Taiwan is decreasing New 12 months occasions and inspiring individuals to look at at residence
© Reuters. An employee disinfects a carousel to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a Christmas theme park in Taipei
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Major Taiwan cities have scaled back New Years Eve events, urging people to watch fireworks and other festivals at home after the island first discovered the highly infectious variant of coronavirus discovered in the UK.
Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention measures, including quarantines for each arrival from abroad. 800 confirmed cases, including seven deaths, were almost all imported.
But the government was upset with its first domestic transmission since April, which was confirmed this month, and the first case of the UK variant, which was announced on Wednesday. Both people are isolated in the hospital.
The cities of Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, Taoyuan, Chiayi and Keelung all said late Wednesday they would cancel public participation in events such as fireworks and asked people to watch online and on TV at home.
However, Taipei City Government said people could still watch events live on Thursday. The highlight is the fireworks fired from outside Taipei 101, once briefly the tallest building in the world.
The number of visitors at the main venue next to the city government is limited to 40,000, half of the originally planned 80,000, with participants having to register their personal data and wear masks.
The traditional ceremony to raise the flag on New Year’s Day in the presidential office is also limited to officials and invited guests, “due to the recent pandemic situation”.
Unusually low temperatures in subtropical Taiwan would probably have kept most of the people indoors, as snow was reported on high mountain passes.
Low temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius (42.8 Fahrenheit) were forecast for Taipei on New Year’s Eve.
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