As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrockets like New Years Eve, Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains optimistic for Australia in 2022.
In his New Year’s message, Mr. Morrison referred to the optimistic spirit of Australians.
“This is why despite the pandemic, despite floods, fires, persistent drought in some areas, cyclones, closures, even mouse plagues, Australia is stronger today than it is. ‘was a year ago. And we’re safer, “he said.
“We have one of the lowest death rates and the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world.”
He added that having one of the strongest advanced economies in the world to go through COVID has also given confidence to what lies ahead.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese was also positive in his brief New Year’s message, while acknowledging that 2021 has been “really tough” with people often isolated for long periods of time.
“So let’s hope that 2022 will bring health and happiness to everyone and a much easier time. Happy New Year.”
Their messages on the last day of 2021 arrived as the nation recorded nearly 33,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the last 24-hour benchmark.
There was room at the paid lookout points next to Sydney Harbor to watch the city’s internationally renowned New Year’s fireworks, with many choosing to stay COVID-free, away from the crowds.
While the number of crowds was well below a million and above in previous years, the demonstrations were not reduced, with six tons of fireworks launched overnight.
Despite the pandemic and the sweltering heat for most of the day, tens of thousands of people still flocked for New Years celebrations in Melbourne.
The midnight fireworks display on the Bolte Bridge wowed the crowds, with cheers and applause from those happy to see the rear of 2021.
Temperatures peaked at 37.3 degrees at 6 p.m., but it was mild 25.4 degrees for the first fireworks display and dropped to 22.9 degrees by midnight.
Adelaide has also sweated in the New Year with temperatures in parts of the city reaching 40C in the afternoon, as city plans have been scaled back due to COVID.