Thousands of people around the world are preparing for New Year’s Eve – lockdowns, restrictions and curfews are imposed in dozens of countries to try to stop the spread of Covid-19 before the vaccination drive begins to take effect.
One year since the World Health Organization first mentioned the mysterious pneumonia in the World Health Organization China Later identified as Covid-1
However, international efforts have helped develop a vaccine in record time. Following Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the drug candidate developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has become the third vaccine approved in the Western world. .
inside United KingdomThe company reported 981 deaths on Wednesday due to a surge related to the new Covid variant, and people planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve were warned that they must leave the party until the second half of 2021 because “Covid loves a crowd”.
On Wednesday, when 50,023 new cases were recorded, the government announced stricter restrictions. Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, said that staying at home and seeing it “within the scope” by 2021 will reduce infections and reduce pressure on hospitals.
He said at a press conference in Downing Street: “We know this is the end of this year, and this is a time that people traditionally want to celebrate. But it is crucial this year that everyone must stay at home and not mix up, continue. Follow the instructions.”
Powis added: “We can all play a role in the fight against this terrible virus: stay at home and commemorate the new year in the closest and dearest way in the rules.
“This action will reduce infections and reduce pressure in hospitals. This is how everyone can help save lives. Covid loves people, so please leave the party later this year.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also urged people to abide by the rules and “to spend the New Year safely at home.”
France It was announced that 100,000 police and military police would be deployed on December 31 to suppress gatherings, gatherings and traditional vehicle torch attacks.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin stated that the officers will also strictly enforce a curfew from 8pm to 6am, which is what he calls “part of the fight against unauthorized public gatherings and urban violence.” .
Police operations will be concentrated in the city center and “sensitive” neighborhoods. The number of police and military police is the same as last year. Dammanin also asked the local police chief to ban the sale of fuel or alcohol in containers.
in GermanyIn her last New Year’s resignation speech, Angela Merkel said that she is currently in a partial lockdown. The Prime Minister is 2020. This is the most difficult year of her 15-year leadership, but the beginning of the Covid-19 vaccine makes 2021 full of hope.
Merkel showed little emotion. He led Germany and the European Union through the 2008 financial crisis, the Greek debt crisis a year later, and the immigration crisis five years ago. He condemned the protest movement against the blockade and said she would vaccination. When the lens is widely available.
“I’m not exaggerating when I say: In the past 15 years, we have never seen such a heavy time. Despite all the worries and doubts, we have never been hopeful for the new year.”
Her message will resonate with the dispute between most people in the country and the rising number of coronavirus infections and deaths. Most people in the country support lock-in measures and vaccination as the best weapon against the virus.
The praise to Merkel is a trained physicist whose epidemic management is guided by scientific advice, but because he tamed the first wave, he has turned to criticize her for failing to solve the second wave.
Merkel said: “I can only imagine that relatives who lost their lives due to corona, or those who have to fight the consequences of the disease because of desperate people who question and deny the virus, will feel How painful,” Merkel said.
She added: “Conspiracy theories are not only false and dangerous, but cynical and cruel.” “When it’s my turn, I will also be vaccinated.”
Health Minister Jens Spahn (Jens Spahn) said he hopes the country has the “quietest New Year’s Eve” in people’s memory.
Authorities in other parts of the world urge the public to ring in their homes in the new year.
Although the crystal-studded New Year’s Eve ball will fall into Times Square at midnight on December 31, its drop will be greeted on empty streets due to Covid-19, rather than thousands of rebels. New York City authorities announced that Times Square will not be open to the public. Those who wish to participate can stream online or watch it on TV.
This dramatic transformation is not unique to Manhattan. we As the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths across the country surges, the city is changing its voice in 2021. The latest data from Johns Hopkins University reported 19,448,626 US cases and 336,947 deaths.
Even big cities Taiwan After the island’s first highly contagious variant of the coronavirus was discovered in the UK, the organization has reduced New Year’s Eve activities and told people to watch fireworks and other celebrations at home.
Thanks to early effective preventive measures, including isolation measures for every entry from abroad, Taiwan has controlled the pandemic and has confirmed 800 cases, including 7 deaths, almost all of them Imported cases. But it was confirmed this month that the government was upset about the first domestic transmission since April and announced the first British variant on Wednesday. Both were isolated in the hospital.
Cities such as Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, Taoyuan, Chiayi and Keelung all stated later on Wednesday that they would cancel public participation in events such as fireworks displays and require people to watch online and on TV at home.
in Australian The largest city, Sydney, has a coronavirus outbreak every day. People are asked to stay at home and avoid the famous midnight fireworks display in the harbor. Southern Victoria has also imposed restrictions.
But in new ZealandAfter a strict 7-week lockdown, the company managed to eliminate the coronavirus, and the New Year’s Eve plan is still going on.