The world said goodbye to 2020, one of the darkest years in recent memory.
The festivities were more subdued in places where the coronavirus is on the rise while those nations where infections are low or nonexistent marked the new year with crowds and fireworks. In Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand, it looked like a normal New Year’s celebration while in Europe crowds were mostly absent in places such as Berlin and London. In the United States, Times Square and other New Year’s Eve hotspots were empty as the fear of COVID-19 spread led to the elimination of large gatherings.
The year 2020 will be mostly remembered for the pandemic, which upended lives and killed 1.82 million people with 83.3 million cases worldwide.