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第407期
(2020/10/08出刊)
百年來第一次
紐約時報廣場 今年線上跨年

 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.

 受歡迎的美國紐約市時報廣場跨年活動,主辦單位九月二十三日表示,今年將改採數位方式迎接二○二一年。往年跨年,這個地標總會擠得水洩不通,今年因新冠疫情,一百一十四年來首度將採數位方式跨年,不再出現萬頭攢動的盛況。
 十二月三十一日午夜年終倒數,距今不到一百天,屆時將以「視覺化、虛擬、安全」的方式呈現。慶祝活動仍有水晶球降臨時報廣場,也會邀請少數來賓親臨現場,包括急難救助人員、醫師及科學家等,他們的身分反映了「二○二○年的課題、挑戰與啟示」。
 至今,全球新冠肺炎確診病例數已超過三千三百萬,死亡人數破百萬;世界衛生組織預測,死亡人數可能還會倍增。同樣淪為疫情重災區,印度確診人數已破六百萬,僅次於美國。美國有超過二十萬人因新冠肺炎病逝,全球最多,其次依序是巴西、印度、墨西哥和英國。