Thousands gathered in Wuhan, China, to celebrate the new year, even as New York City and other major locales around the world remained shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, causing millions of deaths and extensive lockdowns around the world.
In contrast, New York's Times Square, Paris's Champs Elysees, Tokyo's Maiji Jingu Shinto shrine, and other locales from Turkey to Indonesia that usually draw large crowds for the holiday were quiet and closed off to the public.
The Chinese Communist Party has said a little more than 50,000 people have had COVID-19 in the city since the beginning of the pandemic, although numerous international reports have cast doubts on these official numbers. China's own Center for Disease Control estimated in a new study that at least 500,000 people in Wuhan have had the virus.