Between the pandemic and the wet climate, it was a muted New Year’s celebration on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana seashore, however there was a silver lining Saturday: 50 % less rubbish to gather.
The iconic Brazilian seashore metropolis’s sanitation service, COMLURB, stated it had picked up 320 tonnes of trash from New Year’s Eve celebrations, less than half the annual common of 724.2 tonnes from 2018 to 2020.
That included 167 tonnes in Copacabana following a 16-minute fireworks show over the seashore, down from a pre-pandemic common of 340.6 tonnes, it stated.
“We’re going to have the seashores and seaside clear a lot sooner than normal,” stated COMLURB head Flavio Lopes, as almost 5,000 trash collectors completed the clean-up job by 9:00 am.
After canceling its world-famous New Year’s Eve festivities final yr due to Covid-19, Rio resumed a low-key model this yr, encouraging revelers to remain near house and scrapping concert events and public transportation.
The festivities in Copacabana drew only a fraction of the report three million folks from two years in the past, as wet climate added to the dampened environment created by the Omicron variant.
Brazil has registered almost 620,000 deaths within the pandemic, second solely to the United States. – AFP Relaxnews