Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are beginning to usher in the New Year, and many around the world are hoping for a better 2022.
The world began to herald a turbulent pandemic year in 2022, covered in new regulations, a surge in cases, and a faint light of little hope for a better era.
Despite the surge in coronavirus cases, the light show and fireworks display celebrated the New Year in Australia on Friday night.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve had a dream of a new US President and a new Adele album, the first unattended Olympics, and democracy from Afghanistan to Myanmar.
However, it was the pandemic, now in its third year, that regained control of most of humanity’s lives.
In many places, Friday’s New Year’s Eve celebration was muted or canceled for the second consecutive year, this time due to a surge in Covid-19 infections caused by a highly contagious variant of Omicron.
Even before Omicron struck, many were happy to say goodbye to the second year of the pandemic crush.
Australia has held a celebration despite the surge in virus incidents. Thousands of fireworks illuminated the sky with spectacular displays at midnight at Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House.
Hours before the celebration began, Australian health officials reported record 32,000 new virus cases, many of which occurred in Sydney.
Due to the surge, the crowd was much smaller than in the year before the pandemic, where a million fuss flocked to Sydney’s innerwear.
Neighboring New Zealand has previously opted for a more conservative approach, replacing the fireworks show in Auckland with light displays projected onto landmarks such as Sky Tower and the Harbor Bridge.
Omicron’s community hasn’t expanded in New Zealand yet, but authorities still wanted to discourage crowds.
Source: TRT World and distributors
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