The British started their celebrations on a New Year's Eve like no other as early fireworks are being fired across the country in an effort to achieve a good liberation by 2020.
Eager night owls say goodbye to a busy year from the comfort of their living room, as almost the entire country is under the toughest two lockdown levels.
The whole of England – with the exception of 2,000 residents in the Isles of Scilly – has been struggling with levels 3 and 4 since midnight last night, closing all bars and pubs except for takeout.
Restrictions have also canceled traditional celebrations and fireworks shows, forcing the British to start their own garden shows.
Fireworks lit the Newcastle sky tonight in an incredible display that was watched by thousands from their windows.
Normally bustling Trafalgar Square in London was eerily deserted, and officials put up barriers to keep rule breakers out.
Scotland's traditional Hogmanay celebrations went online this year. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously warned people not to celebrate “responsibly and in accordance with restrictions”.
She added, “To be clear, and I'm not happy to say that, that means no gatherings, no house parties, no first steps. Instead, we should bring 2021 into our own homes with just our own households. & # 39;
NEWCASTLE: The British started their celebrations on a New Year's Eve like no other, as early fireworks are being fired across the country for a good 2020 liberation
NEWCASTLE: Tonight, fireworks lit the Newcastle sky in an incredible display that was watched by thousands from their windows
BLACKPOOL: Blackpool – another traditional New Year's Eve hotspot – has also been abandoned by law-abiding citizens who stayed at home
LONDON: The normally bustling Trafalgar Square in London was eerily deserted and officials put up barriers to keep rule breakers out
EDINBURGH: Scotland's traditional Hogmanay celebrations went online and hit the streets this year (pictured). First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously warned people not to celebrate “responsibly and in accordance with restrictions”.
EDINBURGH: The city was almost empty today when traditional festivals were postponed online. Only a handful of people walked the streets
Blackpool – another traditional New Year's Eve hotspot – was also abandoned by rule-abiding citizens who stayed at home.
Meanwhile, at Primrose Hill, revelers gathered in their outdoor household groups to watch fireworks break out in the garden across town.
Although the rules for banning gatherings are clear, there are still thousands plan to attend illegal raves and street parties. According to a YouGov poll, 96 percent of Britons plan to stay home tonight.
Countless Twitter users have a head start on the celebrations at home shared funny memes as they said goodbye to 2020.
However, it was a different story around the world when nations that had avoided the worst of the pandemic were able to celebrate a more normal festival.
In New Zealand, where only 25 people have died from Covid-19 so far and there are virtually no restrictions, many partygoers flock to the streets of Auckland for midnight fireworks.
In Australia, which also held off the worst of the pandemic, life has been normal enough for some night owls to congregate in Melbourne and Sydney.
And in Wuhan – where the virus first appeared in late 2019 before catastrophically spinning the globe – hundreds of landmarks gathered across the city to greet the new year.
In many countries that are still subject to strict lockdowns, party-goers have been filmed huddling for a live music event in the former epicenter of Covid.
Many chose to go without a mask within the venue, where night owls danced just inches apart.
But for most of the seven billion people in the world, a dragging year ends with typically muted celebrations, with fireworks, pyre burnings and live performances that should be seen from home or canceled entirely.
From France to Latvia to Brazil, police and military personnel are being used to enforce night curfews and bans on large gatherings, with much of the world still on lockdown and the vaccination race just beginning.
WUHAN: In Wuhan, balloons were released into the sky in an incredible exhibition. Huge crowds gathered in the city that was the Covid-19 epicenter less than a year ago
WUHAN: Amazed locals took photos of balloons released into the sky in 2021. The crowd wasn't socially aloof, but many chose to wear face masks
WUHAN: In many countries that are still subject to strict lockdown measures, party-goers were filmed crowding to a live music event in the former Covid epicenter
WUHAN: Party-goers, mostly wearing protective face masks, gathered on the streets of Wuhan to welcome in 2021
WUHAN: Party-goers posed for a selfie in front of buildings that were illuminated in bright colors. Wuhan had a more normal New Year's Eve than many others around the world
WUHAN: There were huge crowds on the streets of Wuhan on New Year's Eve. After the virus epicenter, the lockdown rules in the city have now been relaxed considerably
WUHAN: Crowds were seen on the streets of Wuhan tonight. Many looked overjoyed to say goodbye to 2020
WUHAN: Huge crowds gathered on the streets of Wuhan as the countdown to the New Year 2021 began
WUHAN: Huge crowds attended a live music event in Wuhan. Many people were seen dancing to performers on New Years Eve
WUHAN: Incredible images of the huge crowd gathering on the streets of Wuhan have been shared on social media
WUHAN: Women wearing masks hold up balloons like the Chinese city that was disgraced in 2020 after giving the world the coronavirus, which was counted down to 2021
WUHAN: Thousands gathered at popular landmarks across the city center for the countdown to 2021. Some revelers said they were cautious but not particularly concerned
WUHAN: In Wuhan, where the virus first surfaced in late 2019 before catastrophically spinning the globe, revelers celebrated to greet the New Year in
WUHAN: On New Year's Eve in town, people pose for pictures on the banks of the Yangtze, which became synonymous with the virus in the first few weeks of the outbreak
VIETNAM: Pyrotechnics explodes over the Turtle Tower on Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi amid the coronavirus pandemic
IRAQ: People gather in Tahrir Square tonight before the New Year celebrations in Baghdad
THAILAND: Fireworks break out over the Chao Phraya River during the New Year's Eve Fireworks Show in Bangkok
INDIA: Delhi police officers are patrolling a checkpoint near Connaught Place prior to the 11pm-6am curfew to avoid gatherings for the New Year celebrations due to the pandemic
DUBAI: Dubai celebrates the New Year in India by reflecting its national flag on the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. India and the United Arab Emirates are closely linked in many areas
INDONESIA: Tonight, Jakarta is celebrating as a series of red and yellow fireworks light up the sky
SINGAPORE: Crowds gathered in Singapore to greet the new year. Many took photos with their protective face masks on
SINGAPORE: Crowds gathered along a bridge to mark the start of the new year. There weren't any fireworks that year, but many chose to go outside to see the lights
HONG KONG: Two women with glowing headbands pose for a photo in Hong Kong as they usher in the new year
HONG KONG: Crowds – all with face masks – gathered along the Hong Kong waterfront to welcome in 2021
HONG KONG: Amazed viewers took photos of the city lights in Hong Kong. The breathtaking skyline lit up the night sky
TAIWAN: Huge crowds gathered to see the New Year's Eve fireworks in Taipei on New Year's Eve. The spectacular rain of light broke out on the sides of a building
AUCKLAND: In scenes unthinkable in most of the world, 2020 ended with a crowd of revelers on Queen Street in New Zealand's largest city as the country was one of the first to greet the start of 2021
MELBOURNE: These two partiers started the new year with a kiss as the revelers welcomed the start of 2021 with a party in Federation Square in Australia's second largest city
QUEENSLAND: Party-goers in Queensland paused for a snack while wearing & # 39; Happy New Year & # 39; hats. Australia managed to avoid the worst of the pandemic
MELBOURNE: In Melbourne, huge crowds were sitting on the grass, waiting to say hello to the new year. Some wore masks, some didn't
MELBOURNE: Two women sat on other people's shoulders as they celebrated New Year's Eve on a Melbourne beach. Several viewers filmed the celebrations
MELBOURNE: On New Years Eve, huge crowds gathered on a beach in St. Kilda, Melbourne. Many did not wear masks
MELBOURNE: Party-goers were without a mask as they danced the final moments of 2020 tonight in St. Kilda, Melbourne
AUCKLAND: Fireworks streamed from the SkyTower in New Zealand in the first moments of January 1, 2021, as an exhausted world left a year of sickness, death and unprecedented restrictions on normal life behind
QUEENSLAND: A couple kissed to see the New Year in Queensland. Australia held off the worst of the pandemic
MELBOURNE: A woman was seen posing for photos on the streets of St. Kilda, Melbourne as she greeted the New Year
QUEENSLAND: A lot of night owls in matching white outfits and with & # 39; Happy New Year & # 39; crowns pose for a photo
QUEENSLAND: A group posed for a picture with their arms around each other as they greeted the New Year in Australia
SYDNEY: The fireworks at Sydney Harbor Bridge were more spectacular than ever, but there were few spectators in the harbor to greet the opening moments on January 1, 2021
MELBOURNE: In Australia, which has also held off the worst of the pandemic, life was normal enough for small crowds to congregate in Melbourne and Sydney
AUCKLAND: In New Zealand, where only 25 people have died from Covid-19 so far and there are practically no restrictions, many partygoers flock to the streets of Auckland for the New Year
SYDNEY: Fireworks explode over Sydney's Opera House and Harbor Bridge as the festivities begin in the first few seconds of 2021
AUCKLAND: Fireworks went off when New Zealand became the first major country to cross the invisible threshold, entering in 2021, after a year of rare success during the global coronavirus pandemic
MELBOURNE: Two people take a selfie in front of a neon Happy New Year sign in Australia in the last hours of December 31st
MELBOURNE: Some revelers were seen in town on New Year's Eve in a part of Australia that saw a major outbreak in the winter of the southern hemisphere but has since returned to very low levels of infection
SYDNEY: New Years friends enjoyed drinks at the Opera Bar in Sydney around midnight, with the fireworks shortened and the amount kept to a minimum due to the coronavirus
VLADIVOSTOK: Fireworks explode over the city center as Russia's Far East became one of the first places to be seen in 2021
WUHAN: In the city where the coronavirus first appeared a year ago, a light show was projected onto buildings by a river on New Year's Eve, as China, on January 1st, in a country where the New Year celebrations are in the foreground, holds low-key events
NEW YORK CITY: A stage has been set up in Times Square that will host the famous midnight ball throw, but police will prevent spectators from gathering to take a look
Though New Zealand is still isolated by international border closures, months of zero recorded cases in the community have seen life return to relative normalcy – with crowds gathering for fireworks in Auckland, in scenes that for the most part seem unthinkable to the world.
In Sydney, fireworks lit the glittering harbor at midnight with a dazzling display, but few spectators were there to watch in person.
Crowd-in plans were abandoned amid a buildup of around 150 new infections that severely restricted travel to and from Sydney.
People were only allowed into downtown Sydney if they have reserved a restaurant or are one of five guests in an inner city apartment. People are not allowed into the city center without permission.
"I think everyone sees 2021 as a fresh start and a fresh start," said Karen Roberts, one of the lucky few people allowed to pass checkpoints in the area, at a bar near the Sydney Opera House.
Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide have all canceled their ads to avoid large gatherings and possible community transmission of the virus.
Kiribati and Samoa were the first to cross the 2021 threshold at 10 a.m. GMT, and the last Pacific islands were to follow suit 26 hours later.
Although the Pacific Islands were spared the worst of the devastation of the pandemic, border restrictions, curfews and lockdowns meant that New Year's Eve was something else.
At the palm-fringed Taumeasina Resort in Samoa, manager Tuiataga Nathan Bucknall was delighted to be open with no guest limit, but stopped serving alcohol at 11 p.m. thanks to a state of emergency.
In harder-hit countries like Italy, where shocking images of makeshift morgues and exhausted medical professionals first awoke the world to the horror of the pandemic last spring, curfews and bans are still in place.
In London, the American singer-songwriter Patti Smith will usher in the new year with a tribute to NHS employees who have died of Covid-19, projected onto the screen in Piccadilly Circus and streamed on YouTube.
And in New York, the famous Ball Drop in Times Square this year will unfold without the usual crowd of cheering night owls. The police will block the area so that spectators cannot even take a look.
LONDON: Before New Year's Eve, parts of Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square were fenced off and London and most of the UK population were closed again due to resurgent coronavirus cases
AUCKLAND: Spectacular fireworks erupt from the SkyTower as the first major nation to cross the threshold by 2021 was almost the only one to hold New Year celebrations with a full neck
AUCKLAND: Crowds are gathering on the New Zealand coast, which sealed its borders at the beginning of the pandemic and suffered only 2,162 infections and 25 deaths throughout the year. Those numbers seem wonderful in most of the west
MELBOURNE: During Australia's New Years Eve celebrations in the final hours of 2020, people walk past Flinders Street Station
SYDNEY: People are having dinner by the water in Australia, one of the first nations to cross the 2021 threshold and one of the few where the country's relative success against the pandemic leads to some level of celebration happening can
MELBOURNE: A group of people stand in line at a venue with no social distancing or mask, a scene unthinkable in much of the world in the long months of the pandemic and resulting lockdown
MELBOURNE: Although some people were able to gather in person, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide have canceled their ads to avoid large community collection and transmission of the virus
SYDNEY: Police patrol an eerily quiet circular quay on New Year's Eve while Sydneysiders are told to watch the midnight fireworks from home
SYDNEY: After dark there were boats in the harbor, but only a few spectators were allowed to personally watch the midnight fireworks past checkpoints in the area
SYDNEY: A group of friends dressed in sombreros are heading to Sydney's city for goodbye in 2020 – but they won't have much company
VLADIVOSTOK: People gather around a Christmas tree in the far east of Russia, where parts of the vast country were among the first to cross the threshold of 2021
Since it surfaced in China in late 2019, the coronavirus has infected more than 80 million people and resulted in nearly 1.8 million deaths, most of them in Europe and America.
Although mass vaccination efforts have begun in many countries over the past few weeks, with hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight, it will likely be months before normal life can return to most parts of the world.
In China, where the New Year celebrations usually take precedence over January 1, Beijing is hosting a countdown ceremony with only a few invited guests, while other scheduled events have been canceled.
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