Follow all the celebrations as the clock strikes midnight and countries see out 2019 and welcome in the twenties
It is now 2020 in Samoa.
The South Pacific nation battled a measles outbreak in 2019, having to impose a six-week state of emergency in November. The highly infectious disease killed 81 people, most of them babies and young children, and sickened more than 5,600 others.
Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks became contentious this year as the country faces an unprecedented bushfire crisis. With 100 fires burning in New South Wales and a total fire ban across Sydney, more than 275,000 people signed a petition calling for the fireworks to be cancelled and the money donated to fire relief. But authorities insisted the money had already been spent and signalled the event generates $130m for the NSW economy. The state’s fire service granted an exemption from the fire ban for Sydney’s fireworks while many other events around the state had to be cancelled. Sydney’s lord mayor said the council has already donated $620,000 to bushfire and drought-affected communities and the broadcast of the event would also act as a fundraiser for further relief money.
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