The “tsunami” of contaminations in the world is confirmed day by day: the symbolic milestone of one million new cases of Covid-19 per day was crossed for the first time during the week of December 23 to 29, a few hours from the New Year’s festivities on which the pandemic will weigh once again.
On average, 1,045,000 new daily cases were detected over the period, up 46% from the previous week, according to an AFP count established from reports communicated by each country. The previous record of 817,000 daily cases was set before the current wave, between April 23 and 29, 2021.
Return of the mask outside in Paris
Faced with this growing threat, many capitals and cities, from Paris to Mexico City via Athens or Barcelona, have decided to frame the New Year’s celebrations, in addition to the measures taken in recent days to try to reduce the circulation of the coronavirus. . Or even cancel the planned festivities, like many Brazilian cities, such as São Paulo, the largest metropolis in Latin America.
In France, where a record of more than 200,000 new cases in 24 hours was announced on Wednesday, nightclubs, closed since December 10, will remain closed for at least the first three weeks of January.
In Paris, the mask becomes compulsory again in the streets on Friday, as in almost the entire Paris region, and drinking establishments will not be able to open after 2 a.m. on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 January.
Many canceled celebrations in Europe
In Greece, bars and restaurants will have to close at 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, an exceptional measure because on other days, they will close at midnight. Tables in restaurants will be limited to six people from this Thursday until January 16. And no question of sound environment, music is prohibited.
In Spain, the festivities are canceled in most regions and nine of the ten most populous cities in the country will not celebrate the “campanadas”, the bells of the passage to the new year. Tradition has it that the Spaniards swallow twelve grapes at the sound of the stroke of midnight.
Only Madrid maintained a minimum ceremony in the famous Puerta del Sol square, with a capacity limited to 7,000 people – masked -, against 18,000 in 2019, in the pre-pandemic period.
In Mexico City, the town hall canceled New Year’s celebrations and Cyprus banned dancing in public places.
In Germany, where nightclubs will also remain closed for New Year’s Eve, private meetings of more than ten people are prohibited, even for vaccinated and cured people. For the unvaccinated, the limit falls to two members of different outbreaks.