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In pictures: New Year, but not quite as we know it

Millions around the world have been seeing out 2020 and marking the start of 2021, although the coronavirus pandemic has forced many celebrations behind closed doors.

With lockdowns or other restrictions in place in many countries, would-be New Year partygoers have been told to have a quiet night in.

Others have attended ceremonies or festivals wearing masks or taking other precautions.

In Tokyo below, people visited the Kanda Myojin Shrine to offer prayers. The popular Shinto shrine reduced the number of visitors allowed, as Japan faces another wave of Covid-19 infections.

Wearing masks, people in Tokyo visit the Shinto Kanda Myojin Shrine to mark the new year

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In Wuhan, China, crowds gathered in the city with balloons and festive outfits to count down to midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Wuhan is thought to be where the coronavirus originated

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Fireworks lit up the night sky in Taiwan to mark the beginning of 2021 as a number of cities cancelled their celebrations, moving them online instead.

Fireworks in Taiwan

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Like this family in Seoul, South Korea, many globally have marked the celebration in a small way and often at home.

One family in Seoul lit a candle and shared a cake to start 2021

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In the Philippines, groups gathered in a park in Manila (below) to watch a fireworks display. Authorities had urged residents not to form large crowds.

People gather in Manila to watch a fireworks display from a park

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In Hong Kong, groups gathered in front of Victoria Harbour to celebrate together as the territory shared a virtual countdown for viewers around the world.

Women celebrate New Year's Eve with light-up bunny ears and festive lights

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