Wuhan celebrates with music festival and beach party after months without local COVID-19 cases

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An empty street inside the locked Chinese city of Wuhan – a city of 11 million people.
A woman crosses a viaduct on April 2, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The government has stipulated that residents with a green health code can go out in public. Getty Images

Slowly, in March, the lockdown was allowed to relax and was officially lifted on April 8, allowing the city to come back to life.

Senior students study in a classroom with transparent panels placed on each desk as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 at Wuhan No.23 Middle School on May 6, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Getty Images
Couples pose for wedding photos next to East Lake in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, August 5, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP via Getty Images
People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 arrive aboard a Shanghai-bound train at Wuhan Station in Wuhan, central Hubei province, China April 21, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP via Getty Images

On May 12, however, six new cases were recorded and city officials put plans in place to test the 11 million residents. This ended the new outbreak, and in June Wuhan’s famous night markets were reopened. Now footage from the HOHA Electric Water Music Festival in August shows just how far the city has come. At the event, female tourists were even offered entry at half price, to increase the number.

A medical worker takes swab samples for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province, May 15, 2020. Chinese authorities have found only 300 positive results among nearly 10 million people in the city where the pandemic started, local officials said in June. 2, 2020. STR / AFP via Getty Images
A woman sells balloons with lights beside the Yangtze River in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, August 4, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP via Getty Images
People enjoy a musical evening at a swimming pool in Wuhan Maya Beach Park in Wuhan, Hubei province, China August 15, 2020. REUTERS / Intermittent

The theme park that owns the Maya water park, Wuhan Happy Valley, reopened on June 25, but it was not until August that visitors returned in numbers. Currently, he receives around 15,000 people on weekends, about half of what he would normally expect, reports the BBC.

Some social media users have expressed surprise that an event of such magnitude could have taken place. But there is now no ban in Wuhan on large gatherings.

A student (second from left) checks the body temperatures of her classmates in a classroom at a high school in Wuhan in central Hubei province of China on July 10, 2020. Wuhan high schools reopened the July 10, after the start of the quarter was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. STR / AFP via Getty Images
A group of people dance together during the afternoon by the Yangtze River in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, August 4, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP via Getty Images

However, although a large portion of the city’s population has been tested, the risk remains.

Sanjaya Senanayake, associate professor of infectious diseases at Australian National University, said COVID-19 could always come back, but from the outside.

“The problem is, we haven’t eradicated COVID-19, and what that means is that until it’s eradicated, there’s always the risk of having introduced it, that it either from abroad or elsewhere, ”he said in an interview with the BBC. .

Senanayake pointed out New Zealand for a note of caution. For more than three months, this country had no locally transmitted cases, until last week when everything changed. He said:

“A study from London has come out suggesting that around 10-20% of people with COVID-19 are responsible for around 80% of cases. So if you are gathering large groups of people you really have to be careful. Even if a person is infected with the virus, you are going to have a hard time. “

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