Wuhan Nightclub Packed As Coronavirus Outbreak City Reports No New Cases
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Wuhan clubbers have been pictured enjoying the local nightlife as the city returns to normality.
Widely regarded as the epicentre of the pandemic that has rocked the world this year, Wuhan's dancefloors appear to have reopened.
Party-goers have been pictured dancing and enjoying nights out, in a way which is currently not possible in most parts of the world.
The Chinese government says that the virus has been pretty much wiped out in the country, claiming that it has seen no cases of Covid for 33 days.
According to officials, there have been no transmissions in the city of Wuhan since May. A mass testing scheme was introduced for the 11 million strong population.
Chinese state media recently dismissed global outrage from photos showing crowds at Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park, arguing that it is merely a 'sign of the city's return to normalcy' and the economy bouncing back.
Earlier this week, photos showed thousands of partygoers crammed into the waterpark in Wuhan, which was the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Times, an English-language newspaper backed by the Chinese Communist Party, has defended the gathering - hitting back at those who viewed it as a slap in the face to the rest of the world, where the virus remains a huge issue in various countries.
Championing not only Wuhan's strict lockdown measures, but also the rapid testing of nearly 11 million residents, the newspaper argued that the pool party was 'payback'.
It also claimed the park took necessary measures to protect the safety of visitors and employees, with temperature checks and disinfection, along with capping the attendance at 50 percent of its normal capacity in a bid to control the crowds.
Published on Tuesday, the story was headlined 'Wuhan's after-pandemic pool party sends a message to world: strict anti-virus measures have a payback'.
The story itself explained how Wuhan had previously been one of the worst-hit cities in the world, but things were now returning to normal.
It said: "Wuhan, the city where COVID-19 was first reported and the one hit hardest by the virus, is now welcoming an influx of tourists, and its economy is reviving, which local residents believed should not only be seen as a sign of the city's return to normalcy, but also a reminder to countries grappling with the virus that strict preventive measures have a payback."