Taipei, The local governments in Taoyuan, Tainan, Taichung, Keelung, Chiayi and Kaohsiung cities have decided against audiences at their respective New Year’s Eve celebrations, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, and instead will live stream the shows, they said Wednesday.
The decision to not allow live audiences at the celebrations followed a report earlier in the day by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) of a Taiwanese teenager who was confirmed to be infected with a new variant of the COVID-19 virus after his recent return from the United Kingdom.
Preliminary research by British scientists suggests that the new variant is around 70 percent more transmissible than previous strains.
In separate statements, the six city governments in Taiwan said they have decided not to have live audiences at the New Year’s Eve celebrations, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The shows will be held as scheduled, however, and will be streamed live, the city governments said.
In Taipei, meanwhile, the city government is expected to make an announcement at 10 a.m. Thursday about the country’s main New Year’s Eve countdown in the Daan area, according to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel