Thousands of people packed shoulder-to-shoulder with no face masks insight, frolicking on rubber floats, and cheering along to a music festival. It’s not a very 2020 image, but it was the scene this weekend in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 first emerged late last year.
Pictures of partygoers at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park – looking very much removed from the outbreak that the rest of the world continues to battle – have now gone, well, viral.
China’s Wuhan city, which is reportedly the place where the coronavirus might have originated, witnessed a massive electronic music festival. The party took place in an open-air water park where thousands of people were dancing in waves to the beats of the music without complying with social distancing norms and without wearing masks, according to CNN’s report.
According to the report, the water park reopened in the month of June but due to excessive seasonal rainfall, many people did not turn up to the place. Hubei Daily, a newspaper infamously known for being the Communist Party’s mouthpiece cited a manager who said that the number of visitors is less than half of the level in comparison to last year.
VIDEO: 🇨🇳 Crowds packed out a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of #Wuhan, where the #coronavirus first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life pic.twitter.com/SJFBmx5sU8
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 17, 2020
The park currently sees around 15,000 visitors on the weekend, he said, around half the number of people it saw this time last year. On Chinese social media, some commenters expressed surprise that such a large scale event was allowed to take place in Wuhan. There was also an alarm on Twitter and Facebook. But Wuhan has not had a local coronavirus case since mid-May, and about 9.9 million people in the city have been tested for the virus. There are no bans in place on large gatherings.
“In Wuhan, life has returned to normalcy as the city which houses 11 million people lifted a strictly enforced its lockdown that lasted for 76 days. The Hubei capital hasn’t reported any new cases since mid-May. The last three coronavirus patients in Wuhan were discharged on June 5 and the central Chinese city has recorded zero cases of the virus since then after mass testing of about 10 million people, “The New Indian Express cited regional newspapers.
Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan in December last year and reportedly emerged in a wet market that sold seafood and wildlife in the central Chinese city. The lockdown was lifted in April and there have been no domestically transmitted cases in Wuhan or Hubei province since mid-May.
Being the original epicenter of the virus, infectious in the city was reported to be nearly 60 percent of around 84,000 total confirmed cases across china according to the data released by the National Health Commission and Hubei Provincial Health Commission.