#In hard-hit #London, 74-year-old #American singer #Patti #Smith will give a livestream concert in tribute to caregivers from the NHS, the UK’s public health system, who died of COVID-19. #It will be shown live on the #Piccadilly #Circus screen and broadcast on #YouTube.

“#Hope”

#In #Dubai, thousands of people are expected to witness a fireworks and laser show at #Burj #Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, despite new cases. #All people will need to wear a mask or register using a QR code.

#In #Beirut, still reeling from the deadly and devastating #August 4 explosion, authorities also relaxed measures. The curfew was pushed back to 3 a.m. #Bars, restaurants and nightclubs have reopened and have big #New #Years parties.

#All over the world, a difficult tomorrow is feared.

#In #Brazil, the second most bereaved country in the world, doctors fear a new wave. #Videos of people partying without masks are circulating on social networks, and television has broadcast images of police closing bars crowded with customers.

#In #Germany, in her #New #Year’s greetings, #Chancellor #Angela #Merkel warned that this “historic” coronavirus crisis was set to continue in 2021 even if the vaccine brings “hope”.





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