Europe, US celebrate Easter under pandemic

As Europe celebrates Easter Sunday, few visitors were seen at popular tourist sites due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis led a mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Saturday with a limit of 200 participants.

He said, "In these dark months of the pandemic, let us listen to the risen Lord as he invites us to begin anew and never lose hope."

In Germany, where infections have been resurging, there were few people on the beach of the northern municipality of Scharbeutz, which is normally crowded with tourists at this time of year.

Police in Barcelona, Spain, called on tourists and local people to disband after dancing on a beach without following the rule to wear facemasks.

In the United States, where many people have been vaccinated, divers hunted for Easter eggs painted in vivid colors and placed on the seabed in Florida on Thursday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is allowing people who have been vaccinated to travel domestically without testing. That has raised hopes for a recovery in the tourism industry.