The popular Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City, USA will go digital for 2021, organizers said on September 23rd. It’s the first time in 114 years that a massive crowd will not be packed in the iconic place because of COVID-19.
The countdown to midnight on December 31st – which is less than 100 days away – will take place “visually, virtually and safely.” In addition to the Times Square Ball drop, the celebration will also feature a limited group of in-person honored guests, including first responders, doctors and scientists who will reflect the “themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020”.
Over 33 million cases have been reported and over 1 million have died of COVID-19 worldwide. The WHO predicted the death toll is likely to double. Among the worst-hit, India’s confirmed cases have reached 6 million, second only to the United States. The US has the highest death toll with over 200,000 fatalities, followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and the UK.