Huge Crowds Gather For Halloween Event At Amusement Park In Wuhan
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Crowds of Halloween revellers have been photographed at an amusement part in Wuhan, China - the city widely regarded as the epicentre of the pandemic that has rocked the world this year.
Large numbers packed into Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park on last night (29 October) to celebrate Halloween.
Some were seen wearing face masks, while others had ditched theirs in favour of a seasonal costume.
Guests had turned up at the park - which reopened in May - to see a parade of floats that included a demonic Chinese dragon and a ghostly pirate ship.
Many people had also used it as an opportunity to don their scariest outfit, with superheroes, geishas and zombie nurses appearing to be popular choices among the crowds.
Domestic tourism has returned to Wuhan in recent months, with nightclubs seen packed out last month as the city reported no new cases.
People also crammed into Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park for another event in August, with Chinese state media dismissing the global backlash that followed - arguing that it is merely a 'sign of the city's return to normalcy' and the economy bouncing back.
According to the Daily Mail, the country reported just 47 new cases on the day of the Halloween event at Happy Valley Wuhan.
However, over in Europe, many countries are facing a second wave of infections - with France and Germany both imposing second lockdowns in an attempt to curb the spread.
French President Emmanuel Macron said curfews in Paris and other major cities had failed to stem the tide of infections, saying in a televised statement: "Our target is simple: sharply reducing infections from 40,000 a day to 5,000 and slowing the pace of admissions to hospital and intensive care."
He added: "No matter what we do, nearly 9,000 people will be in intensive care by mid-November."
While Macron acknowledged that the new restrictions are 'heartbreaking', he said he 'could never stand by and see hundreds of thousands of our citizens die'.
In the UK, Wales has also entered a two-week 'firebreak' lockdown, while England has been placed into a new three-tier alert system.
Scotland will also introduce a five-tier coronavirus restrictions system, which comes into effect at 6am next Monday (2 November).