Countries reconcile New Year’s celebrations with persistent concerns about the pandemic: NPR

Countries reconcile New Year's celebrations with persistent concerns about the pandemic: NPR

A security guard wears a face mask reading “Happy New Year 2021” during an event in Berlin.

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Updated at 8:47 PM ET

New Year celebrations look just as different as the rest of 2020.

While large numbers of people usually congregate in major cities around the world on New Year’s Eve, many places are trying to reduce crowds as the Coronavirus continues to dominate public health concerns.

The clock has already struck midnight in most of the Eastern Hemisphere. Here’s a look at how people celebrate during the pandemic:

Sydney

New Year’s fireworks are seen over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Traditionally, nearly a million people watch the event near the harbor, which has been closed to the public this year.

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New Year’s fireworks are seen over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Traditionally nearly a million people watch the event near the harbor, which has been closed to the public this year.

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Tokyo

Crowds roaming at the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo as Japan enters 2021. In past years, tens of thousands of people celebrated at this place.

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Crowds roaming at the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo as Japan enters 2021. In past years, tens of thousands of people celebrated at this place.

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Manila, Philippines

People watch a drone show while wearing masks in Manila, Philippines. Officials encouraged people to avoid large gatherings.

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People watch a drone display while wearing masks in Manila, Philippines. Officials encouraged people to avoid large gatherings.

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Hong Kong

A crowd walks through Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, a venue usually designated for larger New Year celebrations, including fireworks, which have been canceled this time.

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A crowd walks through Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, a venue usually designated for larger New Year celebrations, including fireworks, which have been canceled this time.

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Mumbai, India

People ring in the new year by watching fireworks in front of India Gate in Mumbai.

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People ring in the new year by watching fireworks in front of India Gate in Mumbai.

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Moscow

Feelings light up in front of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg as the city celebrates.

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Feelings light up in front of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg as the city celebrates.

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Cairo

Fireworks explode over the Nile in Cairo at the end of the year.

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Fireworks explode over the Nile in Cairo at the end of the year.

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Paris

The Eiffel Tower stands shining while Parisians remain under curfew until 6 a.m. to avoid further spread of the Coronavirus.

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The Eiffel Tower stands shining while Parisians remain under curfew until 6 a.m. to avoid further spread of the Coronavirus.

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Rome

Two people kissing with masks in Rome as the sun sets for the last time in 2020.

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Brussels

The Grand Place stands in the center of Brussels, almost deserted as residents are still under curfew.

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Ajdovščina, Slovenia

A woman and her two cats watch fireworks from her window in Ajdovšina, Slovenia.

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