A Cagliari in Rio: "Since I have been here the saddest New Year"
The popular Copacabana beach is deserted
From 8 pm last night curfew and places closed also in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, in what was one of the liveliest New Years in the world.
But evidently the coronavirus deaths convinced President Bolsonaro and the Brazilian authorities to adopt drastic measures for the last year.
The popular Copacabana beach, one of the most famous promenades in the world, was totally deserted. Just a year ago for the last night of the year, there were at least 200 thousand people to greet the old year and toast to the new one, watching the amazing fireworks. No one then could have imagined that 2020 would be one of the worst years in history.
"It is certainly the saddest New Year since I have been in Brazil - says Carlo D'Andrea, 57, from Cagliari who has moved to Rio for over 20 years -. We spent it at home with the family. I received several photos from a friend who lives in in front of Copacabana beach. He too was sad: that beach for all Brazilians is the symbol of happiness and life. Seeing it like this, without a soul at midnight, hurts, but unfortunately the pandemic is still making itself felt ".