It was the second New Year’s Eve in a pandemic. In Europe, New Year’s events have largely taken place under restrictions that have prevented large-scale parties. People were discouraged from gathering in large crowds, as they had done before. How did those in Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid or Athens spend New Year’s Eve?
By far, the most impressive show was in London. Newly restored, Big Ben struck at midnight for the first time in three years. The fireworks were in Berlin, but also in Madrid and Athens. And on the Champs-Élysées, the sky was bright on the night between the years.
The whole of Europe is experiencing a record increase in daily Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant. In France, there were 200,000 new cases, and Italy also reached over 140,000 illnesses in a single day. Germany, hit hard by a new wave of pandemics, has canceled large parties and set a limit of 10 people for private meetings.
The German Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, appealed to common sense: “I urge the population to be very careful on New Year’s Day, so as not to facilitate the spread of the infection. Please celebrate in small groups and do not endanger each other, because with the current incidence of reported cases, we underestimate the danger we face. “
In Austria, the Vienna Philharmonic has confirmed that its famous New Year’s Eve concert will not go public for the second time, even if only 1,000 spectators attend.
In our country, unlike last year, when the restrictions were much harsher and kept them in their homes, Romanians could now spend a New Year’s Eve almost like before. There were concerts and dancing in the streets, parties in restaurants, and the pandemic was almost forgotten.
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Editor : A.A.