Public countdowns to New Yr’s Day in huge cities reminiscent of Sydney have prior to now been an event for events and gatherings at barbecues, city parklands or on seashores within the southern hemisphere summer season.
However the outbreak has thrown many plans into chaos as state authorities concentrate on measures to quell the resurgence.
Australia has fared higher than most developed economies within the pandemic by swift border closures, lockdowns, widespread testing and social distancing. It has recorded just below 28,300 infections, the overwhelming majority in Victoria state, and 908 Covid-19 deaths.
Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, neighbours New South Wales. Its capital Melbourne, the nation’s earlier hotspot, was in a harsh lockdown for months. On Sunday it recorded its 58th consecutive day with no coronavirus neighborhood transmissions and no associated deaths.