The coronavirus pandemic has been hit hard by Christmas celebrations around the world. South Korea has reported a record number of daily cases, the Pope’s Christmas Eve activities have decreased, and China has suspended British flights indefinitely.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China We have decided to follow the example of dozens of countries that have introduced a ban after a new and obviously more transmissible variant of the virus has emerged. Currently, there are eight weekly flights between mainland China and the United Kingdom, including two flights by British Airways.
Thursday night, Hong Kong Announced earlier this week that mandatory hotel quarantine for British immigrants was extended from 1
Fearing that there are new variants there, the government has also barred anyone who has been in South Africa for more than two hours in the past 21 days.
“[The new measures are] A government spokesperson told the South China Morning Post: “In rare cases, even if the incubation period of the virus exceeds 14 days, it is necessary to ensure that it does not become a fish that slips through the net.”
in South Korea Prime Minister Zheng Xikyun said on Friday that a record 1,241 new coronavirus cases had been reported on Thursday, and urged the authorities to respond “strictly” to violations of social distancing rules.
Chung said that there are still many places that do not comply with the lockdown rules, although some restaurants and bars are still serving guests after 9pm, even though they have locked their doors and closed signs.
He said: “Despite the inconvenience and pain to the country, the vast majority of countries still faithfully abide by the government’s anti-virus measures, but if some people cheat for their own benefit, it is difficult to expect that participation in anti-virus measures will bring results .”
Chung said that a large-scale epidemic broke out in the Dongbu detention center in eastern Seoul and urged all civil servants to abide by Covid regulations during the Christmas and New Year holidays, which is the last step of the “Spring of Hope”. South Korea has recorded more than 53,000 cases and 750 deaths.
Globally, there are currently more than 79 million cases and more than 1.74 million deaths, with the United States being the most affected.
in ItalyPope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Basilica in front of less than 200 masked employees (mainly from the Vatican). Mass, traditionally held at midnight, has been moved to 7.30 pm to meet the curfew in Italy, which is the worst-hit country in Europe.
In his humble speech, the Argentine Pope emphasized that the birth of a child reminds us not to spend a lot of time “mourning our property, but soothing the tears of the suffering” and serving the poor.
On Christmas Day, Francis will send his message through the videotape of the Apostolic Palace to prevent crowds from gathering in St. Peter’s Square.
In Bethlehem, Christians believe that Jesus was born there and are preparing for Christmas, which is different from its recent history. Traditionally, the Christmas Eve Mass at the Nativity Church is the highlight of the holiday season, attracting thousands of tourists. However, this year the masses will not be open to the public and broadcast on the Internet. Only clergy and some individuals can enter the cathedral, which was disinfected on Thursday.
In the war-torn northeast SyriaHundreds of residents in a predominantly Christian community in Qamishli town abandoned their masks and put on Santa Claus hats to participate in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Attendee Maria Danhou said: “We are worried that this year’s celebrations will be cancelled due to the new coronavirus, but as you can see, everyone is celebrating here and we are happy.”
Germany Was forced to cancel its famous Christmas market, and in Kuwait, The church serving a large Christian community was closed until January 10.
In the Catholic majority PhilippinesSome people choose to spend their holidays alone because of the risk of contracting the virus on public transportation and the isolation rules make travel time-consuming and expensive.
“I’m ordering food, watching old movies, and being with my family through videos,” Kim Patria, 31, lives alone in Manila.
At the same time, the British were cut off from the world due to the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant.
Certain border restrictions in the UK have been temporarily relaxed during the holiday, but thousands of people from other European countries are still stranded in England. “Go home for Christmas? Forget it,” said French truck driver Laurent Beghin, who delivered the goods but was still stuck a few days later.
Currently, Sydney Australia Still planning to sound off with its famous harbour bridge fireworks display in 2021, New South Wales Governor Gladys Berejiklian promised that this 7-minute spectacle will continue “no matter what.”
However, the Prime Minister urged Sydneysiders to avoid the traditional Boxing Day sales boom in the city centre. She said: “We know this is not the simplest message to those retailers, but we want to prevent people from going to the CBD tomorrow. If you are shopping in the Central Business District, please be sure to wear a mask.”
With AFP, Reuters