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Wuhan Locals Party In Packed Clubs After Reporting No Covid Cases Since May

Claire Reid

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Wuhan Locals Party In Packed Clubs After Reporting No Covid Cases Since May

Streets and nightclubs in Wuhan have been packed out as life returns to normal exactly a year after the city reported the coronavirus to the World Health Organisation.

This time last year, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported a 'cluster of cases of pneumonia' in the city - before a novel coronavirus was identified.

The virus has since gone on to infect more than 80 million and cause 1.8 million deaths.

Credit: Shutterstock
Credit: Shutterstock

Wuhan went into a super strict lockdown on 23 January, with roadblocks, ground planes and buses and trains banned from entering the city.

But, 12 months on and with no cases of Covid-19 reported since May, residents in Wuhan took to the streets and clubs to mark the welcoming on a New Year.

Images show people gathered in front of the city hall, many of them holding balloons, some wearing masks; while younger residents made the most of being able to visit nightclubs and bars.

Clubbers in a Wuhan nightclub in September. Credit: Getty
Clubbers in a Wuhan nightclub in September. Credit: Getty

Similar images circulated in September, when nightlife returned to Wuhan and residents could be seen letting their hair down.

But while the celebrations go on, the residents are still painfully aware of the virus, which killed almost 4,000 people in Wuhan.

Speaking to the Guardian, one resident said: "In the coming days I think people will have a bit of fear.

"Not a fear of the virus returning, but fear from the memories of that time."

Meanwhile, celebrations in the UK will looked markedly different this year, with most areas being placed in either Tier 3 or Tier 4 - meaning no pubs are open and mixing with people outside your household or support bubble is not allowed.

In London, the traditional New Year's fireworks display has been cancelled and replaced with a 'unique broadcast on BBC One'.

Speaking earlier this year, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has meant we are not able to put on our world-famous public event on the banks of the Thames this year, but it's important we reflect on and pay tribute to the defining moments of the year and look to 2021 with hope, and that's why we are replacing it with a unique broadcast on BBC One.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"We know that New Year's Eve is traditionally an opportunity to show off our great city to the rest of the world, which we will still be doing this year in a show you'll only be able to watch from home, on the BBC.

"It will be a celebration of hope, but also provide a moment of reflection on the challenges of this year and the way Londoners pulled together."

He added: "Tier 4 restrictions for London remain in place and infection rates are rising once again, which is why there is no public event this year.

"It's vital we all continue to stick to the rules to reduce the spread of the virus and I urge Londoners to stay safe by seeing in the new year watching BBC One from the comfort of their home with those they live or are bubbled with."

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: World News

Claire Reid
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