Americans Ring in New Year With Low-Key Celebrations

NEW YORK, Jan 01 (APP): Americans ushered in the New Year with low-key celebrations across the United States and they bid farewell to the coronavirus-ridden 2020.

Most revellers joined ceremonies or festivals wearing masks or taking other precautions. The United States is the worst-hit country by the pandemic sweeping the world, with 20 million recorded infections and more than 345,000 deaths. In New York, just a few hundred people — mainly first responders spaced apart — were given access to the iconic Times Square where thousands usually gather to watch a sparkling crystal ball drop at midnight.

A star-studded performance featuring Hollywood actors Jennifer Lopez, Cyndi Lauper and others was televised for viewers at home. The event normally attracts thousands of foreign tourists, but this year the all-but-empty affair drew the attention of several Twitter users “It’s so surreal to watch New Year’s Rockin Eve and see Times Square empty,” one user wrote.

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