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2021 is already now! | Euronews


A page turns. #This very special year ends today and many countries have already celebrated the transition in 2021.

The past 12 months have been marked by the coronavirus pandemic which has forced billions of people to celebrate the #New #Year in privacy and at home.

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

#From #Auckland 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 10am GMT in 2021, while the uninhabited islands of #Howland and #Baker will have to wait another 26 hours.

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#New #Zealand – where only a few restrictions remain, making it one of the few on the planet where locals 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. over the #Bay, but with almost no spectators following the appearance of a recent source 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. #Most residents will therefore have to content themselves with watching it on television in the presence of a number of guests limited to five.

#No gatherings

#Likewise, it is from their living room that the #Romans will attend the festivities that 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 #London, severely affected, the 74-year-old #American singer #Patti #Smith will give a livestream concert, in tribute to caregivers of the NHS, the public health system of the #United #Kingdom, who died of #Covid-19. #It will be shown live on the #Piccadilly #Circus screen and broadcast on #YouTube.

A vaccination campaign synonymous with “hope

#In #Russia, 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.

#To celebrate the #New #Year, these winter swimming enthusiasts, nicknamed “walruses”, first ran a few kilometers in the snow, in their underwear. “#Today, the water is at 2 ° C, it is good and gives shape,” said #Andrei #Bougaï after getting out of the water.

#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 explosion of #August 4, the authorities also relaxed the 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 crisis “historical“of the coronavirus was expected to continue in 2021 even if the vaccine brings”hope“.



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https://fr.euronews.com/2020/12/31/2021-c-est-deja-maintenant-a-auckland

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