World rings in 2022 under COVID shadow: Live news | Coronavirus pandemic News

Several large parties and fireworks shows have been canceled or curtailed due to the rise in coronavirus cases around the world.

The year 2022 has come here in some countries, with Samoa and Kiribati in the South Pacific first to start the new year at 10:00 GMT, and New Zealand an hour later.

In Australia, Sydney kicked off 2022 with six tons of colorful fireworks against the majestic backdrop of Harbor Bridge and the Opera House.

It will take 26 hours, until 12:00 GMT on Saturday, for the globe to ring in the new year.

Several large parties and fireworks shows have been canceled or curtailed due to the rise in coronavirus cases around the world.

Here are the latest updates:


Year-end jubilation for South Africa as midnight curfew lifted

South Africans have welcomed the government’s decision to lift the midnight curfew after nearly two years of COVID-19 restrictions, a relief for businesses and citizens ahead of the New Year celebrations.

“[The past two years] It’s been hard for us, if you look at our neighbors who are closed by most men, that’s how bad the situation is,” said 32-year-old Michael McKindy, a manager at Hard Rock Cafe in Cape Town.

“For this brand, we all want to have a good time, and now that we’re really allowed to have a good time, these doors will be here for show only. We won’t be closing our doors anymore, we are all inside.”


Samoa celebrates the New Year

Unlike last year, when public fireworks were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were allowed to shoot into the sky again on the South Pacific island of Samoa.

According to the tourism authority, the island nation has transported five fireworks experts from New Zealand to install the fireworks.


Fireworks welcome the New Year in Sydney

Sydney kicks off 2022 with six tons of colorful fireworks on the majestic backdrop of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House.

Unlike last year, tens of thousands of spectators were again accepted this time to watch the show live, despite the sharp rise in coronavirus numbers in the region. However, all participants had to purchase one ticket from about 30 viewing points.

Organizers have advised citizens without a reservation or vaccination to avoid the city center if possible.

The Sydney Opera House is seen as fireworks explode over Sydney Harbor during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia [Jaimi Joy/Reuters]

Tonga welcomes 2022

In the Tonga archipelago, the forces of nature did not take a break on New Year’s Eve.

Since Christmas, authorities are warning not to approach the Hong Tonga-Hung Hapai volcano, which last erupted in 2014, but is active again and is spewing ash and gas into the air.

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