GALLERY: How people rang in the New Year around the world

The coronavirus infected almost 84 million people in a year that’s changed the world, likely forever.

A square decorated for New Year celebrations is seen nearly deserted and without the Holiday Market due to the virus-related restrictions prior to New Year’s celebrations in Grozny, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

As many struggled to find some semblance of normalcy, most realised that this now looked markedly different, with mask wearing, social distancing and sanisiting becoming part of our daily routine.

With that in mind, the world collectively looks forward to the New Year, and the promise of better as more vaccines continue to be produced, disseminated and injected.

Shirley Azedi, who said she’s lost work as a housekeeper due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prays during a ceremony in honor of the Goddess of the Sea Yemanja on Praia Vermelha beach to mark the end of the year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

However, with inoculation an ongoing process for much of the foreseeable future, the typical ringing in of the New Year looked very different this time around.

Here are some pictures of how people ushered in 2021: