Rio de Janeiro cancels NYE party due to omicron fears | Nation/World News

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Rio de Janeiro canceled its New Years Eve party on Saturday due to renewed COVID-19 fears.

Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes announced the decision on social media.

Paes had previously promised the biggest New Years Eve party ever, with multiple fireworks and artists performing on a dozen stages across town. He said there was no decision on the March Carnival.

The annual Copacabana Beach celebration has historically attracted more than a million locals and tourists.

Other Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo and Salvador, have also canceled New Year’s Eve celebrations for fear of the Omicron variant. So far, the Ministry of Health has confirmed five Omicron cases in Brazil.

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