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    • Two women gesture next to the water front of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on 1 January 2021, despite the COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions in place and the New Year fireworks being cancelled, people gathered to celebrate the New Year.
    • People watch as the Merlion statue is lit up as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Singapore on 31 December 2020.
    • A woman and her cats look at the New Year’s Eve fireworks through her window of her home in Ajdovscina, Slovenia on 1 January 2021.
    • A reveller holds a sign reading 2020BYE as a small number of people begin celebrating New Year's Eve at the Sydney Harbour waterfront amidst tightened COVID-19 prevention regulations in Sydney, Australia,  31 December 2020.
    • Two women celebrate New Year amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Newcastle, Britain 31 December 2020.
    • Stunt airplanes perform aerial maneuvers leaving smoke trails and entertaining beachgoers above Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 December  2020.  Rio de Janeiro's annual New Year's Eve beach bash and elaborate firework displays was cancelled due to the raging coronavirus pandemic. The city authorities will block beach access tonight, including a ban on vehicles along some 30 kilometres of Rio's coastline to prevent gatherings.
    • Policemen patrol on the Champs Elysees avenue during the New Year's Eve as a 8:00 pm-6:00 am curfew is implemented in France to avoid a third wave of Covid-19 infections, in Paris, on 1 January 2020.
    • A couple take a selfie photo at the Palace Square during New Year celebration in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday 1 January 2021.
    • Singer Jennifer Lopez performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations on 31 December 2020 in New York City.
    • Icelandic people celebrate New Year's Eve and hope for a brighter 2021 as fireworks light up the sky in Reykjavik, Iceland on 31 December 2020.
    • Confetti flies around the ball and countdown clock in Times Square during the virtual New Year's Eve event following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US 1 January 2021.
    • People sing and dance on the streets during the New Year celebrations, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Belgrade, Serbia 1 January 2021.
    • A female street vendor flashes the V for victory sign on Taksim Square in Istanbul during the New Year's celebrations in Istanbul on 31 December 2020. The Turkish government announced a four-day lockdown between 31 December and 4 January 2021.
    • People gather at the Southern Beach of Chigasaki to watch the sunrise on New Year's Day in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo on 1 January 2021.
    • A Lebanese couple celebrate the New Year Eve at a restaurant in Beirut, Lebanon, early Friday, 1 January 2021. The Lebanese Health Minister appealed to revellers to keep their masks on and maintain social distance protocols.
    • Revellers celebrate at a balcony during a police patrol on New Year's Day as a nighttime curfew is reimposed amid a nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1 January 2021.
    • People attend New Year's Day celebrations in Pyongyang in this photo supplied by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 1 January 2021.
    • People gather on a street during New Year's Eve celebrations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1 January 2021.
    • People take pictures of the first sunrise of the New Year following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, 1 January 2021.
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    Two women gesture next to the water front of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on 1 January 2021, despite the COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions in place and the New Year fireworks being cancelled, people gathered to celebrate the New Year.

    2021 celebrations around the world have been held under stringent quarantine measures - as COVID-19 case counts continue to rice in many countries.

    COVID-19 pandemic changed people's lives around the world and the New Year is no exception, many people could not leave their house, someone had to celebrate alone, others had to cancel parties or move them online.

    Red Square and Times Square were left without spectators, the traditional fireworks display on the London Eye was cancelled in London, and the police were on duty in Paris to prevent mass celebrations.

    The vast majority of countries in the world celebrated the New Year with severe coronavirus restrictions.

    In most European countries, gathering of large companies on the streets of the cities were prohibited with police units patrolling them. In Germany, for example, there was a ban on mass gatherings, drinking alcohol in public places and launching fireworks. The show at the Brandenburg Gate was also cancelled.  

    A new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus is believed to have mutated in England’s southeast which forced many nations to suspend flights from the UK. Parts of England, including London, are under the strictest level of lockdown.

    Since the beginning of a new type of coronavirus pandemic a year ago, the death toll from the infection in the world topped 1.811 million and over 83 million cases of the infection were detected.

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