New Year’s World Ring under the COVID Cloud

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Happy New Year everyone in advance

After another year of turmoil and pandemic raging, the world began on Friday, and 2022 is approaching, constrained by new restrictions, an increase in the number of cases, and a glimmer of hope for a good time.

The first Olympic Games without spectators and the dream of democracy from Afghanistan to Myanmar to Hong Kong are being shattered by authoritarian regimes.

But now in its third year of the pandemic, once again dominate the lives of most people. Since the first report of the coronavirus in central China in December 2019, more than 5.4 million people have died, and countless others have been exposed to the alphabetical order of outbreaks, bans, bans and PCR tests, LFT and RAT.

Hopeful in 2021, about 60% of the world’s population uses life-saving vaccines, although many of them are still poor and still have no access to these vaccines, and some rich people see the coup as part of an unclear conspiracy.

According to AFP’s balance sheet, when it ended, the appearance of the Omicron variant caused the number of new Covid-19 cases to rise to more than 1 million for the first time.

France became the last country on Friday to announce that Omicron is now its main strain of coronavirus. In the United Kingdom, the United States, and even Australia, the long-term safe haven of the pandemic, the prominence of this variant is generating new recorded cases.

Starting at 1000 GMT, parts of Kiribati, a Pacific country, took the lead to welcome the New Year.

In San Francisco, with the increase in the number of infections, celebrations have been cancelled or reduced again.

However, one notable exception is South Africa, which was the first country to report Omicron in November, which lifted the curfew to allow celebrations.

Health officials said that the decline in the number of infections in the past week indicates that the current wave of infections has peaked, and the key is that the death toll has not increased significantly. Although Sydney is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Australia’s largest city Sydney has also chosen fireworks to illuminate the city and port.

The country’s Conservative government stated that its decision to abandon the “Covidzero” method was based on vaccination rates and mounting evidence that Omicron is less lethal.

Although an AFP reporter said that the city is quieter than usual when night falls, but tens of thousands of night owls are expected to gather on Sydney beaches.

Melinda, a 22-year-old medical student, said: “I just want to focus on the positive things that happened this year instead of thinking about all the bad things that happened.”

Howard was part of the enthusiastic but less than usual crowd waiting for the show to begin at the Opera House.

Despite the high number of infections in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai plans to set off fireworks at Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.

At the same time, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the north is trying to break two world records with huge fireworks.

“Just a wish” In Rio, the celebrations on Copacabana Beach will be held in a reduced form, although there are still many night owls.

A 45-year-old waiter on Copacabana Beach said: “People have only one wish to leave their homes and celebrate their lives.”

Some Brazilians are more cautious, such as the 27-year-old lawyer Roberta Assis. “This is not the time for large meetings,” he said. The Seoul authorities have also shown similar caution, replacing it by forbidding the audience to ring the traditional midnight bell.

In India, due to fears of a repeat of the devastating virus surge that swept the country in April and May, cities and states have imposed assembly restrictions, Delhi imposed a curfew at 10 pm, and Mumbai police banned people from entering public places at night on Friday. For example, city beaches and boardwalks, which are usually popular attractions during the New Year, have a two-week limit.

The WHO warned that Omicron could cause a “tsunami of cases” in difficult times. “This… will continue to put tremendous pressure on exhausted health workers and a health system that is on the brink of collapse,” said the head of the WHO. Tedros.

But these restrictions have once again led to frequent, loud, and sometimes violent protests against lockdowns, vaccinations, and the government. Experts and non-experts alike hope that 2022 will be remembered as a new, less deadly stage of the pandemic.

“It’s better for everyone,” said 31-year-old Sydney night owl Oscar Ramirez. “Everyone in the world needs a huge change.

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