New Year: Quiet celebrations amid coronavirus pandemic

New Year’s Day is celebrated like no other (Photo: AP/Getty)

New Year’s Eve is celebrated like no other holiday in most parts of the world, because the crowds are limited by the pandemic.

Pictures of the events of 2019 compared to this year show how much the situation has changed since Covid-19.

Many people say goodbye to a year they’d rather forget about with television fireworks, or end it at the beginning because they can’t make a toast in front of their friends at the end of 2020.

Events have been cancelled from Sydney to New York, although these are places where, for example, there is no active epidemic. B. New Zealand, could go on like any other year.

As midnight passed through Asia and the Pacific and spread to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, the New Year’s experience reflected the national response to the virus itself.

Australia was one of the first countries to make an appeal in 2021. In previous years, a million people crowded into Sydney Harbour to watch the fireworks, but this year most watched it on television as authorities urged residents to stay at home.

The crowd gathered to watch the seven-minute projection at midnight, after one was cancelled at 9 p.m. because the Covid’s fuselage was rising.

A French police patrol on the Champs-Elysées in Paris after a ban on parties and rallies (Photo: Reuters).

Police officers guard Istiklal Street, Istanbul's main shopping street.

Police officer Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s main shopping street, as it imposes a four-day closure on New Year’s Eve (Photo: AP).

Police are spreading people across the Westminster Bridge.

Police scatter people on Westminster Bridge on New Year’s Eve in deserted London (Photo: AFP)

Nottingham's empty streets in the fourth row....

The empty streets of Nottingham on the fourth level (picture: SWNS).

Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, has cancelled its annual fireworks display to scare the crowds, although the bars in the party rooms are still crowded.

In England, where a new strain of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, a large part of the country is under control.

Johnson urged people to follow the rules and stay at home when hospitals are overcrowded.

Police dispersed the crowd that had gathered at Westminster Bridge in London, while streets in other Level 4 areas, such as Nottingham, were empty.

Only the inhabitants of the Scilly Islands who were cowering in the front row were free to meet their friends inside and go to the pub.

Fireworks illuminate the sky around Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (Photo: EPA)

This photo shows the Holy Great Mosque of Saint Sophia during the silent New Year celebrations in Istanbul (Photo: AFP).

People come to Marin Bay to see light shows in Singapore (Photo: Getty)

In Scotland, where on the 31st. During the festivities in Hogmanay in December, the government explained in detail what it did not expect.

We must celebrate the New Year responsibly and within limits, according to Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Just to be clear, and I don’t like to say this, this means no meetings, no home parties, no first steps. Instead, we should get 2021 with our own budgets.

Elsewhere in Europe, Ireland reached the highest level of restriction on Thursday by banning all home visits, closing all non-essential retail outlets and restricting travel to five kilometres (three miles).

There are currently 10 in Germany. The month of January is over. The government has banned the sale of fireworks and strictly limited the number of people allowed to gather in public places.

New Year's Eve in London in 2020 compared to 2019.

The new year in London in 2020 compared to 2019 (Photo: AP)

The new year also in Paris in 2019 and 2020 (Photo: AFP)

Shibuya in Tokyo in 2019 compared to 2020 (Photo: AP)

Fireworks over the Kremlin in Moscow in 2019 compared to empty streets in 2020. (Photo: AP)

In France, the presence of the security services is visible: 100,000 police officers are mobilised to break the end-of-year festivities and set a curfew.

In Italy the curfew is at 22.00 and the bars, restaurants and most shops are closed.

Turkey, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Greece have also set a curfew, with the leaders promising to deal with the offenders.

There’s no one left on the street after 10:00. (Athens) will be a dead city, so there will be no more restrictions, said the Greek Minister of Public Order Michalis Chrysochidis.

Several families gathered on Madrid’s sunny central square, the Puerta de Sol, to listen to a rehearsal of the traditional midnight clock. They followed the Spanish custom of eating 12 grapes every time the bell rings before the police cleared the area, which is usually filled with thousands of partygoers.

December 2020.

The empty streets of Nottingham on the fourth level (picture: SWNS).

View of the India Gate monument during a curfew to limit great crowds in light of the spread of coronavirus disease in Mumbai, India,

View of the Indian Gate monument during the curfew to limit large crowds (Photo: Reuters)

Police in front of the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus in London.

Police in front of the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus, London (Photo: PA)

In one of the world’s most popular destinations, Dubai, events continued on 31 December despite an increase in the number of infections. Images of masked doctors briefly lit the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa, before the fireworks above the building exploded.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, while areas designated for social exclusion were largely ignored.

However, the authorities have taken a number of measures to tackle the noisy hustle and bustle in the centre of Dubai. For example, dancing and lively music in luxury bars and restaurants are strictly forbidden.

South Africans have been asked to cancel parties and light candles in honour of the health workers and those who died during the KOVID-19 pandemic.

In the United States, authorities have imposed holiday restrictions in many states and cities. In New York City, the light ball is dropped on Times Square during the traditional midnight countdown, but the area is not open to the public.

Maria Scilly.

A party in New York at the Atlantic Bar on St. Helena. Maria Scilli, located on the first level (picture: SWNS).

People are attending the national flag ceremony and fireworks to celebrate the New Year at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.

People watch the national flag ceremony and fireworks in North Korea (Photo: AP).

Emptying Victoria Street in Edinburgh (Photo: Pennsylvania).

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where fireworks and official celebrations have also been cancelled to prevent the rapid spread of the virus, Copacabana has been cordoned off and only residents can enter the emblematic waterfront of the city.

In South Korea, for the first time since 1953, a few months after the end of the Korean War, the Seoul metropolitan government cancelled the annual ringing of New Year’s bells in the Jongno district.

In Chinese society, the virus has made the celebration of the Solar New Year, which is less celebrated than the Lunar Year, which falls in February 2021, more discreet.

But tonight the public gathered in Wuhan to celebrate the New Year, exactly one year after the coronavirus was discovered in the city.

Millions of Indians began the New Year with an accessible celebration at home, such as a curfew, a ban on beach parties and travel restrictions in the big cities, after a new, more contagious version of the virus entered the country.

Despite the restrictions, many people around the world are looking forward hopefully to 2021, thanks in part to the introduction of vaccines that provide an opportunity to defeat the pandemic.

Goodbye, 2020. Here’s something better: 2021, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

We’ll turn the page and go to a better place.

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