WORLD RINGS IN NEW YEAR UNDER COVID CLOUD

Happy New Year and Advance to everyone

The world began on Friday with the opening of 2022 after another turbulent and epidemic year limited by new sanctions, a growing number of cases and a few glimpses of hope for a better time.

The first Olympics without spectators and the dreams of democracy from Afghanistan to Myanmar to Hong Kong are being shattered by the dictatorial regime.

But it was the epidemic, now entering its third year, that once again dominated the lives of most people. More than 5.4 million people have died since the first coronavirus was first reported in central China in December 2019, and many more have fallen ill, with outbreaks, exposure to sanctions, restrictions and spaghetti of PCR testing, LFT and RAT alphabets.

The year 2021 began with hope when life-saving vaccines were used by about 60 percent of the world’s population, although many of their poor still have limited access and some rich people believe the uprising is part of a vague conspiracy.

According to the AFP balance sheet, when it ended, the number of new cases of the Covid-19 for the first time exceeded one million due to the appearance of the Omicron variant.

France became the last country to announce on Friday that Omicron now has its dominant coronavirus strain. UK, U.S. And even in Australia, the epidemic’s long-standing refuge, the predominance of variants is generating new record cases.

Kiribati parts of the Pacific nation welcomed the new year for the first time since 1000 GMT.

In San Francisco, festivals have been canceled or rescheduled due to an increase in infections.

One notable exception, however, was South Africa, the first country to report Omicron in November, where curfews were lifted to allow celebrations.

Health officials said the decline in infections over the past week showed that the current wave is at its peak, without significantly increasing the number of deaths. Sydney, Australia’s largest city, has also chosen fireworks that will illuminate the city, the port, despite being one of the fastest growing cases in the world.

The country’s Conservative government says its decision to abandon the “Covidzero” approach was based on growing evidence of vaccine rates and omikron being less lethal.

Thousands of night owls were expected to inhabit Sydney Beach, although AFP reporters said the city was quieter than usual at night.

“Instead of thinking about the bad things that have happened, I’m trying to focus on the positive things that have happened this year,” said Melinda, a 22-year-old medical student.

Howard, part of an enthusiastic but smaller crowd waiting for the show to begin at the Opera House.

Despite numerous infections in the UAE, Dubai is planning to set off fireworks at the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.

Meanwhile, the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is trying to break two world records by setting off huge fireworks.

In “Just a Wish” Rio, the celebration on Copacabana Beach will be in a lesser format, although many night owls are still expected.

“People have only one desire to leave their home, to celebrate life,” said Francisco Rodriguez, a 45-year-old waiter at Copacabana Beach.

Some Brazilians are more cautious, such as Roberta Aces, a 27-year-old lawyer. “This is not the time for big meetings,” he said. Authorities in Seoul are taking similar precautions, instead banning spectators from ringing the traditional midnight bell.

In India, cities and states have imposed assembly restrictions and Delhi has imposed a curfew at 10 pm for fear of a repeat of the catastrophic outbreak of the virus infecting the country in April and May, with Mumbai police banning people from visiting public places on Friday night. Such as city beaches and boardwalks, which are usually popular attractions in the new year, with two-week restrictions.

The health agency warned of a difficult time, saying Omicron could lead to a “tsunami of cases.” This … will continue to put tremendous pressure on tired health workers and health systems that are on the verge of collapse, “said Tedros, head of the WHO.

But sanctions have again led to blockades, vaccinations and repeated, loud and sometimes violent protests against the government. Experts and non-experts alike hope that 2022 will be remembered as a new, less deadly phase of the epidemic.

“Be better for everyone,” said Oscar Ramirez, 31, of the Sydney Night Owl. “Everyone in the world needs a big change.

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