* Lunar New Year activities take place around the world
* The death toll from coronavirus in China rises to 41
* Scattered cases outside China, they reach Australia on Saturday
With Stefica Nicol Bikes and Lidia Kelly
SYDNEY / MELBOURNE, January 25 (Reuters) – Chinese communities were in Australia and New Zealand among hundreds of years to greet Saturday’s Rattan Year but were worried about Lunar’s New Year celebrations across the country. country concerned about the outbreak of a virus in China.
Sydney, a growing Chinese population, began its activities in Lunar New Year in an accruing fashion after China celebrated the holiday on coronavirus concerns, which Australia has also achieved.
Australia’s largest city welcomed the year with golden rat statues set up at the entrance to the town center of Chinatown.
“We don’t know the arrival of many people this year because of the coronvirus and I would like to acknowledge Wuhan city government in particular,” said Lord Mayor Sydney, Clover Moore, referring to a central city. The Chinese were the core of the virus.
Lunar New Year’s events are billed throughout Sydney until February 11, including dragon boat races and the annual moon lantern display. Last year’s events attracted 1.5 million people
Australia confirmed its first four cases of the virus on Saturday, which joined France, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and other countries outside China that reported infections.
The death toll from the outbreak in China has reached 41 and over 1,300 people have been infected worldwide.
For the 1.4 billion people in China, the holiday is the most important holiday and millions of miles travel back to their home town to gather with family and friends.
To control the spread of the virus, authorities closed part of the Great Wall and suspended public transport in many cities, with millions going.
The people of John and the medical team fighting the coronary virus crisis, trying to win the battle to beat the outbreak, praised the Chinese Lunar New Year on Friday.
Many events were canceled, such as tenders at a temple, going out at outdoor festival fairs, and even family reunion dinners in restaurants, as public concentrations were not implemented.
Young people dealing with social media appeals to reduce family meetings or to wear masks at least when they greet each other with the wishes of the New Year, usually seen as a rejection in Chinese culture.
In Wuhan, the city most affected, the mood was nervous.
“There is so much news, so much detail, every 10 minutes there is an update, it is alarming, especially for people like us in a heavily hit area,” said Lily Jin, 30, who lived in the city, with Reuters.
The concerns of Lunar New Year events are not confined to China.
Zhao Xiaoli, tour guide from Anhui province of East China said while visiting Thailand for the celebration made precautions.
“(We have advised tourists to) avoid crowded places, take care of personal hygiene, and see a doctor immediately if they show the symptoms of flu, fever and cough,” he said. (Additional reporting by Praveen Menon in Auckland, Muyu Xu in Beijing and Beijing bureau; Lidia Kelly; Editing by Sam Holmes)