Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City start the year without official celebrations

Beaches at half gas in Rio de Janeiro. Some people refused to stop celebrating the New Year in Copacabana, even without a mask. Fireworks by some individuals lit up the Brazilian sky on a night when official parties were canceled. Only Christ the Redeemer could be seen illuminated with a congratulatory message.

The emblematic Christ the Redeemer, the main monument in Brazil and also located in Rio de Janeiro, had a special illumination to receive 2021 and pay tribute to the personnel of the health area, who have been on the front line in the fight against COVID- 19.

The country is currently going through a second wave. COVID-19 has killed more than 192,000 people, the second highest death toll worldwide

Claudio Miranda, is a resident of Brazil and highlights: “Unfortunately the beach is not as we would like but we have the party with our gang, with our family and with a lot of hope for 2021, and with the desire that all this ends soon.”

The iconic Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, which in the past gathered more than two million people on New Year’s Eve to welcome the new year, did not this time have its famous pyrotechnics and fireworks on rafts arranged in the sea and that every year attract the attention of visitors from all over the world.

The tourist place, which had a large presence of bathers during the week, was left empty at the end of Thursday afternoon and at midnight it registered few sources of agglomeration, easily controlled and dispersed by the authorities throughout the morning.

Despite not complying with the provision of the regional government, the beaches of cities such as Santos, Guarujá or Praia Grande did not have the fireworks displays and the concentration of people was much lower than in other years.

Nothing to celebrate in Mexico

In Mexico City nothing to celebrate, empty streets and Christmas lights off. The authorities have canceled all the celebrations. The city has tightened mobility restrictions and until January 10, non-essential businesses will have to remain closed. The crowds around the oxygen recharge banks recall the hard times that the city lives.

Alejandra Paz is one of the few tourists who have come from Guatemala to Mexico: “We have had better (years), but this has given us the power to value what one has and how blessed we are and to value what one sometimes gives. for granted it is health “

Mexico City already has 89% of hospital beds occupied and they are about to be overwhelmed.