New Year Amidst The Trouble Of The Virus, Looking Forward To The Epidemic Disappearing In 2022

2021 has passed, and 2022 has arrived. At this moment of saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new, people all over the world are holding various activities to celebrate the coming of the New Year. However, due to the pandemic and the promotion of the omicron variable and the Vedas, in many places, many people had to postpone the dates of their weddings or postpone the dates of any of their events.

According to a report from Agence France-Presse on Thursday, more than one million new cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide. This is the first time since the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Although the omicron virus strain has had a great impact on New Year celebrations in many parts of the world, the decline in the lethality of this virus strain gives people hope for the new year.

The crystal ball dropped at midnight in Times Square in New York City as usual, but the number of revelers on the scene could not be compared with previous years. The world does not seem to be surprised by this. The New York City government only allowed 15,000 people to participate in the celebration and required them to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.

The New Year celebrations in Chicago this year are far less lively than in previous years. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker reminded the public earlier this week that “Omi Keron and Delta will also participate in your event.”

New Year Amidst The Trouble Of The Virus

London, England, Paris, France, Tokyo, Japan, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have all cancelled large-scale fireworks display events.

In South Africa, where the omicron virus strain was first discovered, the local government lifted the curfew and allowed people to hold New Year celebrations. Officials there said that the peak moment of omicron in South Africa has passed.

The United Kingdom reported on Friday that the hospitalization rate for the omicron strain was only about one-third that of the Delta strain.

Hong Kong held its first New Year’s Eve celebration since 2018. In the past few years, due to the epidemic and political reasons, this event was cancelled. This celebration event included an outdoor concert. More than 3,000 people including the popular Hong Kong boy group “Mirror” and local celebrities participated in the event. The Hong Kong government urged people not to participate in the celebrations on Friday, but did not force them to cancel these events because there were no official reports of omicron cases.

The Shanghai Municipal Government of China has cancelled several celebrations, including the Huangpu River light show in the city centre. In previous years, this event was able to attract thousands of people to participate. Beijing did not arrange any celebrations, and the lively temples in previous years were either closed this year or restricted access. Nanjing and Hangzhou also cancelled New Year’s Day celebrations.

Due to the rapid spread of the virus, London cancelled fireworks on the riverside. However, London’s Big Ben finally rang on New Year’s Eve after three years of restoration. This is the first time since 2017.

The plan to set fireworks on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was cancelled, and the city government ordered that people over the age of 11 must wear masks when going to the Champs Elysées and other streets. The local bar closes at two in the morning.

New Year celebrations have been cancelled in many parts of Spain. The celebrations in Madrid have been greatly reduced, and the number of people gathering is less than half of that in normal years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a televised speech to all time zones across the country at midnight to commemorate those who died in this pandemic and express condolences to those who have lost their families and friends. The Russian government’s anti-epidemic agency reported that more than 300,000 people across the country have died from the new crown virus. But the figure released by the Russian Federal Statistical Office is more than twice this figure.

The Shibuya Entertainment District in Tokyo, Japan, prohibits any celebrations. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivered a speech to the whole country through YouTube, asking Japanese citizens to wear masks to control the number of gatherings.

Just a few hours before the celebrations began, the Australian health department reported that 32,000 new cases of infection were confirmed, setting a new record, most of which were in Sydney. Nevertheless, the original celebration was held as planned. The world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House held fireworks displays as they did in previous yearsa. Many people watched them on the boat, ushering in the new year.

Although the omicron virus strain was first discovered here, South Africa still held a traditional New Year celebration. South Africa announced that many restrictive measures, including curfews, will be lifted. The South African government stated that the peak of the fourth wave of the epidemic has passed.

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