Today is the first day of 2021, and the vast majority of countries around the world have ushered in the New Year. Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, major cities around the world have cancelled or downsized traditional New Year’s celebrations.
Italy, one of the most affected countries in Europe, is in the “red” epidemic control area from December 31, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
Unlike previous New Year’s Eve, there are no busy crowds celebrating the New Year on the streets of the city center, only sporadic fireworks, which seems a little lonely.
On this night in previous years, there would be fireworks performances in front of the ancient Roman Colosseum and large concerts at the Massimo Arena, but these events have been cancelled this year due to the epidemic.
From December 31, 2020 to January 3, 2021, the whole territory of Italy is in a “red” epidemic control area. People must bring personal certificates to prove that they go out for work, health and necessary reasons, and restaurants and canteens and general shops are also closed.
Italy’s 2020 is closely related to the COVID-19 epidemic that still ravages the world.
At the end of February 2020, Italy became the first country in Europe to have a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases on February 29.
The control of the movement of people across the territory began on March 10, and the blockade was gradually lifted on May 4.
This period, known as the “lockdown” of the whole territory, can be said to be unique in Italy’s history for many years, but it has also contained the spread of the first wave of the epidemic.
However, with the second wave of the epidemic coming back in October, Italy once again imposed hierarchical epidemic restrictions on the whole country. As of December 31, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy has exceeded 2.1 million.