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France Mobilizes 100,000 COPS to Smash Illegal New Years Eve Celebrations As The World Shuts Down In Covid

FRANCE will mobilize 100,000 police officers on New Year’s Eve to end gatherings to fight Covid.

It is because millions of people around the world have scrapped their annual parties as coronavirus lockdowns lead to the most miserable celebrations since World War II.

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France – with the highest number of Covid cases in Western Europe and the fifth largest in the world – will impose a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. tonight.

This is enforced by around 100,000 police officers and gendarmes, who ensure that no night owls gather in public places.

In Paris, known as the City of Light for its vibrant nightlife, half of the metro lines close in the evening.

The government also says that no more than six adults should gather around a table.

But party plans have also been rejected elsewhere in the world.

AUSTRALIA

Australia is one of the first nations to usher in the new proximity due to its proximity to the international date line.

Over the past few years, more than a million people have flocked to Sydney Harbor to see fireworks on Sydney Harbor Bridge – but most will watch on TV when authorities tell residents to stay home.

The locations at the harbor are fenced, popular parks are closed and famous nightspots are eerily deserted.

In the meantime, the 9 p.m. fireworks has been scrapped, although there will be a seven-minute pyrotechnics show at midnight.

People are only allowed in downtown Sydney if they have a restaurant reserved or are one of five guests of a downtown resident.

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, has canceled its fireworks this year.

Mayor Sally Capp said, “We did this because we know that at midnight it draws up to 450,000 people into town for a moment to enjoy a spectacular performance and music. We’re not doing that this year.”

New Year's Eve fireworks break out over Sydney's iconic Harbor Bridge and Opera House, but nobody was allowed to watch them up close

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New Year’s Eve fireworks break out over Sydney’s iconic Harbor Bridge and Opera House, but nobody was allowed to watch them up closePhoto credit: ReutersA composite image compares the crowd at Circular Quay in Sydney on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2019 (above) and what they looked like today

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A composite image compares the crowd at Circular Quay in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019 (above) and what they looked like today Image credit: EPA

GREAT BRITAIN

New Years Eve parties, including, will have to be canceled because “Covid loves a lot,” officials have warned.

People were banned from seeing the famous fireworks display at the London Eye on the Thames.

Instead, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that there would be a special program that could be seen on television.

Trafalgar Square has also been cordoned off, and city police have announced that it will break up raves across the city.

The Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party, known around the world, draws thousands to the capital to usher in the new year.

This was also canceled.

Prof. Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England, urged people to show restraint in the new year.

He said, “We know it’s the end of the year, it’s a time when people traditionally want to party,” he said at the press conference on Downing Street on Wednesday.

“But it’s absolutely important this year that everyone continues to follow the directions by staying at home and not shuffling.”

He added, “Covid loves a lot so please leave the parties for later in the year.”

A man walks past a temporary protective fence in Trafalgar Square before the New Year.

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A man walks past a temporary protective fence in Trafalgar Square before the New Year.Photo credit: ReutersThis picture shows large crowds in London watching the fireworks

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This picture shows large crowds in London watching the fireworksImage credit: EPAThe fireworks on the Thames last year

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The fireworks on the Thames last yearPhoto credit: Rex Features

GERMANY

Berlin’s police chief says that thousands of officials will enforce protest bans and the use of fireworks in large parts of the German capital on New Year’s Eve.

Instead of the annual open-air show at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, which is regularly attended by hundreds of thousands, the organizers are holding a virtual event that people can see at home.

The German disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 32,552 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 964 deaths.

The courts this week rejected legal challenges against the ban on public gatherings in Berlin on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day imposed by the authorities due to the pandemic.

The boulevard is the main place for New Years celebrations in the German capital, but all public celebrations are banned because of the pandemic

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The boulevard is the main place for New Years celebrations in the German capital, but all public celebrations are banned because of the pandemicPhoto credit: AP: Associated Press

USA – NEW YORK

The NYPD is celebrating New Years Eve to keep crowds of all sizes from gathering in Times Square, which has been closed.

They said they would disperse any spectators who venture into what is called a frozen zone, “the blocks that surround the ball and historically pull shoulder to shoulder.

The coronavirus has changed public life for months, and New Years Eve won’t be any different. This year, police say, night owls going to Times Square will not be allowed to pass police lines.

Regarding the sparkling crystal ball that descends in Times Square every New Year, department head Terence Monahan said, “If you think you can stand there and watch the ball, you’re wrong.”

Juanita Holmes, NYPD patrol director, said, “For some, coming to Times Square is a family tradition. For others, it’s a bucket list. But this year is different.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of everyone staying home.”

The night owls wait for midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square last year

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The night owls wait for midnight during the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square last yearPhoto credit: AP: Associated PressBut the world's crossroads have been barricaded

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But the world’s crossroads have been barricadedPhoto credit: AP: Associated PressArmed police were used to make sure no one gathered

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Armed police were used to make sure no one gatheredPhoto credit: AP: Associated Press

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JAPAN

Tokyo sees a record spike in coronavirus cases as the governor of the Japanese capital begged people to stay home.

Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters: “The coronavirus has no year-end or New Year holidays.”

She asked people to skip countdown ceremonies and expressed concern that people were shopping in overcrowded stores.

Please have a quiet new year with your family and stay home, she said, switching to English to stay home.

She said the latest numbers for Tokyo showed 1,300 new infections. The largest daily number of cases for the capital to date was 949 people last Saturday.

Japan had more than 230,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 3,000 deaths. 65 of the deaths occurred on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

Government-sponsored travel discounts were discontinued after infections began to rise.

The Japanese authorities have urged people not to gather when celebrating New Year's Eve

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The Japanese authorities have urged people not to gather when celebrating New Year’s Eve Photo credit: Getty Images – GettyDeadly mutated Covid “loves a lot,” warns NHS bosses in desperate requests not to celebrate New Year’s Eve

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