Ebene News – US – COVID-19: The world will mark New Years Eve locked down

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SYDNEY: The world braced to usher in the new year on Thursday (December 31), with pandemic controls silencing celebrations for billions of people keen to say goodbye to coronavirus 2020

After a year of grinding that has seen at least 17 million people die from COVID-19, new waves of infection have caused new lockdowns and forced would-be revelers to extend their 2020 tradition of watching the events since the sofa

From Sydney to Rome, fireworks, bonfires and live performances will be watched online or on TV – if they have not been completely canceled

The much-anticipated first lights of 2021 will fall on the Pacific nations Kiribati and Samoa from 10 a.m. local time, with the uninhabited islands of Howland and Baker being the last to switch into the new year, 26 hours later

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Although the Pacific islands have been spared the worst ravages of the pandemic, border restrictions, curfews and lockdowns mean New Years Eve will be a little different again

In the palm-fringed resort of Taumeasina near the Samoan capital Apia, manager Tuiataga Nathan Bucknall is happy to be open with no limit to the number of customers, but thanks to a state of emergency induced by the coronavirus “we have to stop the alcohol service at 11 pm”, he said

In Australia’s largest city, Sydney, pyrotechnics will always light up the sparkling harbor with a dazzling spectacle, but few spectators will be there to watch in person

Plans to allow crowds were scrapped amid a cluster of around 150 new infections that saw travel to and from Sydney severely restricted

Even a proposal to allow 5,000 frontline workers to replace tourists absent from the port foreshore as a thank you had to be dropped

Most Sydneysiders will simply watch the proceedings on TV at home, where gatherings are limited to five guests

Likewise, the Romans will broadcast live the burning of a huge pyre at Circus Maximus, the stadium of the ancient city, alongside a two-hour event with performances by artists and illuminated views of sites. emblematic

Italy – where shocking images of makeshift morgues and exhausted doctors have awakened the world to the severity of the crisis – is on a nationwide lockdown until January 7 and a 10 p.m. curfew is in effect place

From France to Latvia to Brazil, police and – in some cases – military personnel are deployed to ensure that nighttime curfews or bans on mass gatherings are observed

In London, 74-year-old American singer-songwriter Patti Smith will ring on New Years with a tribute to National Health Service workers who died from COVID-19, screened in Piccadilly Circus and broadcast on YouTube

One place residents can celebrate without the help of a screen is coronavirus-free New Zealand, where several cities will host fireworks with limited restrictions

And in Dubai, thousands of people are expected to witness a fireworks display and laser show at Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, despite a large number of new cases

All participants in the event – whether in a public place, hotel or restaurant – will be required to wear masks and register with QR codes

In Beirut, a city still reeling from the port explosion on August 4, the authorities are also slacking off

A nighttime curfew has been pushed back to 3 a.m. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs have all reopened and herald big parties to mark the start of the year

Social media is already inundated with images and videos of crowded clubs and restaurants, leading authorities to warn that a new lockdown could go into effect after the holidays

Fears of such a New Year’s hangover are widespread, and there are worrying signs that new strains of the virus could make the coming months even more difficult

Chancellor Angela Merkel took advantage of her New Year’s greetings on Thursday to warn Germans that the “historic” coronavirus crisis will last until 2021 even if vaccines bring some hope

In Brazil – which has already recorded more than 193,000 deaths from COVID-19, the second highest in the world – fearful doctors await another wave

In recent days, social media has been filled with videos showing maskless revelers enjoying a night out and TV stations have even shown live footage of police closing bars full of customers

“The peak of the pandemic was between May and July when there was not a lot of movement and we took more care of ourselves Now there are many cases and people are acting like if there was no pandemic ”, said Luiz Gustavo de Almeida, microbiologist at the University of Sao Paulo

New Year, World

Ebene News – United States – COVID-19: The world will mark New Years Eve locked

Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-world-to-mark-locked-down-new-year-s-eve-13871338