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Taipei 101 firework show continues with maximum audiences of 40,000 only

 

The total number of people will be under control and will be reduced to 40,000 for the Taipei 101 fireworks show as announced by Taipei Mayor Ke.


It is compulsory to wear masks throughout the entire process and prohibit eating and drinking (except for drinking of water). Those who violate will be fined 3,000 to 15,000 yuan.


A total of 16,000 fireworks will be used during the five-minute display, including red and blue heart shapes as a tribute to medical personnel around the world. This year the annual fireworks show at the Taipei 101 skyscraper marking the start of the New Year will for the first time feature 3D effects, utilizing the four walls of the building.


Meanwhile, eight counties and cities including Keelung City, Taoyuan City, and Taichung City changed their New Year eve’s celebration to live broadcasts. The shows will be held as scheduled, however, and will be streamed live, the city governments said.

 

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.

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