World welcomes New Year 2021 with muted celebrations amid COVID-19

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Published: January 1,2021 08:39 AM
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January 1, 2021: People across the globe bid adieu to 2020 and welcomed the new year with hopes of happiness and prosperity.

January 1, 2021: People across the globe bid adieu to 2020 and welcomed the new year with hopes of happiness and prosperity.



After a year of the pandemic, which brought with it deaths, lockdowns, economic insecurities and anxiety, the world is set for a new beginning in 2021.



New Year's experiences in Asia and the South Pacific varied greatly depending on the country, just like the coronavirus itself. Australia was among the first nations to ring in 2021 because of its proximity to the international date-line.



Amid coronavirus pandemic, the night curfew has been imposed in Delhi till January 2.



No celebratory events, congregations and gatherings at public places were permitted and section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune.



But despite the restrictions, people still found a way to make the best of the situation and brought in the New Year by staying indoors and celebrating among close family members.



In Kerala, very few people turned up to celebrate the New Year at Fort Kochi, as compared to other years.



In Kolkata, West Bengal police distributed masks to people who were not wearing masks as they turned up at Park Street for celebrations.



"This year has been a challenge. We've come to live by a new culture of wearing masks. We're distributing masks & prosecuting people who're not wearing them," said Sudheer Neelakantam, District Commissioner of South Kolkata.



People visit the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Punjab's Amritsar to welcome the New Year.



In Goa, tourists and locals celebrated the incoming of New Year with beautiful fireworks in the state's capital Panjim.