World celebrates Christmas 2020 under coronavirus restrictions

Millions of people celebrated Christmas festivities under the new coronavirus measures, either cancelling plans or limiting celebrations after a slew of new outbreaks erupted around the world.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1.7 million people.

In Bethlehem, where Christians believe Jesus was born saw one of the most low-key celebrations in recent times.

The Church of the Nativity that sees hundreds of thousands of visitors in the Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank, witnessed mass closed to public but celebrations were broadcasted online.

In Europe, much of the continent is enduring a dark winter of resurgent outbreaks.

Germany has been forced to cancel its famous Christmas markets and Pope Francis rescheduled the midnight mass two hours early to meet Italy’s curfew deadline.

Britons, meanwhile, were cut off from swathes of the world, due to the emergence of a new COVID-19 strain.

Some UK border restrictions have been temporarily relaxed for the holidays, but thousands from other European countries are still stranded in England.

Donald Trump along with his wife Melania helicoptered off the White House lawn for one of the last times for a vacation at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.