New Year 2023: The world is celebrating after the Corona virus has subsided
- Elsa Mischmann
- BBC News
Countries around the world celebrated the New Year after two years of silent or canceled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The celebrations took place on the east coast of the United States, as well as in Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean.
Cities across Europe, Africa and Asia also held fireworks-filled celebrations to ring in the year 2023.
Huge crowds rallied in China to finally benefit from the lifting of restrictions.
Until recently, the country followed a “zero Covid” approach and continued to enforce strict lockdowns.
Despite this, the epidemic is spreading across the country and many countries are imposing travel restrictions from China, with Australia being the latest country to do so.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen used her New Year’s address to offer China help in fighting the recent spike in COVID cases.
In London there was a parade of drones as part of a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth, while in Edinburgh thousands enjoyed the first full celebration in three years.
There was also a tribute to Ukraine, with the London Eye lit up in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Officials said the conflict with Russia continued in Ukraine, where airstrikes were unleashed just after midnight and Kyiv suffered further beatings. There were no reports of injuries.
This happened shortly after the New Year addresses by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Delivering a New Year’s speech surrounded by soldiers in full uniform, Putin said the country’s future was at stake.
Addressing soldiers in Ukraine, the 70-year-old president hailed their efforts since the war began in February, telling them “historical correctness” was on their side.
Meanwhile, Zelenskyi turned to the Russians and told them that their president is “hiding behind you and burning down your country and your future.”
He swore to the Ukrainians that his forces would fight to “victory”.
“We fight as one team, the whole country, all our regions. I admire you all. I want to thank every indomitable region of Ukraine,” he said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced plans to drastically increase nuclear weapons production. It also tested its first ballistic missile of the year early on New Year’s Day.
Croatia started 2023 with a new currency and joined the eurozone.
It also joined the Schengen area, which allows people to travel without border restrictions.
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