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Nations Celebrate the New Year Following the Covid Lull

After two years of celebrations being scaled back or canceled due to the Covid epidemic, nations all over the world have now celebrated the New Year.

Celebrations have been held throughout Brazil, Argentina, the Caribbean, and on the east coast of the United States.

Cities in Asia, Africa, and Europe have also celebrated the beginning of 2023 with fireworks displays.

Huge masses gathered in China to benefit from recently removed restrictions.

The government had been employing a zero-Covid strategy up until recently, maintaining severe lockdowns even while other countries around the world appeared to be returning to normal.

Australia is the most recent country to impose travel restrictions on people from China as the disease spreads rapidly across the nation.

Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, used her New Year’s speech to offer China assistance in battling the recent spike of Covid cases.

A drone display honoring the late Queen Elizabeth took place in London, and thousands celebrated Hogmanay in Edinburgh for the first time in three years.

The London Eye was lit in the Ukrainian flag’s colors of blue and yellow as part of the tribute to Ukraine.

As air raid warnings began to sound shortly after midnight and more strikes were reported on Kyiv, the battle between Ukraine and Russia reportedly continued. No injuries were mentioned in the reports.

It followed Presidents Volodymyr Zelenksy and Vladimir Putin’s proclamations of the new year.

With soldiers in full uniform flanking him, Mr. Putin spoke at the beginning of the year, warning that the destiny of the nation was at risk.

The 70-year-old leader thanked the Ukrainian soldiers directly for their sacrifices since the invasion began in February and assured them that “historical rightness” was on their side.

As he spoke to Russians in their own language, Mr. Zelensky warned them that their president was “destroying your country and your future while he’s hiding behind you.”

He also promised to fight with his forces until “winning” in front of the Ukrainian people.

“The entire nation and all of our regions fight together as one team. I’m proud of you all. I want to appreciate all of Ukraine’s unbeatable regions,” he stated.

Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea, promised to greatly enhance the country’s nuclear weapons manufacturing. On New Year’s Day early, he also conducted the first ballistic missile test of the year.

In 2023, Croatia adopted a new currency and entered the eurozone.

Additionally, it became a member of the Schengen region, which allows for borderless travel.

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