COVID-what? China’s Wuhan Water Park has thousands of music fans – National

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Thousands of people stood side by side at a water park in Wuhan this weekend for a socially cozy concert, less than a year after the new coronavirus broke out in the Chinese city.Photos from the Playa Maya water park show Chinese tourists swimming and floating in dinghies up close, without the usual masks and social distancing measures that have become commonplace in other countries affected by the virus.

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Critics have often described these revelers as “Covidiots” in other parts of the world, including the United States and Canada. However, Wuhan claims to have effectively stopped the spread of COVID-19, which has apparently enabled it to reignite parties from the past.

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This photo taken on August 15, 2020 shows people watching a show while cooling off in a swimming pool in Wuhan, central Hubei province in China.


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The images were captured on Saturday evening at an electronic music festival at the water park, AFP reports.

Party people crowded into the pool as a DJ performed on stage.

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The performance also included a guy on a hoverboard with fireworks on his back.

This photo taken on August 15, 2020 shows people watching a show while cooling off in a swimming pool in Wuhan, central Hubei province in China.

This photo taken on August 15, 2020 shows people watching a show while cooling off in a swimming pool in Wuhan, central Hubei province in China.


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The global pandemic has killed at least 770,000 people and infected 20 million others while bringing the global economy to its knees. China says it has largely brought the virus under control, while the United States has been hit harder than any other country in the world.

Wuhan, which saw the first cases of the virus, has returned to normal life after a strict 76-day lockdown earlier this year. The capital of Hubei province has about 11 million inhabitants.

The city’s Playa Maya water park reopened in June and is operating at 50% capacity. Local media are reporting that the park is offering a half-price promotion to female visitors in an attempt to start a business.

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This photo taken on August 15, 2020 shows people watching a show while cooling off in a swimming pool in Wuhan, central Hubei province in China.

This photo taken on August 15, 2020 shows people watching a show while cooling off in a swimming pool in Wuhan, central Hubei province in China.


Photo par STR / AFP via Getty Images


No new cases have been reported in Wuhan or the surrounding province of Hubei since mid-May, although all statistics from China should be taken with a grain of salt. The Chinese government has spent several months covering up the extent of the infections and deaths, three U.S. officials told Bloomberg News in April.

China lambasted the United States last week for its handling of the pandemic, which has infected 5.4 million Americans and killed around 170,000 to date.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said US Health Secretary Alex Azar was “the worst in the world” at controlling the virus after Azar criticized China from Taiwan.

“He ignored millions of Americans suffering from the virus and went to Taiwan to put on a political show,” Zhao said.

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“His behavior proves once again that in the eyes of American politicians, the lives of Americans mean nothing compared to their selfish political gains,” he said.

Mainland China reported 22 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, up from 19 new cases a day earlier. Government officials say all new cases have been imported and there have been no deaths.

With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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