On Thursday, millions of people around the world were preparing to celebrate New Year Significantly due to the spread of fire in Coronavirus (COVID-19 .)Which in the week of December 23-29 surpassed the symbolic milestone of one million daily infections. In the past seven days, an average of 1,045,000 infections were detected per day, up 46% from the previous week, according to an AFP count on Thursday drawn from official stocks.
the Corona Virus, which was discovered two years ago and declared a global pandemic in March 2020, has already killed more than 5.4 million people, caused economic crises and forced communities to live in intermittent lockdowns.
So far, the explosion of cases has not translated into an increase in the death toll.
but the omicron variableAlthough it is considered to cause milder symptoms than the previous ones, it raised the infection to record levels.
From Mexico to Greece and from France to Brazil, a strong recovery is forcing governments to reimpose restrictions and, in some cases, cancel New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Pope Francis has canceled his traditional New Year’s Eve visit to the manger in St Peter’s Square out of concern that Corona Virus The Vatican reported Thursday that among the community crowd.
The country recorded a new limit of daily infections, on Wednesday, in the path of other countries that broke their record of cases for days such as France, the United Kingdom or Spain.
In Spain, public celebrations have been canceled in most cities, with the exception of Madrid, where a public celebration is scheduled to be limited to 7,000 people, compared to 18,000 in 2019. The country again broke the record for daily infections on Thursday, with 161,688 cases within 24 hours.
In France, which has crossed the threshold of 200,000 new infections per day for the second day in a row, nightclubs, which have been closed since December 10, will continue like this for at least the first three weeks of January.
In addition, bars in Paris will have to close the curtain at 2 am From Friday, it will be mandatory to wear a mask outdoors for those over the age of 11.
In Greece, “music” will be banned in bars and restaurants, which will close at midnight Already on 2 and 31 warned the Minister of Health, Thanos Blifris.
The recovery in infections has also reached Latin America and the Caribbean, where from January 5 Cuba will require a full vaccination plan and PCR test to enter the country.
The region now has more than 47 million infections and about 1.6 million deaths.
In Mexico City and Sao Paulo, authorities canceled New Year’s celebrations due to the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Rio de Janeiro, the legendary Copacabana Beach, which usually attracts more than 3 million people on New Year’s Eve, will have limited capacity, no concerts and traditional fireworks will be launched in nine different locations in the city to avoid excessive crowd focus .
Similar restrictions are being compounded by many countries of the world in the face of the new highly contagious variant.
The Indonesian island of Bali has banned carnivals, fireworks and gatherings of more than 50 people He warned the tourists that they would leave if they violated the health rules during these holidays.
In Saudi Arabia, the authorities have reimposed distancing measures at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.
and in Quebec, in a Canada, the authorities imposed a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am on one of the days of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, as well as Prohibition of private parties and closing of restaurants.
Do you know what countries receive the first year?
We will tell you.
It is known that there are 24 time zones (regions ruled by the same time) that exist on planet Earth. In all of them comes New Year at a different time.
For example, when you are in Peru or Colombia 2022 arrives in Spain It has been 6 hours since we welcomed the New Year. That is why it is impossible to have it at the same time globally.
Kiribati, an island territory consisting of 33 atolls and islands, located northeast of Australia in the central Pacific Ocean. It has a time difference of more than 14 hours, relative to the Greenwich Mean (GMT). It has a population of 115,847 and its official languages are English and Gilbertese.
However, Western Samoa It has a population of approximately 188,000 and its official language is English and Samoan. It’s currently in summer time.
New Zealand Is the next country to receive the emailThe new year, but he does it in parts. The first to welcome 2022 will be the residents of the New Zealand island of Chatham, which lies about 680 kilometers southeast of that country’s main islands.
This is followed by the people of New Zealand and the people of Fiji and Tonga.
In a different setting are Baker Island and Howland Island, the last areas to be welcomed in the new year. they are lands United State, making it the last country to start 2022. While in lima It’s 4 a.m. on January 1, and these places will be past 12 a.m.
The first five countries to celebrate the New Year
- Kiribati and Samoa
- Chatham Islands, New Zealand
- Fiji and Tonga
- Norfolk Island, Australia
The last five countries celebrate the New Year
- Isla Baker e Isla Howland, en EE.UU.
- Niue, in New Zealand
- Tahiti in French Polynesia
- Pitcairn Islands in the UK
- The Rivagejido Islands, in Mexico
Source: AFP / El Tiempo de Colombia / GDA
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