The world is beginning to open the closed New Year

From Sydney to Rome, fireworks, fireworks and live performances will be watched online or on TV – if not canceled altogether.

The world started the new year on Thursday, with pandemic controls that stop the holidays for billions of people eager to say goodbye to a 2020 full of viruses.

After a grinding year that saw at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have triggered renewed blockades and forced partygoers to expand their 2020 tradition of watching events on the couch.

From Sydney to Rome, fireworks, fireworks and live performances will be watched online or on TV – if not canceled altogether.

The first long-awaited lights in 2021 fell on the Pacific nations, Kiribati and Samoa, at 10 GMT (15.30 IST), with the uninhabited Howland and Baker Islands being the last to pass over the New Year, 26 hours later.

New Zealand, which won applause for handling the coronavirus, followed an hour later with large crowds gathered in Auckland to watch a fireworks display.

Although still isolated from the closure of international borders, months of zero community cases have allowed New Zealand life to return to relative normalcy.

In Australia’s largest city, Sydney, pyrotechnics will continue to illuminate the bright harbor with a dazzling poster at 1300 GMT, but few spectators will be there to watch in person.

Plans to allow the crowds were abandoned amid a group of about 150 new infections that saw travel to and from Sydney severely restricted.

“I think everyone is looking at 2021 as a new beginning and a new beginning,” said Karen Roberts, one of the lucky few who was allowed to cross checkpoints in the area. AFP at a bar under the Sydney Opera House.

Similarly, the Romans will broadcast live the burning of a huge fire in Circus Maximus, the stadium of the ancient city, along with a two-hour event with performances by artists and illuminated views of iconic sites.

Italy – where shocking images of makeshift morgues and exhausted doctors have awakened the world to the gravity of the crisis – is in a nationwide deadlock until January 7 and a detention time of 22:00 is available.

From France to Latvia to Brazil, the police and – in some cases – military personnel are deployed to ensure that night notions or the ban on large gatherings are implemented.

In severely affected London, 74-year-old American singer-songwriter Patti Smith will call in the new year to pay tribute to National Health Service workers who died of Covid-19, screened at Piccadilly Circus and streamed on Youtube .

Social gathering

Thousands are expected to take part in a fireworks display and a laser show in Dubai at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, despite many new cases.

Everyone who attends the event – whether in a public place, hotel or restaurant – will need to wear masks and register with QR codes.

In Beirut, a city that is still spinning following the August 4 port explosion, the authorities are also coping.

A night extinguisher was pushed back to 3 in the morning. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs have reopened and are throwing big parties to mark the end of the year.

Social networks are already flooded with images and videos of crowded clubs and restaurants, leading authorities to warn that a new blockade could take effect after the holidays.

Fears of such a New Year’s hangover are widespread and there are ominous signs that new strains of the virus could make the coming months even harsher.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday used her New Year’s greetings to warn Germans that the “historic” coronavirus crisis will extend into 2021, even if vaccines bring some hope.

In Brazil – which has already recorded more than 1,93,000 deaths Covid-19, the second largest number in the world – fearful doctors are waiting for a new wave.

In recent days, social networks have been filled with videos showing parties without masks enjoying a night out, and television channels have even shown live footage of police officers closing bars full of customers.

“The peak of the pandemic was between May and July, when there was not much movement and we took more care. Now there are many cases and people act as if it were not a pandemic,” said Luiz Gustavo de Almeida, microbiologist at the University of Sao Paulo.

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